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“Quirky in a great location” 3 of 5 stars
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Ranked #30 of 41 Boston B&B and Inns
Northampton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
“Quirky in a great location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

The house itself is everything you would want from an old Brownstone building in Back Bay!! High ceilings, big rooms, loads of character. And a great location, only a few minutes walk from the T. The only downside is the plumbing, which is in need of updating (noisy central heating), and an interesting composting toilet in the shared bathroom.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

The house itself is extremely beautiful, and is located in a nice neighborhood of Boston. I walked myself back from the subway at 10pm and still feel as safe as I could be. The property is around five minutes walk from the subway station so you need not to worry about how to get around. The host is extremely helpful and we exchanged emails before my arrival. I arrived a couple of days after the Boston shooting and so reserving tours for government facilities was extremely difficult, but he helped me contact the agency until I got a reply. I also forgot to pack my coat for my trip so I was having great difficulty there, and he provided me with a sweater and told me that I could take it with me after I leave. The house itself is excellent, I love the decoration and the charm of an old townhouse. The plumbing needs improvement, but it is not dirty, and I have no problem with that at all. The complimentary wifi is excellent and i have no problem surfing the internet at all. Breakfast was simple, but I enjoyed the cereals and the wide variety of tea provided. All in all, a great place to stay, excellent bed, simple breakfast, great value, and extremely helpful host.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Sltz-Plr
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Edmonton, Canada
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16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Location is excellent, our room was charming and clean. Breakfast arrangements were a very simple serve-yourself set-up, which suited us but may not be everyone's cup of tea. Host was very helpful both before and during our stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank happypeasant
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Cambridge, UK
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58 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Such a great house, one cannot help but imagine its history. I loved the wooden floors and the staircase. The artwork on the walls was varied and interesting adding to the charm. Yes the plumbing needs updating and don't stay here if you want ensuite bathroom but everything was clean and I felt comfortable walking around on the rugs without shoes. I liked the kitchen facilities and the help yourself breakfast. There was plenty of tea/coffee, yougurts muffins, bread, cereals, jam and fruit. Maybe the house needs a little updating but one would have to be careful not to spoil the charm and original features. My one suggestions would be to provide bathrobes for guests. Peter, our host, was charming and helpful without being intrusive. Amazingly he found space for us to park our car... no small feat in Boston. The house was brilliantly located for going anywhere and the Bistro round the corner was terrific. We had four nights and although I was apprehensive to begin with, I did love the house by the end of our stay. Value for mioney in Boston was great. We had no problem with internet connection and di not have time to worry abpout watching tv.Thank you Peter.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Lucinda B
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Rochester, NY
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We were in Boston for the first time for a weekend together. The location cannot be beat. It is a 5 minute walk to the Prudential Center and Boylston Street and Fenway was only a 15 minute walk. The subway is also very close by. As for the house, it definitely has old charm but needs some updating. The carpets and bedsheets look worn as does the decor. The TV was a tiny old 13 inch tv with cable hookup but no working remote. The internet is hit or miss but sufficed for our purposes. Breakfast is coffee/juice with breads/english muffins, no hot foods. Peter (the owner) was very helpful with directing us around Boston and helping us find free parking (HUGE plus). The shared bathroom was a bit of a disappointment but there was never a wait. If you're in Boston for a short stay and don't plan on being in the room much then Rutland Square is a great choice. Overall, its a great value for the neighborhood as long as you're not expecting high end.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Rosie R
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3 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012 via mobile

Disappointing few updates sence 1860 but has that Old charm. 13 inch tv. No hot items for breakfast serve yourself. Location is very good subway, tourist information and public transportation are in easy walking distance in goo neighborhood

  • Stayed September 2012
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3 Thank Assateague1
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

It's a great value considering that hotels and B&B in Boston are so expensive. The location is great. You can walk to the Prudential T in about 10 minutes. From there you can get anywhere in the city. It's in a good area. The owner will go out of his way to help you find a parking spot (for free) if needed. Be aware that you will have to share a bathroom with other occupants. I did not feel the completely comfortable with the cleanliness of the place. It's a good place for a quick stay in Boston, especially if you just need somewhere to sleep while you do all the sightseeing stuff.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank mfalc04
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Property: Rutland Square House
Address: 56 Rutland Sq, South End, Boston, MA 02118-3106
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > South End
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Ranked #30 of 41 B&Bs / Inns in Boston
Number of rooms: 28

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