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 easy to communicate and readily available when we arrived. He escorted us to the location and made sure that everything was set up for us.
The apartment was comfortable and met our needs.
I would recommend this listing to a budget minded traveler who wants a great location.
This is my fifth time using Airbnb. I've had three winners and two losers. This on falls in the latter category. First I'll list the good things. The location was great. Close to the T & just a few blocks from the Commons & anything else you'd want to see in Boston. The price was good & the water was hot.
Now the bad. The place is filthy. There is so much dirt on the blades of the ceiling fan you could plant a garden. The lone chair is grotesquely stained. We refused to shower because of the deplorable condition of the tub. The place is small, so a minimal amount of effort to actually dust & mop would go a long way. But as it is, I would not recommend anyone stay here.
This notion that it is 'filthy' is hyperbole. There are surfaces that just don't clean up all sparkly and white. The ceiling fan blades and tub are the foremost of these. I'll try to ultimately do something about this, but i cannot replace the tub. It's not dirty it just has scratchy enamel. It's not deplorable in the slightest. We are repainting the apartment white to brighten it up.
The location is great, at the heart of Beacon Hill. We didn't see our host but he gave good indications to get the keys and was helpful on the phone when we wanted extra information. We had a bad surprise upon arrival of being given the wrong room, but this was quickly fixed before the first night. That said, the place is really shabby. The shower works properly but the bathtub has a really dreadful appearance and the fridge makes a terrible noise during the night. More generally, staying in the apartment was unpleasant. I would only recommend it if you're looking for a bed with a roof and four walls in Boston - which is a shame given that it's in Beacon Hill. But for travelling as a couple in a leisure trip, this was definitely not what we had hoped for.
Cómodo, era lo que esperábamos. El lugar muy bien ubicado y tranquilo
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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!