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John Jeffries House
Ranked #10 of 39 Boston B&B and Inns
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2005

This is a very nice place to stay with an excellent location and rates that are great for Boston. We stayed six nights in mid-May and had a great time. The "T" (MBTA) stop is right across the street and Boston Common is just six short blocks down Charles Street. There are several great restaurants on Charles St and downtown, the North End and Back Bay are just a short "T" ride away.

The staff was great- we took the red-eye from California and arrived at the hotel at 11 a.m. We had e-mailed ahead and were told they would try their best but couldn't guarantee the room would be ready until 2 p.m. But upon arrival, our room was already ready and we had the impression it had been one of the first rooms made up that morning.

The room had a micorwave and small refrigerator which was very nice to have. Our room had a queen bed and a sofa bed, both were very comfortable. The rooms are converted from the orignal nurses dormitory for the Mass Ear & Eye Infirmary and the place has a great charm because of this. The gathering room on the 1st floor is a great place to sit and read or meet folks. The contienetal breakfast was ok, enough to get us through to lunch, but if you want a big breakfast, there are several good places near by.

One Tripadvisor review complained about being by Mass General and all of the noise, but we didn't find it to be a problem at all. The ambulances rarely used their sirens and then only to clear traffic- not the constant wail we found in NYC or SF.

If you're looking for a lot of ammenties such as bell-hops, room services, etc. stay at the Parker House or someplace similar. But if you want a nice room, with a friendly staff, good rates and an excellent location.

  • Stayed May 2005
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2005

Wonderful, charming comfortable hotel---formerly nurses residence ( across from Mass. Gen. Hospital.) Has been reurbished in very good taste while maintaining its small hotel charm. The employees were very helpful and friendly and I felt they were attentive to my needs as I was traveling alone.
Across from "T" stop (red-line)which I took over to Cambridge and the other direction--downtown and directly into the basement of Filene's!!!. Charles River Esplanade is accessable via elevated walk way right out the door.
I had a single room with twin size bed ($95)It was small but I did not feel closed in. Small kitchenette (refrig, micro-wave and full size stove with oven)good size bathroom-tub with shower.
Continential Bfst every AM.in comfortable lobby.
One block down Charles St, is small grocery store which had fresh vegetables, breads, gourmet soups and entrees. 2 more blocks, post office, Italian restaurant then Bakery with desserts and sandwiches, two more blocks 7-11 for more mundane items with Starbucks across st. Many antiques shops and even a "neighborhood' hardware store. After walking 6-7 blocks you come to Beacon St. across from the Commons..
When ever I return to Boston I plan to stay there again...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2005

We found this B&B to be just what we were after -- quaint, non-chain accomodation in a convenient location.

The parking was a bit tricky but once parked, we got around on foot and using the T. The immediate location isn't beautiful, but Charles Street is just around the corner and is my most favorite places on earth!

The staff wasn't your typical American gushingly friendly, but that's OK with us. Breakfast is rather basic, but in reality, we don't eat a giant breakfast every morning, so it's fine.

Our room was cute and spacious, and we appreciated having the fridge. The AC worked too.

  • Stayed July 2004
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2005

We were looking for an inexpensive hotel in inner Boston which was not a chain. John Jeffries is an old hospital building converted into a hotel. It has a pleasant Victorian atmosphere, but the bathrooms are modern and the rooms pleasant. If one had wanted to prepare food the rooms have a small kitchen attached. The common rooms are lovely. It is accross the street from the T (metro) which is handy and just at the foot of Beacon hill so lots of nice restaurants are around the corner.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2005

Having based my choice on the reviews of previous visitors I was not dissappointed by the facilities offered at John Jefferies House.

The location next to the T is excellent with plenty of eating places on the adjacent Charles Street. I used the hotel as a base for the Boston Marathon as the bus collection point to the start was a 20 min walk across the common.The finishing line at Boylsdon Street is also 20 mins away.

The view of the Charles River from my 4th Floor room was excellent. Noise levels were acceptable (mainly noise from the T which stops late at night anyway) Room (single) was well appointed if slightly small and breakfast choice could be improved.

All in all the hotel was excellent value for money and I would definitely stay at John Jeffries again.

  • Stayed April 2005
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2005

The hotel is very nice and has obviously undergone a number of recent renovations and upgrades. It almost has a Jekyll-and-Hyde location in that it's got beautiful Beacon Hill with its tranquil side streets on one side of it but is bordered by busy streets across from a hospital and a T stop undergoing construction on the other. The cost was outstanding considering its location in one of the more expensive cities in the U.S. and I'd stay here again. Here's my rundown of some pros and cons:

1) The staff was polite enough and the crib for our son was set up in advance for us with linens included. Also, we had no problems being buzzed in either the front or back entrance (which closes after dark) like other reviewers have said.

2) The rooms were extremely clean (no water spots, dirty carpets, etc., like another reviewer stated) and the bathroom was especially luxurious with beautiful tiling and built-in shelves. The kitchen was a tiny strip of a countertop but had all the necessities including a sink, stovetop, mini microwave, mini (really mini) fridge, utensils, plates, etc.

3) While we griped about it being a bit small, we, as Americans, are used to oversized rooms. Given the hotel's location in an old building built at a time when rooms were much smaller and also the fact that it's in Boston, the most European of U.S. cities, I understand the rooms' sizes. We booked the largest room possible (the Deluxe Suite) but still had to move a bedroom dresser into the living room just to make room for the crib. Also, maneuvering the stroller into the room was quite a chore due to the tight hallway between the bedroom and living room

4) The outside noise was not particularly bothersome other than the usual city noise. We're suburbanites and live in an extremely quiet neighborhood, so coming to the city, we did pick up on the sirens, the T trains (which don't run all night) and the street cleaner, but nothing was obnoxious. Worst was probably the drunk kids hooting and hollering coming out the Beacon Hill Tavern across the street, but that was only for about 15 minutes after the bar closed (lasting until 2:30 am) while they waited for taxis on Saturday night. Rather than get mad, I simply took refuge in the fact knowing they'd be feeling worse in the morning than I would. Basically, you're staying in the city for a reason (to be close to the attractions and to the subway) and you just have to expect some noise... common sense tells you that. If you want utter peace and quiet, vacation in the Berkshires or in Cape Cod, not in Boston.

5) The beds were SMALL (a double bed in the bedroom) and a twin bed in the living room, and were not particularly comfortable. Overall, all the furniture is on a very small scale, with the largest piece in the living room being a loveseat (which pulls out into the twin bed).

6) I agree with a previous reviewer about the breakfast... the pastries were, indeed, dull. I think they could really do with expanding the selection. On the plus side, having free coffee, tea, hot chocolate and a great fruit basket available around the clock was great.

Overall, it was a good experience and I'd go back. One recommendation about the room locations: try and get a third or fourth (top) floor room overlooking the Charles River. You'll be away from the side that faces the hospital and T, and while there's a busy street between the hotel and the river, if you're up higher, you probably won't notice the noise so much, and you'll get beautiful views of sailboats on the water.

  • Stayed April 2005
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2005

The service we received was top notch right from the start. The rooms offered more than we expected, and with a red line stop right across the street and a discounted parking garage right next door, we are sure to be back soon.

  • Stayed January 2005, traveled on business
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Property: John Jeffries House
Address: 14 David G. Mugar Way, Boston, MA 02114-3203
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > Beacon Hill
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Boston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — John Jeffries House 3*
Number of rooms: 46
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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