About this listing
Fireplaces, the Freedom Trail and Frog Pond – Oh My!
Fully furnished guest rooms and common spaces with utilities and breakfast included, you can’t beat this 5-star B&B for your short-term or extended stay.
Enjoy the best of Boston at my lovely, Victorian B&B. This 1860's Painted Lady has 3 private bedrooms in a three story residence (see Comfort in Historic Melville Park 1, 2 & 3), gracious parlor, dining room and large kitchen.
This B&B is ideal for international tourists, graduate students, visiting professors and professionals on short or long-term assignments. Close proximity to the city center. Three minute walk to the Red Line T station which transports you to the J.F.K. Library, UMass Boston, Harvard, MIT and Mass General Hospital without the need to transfer on transit lines, the Boston Convention Center, countless college campuses, Copley Square, Downtown Boston shopping and cultural sites. Practically door-to-door subway service to and from Logan Airport and South Station (Amtrak).
Free on-street parking. Restaurants, pubs, groceries, banks, post office and laundry are nearby. Great jogging area, close proximity to the harbor, the beach and two golf courses. Close to Routes 90W -Mass Pike, 93 & 95. Short-term or long-term stays.
B&B services and amenities include: Professionally Laundered Sheets & Towels, Premium Brand Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, Shaving Cream, Lotion and Hair Dryers. All guest rooms have ample space for additional companion accommodations on air mattresses, bring your own or nominal - $20 flat rate fee for air mattress provided by host.
Additional Amenities & Details
-Free, fast, reliable wireless internet
-Free, on-street parking
-Use of refrigerator and preparation equipment available for extended stay guests.
-Relax and enjoy parlor and dining rooms, both with fireplaces
B&B is owned by a former hospitality executive who knows gracious accommodations, comfort and service. Self-service continental breakfast available daily.
Please contact me before booking. Complete an Airbnb profile with photo and verifications. Drivers license / state I.D.and/or passport must be presented upon arrival.
Susan was an attentive, articulate, personable host. Her home is an 1860 Victorian and everything was clean and tidy. There is a train station right around the corner and I found it easy to hop right on and go to Boston Commons to walk the Freedom Trail-I didn't time the ride, but I believe it was around 20 minutes-I took the train 4 times and never had to wait more than 5 minutes at the station. I needed to travel to the suburbs while I was there, so had a rental car, but if I were to stay there and only have plans within the city, the train is free from Logan airport, and I could easily have done without a car . Parking was plentiful and easy to find--and free. I am an experienced traveler and have no physical limitations, so my stay at Susan's home was perfect for me and my needs. If you have any physical limitations, I would make sure to communicate these with Susan prior to arriving to make sure you are comfortable--it is a lovely home, but it is over a hundred years old and the stairs are steep-(Susan is right there when you arrive and was incredibly helpful with our bags when we went to our room); also, there is no air-conditioning; Susan has fans in the windows that help circulate the air, and this was fine for me--it's just good to know if you are not comfortable with that. There is one shared bathroom among several guest rooms. I never had to wait for my morning shower or felt rushed, but I did try to be mindful of other guests, so didn't linger in there--just got my rituals done quickly and made my exit. The neighborhood is urban, but quiet. I felt safe during the day when walking to and from the train station.
This was by far the best Airbnb experience I've ever had. Annoyingly, I delayed my arrival multiple times on Friday, and didn't end up checking in until nearly midnight. Susan was extremely accommodating, and did not seem at all bothered. Once I'd arrived to Susan's place, it became immediately clear that she runs a smooth operation. She gave me a tour of the house, and showed me that every aspect of my stay had been considered and handled by her. Not only was Susan willing to give me a tour of her place in the middle of the night, she was so kind as to ask me how I was doing. We talked for half an hour about our lives, and I was taken aback by how genuine and kind Susan was. After she showed me to my room, Susan told me that she would be out of my way, but that I should feel free to call or text her if I needed anything. The rest of my stay was comparable to staying at a nice bed and breakfast, only with a more personal touch.
My stay was pleasant overall. The description of the accommodation is accurate. I enjoyed the place because it was very close to the subway station and I had my private space. It's a great place if you are looking for a short-term stay with convenient transportation. However, I would hesitate recommending this place to you if you plan on spending more than a week in Boston and hope for an independent stay. I rented the room for about 2 months in the summer time. Some nights were too hot even with plenty of fans. I also didn't feel free moving around the house because there were many rules. However, again, the place the great if you are just staying for a couple of days.
We enjoyed our interactions with Susan and her friendly dog Zoe! Susan was very helpful in suggesting places to go and talking about our experience in Boston throughout our 7 day stay. She offered good hospitality overall.
Our bed was comfortable and she provided several amenities that made our stay easy like breakfast/coffee available every morning, shampoo, conditioner and body wash in the bathroom, and a pitcher of water and chocolates in our room. I do wish we had more access to use the kitchen for cooking if we opted not to eat out every meal. There was very limited refrigerator space and were only allowed microwave usage.
We found the sense of privacy and comfort in the house was a bit wanting. Of course we had our own room to relax, but there were multiple guests and this is Susan's home. Though she is not always home, she was there a lot of our stay and we did not feel completely free to lounge in common areas when we were there. Be prepared that there will be multiple guests staying at the same time, sharing one bathroom upstairs by our rooms with a time limit. This is understandable with a full house but this was not ideal having to limit our bathroom/shower time to 15 minutes. I felt rushed and I just didn't want to feel this way on my vacation.
It was easy to come and go as we pleased as we were provided a key. The house's location near the T station was fantastic! Very easy to get around Boston from here without a vehicle.. although it is a little further out from city center (about 20-40 min train ride depending on where you're at in the city).
Thanks, Kandyce. It is odd, passive-aggressive and surprising to see that you felt rushed with "multiple guests", when there were four total during your stay and three of them were in your party. The common areas went unused during your entire stay, although you, the members of your party and every guest are advised they are welcome to use them anytime and can also close the French doors for added privacy. The listing states that cooking privileges are reserved for long-term guests. Yes, the refrigerator was 3/4 full with breakfast items and fruits and a little space for me. If it was indeed your desire to shop and cook, you were welcome to book elsewhere. Finally, the subway trip to downtown Boston is 14 minutes for everyone except you, apparently. Hosts are people too, Kandyce, and I opened my private home with keys to you, complete strangers. Perhaps for your next vacation you'll save up for a hotel. Kind regards.
Very nice place, lot of charm. Good location minute s from public transportation.
Clean and well organized.
Susan is a very flexible host on top of being charming.
We will Definitely stay again if in Boston.
The experience at Susan's house was awesome for me and my friends. She made us feel like at home. She is a great host, very helpful and takes care of everything. The neighborhood was safe and clean and it is connected to downtown by the T red line. And the city of Boston, you know, wonderful.
Susan was a great host! She got to know my friends and I, was very gracious and helped us narrow down our plan in Boston for the next day. She is very nice, has a beautiful home, a fun pup and she may even make you a treat, or breakfast!
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About the Host, Susan
Hospitality is my life, and that is proven in my extensive career in the hotel business, as CEO of a private dining and events management firm and currently as an executive trainer and consultant in the field of American business etiquette and international protocol.
I have traveled the world and have a great respect for varied cultures, cuisines and global events. I will make sure your visit to Boston is comfortable and enjoyable.