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“A Gem in the South End Neighborhood of Boston”

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The 1863 House Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #6 of 30 Specialty Lodging in Boston
Reviewed June 23, 2013

I just returned from a 2 night stay at this architecturally stunning Victorian row house in Boston's South End. Ben and Jane make you feel extremely welcome in their home from the time you arrive. I was traveling alone, and was in the city to visit my daughter. The towels were plush, the bed comfortable, and the shared bathroom worked well. A room air conditioner kept the space cool during one warm night. I loved the breakfast selections, and looked forward to Ben's fresh squeezed orange juice. Ben and Jane are great ambassadors for their city and gave great suggestions for activities (solstice concerts) and restaurants. The area is an arts mecca, with the Boston Center for the Arts around the corner. The Back Bay T stop is a short walk, and Copley Square is a 10-15 minute walk.I cannot wait to plan my next visit.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

Spent two nights in this beautiful home, room on the top floor back bedroom, no other guests so had the bathroom to ourselves - big plus. Ben and Jane made us feel like friends and provided useful information on roaming the city sights. Very central either for walking to Copley Square, Newbury Street, bus to Cambrige or T at Back Bay. Would highly recommend and would stay here again if visiting Boston.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

Friendly hosts, accomodating, very nice historic home. Neighborhood is very pretty and close to Back Bay Amtrak and T station and 10 minute walk to Copley Square. Enjoy the surroundings and the nice hosts.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

A beautiful, comfortable house in a great location. Jane and Ben were kind, very helpful, and provided a great breakfast every morning. It was much better than a hotel because of the level of comfort and the kindness of the hosts. Highest of recommendations.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

We stayed for one week at the end of October, start of November. The house is just lovely. A beautiful airy town house full of lovely furniture and interesting artefacts. We were on the top floor, back room in a spacious, light, warm room. So cosy. We were so pleased we chose this B&B rather than a standard hotel.
Breakfast was plentiful. A choice of cereals and pastries, fruit, and just help yourself from the fridge! Excellent coffee and orange juice. Sometimes Ben joined us at breakfast which was an extra treat. He is an interesting, thoughtful man.
South End is a lovely area. We liked to walk round looking at the houses and the little green spaces. It's also easy walking distance to many interesting sites, and to the subway. We felt completely safe walking about at night too.
However the best thing was that we were there for Hurricane Charlie and for Halloween. Jane and Ben were so kind, inviting us to dinner because everywhere was closed because of the hurricane, and also then inviting us to join them for trick and treating on their front step. Their hospitality exceeded expectations by a long way.
Jane and Ben are a wonderful couple, incredibly interesting and generous.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

We spent three nights at the 1863 House in October. From the airport we got the T to Back Bay and then walked 8 or 10 minutes to teh B&B, which is just off Tremont St.
Ben met us, made us some tea and chatted for a while about Boston and what we could do. We were also offered use of museum cards etc. Ben showed us our room, which was on the top floor with a shared bathroom. The room was big and the bed comfortable. We had no problems with the shared bathroom. Got up second one day and had to wait to use it. No big deal.
The house is very well maintained and tastefully furnished and it was very enjoyable to arrive back in the evening. If Ben or Jane were around they always had time for a chat or a quick word. After sightseeing all day we sat and watched TV and had a beer and were joined by Jane who was excellent company.
Breakfast was fresh squeezed OJ, Tea/coffee, cereal, berries, yoghurt and biscotti. Very tasty indeed.
I don't think I can fault the 1863 House. We were made to feel very welcome and were relaxed during our three day stay.
I suppose I never write bad reviews but that just means I don't write about bad places. This is one of the best. Highly recommended if you are travelling to Boston.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

Jane and Ben were very attentive and gracious hosts from our arrival to our departure. We had the rooms on the top floor (four levels no elevator) giving us good work out, but no one was complaining from the group (4 people). It was a scorcher during our stay and the window air conditioners had to work hard to keep the rooms comfortable. breakfast was healthy with a variety of fresh fruits every day. The rooms were clean and the beds were comfortable. The location is very convenient, only a couple of minutes from the Prudential Center and the subway. We had lovely conversations with our hosts over breakfast, when they were around. All in all we enjoyed our stay at The 1863 House B&B and would gladly return on subsequent visits to Boston.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The 1863 House Bed and Breakfast

Address: W Canton St at Montgomery St, Boston, MA 02118
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > South End
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 30 Specialty Lodging in Boston
Price Range: $125 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
These delightful hosts have been residents of their centrally-located South End neighborhood for 27 years. They offer three guest rooms and lots of local knowledge! Their brick bow front Victorian townhouse was built in 1863 and features a new gourmet kitchen with a deck overlooking a secluded garden for quiet continental breakfasts. Each bedroom has a double antique brass bed with an antique quilt, a desk, and a decorative fireplace. The two fourth floor guest rooms share a bath with tub and shower. The third floor room shares the hosts' bathroom that contains a claw foot tub/shower. ... more   less 

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