Don't think twice. The heart of the heart of lovely quiet neighborhood, one step from coffee shops, restaurants, movie theater, yet- peaceful, calm and green! A public parking lot is just next to the house for your maximum convenient. The access to public transportation is fantastic, less than 2 minutes to the train and the bus stop. You couldn't ask for more!! :).
One request please: When you get to our place please DO NOT ring the bell or the intercom, as these are of the neighbors. As you can see from the pics, we have a private entrance. Thanks!!
Ela was a wonderful host! She was really great communicating with me, and I was able to get to her place very easily. The room was very comfortable and warm, which is nice to have on a snowy day in the Boston area! The experience overall was wonderful.
Ela was welcoming and very friendly. We had some trouble to communicate in the beginning since the phone numbers didn't match, but she arranged her schedule to welcome me to her house, which I really appreciated. The room was very comfortable and warm. Her apartment is very well situated, and close to public transport. Overall, a very good stay!
Ela was welcoming and friendly, and the room was very comfortable. It was in exactly the right location for me, and even though parking is a hassle in Bookline, the Babcock St. parking lot is right across the street so it was not so bad. Her apartment is in the heart of Coolidge Corner so it was easy to walk everywhere I needed to go. I will definitely stay at Ela's place again.
Ela has a clean, spacious apartment that is ideally situated. It is really close to the university and many bars, shops, and restaurants. She is very nice and accommodating, and kept asking if we needed anything.
Besides this, however, we did not have a good experience unfortunately. I contacted Ela early in the day to let her know we'd be in around 10:00 PM. I contacted her via AirBnB. I contacted her again later in the day via text, and when she didn't respond, I contacted her again via AirBnB. Still no response. At 10:20, about 20 minutes past when we were supposed to arrive (I told her in every message we'd be there at 10), I called her multiple times and still got no response.Fortunately I was with friends who had a car, but I normally travel alone via public transportation-- if I had been standing out in two degree weather with no idea if she was coming to let me in or not, I would have been extremely stressed. She did finally respond and said she thought we were arriving at 10:30 and that she'd be home in 10 minutes. It took at least 25 minutes and my thought process was, if you thought our arrival time was 10:30, then why were you not home until 10:45 anyway? It didn't make sense.
But once we got inside everything seemed fine-- Ela even set up a third mattress for us complete with sheets/pillows without our even asking, since we were traveling as three people. But then... she told us since that morning the heat had not been working properly. She apologized and gave us extra blankets so we could try to keep warm.
I completely understand circumstances being beyond her control. However, if she knew the heat wasn't working, she shouldn't have accepted our reservation, or let us know the situation so we could either cancel, or at least bring space heaters-- which we would have been happy to do, and would have really improved the situation. It literally got so cold during the night that we could see our breath in front of our faces. There seemed to be no insulation from the window-- if you put your hand near it, it felt as cold as being outside. And it was 2 degrees out.
I checked the the thermostat in the living room, which was significantly warmer than our room (and this was in the morning when the sun had been up) and it read 48 degrees. I have no idea what temperature it got to during the night in our room, but I'm guessing it was extremely cold.
All the other reviews seem to oppose my experience, so I'm hoping this was a one time thing and an unfortunate incident that would not necessarily be the experience of other travelers. Ela has a nice place and seems like a nice person so I don't mean to warn off the apartment in general, but just share my experience.
Great host and location, very clean and warm
I had a wonderful stay with Ela, she was really nice and helpful, just like the city of Boston, made me feeling warm and happy no matter how cold the whether was. The place was nice and spacious, definitely will your first choice when traveling to Boston!
The place is great - located in the middle of Brookline, not far from the Coolidge Corner green line, CVS, Panera Bread and Trader Joe's.
The room and the bathroom are very neat, accurate, the linen an towels are fresh, and there are even candy on top of the towels.
Ela is a great, thoughtful and sociable host, very nice to talk to.
Would definitely recommend!
This was my first time for Boston and also to use airbnb but I really enjoyed the 3 nights stays at Ela's place :)! Ela is such a kind and lovely person! So as her daughters are ;) I loved her house and the room I stayed. A super cozy bed, a desk that is big enough to do some work, a private bathroom with a shower, a lack to hang my clothes, fast wifi, keys for the room and the house, a hair dryer and towels.
On the day I arrived, I couldn't find the house though she was so helpful that came out of the house to look for me. I can tell that she cares the guests so much that she asked every day if there's anything I need. It was so easy to go to downtown by the T line and the house is only a few blocks from it. The town is very lovely and have everything you need. There's Trader Joe's, 2 CVS, Starbucks coffee, OTTO a Italian restaurant, dunkin donuts, Fedex, a postoffice and a bookstore which a really loved... :)! I will definitely visit Boston again and stay at her place! Thank you very much Ela :)!
Ela's place is just as described. She was only around the day I arrived, but everything was ok. The area is very nice, with lots of places to eat and also the Coolidge Corner cinema. I would definitely recommend this location.
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