I am a semi retired college professor still teaching courses in English literature and history relating to the year 1912 and sinking of Titanic...also a student of CHINESE history
Robert was a kind, helpful, friendly host! His place is in an excellent location--I was attending a conference at the Westin Copely Square and it was very easy to travel to and from Robert's place to the conference. The room was clean, spacious, had a TV, and I loved the decor.
Robert was a great host. He was able to take me in on very short notice, less than two hours. The room was comfortable and quite warm. Robert gave me a in-depth description of what I could see and do while in Boston and told me the history of his unique house. I highly suggest booking with Robert.
Robert is a lovely and gracious host. I arrived in Boston fairly late, and he had no problem accommodating me. His house is as described: practically a museum and a library. And the location is pretty terrific, too.
Don't hesitate to ask Robert for tips or interesting things to do! He knows so much about Boston and seems happy to share.
The house is very attractive, the room(chamber) is big and decorated well. Very clean(appropriate), very close to the subway in a charm district. Robert is a very kind man.
Initially I was confused about the location but that was more due to my unfamiliarity with Boston. To get there from Copley Place walk indoors through the mall to the Dartmouth St entrance to Back Bay transit station. Walk straight through the station and after walking out the other end, hang a right, and Chandler St is only a short block away.
Robert was teaching when I arrived, but his flatmate was able to let me in. His place is an eclectic little firetrap filled with books and various memorabilia from floor to ceiling. The accommodations were spare but comfortable and quiet. The wireless access worked fine. I only had a short chance to speak to Robert before I left the next day and wish I had had more time to talk about our shared experience in the teaching profession.
I would stay again; it might accommodate 2 ppl but I think it's a better place for one person in need of just a place to be able to get a night's sleep before heading back out again.
As others have said before me this is an excellent location for walking to many of the places you might need in central Boston. Robert is certainly very laid back on arrival times and although I hardly saw him or Jackie because I was out so much at least I knew they were there and ready to help if needed. I found the bathroom rather chilly but my 4th floor room was warm and gives good space.
Loved Robert's house!
Classic South End/Beacon Hill brownstone.
I hope this house never condos or changes.
The room that we had was perfect and the central location of the house topped it all off.
Robert and his helper were very helpful and accomidating on our one night stay.
I highly recommend a stay here if you plan a trip to Boston!
Staying in Robert's apartment is amazing, since the day I arrived was the last day of 2013, Jackie, Robert, Lee and me, we had hotpot for new year eve's dinner, it was awesome!!
Robert is considerable man, who help me with me dorm check-in, and give me a hand of carrying luggage to my dorm room, which really let me feel warm in this snow day.
All in all, it is one of the most impressive BNB that I have stayed.
The trajectory of my trip changed, and I made a snappy decision to stay at Robert's based on availability, location, & price. He was quick to respond to my inquiries, was accommodating about my arrival time, sent clear directions, and offered other assistance.
But I was not prepared for the wondrous, four-story ascent through history; personal, Bostonian, nautical. After settling in, I came back to this AirBnB listing to confirm the name of the fellow that carried my larger bag upstairs and realized that, in my haste, I hadn't bothered to look closely at the reviews. I was surprised at some of the older, negative ones.
Robert tells me he has been in that building for 40+ years, and that it's the only building on the block that hasn't been broken up into individual units. As others have said, there are books piled high in all directions, walls lined with maritime & equine artworks. If your luggage is large, Jacqui (apologies if I've misspelled his name) will carry it upstairs for you. If *you* are large, I can imagine that the stairway would make you uncomfortable.
I'd driven down from Maine through a bad snowstorm--even passing an overturned SUV in NH--so it was wintery & cold outside. The room was warm & spacious, the bed comfortable enough that I slept longer than I meant to, the hot water flowed to the fourth floor bath more quickly than I'd expected. I've stayed at dozens of AirBnBs and I was pleased to find that Robert's fourth floor room has a writing table, and that it's large enough that you can actually get some work done. The wireless network is fast and reliable. A smoke detector in the stairway began chirping while I was there; they quickly addressed the issue.
The location is easily accessible by public transit when you arrive & depart, and it's a great base from which to explore this very walkable city during your stay.
Robert and I talked at length when I arrived, and I regret that my schedule didn't allow another opportunity to sit and engage with him over a cup of tea. He's a knowledgeable and gracious conversationalist, and I hope I'll have the opportunity to stay with him again on a future visit to Boston.
Robert was a gracious and very knowledgable host. Flexible with my arrival time, and allowed me to be quite independent with coming and going. The location is unbelievable. It is one of the main reasons I gave it 4 stars. The room itself is spacious and sunny and incredibly quiet.
All in all a very comfortable stay.
Robert is a admirable guest. He is more used to be taking care of others in his b&b than receiving help from others. He unfortunately got scammed some money in Beijing but fought tooth and nail for two days with local police and got some money back. We need more fighters in China like him.