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“OK for an Overnight” 3 of 5 stars
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Milner Hotel
78 South Charles Street, Boston, MA 02116   |  
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Ranked #73 of 77 Hotels in Boston
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“OK for an Overnight”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

If you absolutely need to stay near Boston Common, this place will be OK as long as you don't expect much. The rooms are small, but clean. The bed is tiny and uncomfortable. If you drive, the closest parking garage is outrageous. The hotel receptionist is not a people person. She needs to go to hotel management school or get another job that doesn't require interaction with customers. Now for the good things. The hotel is in a great safe location. You can park at the Boston Common Garage on weekends for $12/day. You are near the T stations and can access any part of the City from there.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Milan, Italy
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166 reviews 166 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

I spent a couple of nights in Boston so I decided to select a location close to downtown and to Boston Commons/Public garden and that's it! Milner is positioned really close to everything you want to see in Boston, so if you want to stay in boston, ad a "reasonable" price go visit the Milner Hotel

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013 via mobile

I've stayed at the hotel for four nights. I have read favourable and unfavorable reviews but I decided to take a chance, and do not regret it! Location is superb, two blocks to the Boston common and public garden and close to two subway lines. The hotel is spotlessly clean, has coffee facilities and free wifi in the room. Drawbacks? The room is tiny, but if you go on tourism I doubt you will spend much time indoors. What is a bit awkward is the sink is in the room and the shower and pot have no door (I was in a single room). Breakfast is basic, and there aré not many tables to sit at, so sometimes it gets difficult to find a spot. Overall, I would certainly choose Milner Hotel again if I returned to Boston. No doubt

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Harvey York Co
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

We spent two nights at the Milner in September. It is a block from the Tufts T-stop and a block from the Wang theatre, where we were going to see a concert. Around the corner is the Rock Bottom Brewery (great beer) and Chinatown is about 3 blocks away. Compared to other hotels in the area, the Milner is a steal. Yes, the room and bathroom are very small, but very clean and comfortable, with a coffee maker, hair dryer and flat screen tv. Good water pressure in the teeny tiny shower, firm bed. We had a room on top top floor: it was quite warm but the AC worked great, we had two windows and had a quiet night, no street noise or noise from other rooms. The free continental breakfast had hard boiled eggs, cereal, waffles, yogurt, oranges, breads, all you need.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

I recently stayed at this hotel for a short weekend stay in Boston. It was conveniently close to most attractions. the staff was super helpful on more than one occasion. While it might seem dated, I had no problems with the decor as I don't stay in my room for the whole time I am there. Its just a bed for the night and a place to shower before dinner. So location and price were perfect. I had not problems with noise in the hallway, or with the size of room as I was a solo traveler. All in all, a great location at a great price.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

Be sure to request a room with a window that faces the street, as many of the rooms have essentially no window (facing elevator shaft/wall etc). Our room had a "window" that faced a wall and the room was very tiny. I saw a room across the hall when they were cleaning it and it didn't look quite as tiny, so maybe request not a Harry Potter broom closet room under the stairs. The front desk girl on the weekday day shift and various other staff were unfriendly. Unfortunately hotels in Boston are expensive, so I guess this place is a good deal. It's still a shame though to pay so much money for such a crap room. Great location though; close to public transport and lots of restaurants.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Herefordshire
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26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the Milner for one night before flying out of Boston.
In a very expensive city the Milner is value for money. The location is fine. The receptionist was friendly and cheerful and helpful, allowing us to drop our bags prior to check in.
Whilst the room was small, it was very clean and perfect for our needs. If you were in an extended stay then yes it may feel cramped.
Complimentary wi-fi and breakfast were just perfect .

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Milner Hotel

Address: 78 South Charles Street, Boston, MA 02116
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Boston
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #73 of 77 Hotels in Boston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 64
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