Until a few years ago, I often stayed in hostels over a fifteen year period and enjoyed the ambiance. SInce using a sleep apnea machine, which I am not about to set up in a dorm room, I have gotten away from hostels and developed a taste for nice hotels ( when I am not camping ) as evidenced by a number of my Kimpton Hotel reviews, which on this trip I stayed in at Chicago and Washington. My travel companion suggested that we try the new Boston hostel with a private room, which at $99 is miles cheaper than those fancy hotels. We were overall very pleased with the place, which opened this past June. ( I fondly remember my Christmas, 1996 stay in the previous facility, when seven of us from various countries had a wonderful Christmas dinner in a pub. ) The place is well run and we were cordially greeted and made our way to our small but adequate room on the fifth floor. When my friend, who is somewhat disabled,( mild cerebral palsy ) travel on Amtrak, he gets into the upper bunk on the sleeping car, due to my breathing machine. But I took a look at this bunkbed and said no way is my friend going to try this one. The ladder has narrow rungs which are hard on the feet and the railing must be climbed over on the upper level. Now we are both considerably older than the 20 year olds, yes, but I found it precarious to get in and out of this bunk. There was a shelf on the wall for my breathing machine and after our symphony concert we watched the election returns on the TV in our room. The free breakfast was pretty good, but some of their equipment, like toasters, is not holding up too well under heavy use. One of the two elevators was out of service most of the time during our three night stay. We were able to do laundry, but most of the washers and dryers were out of order. Other than these items, we had a good stay being among the international travelers, who I must say were a fine bunch of ladies and gentelmen.
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