Positives: Hostel is in a gorgeous location. Good facilities nearby, subway is only 5 minutes walk. Lots of discounted tickets and info available at the front desk. Check in staff were polite and helpful. Common areas are large, a big lounge room, pool tables, tv area, good laundry facilities, computer area etc. Our room on the seventh floor was big and a very comfortable bed. Ceiling fan was perfect, did not need air con this time of year.
Negatives: bathrooms were below average. Two tiny shower cubicles per gender per floor. These showers were old and broken, ie when you turned them off they still leaked and lightly spat water out in every direction while you are trying to get changed in the tiny space adjacent to the shower. I don't believe these were cleaned the entire time I stayed (5 night) - the same broken orange scrunchy was on the shower floor each day, hair on the shower walls and floors. Our room also wasn't cleaned at all the whole stay. Same linen, same towels, bin wasn't emptied etc. This wasn't a huge deal as we are pretty clean anyway. The breakfast, which comes with the room rate, was okay food but the cleanliness of the dining hall was not good. Food scraps everywhere, food on the floor, tables not wiped after use - so if you get there towards the end of serving time, you have to sit at a dirty table and deal with the mess.
Overall, I probably wouldnt recommend it. Hygiene is a big deal I think and while excellent in other areas, 40 Berkeley was not up to scratch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Boston's historic South End within easy walking distance of Copley Square, Back Bay and downtown Boston, 40 Berkeley offers an unbeatable value for budget-minded travelers. Our 168 private guest rooms are an appealing alternative to Boston's high-priced hotel rooms. All have either a shared or private bathroom and many have spectacular views of Boston's skyline. The hotel's elegant main lobby and public spaces recall the building's storied history as the country's first YWCA. In addition to its dramatic interiors, the hotel has a lovely private patio garden where guests gather in the warmer months for socializing and impromptu events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 40 Berkeley Hotel Boston