In mid-July, I spent five nights at the John Jeffries House (JJS) in Boston, which was my fourth stay at the hotel. Two of the main reasons that I keep returning to the JJH when I visit Boston are the reasonable room rates and the location.
When I first visited Boston years ago, I researched accommodations and the JJH had the best rates, based on staying in the “standard” room. In each of my previous visits I have stayed in a “standard” room, but this year when I made my reservation, even though it was early May, I was only able to get a standard room for two nights; for the remaining nights, I moved to a “Junior suite.” The standard room cost $129 a night, the suite, $162, a $33 difference.
The standard rooms I have had have been split into two areas: a bedroom with a twin bed, chest of drawers and television (the bathroom is off the bedroom) and a kitchen/sitting room with a closet. The kitchen/sitting room has a sink, stove, refrigerator and a microwave oven, as well as a table and two chairs.
My junior suite was one room, which made it seem more spacious than my standard room. The single room of the suite can be a plus or minus. For example, in the standard room, one can be up and have the lights and not disturb the other party if he or she wants to sleep. The suite had a king-size bed, and, instead of a table and two chairs, it had a couch (the JJH Web site says this couch opens up into a bed, but I did not check), a coffee table and an arm chair. The television was on top of a cabinet that contained a small refrigerator and a microwave oven. There was no stove, which was fine for my purposes. Free wireless Internet access was available.
In addition to its reasonable rates, another plus of staying at the JJH is the location. The JJH is located in Beacon Hill, a pretty and truly charming area. I love its brick buildings with fancy grillwork, overflowing flower boxes and interesting door knockers and its cobblestone streets and gas lamps. The JJH is located at the end of Charles Street where it meets Cambridge Street.
The JJH faces the Charles Street T stop, not the most attractive view as construction work was going on at the time, as it was when I visited two years prior to that. The stop is very convenient if you’d like to take the T to Cambridge. However, as I discovered this trip, you can also climb the stairs next to the T stop and walk over the Longfellow Bridge, which spans the Charles River and takes you into Cambridge (Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT]). The bridge, which seems to be very popular with runners, provides a wonderful view of the city, with the gold dome of the State House standing out against the skyline. Those same steps will also lead you along the Charles River to the Hatch Shell, where you can set out your blankets and chairs and enjoy free concerts and movies in the summer.
Turn right around the corner from the JJH into Charles Street, which leads to and goes through the Boston Common. The section of Charles Street between the JJH and the Common (Beacon Street) contains restaurants, markets and antique and other stores. There are also two Starbucks just blocks apart. Café Vanille has great pastries and brioche. (Although the JJH includes muffins, rolls and pastries with its breakfast, I like to buy brioche at Café Vanille for breakfast in my room.) If you’d like to have coffee and dessert later in the evening, Bella Vita stays open later at night (unlike either Starbucks or Café Vanille). Cheers (go down Charles and make a right on Beacon) is also a good place for a late night snack or dessert. Yes, Cheers may be a little touristy but the food is good and the prices are reasonable. (And no, it doesn’t look exactly like the bar on the television show, but that’s because the Bull and Finch—the place’s original name—was there before the television show and used by the show to create its bar).
Charles Street has an assortment of small shops, a convenience store, a drug store and a video store. A new chocolate store, located off Charles Street, had just opened when I visited. If you come out of the JJH and turn right and continue down Cambridge Street, there is a CVS, another video rental store, another Starbucks and more restaurants. Several house museums are located within a few minutes’ walk.
The JJH does not provide parking but there is a garage conveniently located around the corner that gives a discounted rate to JJH guests. Boston calls itself a “walking” city and it truly is. You can park your car in the garage and not take it out until you leave and still see the whole city. If you don’t want to walk, there is the T, which is convenient. But this trip I went from the JJH to MIT in Cambridge, to the Mary Baker Eddy Christian Science Center in Back Bay, to Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall, the harbor and the Italian North End and more, all on foot.
Quincy Market has dozens and dozens of stores and restaurants and food stalls. The variety of food choices is so great, you can keep going back and not get bored. Quincy Market is within convenient walking distance of the harbor, where a number of boat tours are available. This trip, I took Liberty Fleet’s Boston Tea Party sail. I had previously taken one of Liberty Fleet’s two-hour schooner sails and greatly enjoyed it but thought maybe the Tea Party sail would be too child-oriented, but this was not the case. The sail is great fun for kids but it’s also fun for adults—with or without kids.
- 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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