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The College Club of Boston
Ranked #10 of 37 Boston B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 28, 2010

The College Club of Boston is a delightful collection of exquisitely restored rooms to a more peaceful era where one feels all the civility that we are missing in our fast paced society. I highly recommend taking a step back in time to enjoy the beautifully appointed rooms of this Victorian brownstone in the heart of Boston.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 9, 2010

Good spot in an old brownstone and easy to walk for sightseeing, restaurants and shopping. No laundry facilities and staff not so helpful to find one! The surrounding area is beautiful. Rooms are very plush and comfortable. We had one with ensuite but rooms with shared bathroom looked good and not many people in the hotel so no problems sharing bathroom. No television in room but one in breakfast area - not able to work it and no instructions or anyone to ask after hours - but no problem as we were on holidays! Breakfast included and is adequate. Free wireless internet access but not good in rooms.- used it downstairs. Safe area and access secure.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 12, 2010

This hotel is absolutely beautiful. I stayed there only for a night but if I go back to Boston I would definetly go back at the College Club. The Victorian decor is just wonderful, it's cozy and lovely and cool in Summer. The view from the bedroom is on a park, it's five minutes on foot from many shops, the underground and the biggest park in Boston. There was no TV in the room that may be the only thing missing. The bed was incredibly comfy and I have at least five cushions available.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 16, 2010

Just 1-2 blocks from Newbury St, Public Gardens, T stop at Arlington, this club with a history was a home-from-home experience. Tea/coffee and cookies available at all hours, a good selection at breakfast (help yourself) buffet and good coffee. Huge rooms, each individually remodelled, with lovely bathrooms. We were on the top floor but the elevator helped. Only downside was our king-sized bed that was a bit rickety...we'd definitely stay here on our next trip to Boston

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 1, 2010

This B&B's location is its prime asset. It is located on Commonwealth Avenue, a broad boulevard with a tree-lined grassy area in the middle. It is just down the street from the Public Gardens (swan boats) and a block away from Newbury Street (shopping!). It is a short walk of a few blocks to the Arlington T (subway) station. Best of all for me, this B&B is within such close walking distance of the Esplanade and Hatch Shell. I arrived here on a Wednesday in order to attend the free Wednesday evening classical music concert at the Hatch shell performed by the Landmarks Orchestra. Jessie (in charge of food services) checked me in and was a warm, welcoming host. My room was the Tufts Room (#320), on the third floor with a large window looking out onto Commonwealth Avenue. The window air conditioner worked well to cool down the room (but prevented being able to open the window). The room had lovely antique furnishings, esp. a chiffarobe and desk. Though I occasionally heard a street noise (siren), I had no trouble sleeping. Nor was I bothered by sounds coming from the next room in which a family of 4 was staying. The 4th floor wi-fi worked well in my 3rd floor room. Complimentary robes are provided, and in the shared bathroom are pump soap, pump shampoo, and a hair dryer. The bathroom had beautiful white/black marble floors and beautiful large walk-in shower with travertine(?). The common area where breakfast is available has a TV, tables w/chairs, and a couch with chairs. There is wi-fi available on this floor as well. There is an unsecured area on the first floor where luggage can be left after check-out until leaving Boston.
Now for the cons: (1) The shared bathroom is at the other end of the hallway; thank goodness for the complimentary robes! (2) The white shower curtain had large, bright yellow stains on it and there was no bath mat so the beautiful black/white marble floors were wet after someone showered. (3) The bed felt as if there were bugs in it. I did see a ladybug, but I wondered if there were fleas or bedbugs. This was my biggest concern. (4) The lighting in the room is more for ambiance than function. There is insufficient lighting to be able to read in bed or work at the desk. There was a chair with a floor lamp that provided the best lighting in the room. (5) The provided breakfast was very disappointing. I have to agree with another reviewer that there are many budget hotel chains that provide a nicer continental breakfast. There was coffee, tea, juices, milk for cold cereal or oatmeal, bagels, breads, pastries, yogurt but no fresh fruit. There was also some sort of egg (in the shell) sitting out, but there is no cooked to order egg or cooked breakfast.
All in all, I would stay here again, though in a different room (unless the room gets a new mattress and has been treated for bugs).

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 17, 2010

My partner and I stayed at the College Club for two consecutive weekends in July. This little gem of a B&B is really more of a stately home that lets you inside of what was once the US's first women only college. Today, however, it's open to both sexes thankfully. The double rooms are very spacious and all have ensuite bathrooms. Each room is beautifully decorated in a traditional 19th century style. It's all done in very good taste by professional interior designers. Even the hallways and staircases are done in the same style and you'll find reading alcoves on each landing. The whole place rings of academic pride and historical grandeur. The single rooms have shared bathrooms but these are very nice and also recently refurbished in an old-fashioned yet comfortable New England style. The breakfast is continental and includes bagels, cream cheese, jams, tea/coffee and eggs. Complementary tea and biscuits on offer in the afternoon. We would definately stay at the College Club again. Did I mention the location? Just a stone's throw from Newbury street and thus a great location for shopping, eating out or visiting Boston's tourist attractions!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 26, 2010

I have stayed here several times as a solo traveler and always been pleased. It's one of the few well-located and reasonable places you can get a single room. I shared a bath but with only one other room on the floor. It's a charming building and kept very clean and well-maintained. Yes it's a bit noisy as many older buildings are so bring earplugs

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled on business
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Address: 44 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02116-3104
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > Back Bay
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 37 B&Bs / Inns in Boston
Price Range: $150 - $373 (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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