Upon arrival we were greeted by the owner Mrs. Butterworth. We were given keys and very strict instructions on how she preferred to have the front door locked as we came and went. Upon entering, it was apparant that we were in the owner's - own home. The home was hot, dark and had an old, musty smell. There were two very pleasant dogs, which unfortunately just added to the the overall aroma of the home. Upon climbing the staircase, we were advised to shut the lights off, whenever possible. This meant we had to leave the building dark, and arrive with it being - equally dark. The home was neither fresh or inviting. We found used soap and shampoos in the bathrooms. We found used clothing hanging in the bedroom closets. The owner seemed just too conscious about the cost of lighting and given the overall condition of the house, we were left with the opinion that this establishment could be experiencing financial difficulty. The website for the location quoted air conditioning as an amenity, however we only found open windows and (1) one table top fan per bedroom. The linens were musty, the couch had a dirty smell to it and there was enough dust on the upper hall table, that we literally "signed in" on that dusty surface. The upper hall has a very tall ceiling and we noticed the smoke alarm just sitting on that hall table? The other couple in our party lost electricity in their bathroom within the first hour. The owner blamed that on current construction on the 3rd floor. We left for dinner and researched another hotel to stay at. We arrived back at the location later that evening and found the house to be completely dark. The upper bedrooms were extremely hot and humid. We packed our bags woke the owner up and advised that we were leaving. To our continued surprise, the owner said "nothing", literally "nothing", as she closed and locked the door behind us. This could explain why the owner insisted on getting the one night room deposit, via personal check only.
We left with the impression that the owner has experienced all of this before. By definition, this is not a bed and breakfast.
We should have been warned about any construction at the site as well as there being "no" Air Conditioning. We felt very deceived. We also learned never to leave a room deposit via personal check. We lost our two room - one night deposit <$500.00> , but thankfully, we were able to salvage our much needed vacation by choosing to leave. Stay away from this place, Boston has so much more to offer.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Beacon Hill Hotel Boston
- Beacon Hill b&b