I have a tendency to try to stay in B & B’s when I visit Boston, but I’m beginning to wonder if everyone who operates such lodging in Boston greets guests by saying, “Whaddaya want?”
We arrived on a Sunday for a three day visit around 3 pm (daughter’s college graduation was the next day) and needed a door code to get in. When we were able to reach someone to let us in and provide us with the door code, he was irritated and indicated that he had sent us the code with the confirmation. (Having a smart phone, I was able to check, and no one sent us a door code). He told us what the door code was and left. Shortly afterward, we found our room keys in an envelope on a side table with a sticky note on each one indicating that the outside door code was a different number from the one we had just been given. Once we figured out which one was right, it turned out not to be the one on the sticky note. This was becoming a comedy of errors.
The continental breakfast was minimal, but okay – coffee, tea, two types of juice, a bit of fruit (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon), bagels, toast, yogurt, and your choice of several dry breakfast cereals.
We were a party of three – with two in one large room (with bath) and one in an adjacent small room. The facility itself has an interesting history and is located in a very nice area of Boston. The rooms are clean and there has been an effort to upgrade the bathrooms since this is a very old building. While the facility is clean and serviceable, it is not luxurious and seems a bit tired compared to the photographs on the website. If you are in a small bedroom, you needed to use the hall bath which is shared by others on the floor. There is a sign in the bedroom that tells you that bathrobes will be provided upon request. Knowing you have to use a hall bathroom, it seems like they could just have the bathrobe the room. I was afraid to call the “surly door code man” and ask if I could have a bathrobe – I guess you have to request one in advance, or arrive on a Saturday.
There are no televisions, which was fine for us (and we were aware of this), since we spend most of our days out with our daughter. There are some common rooms – including a room with a grand piano -- but these are only open to Club members. My son (who is classically trained) asked if he might be permitted to play the piano. He was told by the event manager not to play on Monday since they were having a meeting of some sort, but that it would be alright on Tuesday morning. As we were checking out, his father proudly remarked to the office worker that it was his son who was playing. As you may be able to guess, although he had been given permission, the office worker went to the music room and told him that, although he played beautifully, he could not be permitted. This would be fine, except that I overheard the office worker consult with the event manager who had given him permission, and the event manager denied having given my son permission. I can only speculate that he was afraid of getting in trouble for giving permission to a non-Club member, but again, it was weird.
All in all, this made for a strange visit to the College Club. The mix-up with the door code, the surly attitude of the person who let us in, the “yes you can play the piano -- no you can’t play the piano” issue, I can only say the place wasn’t very welcoming.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The College Club's eleven guest rooms offer Back Bay charm and personal comfort to visitors. Six rooms have decorative fireplaces and private baths, while the five single occupancy rooms have shared baths. Each room's decor is unique to the college it represents. Free wireless internet is available. A complimentary continental breakfast is offered daily. Located in Boston's historic Back Bay, The Club is within walking distance of the Freedom Trail, Theater District, Beacon Hill, Public Garden, and Copley Square. There are many excellent restaurants and shops all within walking distance of The College Club. ... more less
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