I had to come to Boston on short notice recently when a friend passed away suddenly. The funeral was to be held at Copley Square so, not being very familiar with Boston/Cambridge, I wanted a hotel that was either nearby or close to public transit. Given the unplanned circumstances around my visit, I didn't want to bust my budget and all the hotels in the Back Bay are very expensive. Then the name of this hotel came up during a TripAdvisor search. The man who answered the phone when I called to inquire about availability and make a reservation was rather surly and that put me off a little, but in the end, I could not have been happier to discover this place. I would have been fine with one of their smaller rooms, but the only thing they had available was a Superior Suite. Compared to the rates of other hotels in the vicinity, the price of a suite was still cheaper than a single occupancy room just about anywhere else.
The hotel is steps away from the Charles/MGH T station with a CVS drugstore across the street and an upscale deli called Savenor's Market adjacent. The woman at the reception desk was friendly and helpful. My suite was on the 2nd floor, overlooking a highway exit ramp and the entrance to a footbridge that crosses the Charles River, but the building is surrounded by trees on that side and the windows are double paned so I didn't hear any noise at all. Even with Massachusetts General Hospital nearby, I didn't hear any ambulance sirens or helicopters. The rooms were clean, the bed was very comfortable, and the living area was well-furnished with a loveseat, table, microwave, refrigerator and bar sink. The bathroom was functionally sized and included lots of towels, a hairdryer, and many little bottles of Pantene shampoo. Water pressure was good. Extra blankets and a luggage rack were in one of two very large closets. The TV was the old CRT kind and the reception wasn't great, but I wasn't there to watch TV. The bedroom included a clock-radio and a separate iPod dock unit which I unplugged as it had a really bright display that would have affected my sleep. The temperature control worked fine too. Free wi-fi is available throughout the building and local telephone calls are also free. A continental breakfast is included at this hotel until 11:00 AM, and the offerings included a variety of croissants, muffins and danish, coffee, tea, juices and fresh apples and bananas - nothing special but perfectly fine. The sitting room where the food is set out is comfortably furnished with lots of seating and a choice of newspapers. Most of the other guests appeared to be affiliated with the hospital so it was a quiet, older, professional crowd. Besides the convenience of having a drugstore and deli so close by, Charles Street is a cute street with lots of charming shops and cafes and a very nice scale in that old Boston brick townhouse way. Getting to and from the airport was very easy with the T system (one transfer from the Red Line to the Silver Line, costs $2.50) and took about 40 minutes door-to-door.
If you are looking for luxurious amenities, this hotel is not for you. However, if you just want a clean, comfortable and very reasonably priced place to stay in Boston, I highly recommend John Jeffries House. I stayed for 2 nights, but this would be a great value for longer stays.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- John Jeffries House Hotel invites guests to experience the best that Boston has to offer. The stately red-brick building makes for a convenient base for exploring the thriving city, and when guests check in to this Beacon Hill hotel, Boston is at their fingertips. The 46 guestrooms at John Jeffries House Hotel resemble New England apartments, coupling traditional design and original detailing with modern amenities. Most rooms feature kitchenettes, allowing for extended stays at this downtown Boston hotel. Trained staff members ensure that every guest feels at home, providing a level of personalized service only found at a boutique hotel this size. In-the-know concierges, for example, can point couples to the city's most romantic date spots, or business travelers to the best cafés for getting extra work done. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- John Jeffries House Hotel Boston
- John Jeffries House Boston