Think of this as a comfortable, quirky pied-a-terre in a historic an charming residential neighborhood in the heart of Boston, and you can have a wonderful stay. Our room was small and the bathroom simple, but it was bright, airy, well equipped and had a fabulous corner view. The staff were welcoming and very helpful. The food in the bistro, including the complimentary hot breakfast, was excellent: it's one of the really good restaurants in Boston. There's a cozy bar downstairs and an open-air balcony on the third floor from which you can enjoy the views. And all of this was within walking distance of most of downtown Boston, half a block from the Common and the Public Garden and four blocks along Charles Street from the subway to Cambridge.
But if you think of this as a full service hotel, or a business hotel, you are going to be disappointed. The room is so small that there's little work space. The friendly and well-intentioned staff in the restaurant are unbelievably, achingly slow. The elevator doesn't go to the top two floors. And you have to walk outdoors, across that charming balcony, to get from one part of the building to the other. There's no in-house valet service, no real unloading zone in front, and you have to park your car yourself in the nearby Common garage. The windows are not double glazed, and the wonderful view of Charles and Chestnut streets comes with a lot of noise.
Bottom line: We were on vacation, and we loved it. We'll probably return. But not if we're on business, or even on a schedule.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only a few short steps from the Boston Common and Public Garden, the intimate Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro is the perfect downtown boutique hotel for discriminating travelers – business or leisure – who would like to make the elegant and prestigious gas-lit streets and brick sidewalks of Beacon Hill their own, without giving up the comforts they expect. The hotel's highly-lauded and award-winning restaurant, Beacon Hill Bistro, has emerged as a true regional culinary destination. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beacon Hill Hotel
- Hotel Beacon Hill