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..
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- 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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