Peaceful craftsman's suite close to Harvard and MIT: Beautiful, cozy natural wood and stone. Private top floor: jacuzzi/bath room and bedroom w/ complementary homemade granola, and roof deck. Cafes, restaurants and pubs abound in this area.
The Jacuzzi Room is just outside the Guest Room and includes a handheld shower. It comes with fresh towels, soap & shampoo for convenience.
Guests comment that this third floor suite feels like a tree house flooded with light and air. This 3rd Floor suite includes a roof deck, jacuzzi, bedroom, and 1/2 bath. The bedroom accommodates 3 people, which includes both a queen and twin bed. Brazilian slate floor, cedar walls in addition to shoji screens enclose the jacuzzi area, which is tucked beneath a skylight.
Please use the side entrance located on the right side of our home. Check-in time is between 4:00p-8:00 pm and check out by 11:00 am. Guests are welcome to drop off their luggage and pick up a key before 4:00p. We will either be home to greet you or provide you with the combo for the lock box, located near the side entrance on the right side of of our home, which will have house keys. The 3rd floor suite is at the very top of the stairs. The bedroom can be locked. Free on street parking is available with Somerville parking passes we provide.
Interaction with Guests
We have 30 years of local knowledge with varied interests including art, music and food. We love to share our rich history and culture. In response to several requests, we have created two guides. The first one combines gastronomy and history that recommends some of our favorite restaurants along the Freedom Trail. These vary from wonderful ethnic foodie spots to others that date back to the American Revolution (yes, George Washington did drink there). The second reference is a (website hidden) map, which lays out our favorite spots for food, drink and music within a short walk from our home. We are very proud of our rich urban environment and love to foster that appreciation in others.
Our neighborhood is very quiet and safe at any time of day or night. This is an old neighborhood that is dense with single and multifamily homes, most built in the 19th century. We are 10 minute walk to either Inman or Union Square, which have numerous restaurants, pubs, consignment shops, bookstores, cafes and galleries. We have created a (website hidden) map as a guide to some of these.
The short walks to Harvard and MIT. Harvard University houses several museums including the Fogg by Renzo Piano (slated to open in the fall of 2014). Harvard's Peabody Museum and the Museum of Natural History houses the Glass Flower Exhibit. Harvard Tours begin outside Harvard T. The Boston Tours can be found online.
Boston is a short distance away. One can either walk to Harvard in 20-25 minutes then take the Redline to Park St. station. There are numerous museums in Boston including the MFA, Isabella Stewart Gardner, ICA, Science Museum and many more. The Freedom Trail is a must for Boston taking you through the center of Boston and Charlestown. We provide our guests with a guide to the Freedom Trail and our neighborhood favorites.
Free on street parking is available with Somerville parking passes we provide. The MBTA is a great way to visit our area. Please visit their site for more information. From Logan, take the Silver line to the Red Line (Outbound) to Harvard Square Station, then catch the #86 bus found in the upper level of the bus way in Harvard station or take a cab from Harvard or South Station to our home. The #86 bus schedule is posted on the MBTA website.
Cabs directly from South Station cost $25. Cabs from Harvard University are $10.00. Uber, which provides shared rides is another great way to get access to our area from Logan or South Station.
Other Things to Note
The Somerville area has less traffic during the summer months but it is busy beginning the last week of August to early September through the academic year. Bicycles via Hubway are an excellent way to see our area, however they don't provide bike helmets. Hubway bikes are located throughout the city near each T stop and at some popular destinations. We have some 3 blocks from our home. Please go to (website hidden) for more information.
Please do not use the Jacuzzi/Shower after 10:00p. Please remove shoes upon arrival given the mahogany staircase. Thank you.
My husband and I felt very welcomed by our hosts, Monique and Robert, even before we arrived. I mentioned that we were looking for low key activities for our 4 night stay, while there for the Boston Marathon. Monique sent a list of neighborhood and other Boston activities we might enjoy and they were quite right on. There was much available within walking distance and the bus stop was at the corner, where we could take a bus to Harvard Square and the T to downtown from there.
While there, Monique offered many suggestions of places to eat and directions for getting around. She checked on the MBTA schedule for Patriot's Day and even followed my marathon progress. When I returned from the race, I enjoyed the jacuzzi with the epsom salts provided. Monique was glad to provide any assistance she could and even thanked me for asking for a gallon zip loc bag for my pre-race snacks, saying she loved to be able to provide for these simple requests.
The house was much as described, with Robert's handiwork evident throughout. He used many materials recycled from old commercial buildings, including the stone flooring in the entrance, the soapstone counters and glass blocks in their kitchen and the copper sink in our half bath. There was also much use of wood, both for flooring and the loft walls. Radiant floor heat kept the house comfortably warm.
Staying with our gracious hosts, Monique and Robert, was a wonderful way to enjoy our time in Boston.
We were warmly greeted and Monique gave us great advice on the restaurants. Neighbourhood is good - all walkable.
We walked to both MIT and Harvard as well as restaurants.
The room is big enough for 2 or 3 and has a jacuzzi you can use (we did not).
My friend and I met for the weekend to explore Boston, and we very much enjoyed our stay in Monique and Robert's loft! It's the perfect place for quiet relaxation in-between sightseeing downtown and enjoying the delicious food in the area. Noise does travel (we were a bit loud at first--sorry!), but the house is very open, filled with light, and had great character. They also provided a lot of amenities (hair dryer, really good coffee, granola, etc.), and Monique was kind enough to suggest some great places to check out! It was a very positive experience! We would stay there again in a flash!
Warm, clean, inviting place! The granola was amazing.
Such a warm welcome, such a pleasant space and location. Wish I had more time to stay longer! Monique and Robert were so friendly and hospitable and accommodating. Lovely hosts
Wonderful experience. It was a beautiful and comfortable house. Monique and Robert were gracious hosts and the granola and milk was a great touch. Highly recommend this place for a quiet getaway in the heart of Boston. The location was ideal. There were bars and restaurants within blocks of the place. The jacuzzi was a huge plus as well.
We felt welcomed by Monique and Robert and had a delightful stay there. The loft was very private and comfortable, the neighborhood quiet, and we found it easy to get to destinations in Cambridge and Boston. We loved the jacuzzi tub, excellent granola, and home-made scones on our last morning there. It was heavenly!
We are native Bostonians. Robert is a designer, builder and artist and I a recent Harvard grad in psychology. Over a ten to fifteen year period Robert and I have built a home out of the smallest existing home on record in Somerville, Ma. We love travel, cooking, the arts, conversation, a balanced lifestyle and meeting the many wonderful folks we've met through Airbnb. After a long day, we enjoy our peaceful, quiet home and I enjoy in particular enjoy going to bed early.