When researching Boston B&B's this place stood out as a good value option but a bit out of town and I decided to go for it rather than pick a more central hostel. For us, in retrospect it was the wrong decision.
Boston is not a big place, but Carruth House was well out of the centre and it took around 40-45 mins door to door into town, (10 mins brisk walk to station, on average 10 mins wait but one day 20 mins wait for train, and then 15 mins once on train to the centre). This is fine if you are happy to go into town to explore and then eat in local suburb, but didn't suit us as we wanted to sample central Boston in the evening, so either had to hang around town for dinner or on the day that it was pouring with rain, head back to B&B to dry off and then out again 1 hour later - lots of traveling.
The B&B itself was fine - a nice old house set on a very pretty street (although there are lots of pretty streets in Boston) but you should take owner Heidi's warning that she is like an eccentric aunt and that the house is still work in progress seriously. Our room (admittedly cheapest option) was badly in need of a paint as was the bathroom, and everything was a bit musty. Breakfast was delicious baked goods.
In summary, wish we'd picked a central hostel, as the plus points of this place did not outweigh the negatives.
- Also Known As:
- Carruth House Hotel Boston
- Carruth House Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Herbert Carruth House, built in 1877, is one of the landmark historic properties in the Ashmont section of Dorchester in Boston and overlooks one of the loveliest residential streets in the City. We are an affordable and relaxed private home guesthouse alternative to expensive and impersonal downtown accommodations. Come for a visit! We hope you enjoy Carruth House as much as we do. ... more less