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“Nice stay, but could have been better” 3 of 5 stars
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10 G Street, South Boston, Boston, MA 02127 (South Boston)   |  
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Ranked #10 of 46 Boston B&B and Inns
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“Nice stay, but could have been better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

This was our 1-week getaway: started at the Marriott Marquis Times Square (what a view!), moved on to the Best Western in Newport RI, and finally the Nolan House B&B in Boston. We love to travel and are no strangers to staying at Bed-&-Breakfasts. Our overall experience with the Nolan House was very good, with a few caveats.

The house is a late-19th century Victorian house in South Boston. We had a bit of trouble locating the house as it was not marked and did not look much different from surrounding buildings. My wife ran in to let the Nolans know we'd arrived. Mr. Nolan said it was OK to double-park, instructed her to carry in the luggage. He invited both of us into the dining room to pay the bill, then took his time explaining the layout of Boston, where we were in relation to downtown, told us about the subway and the bus system, about the Charlie cards, etc. He also suggested local places to eat (the Junction, which we tried later and liked very much).

Upon seeing our room, we both agreed: "It feels like we’re staying in someone else's bedroom, instead of as a guest. It's difficult to make ourselves at home". Despite the clutter, the room was very clean, the bed was comfortable, and there was adequate storage space for a 2-night stay (although the flimsy wire hangers were a nuisance).

The 2 rooms on the second floor shared a bathroom. The bathroom was clean, but the shower was difficult to maneuver. Also, the bathmat was tiny, old and definitely not hygienic. There were notes posted throughout the guest quarters: unlike previous TripAdvisor reviewers, we did not find them to be irksome (however they could have been worded more gently, i.e. start with "Dear Guests" and avoid the use of exclamation points).

The breakfast was served promptly at 08:30 each morning. It was very good with fresh fruit, yogurt, good coffee/tea, pastries, english muffins, honey, cereal and milk, etc. We got to meet the other guests and have nice conversations and exchange stories. John (Mr. Nolan) was very pleasant; he would share the local knowledge of the city and gave excellent suggestions on which parts of Boston to visit. We did not feel rushed as John kept refilling our coffee pot and bringing fresh plates of toast and jelly.

Apparently, the house has a deck on the roof with beautiful views of downtown Boston, but for some reason John never invited us to use it and enjoy the view.

Located in South Boston, the house is close to public transportation: #9 bus stops just up the street, and the subway's Red Line was a 15-minute walk away (10 blocks). Coming back late at night, we never felt unsafe. In fact, the whole city of Boston was very safe, and we found Bostonians to be extremely warm and helpful people.

We loved Boston and enjoyed our stay at the Nolan House, and would recommend it to travelers. There is a certain charm in staying at any B&B (we certainly prefer it over chain hotel) and the Nolan House is no exception. There are a few minor details that would have taken it from “average” to “great”.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

We arrived in Boston on 6th Sept for 6-night stay (before moving on to NYC & Washington DC). This was our first-ever stay in the USA and I have to say that Nolan House B&B was our best stay overall! We were 2 couples so had the rooms that shared the bathroom which was idea. Rooms were lovely and clean and the beds were high but very comfortablel! John was an excellent host (a canny lad!) and we had some lovely chats with him every morning. At breakfast there was a good selection of cereal/yoghurt/toast/muffins/jams and sweet cake. The house is lovely, early 1900s I think and the character has been sustained. Boston was very easy to get around, the B&B is in South Boston but it was easy enough getting the bus and subway (recommend a unlimited weekly pass which was $18 each) into the city etc. Make sure you do the Freedom Trail and a Duck Tour! John recommended some local restaurants/bars such as The Junction for food which was really nice (2 for 1), as was the mexican next door, Stats and the L Street Diner - go on a Fri/Sat or Sun as Angela, the waitress there is a hoot!! Thanks to John and Kathy for making our stay very special, we really enjoyed ourselves. The Geordie 4!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Canada
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

The best B&B of South Boston!
Quiet area, pretty house, cosy rooms, very kind and helpful host, excellent breakfast, beautiful view on the Boston skyline and cute dog!
We really enjoyed our stay and we highly recommend this charming place.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kingston, Jamaica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

How do you end up at a B&B? One good way is to leave your hotel booking for the last miinute in a US city just before the 4th of July, as was the case with me. Everything for a purpose, and I was happy to find Nolan House and the helpful if brutally honest host, John. The room I was in shared a bathroom with one other, but this proved not to be a problem (en suite rooms available if you book early enough, 4th of July, remember?). It is a home away from home, and happily it passed my rigorous cleanliness test, as that is important to me. It was my first trip to Boston and John armed me with a Charley card (Boston equivalent of Oyster for Londoners) to use the transit system, a map and idea of what to see. All in all conveniently located in this historic city. I can't guarantee fireworks from the roof terrace at night like I had, but the skyline is impressive any time. So if large chain hotels are not for you or you want a change, give John a call. You won't be disappointed. Oh, take the Duck tour (quack, quack). Thanks again, John.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aarhus, Denmark
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

Nolan House with the excellent host, John, is just the thing if you are looking for a place with a personal touch. The rooms are spacious with historic furniture, the breakfast is delicious, the roof terrasse has a view of the Boston skyline.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

Had a great stay, really enjoyed the breakfast, and found the room spacious and nicely decorated. John was very friendly and helpful! Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ellicott City, Maryland, United States
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

The Nolan House is a nice B&B in the Southie section of Boston. Located right off Broadway on G Street, it is between a 2-15 minute walk to any number of restaurants for whatever type of meal you are looking for. The Nolan House itself is an older colonial style house with all the unpredictable angles that you would expect from a house like that. It is a nice place to spend a few nights and we enjoyed our time there.

The Nolan house advertised 3 rooms: two for 2 people one for 3 people and we requested the 3 person and one 2 person for our group of 5. When we got there, we found the rooms were set up a little strangely in that the larger room was not the one with the extra bed. However we had no problem with 3 in the smaller room as there were enough nooks that we all had a spot to store our weekend luggage. There were also fridges in the rooms with some bottled water upon arrival, but there was no microwave so keeping leftovers from those close by restaurants turned out to not be so useful. The rooms are heated by radiators; depending on your preferred temperature, you may have to open or close the windows to regulate as there is a note not to touch the radiator valves. This was only an issue for us the first night, when we didn't realize how warm the room would get and had to try to figure out how to open the windows around 2am.

As I said, there were 3 bedrooms for rent and 2 bathrooms available, so with 5 people in residence, showering in the morning took a little negotiation and compromise, but it all generally worked out. The Nolans provided plenty of towels (which you could get replaced every day by tossing it in the tub) and sample size soaps and shampoo. They also provided a lovely continental breakfast every morning that our group completely demolished. Cereal, toast, fruits, milk, and caffeinated beverage of your choice (coffee or tea) were set out every morning at 8:30 for us and was plenty to get us filled up to face the day.

We stayed at the Nolan house in order to attend PAXEast over at the BCEC. It was about a 20 minute walk to get over there and we had no problems as it was a quick walk down Broadway and up D street. Taxi rides to/from the Nolan House to the BCEC were about $7-$10 in case you aren't up to walking those 20 minutes late at night or in the cold. While the Nolan house was certainly a convenient place to stay since the nearby hotels were completely booked, it did have the disadvantage that you couldn't just head back to your room for a nap mid day as that would be 20 minute hike to get there. Once we headed to the con, we were there for the day. If that isn't an issue for you, then like us, you can enjoy your stay at the Nolan House without spending the money for the bigger hotel.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 10 G Street, South Boston, Boston, MA 02127
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > South Boston
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 46 B&Bs / Inns in Boston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nolan House is a small non-smoking Bed & Breakfast in a privately owned circa 1860 Victorian private home. All guest rooms are clean and spacious, have TV/VCR, air conditioning and are furnished to create a warm and comfortable "home-away-from-home" atmosphere. We are extremely convenient to the Boston Convention Center, the Garden, and the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal. ... more   less 
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