Some of the earlier reviews about Beacon Hill Bed and Breakfast are much too negative in my opinion. Two of us stayed with Madame Butterworth for 2 weeks last May ( 2012 ), and
had absolutely wonderful time.
There seem to be confusion in the USA about what is an INN and what is a " bed and
breakfast". This is partly also, because many inns ( for instance at the Cape Cod ) also
call them bed and breakfast, although they usually have much more to offer than just a bed
and the breakfast in the morning. I think, it would be wise for travelers to expect just
what the place offers, otherwise they will be deeply disappointed.
We visited many places and private homes during those 2 weeks in May, and IT
WAS COLD everywhere. Many people currently have to save energy, and heating a huge
Victorian home with poor insulation and drafty windows means throwing thousands of dollars
out of window.
You can enjoy the Victorian charm, what we did, but had to ask for extra blankets to
stay warm in the night, which we were given, there was a supply.
The breakfasts by Madame B. were very French, with crepes and other wonderful
Parisian specialties, Mrs. B's childhood in Paris is still reflected in her repertoire,
which comes as a welcome change after the sometimes very heavy muffins and
pancake culture. We never left the breakfast table hungry and every morning something
different was offered.
We would stay at the Beacon Hill BAB anytime again. And saw during those 2 weeks
many other tourists, who had stayed before, and would return.
But, and this is a tip from 2 of us : do not expect an inn, just a charming bedroom
with breakfast in somebody's home, who needs to earn lots of money every year
just to pay the property tax on the noble Beacon Hill. Chapeau for Mrs. Butterworth,
who said it herself: she is the only one on the hill to provide this kind of service.
What would be, if she would stop, and we would have to do without this wonderful
P.S. The new shower is great !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Best Boston location, an easy walk to historic sites,Freedom Trail, Boston Common, Boston Public Garden, restaurants, shopping, public garage, subway (Charles/MGH). 2 large bed-sitting rooms, each with private bath in elegant 1869 private home. One has a queen bed, the other a double, plus each has a large sofa-bed. Full home-cooked breakfast included, NO 14% hotel tax, as this is a private home shared by owner and two sweet dogs, who have been receiving guests for over 25 years. 3 night minimum stay except during the winter- 2 night minimum ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Beacon Hill Hotel Boston
- Beacon Hill b&b