40 Berkeley is very well situated in Boston's trendy South End. The directions on the website were easy to follow as this was my first time in America (and by myself) it seemed like a nice red brick building area.
First impressions: The lobby and common areas of 40 Berkeley is very large, reasonably comfortable and the decor is okay if not a little dated. There is both stairs and a lift, and the staff were very friendly and helpful.
Unfortunately my single room resembled a prison cell more than a bedroom. It was clean and tidy but with old dark wood furniture, a hard bed and little light- it wasn't the nicest thing to welcome me to the USA. The bathrooms were okay, nothing special but seemed clean enough.
That being said 40 Berkeley does offer a lot of activities for their guests to take part in which seemed really cool. It was also pretty reasonable at around $35-40 in June.
The free breakfast was canteen style in a basement dining room. Eggs, bacon, sausages as well as cereal and bakery good- it again was okay and of reasonable value for the price.
I stayed here for two nights and I did sleep well (despite the cell of a room). I would be unlikely to stay here again as there are nicer places on offer for a similar price, but if they were fully booked then I would come back to 40 Berkeley because all in all it is above average but not quite very good.
- 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