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“Reasonable but a bit misleading”
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40 Berkeley
Ranked #12 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Boston
London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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“Reasonable but a bit misleading”
Reviewed December 13, 2012

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.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

Overall I'm satisfied with this place. The only problem I have is the noise when I am sleeping. You can be easily waked up by the opening and closing doors of the rooms nearby. You can also easily hear people walking and talking outside your room. That's the thing I REALLY don't like when you have a hangover after parties at the Downtown. My suggestion is, if you have two people to share a room, go for those big names hotel and bid it on priceline. This place is only good for the people traveling alone with lower budgets.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Munich, Bayern, Germany
2 reviews
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

I was looking for an inexpensive, yet central place to stay in Boston for two nights. As I didn't find anything too negative for the 40 Berkeley and didn't have too high expectations (nothing but a clean bed in a single room, actually), I decided to give it a try.

The summary for this place would be: Okay. There's nothing especially brilliant about this place (except for the price, of course), and nothing that would be too bad.

Before traveling here, make sure you set your expectations right. It's a Hostel. It's very well located and very cheap. This should make most things clear: There's no luxury. Rooms are small, don't have air conditioning, have no fancy furniture at all. The floor is linoleum tiles, the bad a simple metal bed, desk and wardrobe look like they're 30 years old.

My room was clean. I inspected the bed intensively and found no traces whatsoever of bed bugs. The radiator was running fully all the time (and couldn't be regulated in any way), therefore the temperature was way too high, even though it was freezingly could outside. This resulted in having the window open all night. The floor was all silent, sleeping wasn't an issue (though a closed window would have enabled even deeper sleep).

The bathrooms are not the prettiest either, but acceptably clean.

The staff was very nice and helpful all the time.

Be aware that there's some permanent residents (obviously exclusively old ladies) living here, who seem to have had their best days of mental health some time ago. They won't so you no harm though, be nice and smile.

One more thing: Forget about the breakfast included, start your day properly by eating outside. Not only is the dining room awfully ugly, the warm breakfast has incredibly much fat in it, the sausages were soakingly fat, the scrambled egg barely tasted like egg, the bacon was way too hard, the staff behind the counter couldn't have been less interested in their guests. There are some nice cafés around, choose one and get something proper to eat.

All in all, location and price convince me to come back again next time.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Heraklion, Greece
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Reviewed December 5, 2012

This hostel looks like a dorm. Bathrooms are to share and they are clean in general lines. Rooms and share places are comfortable and nice. The breakfast is great and the staff is usually polite and helpful.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Purchase, New York
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

It is more like a dorm room than a hotel, so if you want to feel like you actually live in Boston, it is the place (there are some real residents as well). Bathroom is to share. People at the front desk are extra friendly and helpful. It is the place if you want to feel like living in Boston as a college student.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
1 review
Reviewed December 3, 2012

The staff were very friendly and helpful. The room was clean and their breakfast was very filling. Free coffee from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and they offer you ideas of where to go for sightseeing and various city offers.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Byron Bay, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed December 2, 2012

This place was horrible. Small rooms with old horrible furniture. The common bathrooms were disgusting, the worst Ive ever seen with mould, dripping taps and poor water pressure, (make sure you wear footwear if you are planning on showering here). There was a massive queue for breakfast which was practically inedible and I felt like I was in prison mess, the lady in charge of the kitchen spoke to us in the queue like we were 10 year olds, dumb ones!
There was some wierd long-term resident in the room next to mine, the backpackers sitting on the floor in the hallway outside my room informed me she was 'asking me to come visit her'!!!! Very creepy, so creepy I was too scared to go down the hallway in the night to use the disgusting bathroom, so I just held on until the morning.
The reception staff were very nice, gave good directions and were very helpful and friendly.
I paid around $120 Australian for the 1 night I spent here, (thank goodness I didnt plan on staying any longer) which was extremely expensive for what you got, a yucky old room in a yucky old place. Not recommended.

Room Tip: I cant imagine there are any good rooms in this overpriced place.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Property: 40 Berkeley
Address: 40 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116-6316
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > South End
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Boston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — 40 Berkeley 2*
Number of rooms: 168
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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