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“Great alternative to the big hotels” 4 of 5 stars
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Newbury Guest House
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   261 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)   |  
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Ranked #47 of 82 Hotels in Boston
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Great alternative to the big hotels”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

We had a 3 night B&B stay here before setting off on our tour of New England. The location is excellent with most places you might want to visit within walking distance and, if not, the T subway is just along the road. Our room was clean and comfortable and provided all the amenities you would get in the big hotels. The staff were welcoming and friendly and complimentary coffee is constantly available on the ground floor next to reception. Breakfast was buffet style, both hot and cold, and was the same each day but that was fine by us. Being an older building there are lots of steps and even though there is a lift to all floors this might be an issue for the lesser abled. Also, being situated on the busy Newbury Street, be prepared for traffic noise at night.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Roger0150
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Fantastic location. Right in the middle of the vibe of Boston. Room modern, clean and spacious.
Breakfast basic but good. Staff friendly and helpful. Would not hesitate to recommend to others and stay again ourselves.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank sueg G
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St Paul, MN,
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I booked several nights in March 2014 - a good 5 months away. The entire hotel cost went directly on my credit card. I wasn't expecting that - so cancelled my reservation within two days of making it.

When I cancelled - I was charged a $25 booking fee. All cancellations made before "March 2014" are charged this.

1. I understand a cancellation fee- but five months out? And within a day of making the reservation?
2. I did not understand the cost was going to go onto my credit card immediately. I know this can be standard, but I didn't understand that, and didn't read any fine print to point that out. I am saving to make the trip - don't have it all yet!

I'm sure this guest house is lovely, and I hope I may indeed stay there sometime. But - I didn't appreciate the charge, nor the immediate full charge to my credit card.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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8 Thank StopSmellRoses
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Newport, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

We stayed at the Newbury Guest House for 4 days pre cruise in September.
A great location and way more personal than chain hotels of a similar price.
Close to the T, Copely Place shops and a 10 minute stroll to Boston common.
Good shops, bars, restaurants and a small supermarket with a great wine cellar nearby.
WiFi and an excellent breakfast included in the room rate.
Strongly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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4 Thank Jivechris
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Had the pleasure of staying here for 3 nights over the Easter holiday season, and all I can say is that it was ideal. Superb location in the heart of the great boutique shops and cafes of Newbury Street while being short works to all of Bostons lovely attractions (Boston Common, Beacon Hill ext..) But perhaps the best thing I can say about the Newbury Guesthouse is that it feels quintessentially Boston, and in my personal opinion much better than the bland and boring chain hotels that our also available at a similar price bracket.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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3 Thank RossMarkW
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Wellford
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Spent 4 nights here. It is a charming inn in the middle of all the action. We were within walking distance of everything/ or close to the T that we could get where we needed to be without any trouble. We had a quiet, comfortable room on the fourth floor ( yes, there is an elevator). The breakfast each morning was very good......just wish offerings varied. Rather pricey, but I guess location and season played a part in that.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Paula M
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Silver City, New Mexico
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

This place is in a good location, but the hotel is shabby and needs a lot of work. Our room faced the alley and there were chunks of peeling paint falling off the ceiling in the bathroom. The carpet in the reception area and up the stairs looked like it hadn't been vacuumed in days.

The breakfast was mediocre, and the girl at reception was somewhat surly. Shop around!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars
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2 Thank sue m
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Property: Newbury Guest House
Address: 261 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > Back Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#7 Best Value Hotel in Boston
#29 Family Hotel in Boston
#41 Romantic Hotel in Boston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Newbury Guest House 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boutique Hotel located in the upscale Back Bay section of Boston. ... more   less 
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