I stayed here twice, for a total of three nights, at the start and end of a two week trip around the USA. Staff were friendly and helpful, especially considering that due to our flights we arrived late at night both times. Wi-fi works like a charm, breakfast is good. It was the cheapest room we could find in Boston by about $7 per person per night. The location was great - near the T (subway) and TD Garden.
I have a few gripes: the first two times I showered, relatively early in the morning (7ish), I couldn't get the shower hot in the time it took me to clean myself (about 5-10 minutes). It worked fine on my third attempt, which was later in the morning (9ish). I guess it may have something to do with the water heater not having reached temperature, but that wasn't much comfort when I was shivering those first couple of days.
We had paid for the 6 bed mixed dorm both times and the first time we stayed we were put in the 10 bed dorm. On our second night they put an extra bed in there so it became an 11 bed dorm. The 6 bed dorm is only accessible through the 10 bed so it's basically 16 beds anyway (with an adjoining door). I didn't realise the mistake until it was too late to do anything about it so I don't know how/if they would've dealt with it, but I'd advise you check your booking to be sure you haven't paid more for something you didn't get.
As someone else has mentioned, the beds are squeaky. Like, really squeaky. If you're a light sleeper, or a bit of a fidget (or both, in my case), that can make for an unpleasant night's sleep, especially as the mattresses are a bit thin too.
I'm not a princess about this sort of thing and I know you get what you pay for, but go in with your eyes open. I might consider paying the extra $7 in future and seeing what it bought me, but if someone else booked me in here I wouldn't kick up much of a fuss and would stay again.
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