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The Boston Common Hotel and Conference Center
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

The only two positive topics are: location (near the center); and this is the reason because I gave 2/5 to this hotel. I was in this hotel 1 year and a half ago.
Unlucky, from my part all the other is fully negative: the hotel is not a hotel (there is neither an indication for it), it's difficult to find a 'real' concierge, the staff is unfriendly and all the building is old and is really needing a deep resctructuring. The rooms have very old forniture and the the bathroom services are worst, if possible. The windows are'nt closing good, the fridge doesn't work... The price is perfectly comparable to other hotel in the same area. Finally, the breakfast quality has to be improved at all.
That's all.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled solo
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5  Thank gio1962car
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights in May 2013. The best thing about this hotel is the location. Close to Copley Square and Back Bay tube and train stations. If you are just here to sleep then this should be fine for you as I found the rooms quiet (on the 6th floor) and had a good nights sleep each night with minimal noise. The rooms were large with lots of cable channels and free wifi in the lounge (not rooms).

The bad points: The hotel reception staff were un-professional and not helpful which sadly seemed to act like a disease and spread to each member of front desk staff. The rooms were dated, especially the bathrooms. They need to rip out the buff/brown coloured tiled and worn baths and replace everything with a white suite. If you like to have a bath, I would choose not to stay here because the tub is so old and scratched that it will always feel dirty. Even she shower curtain, which is a simple thing to update was old fashioned. The breakfast and breakfast area was so bad that we had to laugh. If breakfast is important to you and you look forward to a table clothed area with relaxing music and being served coffee then do not stay here. It felt like some kind of prison or mental health institution. The cutlery and plates were plastic, and there were only paper cups for coffee and juice. Unlike a prison there was no member of staff to clean or clear the tables. I only had breakfast here on the first morning.

This was one of the cheapest hotels in the area, and I would stay here again, but you get what you pay for!

  • Stayed: May 2013
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1  Thank faith246
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

Stayed here in mid-May with my girlfriend for 3 nights.

The hotel is in a great location, just a few minutes walk from Back Bay station and close to Copley subway station. The first impression I got when I entered the hotel was how dated it looked. The staff were not very friendly and gave no information about the area.

The room was a decent size and the bed was comfortable. The rooms could do with a paint job, the bathroom door had a wonky handle, the bath was chipped and didn't look clean, the carpet had stains on it.......the list goes on.

I wouldn't bother with the "breakfast" at the hotel. I have had better breakfasts at £30 per night hostels. All plates and cutlery were plastic along with paper cups. Muffins and bagels were not fresh and the coffee was not drinkable.

For nearly $200 per night I expect more. If you just want somewhere to sleep in a great location and don't care about breakfast or tired looking rooms than the Boston Common hotel will meet your needs.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Sean_No1
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

If you are visiting Boston as a tourist you shouldn't spend much time in your hotel anyway, this is a basic hotel, in need of freshening up, but it is clean, quiet and in a nice area. A good variety of TV channels, a cheap booked cab to Logan ($17), free internet downstairs and patchy free Wifi (had to go down the corridor from our room!) and the price are good, the welcome we got (although the same reception staff were nicer on our departure) and the general run down feeling of the corridors, bathrooms and rooms not so (although as I said, clean). Would book here again at the right price for the location...

Room Tip: Ask for a renovated room, I think they are working on it...
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Madrileno_Joe
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

The Good - location, location, location. Close to everything downtown. The staff, very pleasant and helpful.

The Bad
Breakfast - an absolute disgrace. They hold be ashamed of it.
The rooms, tired, grubby and worn. Thin walls.
Banging doors, very noisy -take earplugs
Bathroom, poor water pressure, poorly designed, almost impossible to shut the door unless you are actually standing in the bathtub

I can't believe that thre re not better options for $200 ++ per night

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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Thank OnandelBangkok
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