About This Listing
Complete private Beacon Hill apartment, with reinterpreted Shaker furniture made by us.
Amazing location short walk to Freedom trail, Boston Common, MGH, Theatre Dist. Best for 2 or 3, sleeps up to 4. Red, Blue & Green lines all a short walk away!
We have built and are building very nice, historically accurate specimens of shaker furniture to furnish the apartment. The bed, trundle, nightstand and pegboards and breakfast table are all there and complete.
Check-in/out is as flexible as possible. Everything is in the apartment (kitchen with fridge and 4 burner stove-oven and full bathroom with shower/tub) nothing shared.
Interaction with Guests
The apartment though is 100% private to you, I won't bother you during the stay (unless you want me to!)
Gas lamps. No vacant lots. Great architectural detail. 99.5% masonry buildings, all more or less dating between 1830 and 1910. Ivy here and there. A couple of wood framed gems from the 17th and 18th centuries tucked in here and there. Little passageways through blocks. A couple of very nice playgrounds. Great proximity to esplanade, Boston Common and Charles street (shopping/restaurants).
The best location for subway access in Boston. Blue line at Bowdoin (now open full hours of operation-BEST transportation from Logan Airport!), Red line at Charles/MGH), or Red, Green and Orange at Park street. North station is a 5 min walk away for Commuter Rail and Downeaster (Amtrak to the "downeast" i.e. coastal Maine). South station is the third stop from Charles MGH on the red line. Or an enjoyable 20-25 min walk through downtown.
Other Things to Note
If you drive here, note Parking is limited, this is downtown Boston! For a one day stay, the cheapest thing to do is park on Cambridge st or in a Beacon Hill Visitor Parking spot overnight--it's limited and you will often have to hunt (circle) for this free parking. Read all signs on the block. Ask questions if you're not sure. Boston will fine you up to $150 for parking in the wrong place and will tow in the middle of the night if you mess up.
For longer stays, park in the Boston Common Garage. ($27 a day).
My partner made the maple & cherry furniture for this apartment. Please be nice to it (wipe & dry with spong any food..don't drip hot wax..). Also say what you like about it in your review (-: if you like it follow @treeturn on instagram!
Sheets, towels and other cleaning are done by me. I do these things at different times. Always before dinner time (or before you arrive it's a really late arrival). Probably before 3pm, during the school year at about 1pm usually. If you have really specific needs, you should speak up ahead of time.
The apartment will be cleaned in the afternoon some time before dinner time--I try to get it all done before arrival, but otherwise "check in" means key pick up and luggage drop. There is no specific check in time--except that it's after 12 noon. I may be flexible on this, but don't expect it per se.
Please contain trash--if you need something removed i'll take it away for you (let me know) Do NOT put things in the hallway (NEVER) or on the street without checking with me first. Trash can be on the street after 5pm on thursdays and sundays. Nothing should be placed on the street after 6am monday or friday.
Sean was awesome!! He was super flexible with when we could receive the key! He helped us save a ton of money by guiding us how to get to his place from the airport. He made us feel welcomed and comfortable. We left super early the next day and he even let our stuff be at his place while doing some last minute travels. I would def recommend him to anyone who's traveling to Boston. Love his street and it's an easy walk to the station!! Thank you Sean!
Sean was a fantastic host during our 3 days stay in Beacon Hill. Very accommodation despite our very late arrival.
The apartment is exactly what is needed for a short stay in Boston. It has a kitchenette and is a 2 minute walk from CVS/Whole foods which we found very helpful. We had no troubles getting around town- either walked or jumped on the bikes through the bikeshare system.
Overall a wonderful time, only problem is that we couldn't stay longer! Would definitely go with Sean again.
The location was excellent. Several blocks from Boston Common Park. Also closed to Whole Foods grocery store. Self contained suite with access to pay laundry facilities was very convenient especially we were on a long vacation. Sean gave us some valuable information about the location of markets and transit. Room was not ready upon arrival at 11:00 am but was quickly prepped by 12:30 pm. Microwave and stove could do with a good wipe down. The home is very old and has a very rustic charm so some parts are quite worn, e.g. bathtub.
Fantastic neighbourhood; Sean is an attentive host; Close to subway and only a short walk into Boston. There is a Wholefoods, pharmacy and restaurants just around the corner. As other reviews have mentioned, the space is small and I would not recommend for more than 2-3 days. As others have also mentioned we felt it could be a little cleaner - dust layers on fan and on top of microwave especially. I would recommend for anyone looking for a short term stay at a great price.
The pros... The are is superb. Right on the edge of Boston Common and the start of the Freedom Trail. the room is okay... "Average" - as one reviewer put it - sums it up. Water hot and comfortable bed although mattress protector (which we happened to see) was horribly stained. BUT, Sean the host clearly wasn't ready for us. We arrived at 5.30pm on a Friday and the room was not ready... In fact it was a total mess. sean offered NO apology but asked if we could come back in an hour! So we did and to be fair it had been sorted. It is a double room but there is only one chair (?) and the fridge is noisy and very close to the bed. There is no kettle, coffee maker or toaster. I mentioned the kettle to Sean and he said I could go and buy one and he would reimburse me on Airbnb! Not the right answer. Mercifully Boston is a wonderful city so we spent very little time in the room.
I am human, do have a lot going on yes. But I do make airbnb a priority, and don't directly use my kids as an excuse. I wouldn't however, apologize for anything that Jim is complaining about. "Flexible" check in means flexible for you and me. It means arrival is mainly concerned with me giving you the keys, dropping off luggage.
Yes there is no electric kettle. I did tell him that, and I think it was ABSOLUTELY the -right0- answer. CVS is right across the street and he could have taken 10 mins to do that if it was so important instead of whining. I've reimbursed people in the past when there wasn't something in an apartment they needed. Nobody had ever asked me about that before in this apartment. Mattress protectors mean reduced risks of bugs and allergies. Stained doesn't mean dirty. But regardless, the sheets and anything he touched directly were cleaned.
The apartment was lovely. The location is right in the center of Beacon Hill, such a gorgeous neighborhood. Sean was a great host, so helpful and always available to answer any questions. I would recommend this apartment to anyone that is planning on visiting Boston.
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About the Host, Sean
I have been hosting people from all over the world through Airbnb for more than three years now and have really enjoyed the experience. Chatting with guests upon check in lets me not only tell them what a great city Boston is and how much it has to offer but to also listen to stories of where they live or have been to. That's what makes Airbnb such a great community builder in my mind - connecting people from all parts and walks of life.
Just like all of the travelers that I've hosted, I am a traveler myself - having been to a number of countries in Central Asia, Europe, and lived for a time in Micronesia. Each time I travel, I make sure to find a local connection to tell me about places off the beaten path that a tourist guide might miss, and if all else fails - I just enjoy seeing where my feet (or a local bus/train/subway) take me. So if you're looking for the best Ethiopian food in Boston or a little known museum (a whole room of the most realistic glass flowers hand blown in the 19th century), I can definitely point you in the right direction.
Speaking of directions, I bike a LOT around town and would be happy to provide a bike when you stay at either of my places. Boston may have a great (oldest in North America) subway system, but sometimes it's just nice to get on a bike and see where the next street takes you!
What keeps me not only travelling on Airbnb but also hosting are the notes that I frequently get, letting me know what a great time someone had or how much they enjoyed visiting a part of city I mentioned to them. These notes always put a smile on my face and leave me knowing that I have made someone's visit memorable!