We’ve just returned from a visit to Boston and a stay at The Gilded Lily in the city’s South End. We can’t wait to plan another trip so that we can stay there again.
James Cullion, the Inn’s charming owner, is also an architect. He converted the top 2 floors of his 1870s-era brownstone from apartments into 4 spacious, elegant guest rooms. Each of the 2 rooms on each floor shares an ingenious “Jack and Jill” kitchen and each has a modern, fully-appointed bathroom. Though a nice continental breakfast is provided daily, the South End is full of great cafes, coffee houses, and restaurants, so it’s fun to explore and find your own little place, like Joanne Chang’s (she frequently appears on Ming Tsai’s cooking shows) Flour Bakery on nearby Washington Street . I worked on and off in Boston for more than 30 years, and when I was in the city, spent most of the time at the other end of Tremont and Washington Streets in the Back Bay. Of course, 30 years ago, the South End wasn’t the trendy spot it is today. The Gilded Lily is perfectly situated to not only explore the South End, which has the oldest and largest Victorian neighborhood in the country, but nearby Copley Square, and the rest of Boston, accessible via the nearby T. James had suggested that we join a tour of the South End's parks the day we arrived, and we're happy that we did - we saw the oldest wood frame house in the city, some interesting parks, and the building used as the opening in the TV show "St. Elsewhere". There is so much to do and see that you, too, will want to return again and again...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Gilded Lily is situated at 4 Claremont Park, a quiet residential side street in Boston’s Historic South End. The neighborhood is celebrated for its rich Victorian row house architecture and extends over 500 acres. It is populated with many trendy restaurants and boutique shops and is immediately adjacent to Boston’s Back Bay, Fenway, Bay Village and Beacon Hill neighborhoods. We are within walking distance to an extraordinary array of cultural, civic, academic and medical facilities and lots and lots of places to shop; to name just a handful, Historic Fenway Park, Boston Symphony Hall, The Museum of Fine Arts, The Huntington Theatre, Boston University Medical Center, MIT and the Copley Place Mall and Newbury Street. ... more less