We recently stayed at 82 Chandler for 3 nights. We booked the trip last minute and didn’t have many options in central Boston so this was the best we could find. We paid $215 a night which I think is fine for Boston but for the room we got I find it was overpriced. Plus was charge 5% for using my credit card which they didn’t tell me in advance that would happen as they prefer to take cash or cheque. The room we had was at the third floor. It was very large and had nice big windows. In terms of the décor though it felt like it was decorated with leftovers from grandma’s house. As well the layout was weird. There was a sink in the room and the bathroom was basically a closet. And there was a little kitchenette in another closet. Overall it felt like a student bachelor apartment. The bathroom was the worst part of the room. Like I said it was tiny. Just enough room for a metal shower stall and toilet. When sitting on the toilet the bathroom door was almost in your face. For the price I would expect something nicer. I almost didn’t want to step into the shower stall without flip flops on as it had a hostel type feel to it.
The hosts Dominic and Jose were very nice though. Breakfast was served at 9am at the top floor. It was a continental breakfast with coffee, tea, orange juice, fresh fruit salad, and either bagels or baked bread. It was nicer then I had expected.
The location of the inn is fantastic though. The residential street it’s on is beautiful and there are lots of restaurants around. The area felt very safe to walk around at night. As well the Back Bay subway station is closeby which is really convenient. Though pretty much all the attractions you want to see are within 15 minutes walking distance away. The hotel does not have parking so you either have to try to find a visitor parking spot which there are very few empty ones. On Clarendon st is where most of them are. Or park at the lot on Warren St which is $26 a night. For the first 2 nights we parked in the lot but on our last night we were lucky to find street parking for free.
For dinner try Franklin Café. It was chaotic when we went on Friday night but we were able to grab some seats at the bar and the bartender service was excellent. We ordered drinks and a whole bunch of apps and everything was great. Mussels were especially good. We also had dinner at the Metropolis Café which has a quieter atmosphere and that was very nice too. The salmon was excellent.
Because of what you get for the price I would not stay here again. If we had more options with our last minute trip I would find something that had more value. I am definitely not against smaller inns and b&bs and I often enjoy them more then large hotels. But this one was not up to par for the price. Our next stop on our trip was Cooperstown and we also stayed at a b&b and I breathed a sigh of relief when I walked in the room. I realized what an exceptional b&b experience should be like, and it made 82 Chandler seem like shabby student dorm. If they completely redecorated the room and rehauled the bathroom it would be something really special but until then I wouldn’t stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vacation rental This beautiful, historic, four-story brick townhouse in the South End in Boston was tastefully renovated in a traditional style that provides modern day convenience and comfort. The rooms are accessed from a lovely Victorian central stairway; and they are equipped with private baths with showers, kitchenettes, a comfortable queen bed, direct-dial telephone, high speed Internet, and individually-controlled window air conditioners. The lovely rooms are beautifully decorated in unique color schemes and are filled with antiques and appointments that evoke memories of the home's original era. Each room has a kitchenette with a Microwave, 2 burner stove, small refrigerator, sink, and a tea kettle. Unit 7, on the 4th floor is a private 2-room suite with bedroom with a queen and a single bed, bath with shower, and full kitchen. In the winter the rooms are rented for extended stay periods with one month minimums. The location is ideal for tourists and those attending events in Copley Square and the Hynes Convention center. It is near many shops and restaurants and a quick walk to the Back Bay Subway and Amtrak lines with easy access to the Boston Convention Center and other areas of Boston, Cambridge and Brookline. ... more less