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The Samuel Sewall Inn
Ranked #8 of 11 Brookline B&B and Inns
Reviewed July 15, 2012

The inn is in a great neighborhood, close to public transportation and the sprawling Longwood Medical Complex in Boston. Proximity to the "Emerald Necklace" was great for early morning runs along a leafy trail that follows a stream and leads to several large ponds. The staff was very helpful. I felt very much at home here. The rooms vary. I especially like rooms 1 and 2. Plus the inn seems to attract a nice clientele looking for something more than a Marriott-type hotel. A fair number of young couples with children, all very pleasant and friendly, to balance out the older crowd. If I return to Boston I will stay here again.

Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

Location is great if you like to stay in Brookline, like I do. Walking distance to Coolidge Corner, and public transportation. The room didn't feel like a hotel room, but like a bedroom in a house (which it is). It was furnished with antiques, beautiful wall paper on the walls.
The bathroom was small, but adequate. Everything was clean. The AC worked great, but there was no thermostat and controls in the room, which I like to have. Also, no coffee maker in the room, which also I like to have.
The breakfast was very nice, and since it was warm outside it was possible to enjoy it sitting outside in their patio. Very nice. The indoor dining area is not very appealing and probably feels cramped when full of people, since it's small.
The main disadvantage is the fact that you have to carry your luggage up the stairs. The ladies that work there do help with that, but I find that uncomfortable, especially if you are a man.
The staff was nice, friendly, and helpful.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 27, 2012

This was the best place we stayed in on our trip. The location is really central. The house is really charming and full of character and the rooms are amazing. Ours was massive, like a suite with a sofa, a huge bed and great bathroom. It had all the little extras, great bathroom products, chocolates laid out on the bed and fluffy bathrooms. Those touches make the difference. Breakfast was fine though we were the last down so most of the stuff was gone. The only downside was the service, one was super helpful and the other didn't as much as say hello. B&B's need to have a bit more of a personal touch. Overall a great experience and we would return for sure.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 22, 2012

They have a great breakfast every morning. The hot entree is served at 8, but there are cold items available before that. There are snacks and coffee available throughout the day.

It's just a 5 minute walk from the T and from great Brookline restaurants.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 3, 2012

My husband and I enjoyed two nights at the Inn recently and could not have been happier. The room was beautiful, quiet and very clean. The breakfast was amazing...every day a different hot entree. The staff was professional and extremely helpful. The location was so convenient to everything in Boston. The green line train was a mere block away. Thanks so much for the perfect getaway!!!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 2, 2012

Cookies are always best! Great breakfast in new England style. Doorman is handsome and warmhearted. 5min walk to "T". However, in winter you need to ask for a heater. I will come back!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 30, 2012

Located in a quiet neighborhood a block from the "C" T-line (train into downtown Boston), two blocks from Trader Joe's, and a little over 3 blocks to a Peets Coffee shop, this B & B is quiet and reasonably located to Boston University and within walking distance to several restaurants / eateries / drugstores / shopping.
We stayed in room 7, which appeared to be the original Master Bedroom. It was quite large, with a comfortable king-sized bed and private bath with a shower (no tub). The windows open for fresh air in the night and there is a functioning fireplace in the room. All other rooms we viewed while there were pleasantly decorated and a nice size.
Our room didn't have its own temperature control, so we warmed the room (after a night of having the window open) by opening the door into the upstairs landing. I'm not sure what they do to control heat in the summer months; perhaps they have air-conditioning (??). If you are going to be staying during hot months, I'd ask before committing to staying there since Boston can get hot with high humidity.
Breakfasts are just "okay" and the dining area can be quite crowded by between 8 & 9 in the morning; however, we are extremely picky about food! The coffee is so-so (again, we are very picky; others seemed to think both food & coffee was great). Since we were within reasonable walking distance to Peets Coffee, we would go there for coffee and a scone each morning.
Staff was very helpful & pleasant, especially a young fellow named Ali who was working most afternoons.
We would definitely stay at the Samuel Sewall B & B in the future.

Room Tip: Room 7 was terrific! Any of the upstairs rooms seemed to be very quiet and all were nicely decorate...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Thank beaujangle
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SewallInn, Manager at The Samuel Sewall Inn, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your feedback! We sincerely appreciate it.

We're indeed working with the town to create an addition to the common space, but due to this being a historic home/neighborhood, the proximity of our neighbors and their concerns regarding the noise of construction it is taking longer than initially expected. Hopefully we will to be able to offer a larger common space soon. Still, if you ever feel that you are crowded or have any other inquiries or concerns, please talk to the Innkeeper or the overnight Manager. It helps very much to hear from our guests while they are in residence.

Regarding temperature, windows are a great way to cool a room a few degrees, but we have central heat and air conditioning throughout the house. Boston can get very cold and very hot too, especially during the months that bridge two seasons, but we're ready for it! Fans are also available if you care of a nice breeze or just white noise.

We look forward to making our Inn your Home away from Home.

Sincerely,

The Innkeepers

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Additional Information about The Samuel Sewall Inn

Address: 143 Saint Paul St, Brookline, MA 02446-5247
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Brookline
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Brookline
Price Range: $184 - $355 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Samuel Sewall Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
When traveling to Boston, the Samuel Sewall Inn serves as an oasis from the hustle of downtown Boston. Located two miles from the heart of the city and one block from public transportation, guests are able to remain close to the cultural and business centers of Boston yet return to the tranquility of a bed and breakfast. ... more   less 
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