We stayed in the Beech Tree Inn for 4 nights. We had a little trouble finding it initially - it's on a VERY long road so if you just put the road name into your satnav it won't be much help! Put the inn name in as well. You can't miss it once you're on the right bit of the road.
There is parking at the Inn at an extra charge - you really don't need a car to explore Boston from here with the T station just a couple of minutes walk away (about a 20 min ride into central Boston). The welcome was very warm and great first impressions of the kitchen and communal areas. It's a bit like a grown up hostel - there are freshly baked goods regularly available from the kitchen and one large table for breakfast where you can sit round and talk to other travellers. There is quite an extensive choice for breakfast - toast, cereal, various fruits, juice, coffee (which is always available) etc.
We stayed in the music room which had an ensuite. It was very cutely decorated, with two single beds pushed together to make a double (so lots of space for those warm nights!). There was air con and a ceiling fan which was handy to leave on overnight as it was much quieter than the air con unit. The bathroom was small but clean and pleasant. Each day two water bottles were put in the room which was a nice touch - you can refill these in the kitchen which has filtered tap water. We slept well - despite its city location the Inn is very quiet.
One of the nicest touches was the book left in the room that told you about the history of the inn and then detailed useful information for the local area. The book (and staff) are very useful for finding places to eat within walking distance - there's certainly plenty of choice in the local area. Coolidge Corner is just a few minutes walk away with restaurants, Trader Joes grocery store and a copying shop where you can buy Charlie Cards for the T (we asked the staff at the Inn and they directed us to the shop).
I would give this place 5 stars except I have stayed in slightly nicer places for a cheaper price, and the decoration in the room (while cute) was not particularly to my personal taste. What you do get here is comfort and a sense of uniqueness not found in chain hotels. I would almost certainly stay here again if I went back to Boston.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A turn of the century Victorian-style home, now a delightful bed & breakfast. Our ten sleeping rooms are individually decorated and furnished with taste and attention to detail. No two rooms are alike, varying in size and decor. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Beech Tree Inn- Brookline Hotel Brookline