We love this hotel! This is a Brownstone in the historic Back Bay area that was converted into a hotel. It is very hip and modern. The inn reminded my husband and I of a wonderful edgy place in London, called base2stay. The hotel is located one block from the Prudential Center and the “T” (Boston’s metro). All the booking for the hotel is done over the Internet. Once you pay, they email you an entry code for the keypad to their front door. This made us feel more secure as it limited who can get in to the building. You are also emailed an access code to enter your room. It is a lot like your front door code thus remembering both numbers was not hard. The keypads is a great idea as we did not have to schlep keys with us around Boston nor fumble for a key to get in to our room. We can see this 21st Century lock becoming more common at inns.
The Inn at St. Botolph definitely lives up to its namesake, the patron saint of travelers. It should be ranked even higher than it is in TripAdvisor. The rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated. A small kitchen is included with the room. There is a two-burner glass top stove, a full size refrigerator, lots of glasses (including some for Champagne and for other wines), utensils, and a kitchen sink. The bed was heavenly with its very soft and warm blanket made by Berkshire Blankets (We plan to buy some of these Massachusetts blankets for our beds soon!). The lighting is not the typical hotel room lighting. It made the room feel homey. Photos that you see online really represent how nice the rooms are.
There is free access to their wireless Internet. And if you haven't brought a laptop, there is an iMac in the basement lounge which you can also use free of charge. We did that to avoid the higher nasty airline luggage fees you pay at the airport. Due to the keypad entry to the inn, there is no need for a front desk. But1 That doesn’t mean you can’t get face-to-face service. The office desk folks were very friendly and helpful. They even steered us to one of their sister restaurants which ended up being an excellent recommendation (see our review of Teatro). The Continental Breakfast provided is light, but there is enough to eat to have you satisfied until lunchtime.
Parking warning: Boston only allows residents to park on the street in the city. There are metered spots out front, but they are only for residents after 6:00pm every day. This means Sunday through Saturday. Boston parking lots can run $40.00 per day without reentry (meaning you have to pay every time you exit the garage). We highly recommend hopping on to the “T” or a city bus. A cab is a better alternative to driving and parking a car in Boston. When looking for a place to stay in Boston for a convention or meeting, skip the Boston Marriott Copley and the Sheraton Boston Hotel, and have a wonderful time at The Inn At St Botolph.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The Inn @ St. Botolph, a luxury boutique hotel located in the shadow of the Prudential Center. With a keen nod to its namesake, the patron saint of travelers, The Inn @ St. Botolph in Boston's historic Back Bay wraps a wealth of luxuries in a tidy and affordable package for discerning travelers. Like its sister hotel, the internationally acclaimed XV Beacon, The Inn @ St. Botolph offers understated contemporary interiors graced with traditional styling and comfort. ... more less
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- The Inn At St Botolph Hotel Boston