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“Great little hotel, but bring your ear plugs”

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Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro
Ranked #72 of 83 Hotels in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
UK
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14 reviews
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“Great little hotel, but bring your ear plugs”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2011

We stayed here for 3 nights in early September 2011 and thoroughly enjoyed our stay, although there were a couple of minor problems.

We arrived in the evening after a long flight and went straight to bed. When we tried to go to breakfast the next morning, we could not open our door as the lock had jammed. We called reception and somebody came and let us out. After breakfast, we could not get back into the room either, so we had to call for help again. In the end we were given a different key and while we were out that day they called a locksmith to fix the lock. It was still sticky but at least we could open the door OK. We received a personal apology from the hotel owner and the staff were all very apologetic, so we felt they handled the problem reasonably well.

The other problem is that our room was immediately above the restaurant on the corner of the street, so in the evening there was quite a lot of noise from the restaurant (until closing time) and from the street, although there was much less noise overnight. Using ear plugs we had no trouble sleeping, and a combination of jetlag and eagerness to explore Boston meant we were up early anyway.

The room itself was clean, fairly spacious and simply but comfortably furnished, with a decent bathroom and reasonably large closet where we could stash our suitcases. No bug problems (contrary to reports from other hotels in Boston), thankfully.

Breakfast in the bistro was great, with a good menu, excellent quality food and friendly service, and we found the staff generally to be friendly, efficient and helpful e.g. when taking our luggage to the room on arrival. We also ate in the restaurant one evening, which was a very pleasant experience.

The location is great, on the edge of Beacon Hill and about 3 minutes' walk from the Public Gardens, which provided a very pleasant 10 minute walk to the Arlington MBTA Green line station, so it was very easy to get around.

As others have indicated, this is a small hotel (or "restaurant with rooms") so you need to have realistic expectations, and it is quite expensive even by Boston standards. But we very much enjoyed our visit and would be happy to stay here again next time we are in Boston - so long as we remember to bring our ear plugs!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Gresham, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2011

Yes, the location was perfect. Withing walking distance of the Freedom Trail and Boston Common. However, the toilet did not work, the lock did not work, and I left with dozens of some sort of bug bites. I reported the broken toilet immediately and nothing was done about it during my stay. The lock was already broken when I got there. And I only received a short apology for the bites. Terribly noisy street.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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Markham, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2011

Location location, location! What more do you need to know? From our hotel we were able to walk to a number of excellent restaurants including the one in the lobby of our hotel and walk to all tourist attractions.The rooms are smaller, but think New York. The rooms were well-appointed and fresh. All the amenities were there as well as lovely views of the area from the rooftop balcony.
The staff were marvelous especially the front desk people...they couldn't do enough for us. We forgot our guide book and right away came the offer to borrow one of theirs for the days we were there. The bar was a welcome little oasis after a long, hot day of sightseeing. The wait staff were there if you had any questions about the food and always had smiles no matter how busy the restaurant that was filled with locals.
Breakfast which was included with the room was a delightand a fabulous way to start the day.
We will return!!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank sengasarah
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Chicago
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2011

Homey, hospitable and charming in an urban manner, Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro is an accessible alternative to Boston's heavy-hitter hotels across the Common. Yes, the rooms are small and the street traffic can get noisy (amphibious duck tours, Boston? Really?), but anyone reading these reviews should already be aware of those limitations and understand the nature of the hotel: It's a small inn, whose first-floor restaurant takes up the property's footprint, with four floors of undersized (by conventional standards) rooms upstairs, with the added bonus of a third-floor terrace.

I had a corner room with a bit more square footage than others, but none of the other rooms I saw seemed uncomfortably tight, just efficiently compact, at least for one person. The wainscoting and trim showed a little wear; it's obviously been a few years since the last refresh, and the bathroom tile and bathtub caulk seams were a bit worn and discolored. None of this really bothered me, although other reviewers who think that condition isn't worthy of a $300+ room have a point. (If I weren't traveling on business, I might have a slightly lesser opinion.)

Much of my overall impression was influenced the convenience and quality of the restaurant and bar downstairs, particularly the breakfast (minus some absentminded service). Really excellent food, and there are many other options in the neighborhood, including an Upper Crust across the street.

In all, not a perfect hotel, but a very hospitable inn.

Room Tip: Bigger rooms appear to be on the corners--but might add street noise.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled on business
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2011

Our first time visit to this hotel. We booked a small room and will book a larger room next time. Service is excellent. Breakfast is no buffet but you can order from a menu. The breakfast itselves is great including fresh fruit. We wil come back soon.

Room Tip: Do book the queen room becasue this is very small.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro
Address: 25 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114
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Region: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > Beacon Hill
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#52 Family Hotel in Boston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€€€
Hotel Class:3 star — Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Only a few short steps from the Boston Common and Public Garden, the intimate Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro is the perfect downtown boutique hotel for discriminating travelers – business or leisure – who would like to make the elegant and prestigious gas-lit streets and brick sidewalks of Beacon Hill their own, without giving up the comforts they expect. The hotel's highly-lauded and award-winning restaurant, Beacon Hill Bistro, has emerged as a true regional culinary destination. ... more   less 
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