About this listing
Apartment now has permanent, hi-speed cable internet with easy WiFi access!
Small studio in Brigham Circle, short walk to Harvard Medical, Dental and Public Health schools, and one block further to MassArt, the Fenway and the Museum of Fine Arts. There is good pizza, good halal/indian food, multiple good pubs, a stop and shop, barbers/stylists, drug stores all within a block.
Just steps from Green line trolley stop (Fenwood Rd./ Green line E) to Downtown and everywhere in between! (less than 10 mins train ride to downtown.)
The apartment compactly sleeps 2. Groups of 2 of all ages have stayed at the apartment and have enjoyed their stay. A few times, 3 budget strapped students have stayed there and apparently gotten sleep-- that's a squeeze! *Update* The bed is a full as people said --and it has been for months but now once again has a frame and is now well above the floor (-; (July '14). If you have specific mattress preferences, I can give you an idea of whether it will work for you before booking--just ask.
tiled bath with real tub, hardwood floors, windows overlooking street, high ceiling in the room, and mini-kitchenette (half stovetop, fridge, toaster over, microwave, sink & cabinets).
Fresh towels and sheets upon your arrival.
At one time I used the space as studio for drawing, and architecture work, so one wall is decorated with architectural drawings and the like: easy on the eyes but also interesting to look at.
I don't these days use the apartment for work, except in a passing way while waiting for guests to arrive.. so the table is cleared off for guest use.
Also, we live a couple miles away (a 13 minute bike ride!), so days that are booked I won't need to stay there, but am most of the time within a couple of miles should you need me.
Now that I have an internet connection for you to share, it's not so necessary, but I can also direct you to where Wifi spots and cafes are located nearby, and elsewhere in Boston (The new in 2012 GreenTCafe around the block, JP Licks, the local ice cream chain foremost among them, a block inbound on Huntington below the Stop and Shop grocery).
Use of any cereal, milk, and coffee, tea are included, as well as the refrigerator, toaster oven and stovetop, etc. There is also an iron for your clothes and hangers in the closet.
The hallway of the building, the apartment, backyard and the laundry room in the next door basement.
Interaction with Guests
I am sometimes around for check in, but more frequently it's a self-check in type of experience. I really enjoy meeting guests in person when I can!
The "E" green line is RIGHT around the corner, providing quick access to Fenway, Symphony, Back Bay and Downtown. 66 bus to Harvard Yard/Sq. and 39 to Jamaica plain with no transfers!
Never any smoking of any kind in the apartment or building!
Please keep reasonably quiet!
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. In the dead of winter, esp. if there is a lot of snow there may be delays. If you have really specific needs, you should speak up ahead of time. NOTE although i do try to keep the apartments stocked with toilet paper and soap i do not make additional trips to the apartments to replenish them.
Try to sort out recycling, take out recycling/ trash to the alley bins if you can. Do not leave trash laying around, especially outside.
Please communicate, communicate, communicate. Ask questions! That's the main rule. I am flexible and the apartment can be as well. Most likely, I'll be happy to accommodate your needs and make you happy in return!
Please keep quiet while in the apartment, don't slam doors, "indoor voices". It's a small building with a lot of occupants. Thank you.
The studio is as described. It's a great place to stay for 1 or 2 people just looking for somewhere to sleep and shower. Great location that made it easy to get to different parts of the city.
Sean was prompt in answering phone calls, though he seemed not to be reading SMS and emails. So contact him by phone calls.
Pros: The place was overall clean. The location is very convenient and close to the Green Line and many shops. The fridge and the microwave oven worked properly.
Cons: The studio is small and the facilities inside seemed quite old. The faucet in the bathroom could not be closed tightly. The sound of dribbling of water was annoying and it was quite a waste of water. (I have known this from the host manual beforehand but could not understand why Sean did not fix it.) The location is too close to Huntington Ave and the noise at night was horrible. The air conditioner did not seem to work properly and was quite noisy. Interestingly we managed to use the noise of the air conditioner as "white noise" to cover the noise from outside so that we had a better sleep at night...
You got what you paid for.
The faucet can't be fixed without getting rid of the entire sink. The valves to the sink can't be closed so the water to the entire building has to be turned off to replace or repair any of it. Since I don't have control over the whole building you can now understand why. The sponge under the water muffles it, closing the door to the bathroom gets rid of the sound.
Sean made sure we had all the info we needed before we arrived in Boston. The studio is pocket-sized and cheery, and in a lovely neighbourhood - it's close to transit and some amazing restaurants and bars, plus museums and galleries.
Studio was clean and tidy. It is very close to public transport and easy to get to and from tourist attractions in Boston.
Sean wasn't around when we came to Boston but he was very helpful and gave very clear directions. While I wish I can say, "You get what you pay for," I don't think we got our money's worth - YEP, even for that price, we did expect more. We've stayed at really nice/clean studios with prices relative to Sean's studio and we were pretty disappointed in the cleanliness of this one. As previous reviews stated, the bathroom needs some work but overall, we had an OK experience here. Good location; parking is difficult.
The neighborhood felt perfectly safe. The studio is very close to a Metro stop, so it was really easy to get anywhere we wanted to go. The bedding looked/felt brand new and was very comfy after long days of walking all over Boston. The place is quite small, but all we really needed was a bed, so it was fine!
Sean's tiny studio apartment was perfect for our needs! We just needed a place to crash and this was definitely it. We enjoyed the privacy. I also don't quite understand complaints about the bed - we found it very comfy. Also the location is really nice, there is a T right around the corner, plus grocery and liquor stores, bars and restaurants within a 5 minutes walking distance.
Probably not so good for a longer stay but perfect for one night or two!
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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!