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“College Club Was Not Very Welcoming to this Family”

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The College Club of Boston
Ranked #11 of 37 Boston B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 7, 2011

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.

Room Tip: Call ahead to request a bathrobe and the door code
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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 2, 2011

I travelled to Boston for a long weekend recently and struggled to find reasonably priced accommodation as I'm a single traveller.

The College Club has single and double rooms and was perfect!

Very clean, beautifully decorated and in a GREAT location, actually the BEST location in Boston. Its in the beautiful Back Bay area, close to the parks, Charles River, tourist sites and shopping areas. The included Breakfast was basic, but all one needs. The staff was very helpful.

Friends who live in Boston cannot believe it was so reasonably priced, and in such a good location.

I can definately recommend this hotel and would look no further if I visit Boston again.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 19, 2011

We spent 4 nights at this wonderful B & B and wish we could have stayed longer. It was like living in our own luxury home in Boston. 2 years ago the guest rooms were redecorated, each by a separate designer in a style reflecting the beauty and luxury of a bygone era. Our room was enormous with a king size bed, a full walk-in closet, a private (small but adequate) bath, comfortable chairs, plenty of storage drawers, a stocked bookshelf, and a bay window overlooking beautiful tree-lined Commonwealth Avenue. The rates were very reasonable for this grand location in Back Bay, right down the street from Boston Common, a block from Newbery Street. Breakfast was included consisting of an assortment of breads, cereals, fruit, juices, boiled eggs, yogurt. Snacks and beverages were available free of charge at any time. We wouldn't stay anywhere else in Boston!

Room Tip: Any of the double rooms would be wonderful.
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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 19, 2011

An absolutely fantastic place to stay!
We had a late arrive and as per their email said, they had an envelope inside their premises for our attention with instructions, etc.
When we arrived, we were surprised of how beautiful decorated this building was. Our bedroom was huge and the beds were very comfy (we had 2 twin beds and 2 rollaway ones, which were surprisingly comfortable). It made us feel like being at home.

The following morning we had Continental breakfast and, once again, the quality and presentation was great.

There is nothing bad to say about this place. The staff is very helpful, the place is very clean, beds and shower are great, and its location is fantastic.

If there is a next time I ever travel to Boston, this is the place I will stay.

A huge Thank you to The College Club of Boston for making our stay so special!

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank Fortigal
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Reviewed May 13, 2011

We stayed in the College Club for three nights mid April 2011 and were very happy with our choice. It is perfectly positioned for walking access to Back Bay Station (where we arrived from Washington) and very close to the metro station Arlington. The Club is so central it is easy walking distance to many of the attractions in Boston - the nearby Newbury St, Beacon Hill where there are many excellent restaurants and the Common. Boston is a lovely walking city and it was a joy to be so close to everything.

Commonwealth St is as elegant as it looks in the photos, as is the property. Our third floor room at the front overlooking the street was enormous and beautifully put together. The lack of a television in the room did not bother us at all - in fact I often feel a TV in a period room detracts from the atmosphere.

If we ever return to Boston we will stay in the Club again, without hestitation.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 30, 2011

This was our first experience staying in an urban B&B and the stay exceeded our expectations. Our room, the Conn. College room, was tastefully decorated and had beautiful views of Commonwealth Avenue.The Club is conveniently located in Town and we used our "Charlie Card" to go everywhere. We will be back again.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank molockwood
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Reviewed April 19, 2011

My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The College Club. It's central location, impecably clean rooms and little extras (the cookies in the afternoon) made our time in Boston as relaxed and comfortable as it could be for our college tours trip.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Address: 44 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02116-3104
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > Back Bay
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 37 B&Bs / Inns in Boston
Price Range: $190 - $395 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The College Club of Boston 2.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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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