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John Jeffries House
Ranked #10 of 39 Boston B&B and Inns
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Waterford NY
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“If Sleeping Comfortably is Important - Look Elsewhere”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

We were booked into the JJH by Mass General. The first room we were given was a "Standard" room. Not even kidding, there was a small kitchenette in front of the door, a strangely large closet behind the door, an adequate sized bathroom, and the main room that held a double bed, settee, TV on a small dresser and table with 2 chairs was just about 10 x 12.

The only place to walk freely was at the end of the bed where there was 2 feet of space to access the bathroom. My husband sat on the double bed which squeaked terribly and the posters threatened to topple over. The room was on the ground floor, just above and next to the sidewalk.

We decided to ask if there was anything else available. There were 2 rooms.

We saw a Junior Suite, which had the same amenities but was larger; but still had just a double bed that promised backaches in the morning.

We saw the 4th floor Deluxe Sweet, larger still with a separate bedroom - but only the same poor quality double bed as the other rooms. Still, we took it, hoping for the best.

The bed was terrible - like sleeping on a cracker. I finally gave up around 4AM. Today - 24 hours later - I am still hurting from the abuse. This one fact makes every other fact irrelevant.

The hotel was lovely, the furnishings pretty. The location was not good - between the train station, the main round-about and the ambulance route. The coffee was fine and plentiful. I believe they make an effort to be a good place to stay, but just go buy some new mattresses!!

Room Tip: If they haven't replaced mattresses yet don't stay here.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Bologna, Italy
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

These apartments lie near Beacon Hill, close to an underground station, several supermarkets. From here it is possible to walk to most sightseeing places in town. Our apartment was composed by one bedrooms and a dining room with a sleeping sofa (not very comfortable actually). There was a nice functional kitchenette, excellent for preparing a dinner in the evening when we were too tired to go out with the kids. The bathroom was very spacious.
The breakfast room was disappointing however: it is the large dining room in front of the reception, without adequate space for hosting seated all the guests. The best thing to do is taking breakfast in the room. However, breakfast choice is limited.
A garage is available close to the Hotel with a significant discount on rates. The car in Boston is useless.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Great Barrington, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

I stayed one night, had to be at Mass General at 8 AM so the location couldn't have been more convenient for me. Although not in the dead center of Boston this is just across the street from the MGH T stop, so you can catch a train easily, or walk to where you want to be - Boston isn't a huge city. I had a single room that was impeccably clean, immaculate bathroom. Kitchenette, although I didn't need it, would be quite useful, it was also perfectly clean and functional. The staff was very nice, breakfast was coffee, pastries, yogurt, which is as advertised so what I was expecting. The only negative was, as others have said, the bed was hard, extremely hard.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Buffalo Grove, IL.
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

On an east coast trip we midwesterners had 3 days to discover Boston. Almost by accident I discovered the John Jeffries House where we spent 2 nights.

The current management has created a very well run "B & B" style of small hotel in a building that formerly housed medical personnel. The staff was helpful every time we had a question. The room, although it faced the highway east of the Charles River, was quiet and well done. Access from outside is controlled by visual ID from the front desk, which is staffed 24 hours. In other words, no-one could "lose" a room key that could be used for entry into the building.

If you choose this hotel, be sure to get exact driving or taxi instructions. It is a sharp little turn just south of Cambridge Street off of Charles. It's also good that a 'T' stop is right across the street.

We were very pleased.

Room Tip: We did not find a noise problem on the South side.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

great location that served us well while exploring Boston for the first time,, affordable for us , but certainly nothing fancy,,,could have been a little more to the continental breakfast but okay.. Subway close by and great walk by the Charles River

Room Tip: higher the better
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

I always look for apartment-style hotels that offer a kitchenette as we travel with kids and don't want to go out for meals all the time. I chose the John Jeffries House based on reviews here a tripadvisor, and I was not disappointed. The location is great, at the north end of Charles Street, so steps away from cute shops and restaurants, right across from the T for swift public transportation, and the Charles River is quickly reaching by a pedestrian bridge right in front.
The accommodation at the John Jeffries House didn't disappoint either, although I have to say these were the smallest rooms I've ever had in a hotel, and that includes New York hotels. We had a suite with two twin beds for the kids and one with a double bed for the parents, both of which were comfortable. My only complaint: No coffee maker! I had to go downstairs to the Common Room for coffee. Fresh fruit was also always available there, and some pastries and juice boxes for breakfast. If you want a more substantial breakfast like we do, you have to fix it yourself in your kitchenette. Preparing a larger meal like pasta for dinner would have been difficult as kitchen equipment is minimal, but I also did not inquire from hotel staff if more pots and a bowl or two would be obtainable. Overall, I have to say the John Jeffries House is a great value and a super location!

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the back so you're not facing the busy street (8-way intersection!) and sirens...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Aldan, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

This was a great value for its location. The subway was right across the street which made it convenient for our Tour of Fenway Park. It was very clean and the room was a nice size. Elevator was a plus. Simple but good continental breakfast. They allowed us to store our bags for a few hours since the car was parked in the garage, reduced rate at $27.00 for 24 hrs. Only negative was the bed was very firm,

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: John Jeffries House
Address: 14 David G. Mugar Way, Boston, MA 02114-3203
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Region: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > Beacon Hill
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Boston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — John Jeffries House 3*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
John Jeffries House Hotel invites guests to experience the best that Boston has to offer. The stately red-brick building makes for a convenient base for exploring the thriving city, and when guests check in to this Beacon Hill hotel, Boston is at their fingertips. The 46 guestrooms at John Jeffries House Hotel resemble New England apartments, coupling traditional design and original detailing with modern amenities. Most rooms feature kitchenettes, allowing for extended stays at this downtown Boston hotel. Trained staff members ensure that every guest feels at home, providing a level of personalized service only found at a boutique hotel this size. In-the-know concierges, for example, can point couples to the city's most romantic date spots, or business travelers to the best cafés for getting extra work done. ... more   less 
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