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.
Great place! Nice, clean and stocked with essentials. Grateful lot for acccomodating my short notice and early check out time!
The room is set in a beautiful, quiet area. However our experience was not good. Sean had initially said he would meet us at his address around the corner. He did not acknowledge either of my two emails sent in the week previous. On arrival he was not there. We finally made contact via 'phone. He gave instructions for finding keys and where the flat was located. He promised to provide the bed linen later.
The room was disappointing. It was small and only superficially clean.
The duvet cover did not arrive. The wifi did not work on the codes given. The refrigerator, very close to the bed, the plumbing and laundry room noises kept us awake most of that night.
By chance the next day we met Sean and asked for the duvet cover which he later put on the bed. On request, he also removed the half a pizza from the refrigerator. He also provided the correct wifi log in which was different to the one given.
The room is small and very basic. The kitchen area is very close to the bed. There was plenty of really hot water and the room was very warm and the bed comfortable. The bathroom was small with a shower that worked well.
Finding space for the second bed would prove an interesting. challenge!
On our second night we had great difficulty getting into the apartment block as the inner door lock was broken. It was fixed the following day.
We felt the pictures and description to be misleading. it is smaller and in need of much more attention than is described.
Sorry about missing the emails. I miss very few messages considering i get about 200 emails a day related to airbnb (not exaggerating). This is why to ALWAYS use the Airbnb messaging. I am just reiterating what Airbnb keeps telling people who don't believe them. It's the BEST way.
For the price, downtown.. actually beacon hill is better than downtown because it has no hotels, really, its an actual neighborhood..I don't know how one could be disappointed.
Everything including updating the listing with better instructions for check in and wifi I did this morning.
Rustic studio super conveniently located in quiet, safe, historic neighborhood. Quick and scenic walk to subway, shops, restaurants, etc. Sean was easy to reach and provided everything I needed.
Everything was wonderful! Sean took the time to give us advice about where to eat. The location is right across the street from Whole Foods, which is nice.
Sean was accommodating when I made a somewhat last minute reservation, with a flight arriving at 1:00am. I found the keys and got into the flat with no problems at all. He also let me leave my suitcase with him the next day after I checked out. The apartment itself is fairly plain, but totally functional. It's not fancy, but it's also quite affordable, which is what I was looking for.
My girlfriend and I have stayed at a few Airbnbs in the past and always had a good experience. This one, unfortunately, was not one of those cases. We actually did not even end up staying in the room listed so can't speak to the cleanliness/coziness or anything regarding that. However, overall the entire experience was somewhat miserable. We were delayed on getting to the place due to a winter storm in Boston, arrived at the place which was on a poorly shoveled street. We could not find the key he had left for us and because we were already short on time, we left for an event we had planned with all our luggage. After the event, we learned that the MBTA would be closed the following day due to the snow emergency and we communicated to the host that we would not be able to stay that night due to the closing of the public transportation, effectively getting us stuck in Boston. To my surprise he was inconsiderate and non accommodating. Sean seemed like a nice guy from the reviews, and that is why I booked this place to begin with. However this was not the case at all. Sean did not offer to accommodate us in this predicament, instead, he started to blame us for poor planning, threatening to not refund his portion of the room, which we found ridiculous since we did not even stay there. Bottom line is Sean could have been a little more understanding in this particular situation. Based on my experience I personally would not recommend any of my friends/family booking with this host, as he did not "host" us well in my opinion and did not make our Valentine's Day snow troubles any simpler.
On a good note I applaud Airbnb customer service who actually understood our situation and were able to resolve the issue very quickly.
Parth did plan poorly and that is his problem. I couldn't "host" him because he chose not to "stay"! Just because I have a "flexible" cancellation policy on certain apartments does not mean a guest is always entitled to a refund for any reason (basically what he means by being "understanding"--it makes me sick that a person should think of being "accommodating" and "understanding" only in terms of money) He did not stay at the apartment and made no attempt to follow my clear and specific instructions for getting the key (he "had no time" for it). He felt an entitlement to a refund. I have rarely had this type of guest, a tiny % of people take this attitude if they DO have problem. Basically his review should be ignored. And that's okay actually, based on my experience dealing with him, I don't actually want to meet any of his family or friends anyway.
Great location. I had appointments at Mass Gen Hosp and this was an ideal location.
The room is small and needs some attention! There was a lovely, but impractical bed. We bumped our shins getting in and out. There is one chair- not sure how people manage to eat in this room. The room needs a good cleaning, another chair, and some rugs! We used the towels because the hardwood floors were cold and wet from the mountains of snow on thte street.
Sean was mostly quick to respond to texts and emails.
This place is fine if you don't intend to spend much time in the room. And if you really, really like your travel companion! Or if you are used to sharing very small spaces with other people.
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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!