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“Bags of character in a historic area” 4 of 5 stars
Review of 463 Beacon Street Guest House

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463 Beacon Street Guest House
Ranked #31 of 41 Boston B&B and Inns
Cheshunt Herts
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30 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Bags of character in a historic area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

We booked a deluxe room.
It was great to be staying in the historic BackBay area of Boston. Very convenient location to get around Boston on foot or by T train.
Large room included a sofa and microwave with crockery but no cutlery.
Comfortable room and bed.
A bit tired in places but forgiven because of the character of the room.
No maid service.
Not enough hangers.
No hairdryer.
Good value for city accomodation.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Benicia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

This was my first time in Boston and 463 Beacon was the perfect fit for my weekend stay. The location is great--very close to Newbury Street, Fenway Park, and a T station. Made it very easy to navigate the city. The staff were helpful and friendly, and the room I stayed in was quaint and clean. Would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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New Mexico
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

This is the second time we have stayed here and the experience was not positive enough to return again. The location is great and the outside gives you hope that this is a unique historic lodging. Inside, the rooms have much to be desired. The historic rooms have been bizarrely divided off and cheaply retrofitted with tiny bathrooms. The fixtures are low quality. The shower head was taped with clear tape. There are not any shelves to put your toothbrushes, etc. The beds are sagging and covered with bad pillows and polyester bedspreads. The tiny and cheap AC units are not adequate to cool the rooms. The staff was not helpful or knowledgeable about major attractions. Leaves were left uncleaned on the stairs for days. It just doesn’t seem that management gives a damn about maintaining a higher level of service. It could be so much better, but now it is such a disappointment.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Richmond, MA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

I reserved a room for one night during the height of the heat wave. The front desk person I spoke with said they had one room left and it was on the fourth floor. For $150, I assumed that the room had air conditioning. I found out in my confirmation email that it didn't. Just a fan and a small window. Well, the outside temp. was almost 100, and it was like a blast furnace in the room. I put the fan on, and went out for the evening. Upon my return, the fan had been turned off, and the room was sweltering. I slept on a park bench on nearby Commonwealth Mall. It was much more comfortable than the bed, and about 30 degrees cooler! The only positive this place has going for it is its location. The accommodations are more like a hostel, and the cost should be just a fraction of what they charge.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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4 Thank Veganvet
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Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

This is our second time staying at 463 Beacon. We love the location, as it is walkable to a great Chinese restaurant, an Irish pub, a mini-mart, Newbury Street and a subway station. You can also go for a stroll or jog along the river, and if travelling with kids let them run off some steam in a lovely little playground.

The main downside of this guest house is the lack of elevator. If you are travelling with a lot of luggage, then request a room at the basement, first or second (maximum) floor. We so wanted to stay here that we willingly lugged our large cases all the way up to a 5th floor loft room.

If you love Edwardian ambiance and want to be in a great location to explore Boston, this is a good place for you. If you want a very posh, cushy-luxurious accommodation, then it most likely won't fit your bill. Rooms are not sparkling new, but they are cleaned well. We've never had problems with noise. Most rooms have a sink/microwave area, and some have small kitchenettes - handy, if you plan to be in town longer than a few nights.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Canada
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29 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

A converted large family home near downtown. Many homes on Beacon street have been converted to guest homes. The location is good near the T line . (2.5 blocks).
Trying to get a room during commencement week in Boston is a challenge of sorts. This was the only room available for us at close $265.00/night.
The rooms are quaint and full of heritage furniture and decorations. A large old fashioned bed, but for us mattress far too soft.
Amenities are just in the bathroom, which is clean and modern. Very thin walls separate your bathroom with the one of your neighbor. My wife thought I was talking to her which actually was the neighbour man in his bathroom.
Service is only on request . Towels were exchanged but the bed not made! not a big deal but it was unexpected.
We arrived late pm and were advised to enter with the assistance of a key drop box, as the desk closes around 20.00 hrs. Despite many tries we were unable to open the box. No matter how hard we tried. Lucky for us another established guest arrived who in turn let us in.
There is coffee in the morning. Our room at the back of the house was quiet. Beacon street itself is a busy and noisy street during the day.
There was no need for AC, although we noticed a portable AC set in the closet for summer times.

Room Tip: Try to get a room at the back of the place. No elevators, only stairs
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Janmnoren41
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ypsilanti
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320 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

$159 for a medium size room with bath. Pluses, set in grand Victorian townhouse that will have would be interior decorators imaging how gorgeous the rooms could be. Close to BU, Fenway, shopping on Newbury St. Minuses, no sound proofing, telephone, front desk from evening to 8am, maid service! Hair dryer, shampoo or other amenities. Some may find this a fair trade off, others will hate it.

Room Tip: Rooms at back might be quieter, some share baths so be forewarned and ask!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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5 Thank YpsilantiFoodie
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Property: 463 Beacon Street Guest House
Address: 463 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02115-1301
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > Back Bay
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Ranked #31 of 41 B&Bs / Inns in Boston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 20
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