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The Inn at Crystal Cove
Ranked #1 of 4 Winthrop B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Lynchburg
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31 reviews
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“Enjoyed Our Stay”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

Love the location. After passing through some areas that were very questionable we wondered what we had gotten ourselves into, but not to fear. The Inn, met most of my must have list. The pool is right next to the harbor offered beautiful views over Boston Harbor, with a beautiful sunset in the evening and then the lights of Boston later in the evening. The airport runways appear tp be right in front of the city, so sometimes you can see the planes take off and land as the lights of the city turn on. Most days the planes land and take off away from the Inn. We did not find them intrusive when we were trying to sleep.

Within a couple of blocks are a few restaurants that get good reviews although we just tried one at beakfast, Hi Tide Restauant. We had the stuffed french toast with strawberries and cream cheese-very good as a take-away back to the inn.

The Inn offers a very nice kitchen for guests that includes a Viking four burner gas stove, double door refrigerator and a full separate icemaker that came in handy when we were trying to pack some items we were trying to keep refrigerated on our way home. We stored some food products in the communal refrigeratio and never had a problem. We stayed 3 nights.

The inn has one coin operated wasker/dryer which I didn't see, but asked about. If you need more than that, there is a laudrymat about 300 ft. down the street.

The neighborhhod appears to be undergoing a renovation. It looks like it has been run down in the past, but many of the homes are being renovated and we felt very safe walking in the evening. It appears to be a working class neighborhood.

There are two liqour stores close buy. We brought wine back to the inn and had drinks either by the pool or on the upper decks looking over the harbor in the evening. It was HOT when we were there and the slight breeze off the water was welcome.

The units had air and seemed to work well.

The unit we stayed in 305 was in new condition and although was considered a side unit had a front facing harbor table and chairs available to sit over the harbor at the end of the hall. We preferred to use the harbor fron th table and chairs in front of our unit table tand chairs, so used the table and chairs at the end of the hall right by our unit. We kept the door open using the phone book. No one else was up there. Either the second or third floors offer good views.

We didn't use public transportation, but heard from one of the guests that it cost him $50 to go the 2 1/2 miles to the train station in a taxi. I think he probably got scammed. I think calling ahead fro transportation by taxi would have resulted in a much lower fare but i could be wrong. You might ask. There is a bus that stops right in front of the unit, but may not be convenient for your schedule. Again ask. It looks like it can take over an hour to get into Boston using the bus and train. Again ask if this is a concern. We had a car so it was not an issue.

For handicap, there are rooms on the first floor and there is a ramp to the first floor, but it looks like there may only be two rooms that have no steps. Again ask.

There are steps to use both living area and the kitchen, two down to the living and I think four to the kitchen with no handrail.

The kitchen is gorgeoud and I wish I could have taken it with me to my own home, tile floors, granite counters, dishes, silverware, most everything you might need to cook although no one was cooking while we were there. The kitchen needs some lobster tools. The kitchen cames with tea, coffee, filters and sugar.

Within walking distance to a beach.

We had a nice walk one morning along the water to the Harbor Master's qtrs and had a nice discussion with the harbor police using their nice Adirondack chairs on their fron tporch and they gave us some history of the area.

The nieghborhhod is undergoing a transition. Many of the neighbors are long time residents. There used to be a ferry that went across the harbor directly to Boston but it was discontinued several years ago. The town is trying to arrange their own ferry, perhaps in the next year. Ask if one is available when you visit.

All in all I loved the location and the units but would have chosen a larger bed. The beds are OK, not great, certainly nothing like a Marriott or Hyatt bed. They creak when you trynto stand up and not wake your partner. Side view apartments are fine. I think paying for front views are a waste of money with the extra tables and chairs available.

Two issues need correcting. The bed quality is not great and the wifi is terrible. In this day and age every room and the pool area needs fast good quality wifi. We ended up using our cell phone hot spot to connect our pads to the wifi which shouldn't have been necessary. There were several foreign customers there and they don't always have the option of using their phones here cheaply. I know because we travel in the other direction to visti our daughter in Europe. WIfi needs an upgrade right now.

If I was looking to visit Boston, this place is fine especially if you have a car or can arrange for cheaper cab rates and have another option for Wifi..

Room Tip: 305 had double bed with good views especially from end of hall.
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Lexington, Kentucky
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Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

I love the Inn at Crystal Cove. The feel of being in a charming seaside town is topped only by the gorgeous view of Boston against the harbor. The prices are great. The people are great. The pool is great. I stayed for 4 nights and loved every minute. I can't wait to come back! Thanks!

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Salem, Oregon
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

We stayed here at the end of our visit to Boston. Next time, I might consider staying at this hotel and traveling in to the city each day; my teenager actually preferred this hotel to our luxury hotel downtown and she wished for more time here and in the charming little town of Winthrop. The staff was extremely friendly and helped us transfer the rest of our group to this location from their sister property in Brookline. The Inn is quaint, with beautiful views, extremely clean, spacious updated bathrooms and lovely common areas and a refreshing pool, with free wifi. All of this, plus near the airport and reasonable prices. We will return!

Room Tip: We had a room overlooking trees in the back; lovely, but some may want to ask for a view of the Bost...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Holden, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

The staff was excellent. The room was terrific. We stayed in room 172, which is the 2nd floor - two bedroom apartment. View of the harbor from our outside balcony was great!

Room was very clean, brand new appliances. Full size refrigerator etc. Even had heated floor, not that we needed that in June. Beds were very comfortable. My room had a queen size and the 2nd one had bunk beds for the kids. It was so quiet we never heard the planes at Logan.

You can walk to the beach and a couple of restaurants.

Room Tip: 172, top floor 2 bedroom apartment was great.
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

We stayed for a night at the Inn, the staff were extremely nice and the Inn was clean. BUT...our room was minute, no room for cases, the bed was far too small for 2 and was jammed against the wall so no way to get out apart from scrambling across it. The bathroom was too small to get dried in. The sheets came off the bed as they didn't fit properly. It was very expensive, $160 for what was a single room. A sleepless night in a box!

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

I couldn't fault the Inn in anyway. The staff were all lovely, friendly and helpful. The Inn is spotlessly clean, both the communal areas and my room. Everyone who used the communal kitchen seemed to clear up after themselves, if you put food in the communal fridge, it stayed there. Everyone seemed to be respectful to others using the area which was lovely. The views are to die for, you get a view of the harbour and downtown. It was very easy to get downtown on public transport; the local bus to the T Station then a short trip on the 'T', around 25 mins door to door. The rooms are more than adequate, very nicely decorated, a lovely bathroom, all squeaky clean. I will definately return, even having looked around downtown, this would still be my choice of place to stay. Thank you all so much for a great stay.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 19 June 2014 via mobile

The Inn at Crystal Cove is a very charming place to stay. My fiancee and I stayed at the inn as part of our many stops on a road trip from Boston to Newark. The staff were all friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable about the area. The room was a good size with a spacious bathroom. Plenty of room to unpack if you are going to stay longer than a night or two. The pool was of average size, but big enough for a quick dip, and the common area was very well decorated and who can put down free WiFi?! If you want to be nit picky, the tv cords weren't hidden, but other than that, the inn is a great place to stay when visiting family or Boston proper. It is definitely a welcomed calm after the hustle and bustle of Boston!

Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: The Inn at Crystal Cove
Address: 600 Shirley St, Winthrop, MA 02152-1331
Region: United States > Massachusetts > Winthrop
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Winthrop
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — The Inn at Crystal Cove 2*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the seaside community of Winthrop, minutes from Logan International Airport and a short distance from Downtown Boston, The Inn at Crystal Cove boasts comfortable accommodations and a stunning view of Boston Harbor and city skyline. We provide complete living facilities, including fully-equipped kitchens, lounges, pool, free parking, cable television, free local calling and free wireless internet. ... more   less 
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