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The Inn at Crystal Cove
Ranked #1 of 4 Winthrop B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
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“A perfect breath-of-fresh-air alternative to downtown Boston”
Reviewed May 30, 2006

I love this hotel. I actually like it that the location is a little further around the cove headland than Logan Airport - - the views from Crystal Cove, and my room and small balcony – were awesome. The fresh sea air, pretty fishing boats and the downtown Boston skyline in the distance. By taxi from downtown Boston to the hotel, the cost is around $25. By subway, then bus around $2. The latter of those two options taking upwards of 40 minutes I guess. That’s okay.

The hotel is clean, and staff welcoming. Room was spacious enough... sort of contemporary feel and recently painted and decorated. The television remote being tied to the bed stand was amusing especially the Velcro to stick it back there; I guess a few were stolen; mine wasn’t going anywhere! Private adjoining bathroom with bath and shower fine. In the room, I loved the glass doors opening onto a small balcony with views across the harbor. Listen carefully you can hear the airplanes, but no problem sleeping. Would’ve been even nicer with light hardwood floors instead of the carpet. Families will like the convenience of the kitchen and lounge area shared between three rooms – if you’re a large group, book all three rooms and you have a neat private set-up.

No breakfast offered. But walk a few blocks into the pretty village center and there’s a fab coffee shop serving breakfast. And for dinner a nearby seafood and grill restaurant, which is very welcoming with exceptional food. And an Italian restaurant. There was a Chinese take-out too. Everyone was friendly and the locals knew each other – I was loving this small-town atmosphere just outside Boston!

I heard the hotel has a pool and spa. I didn’t get time to take a look. I was in a room in the annex building and liked it a lot. Wonder what the rooms in the older building are like – I’d request the annex next time actually.

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Reviewed October 24, 2004

Travelling back to the staes can be overwhelming and create a bit of anxiety. That is why I always stay at the Inn at Crystal Cove when returning to Beantown!!
Located 12 minutes from Logan Airport by car or taxi and a mere 30 minutes by subway and bus (the bus stop is conveniently located outside the inn), I am assured to be in a comfortable, affordable room soon after arriving from Europe. The inn is very pleasant and the staff is friendly and attentive to guest requests.

The rooms are clean and quiet and some offer kitchenettes and ammenities that may be be requested from the desk.

AND THE VIEW!!! For the extremely affordable rates, most rooms have a view of the Boston Skyline and the Boston Harbor. The shoreline which surrounds the inn and the cute neighborhood which houses the impressive site is nothing short of breathtaking.

For the price the Inn at Crystal Cove is the best deal in Boston....PERIOD!!!!

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Reviewed August 1, 2004

In making the reservation it was explained that due to respiratory problems we needed air conditioning.
They said we had it,but it turned out to be a central system which they shut down at night.
We had a coffee maker,but no grounds or milk.
The bath room sink had no light ,or sink plug, and was so small you could hardly lean over the sink.
All in all it was the most pathetic handi-cap room I have EVER seen.

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crystalcove600, Owner at The Inn at Crystal Cove, responded to this review, November 22, 2012
This review was posted over 8 years ago, and all of the issues mentioned here long since been addressed. We now have expanded access for the handicapped, and have made numerous other renovations and enhanced amenities over the years.
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Property: The Inn at Crystal Cove
Address: 600 Shirley St, Winthrop, MA 02152-1331
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Winthrop
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Winthrop
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — The Inn at Crystal Cove 2*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the seaside community of Winthrop, minutes from Logan International Airport and a short distance from Downtown Boston, The Inn at Crystal Cove boasts comfortable accommodations and a stunning view of Boston Harbor and city skyline. We provide complete living facilities, including fully-equipped kitchens, lounges, pool, free parking, cable television, free local calling and free wireless internet. ... more   less 
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