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“Surprisingly Disappointing....!” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Encore Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #3 of 39 Boston B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Trenton, New Jersey
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Surprisingly Disappointing....!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2006

My husband and I recently stayed at Encore in celebration of our one year anniversary. Given their tremendous reviews (one of the best on this site) and how successful we had been in the past using Trip Advisor advice, we thought our stay would be nothing but the best. Perhaps it was overly hyped or perhaps other guests didn't expect excellence, but we were surprisingly disappointed in our stay.

First, the room we stayed in was very noisy. We constantly heard footsteps above our heads, and the kitchenette where breakfast is prepared and guests eat was DIRECTLY outside our door. To make things worse, there was a sizeable gap underneath the door, making all our sounds and the sounds outside strikingly noticeable - - - not necessarily the kind of thing you want for a romantic weekend away!

Secondly, the breakfast was terribly awkward. Guests receive ONLY the food requested the night before - no more, no less. If guests want any more than they thought they might want the night before, there is no chance to get anymore. This is a very cheap practice, if you ask me. Guests don't pay $150 a night so that they have to sheepishly ask for seconds. That's just tacky.

Another important element of the breakfast is that the hosts actually stand there and watch you eat! It's a terribly uncomfortable experience. Oh - and if you don't eat all you've been given, expect some guilt-ridden remarks to force you into eating what you've been given.

The most difficult part of the breakfast was that there is only 1 table for the entire hotel! There are 4 guest rooms, with potentially 8-10 people in the B and B at any time, but only 4 seats at a cramped table. One morning my husband and I were asked by the host to finish our breakfast in our room! This, again, was terribly disappointing.

Aside from that, the rooms were not clean, the hosts bickered in front of us on more than one occasion, and we paid the same price as those guests whose rooms had better views and no noise overhead.

On a brighter note, the neighborhood is absolutely lovely, the restaurants nearby are excellent, and the hotel is within just a couple minutes walk from the closest T station.

My husband and I managed to have a fantastic time in Boston, but that experience had little to do with Encore. We suggest people who are looking for a romantic getaway in Boston pass this hotel by. I know we will in the future.

  • Stayed February 2006
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2006

Our room was comfortable, inviting and stylish, the breakfasts were fabulous, and the hosts were warm and friendly. We'd go back in a heartbeat!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2006

What a find! Charming little B&B, simple yet pleasantly designed, impeccably clean with the most attentive service. We felt like being at home in the South End. Just around the corner is an abundance of excellent bars and restaurants in what emerges as Boston's hot spot.
Reinhold and David run a beautiful place I'll definitely come back to.

  • Stayed January 2006
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2006

I loved this place. I wasn't even planning to go to Boston, but when I found about the B&B online I decided I wanted to stay there. I had a good feeling about the place. It was great! Reinhold and David are great hosts, warm, friendly, creative, and interesting. They have an awsome collection of masks from around the world decorating their walls. The rooms are big, comfortable, and beautiful! It's well located in a nice neigborhood. don't think it twice, you'll love it.

  • Stayed January 2005
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2006

Reinhold, whom we had the pleasure of dealing with on a daily basis, was very efficient and pleasant, yet quite discreet... Our room was well-appointed and very, very clean. Breakfast was always delicious (tip: spring for the delish muffins!) and served on time. Our stay was a true pleasure. The Encore's location is ideal and within walking distance of great restaurants -- making it out to the Wharf and other Boston areas of interest was a breeze. Thanks Reinhold and David -- lovely to meet you!
Nadine and Bernard, Montreal, Canada

  • Stayed January 2006
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2005

I recently had a long weekend and decided to travel to Boston. I found the Encore B&B online and decided to take a chance and book a room. It was the best decision I made in my travel planning. Reinhold and David have a wonderful place that is warm, elegant, and perfectly located no matter if you're traveling on business or on vacation. The rooms are nicely done with upgraded amenities and a great continental breakfast. Traveling to Boston?? - Stay at the Encore Bed & Breakfast!

  • Stayed December 2005
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2005

What a great choice for a weekend stay in Boston. Cozy, clean and located within walking distance to all Boston has to offer. The Encore is located on a charming street lined with brownstone homes with cute little doorways. Breakfast was great - I particularly liked the muffins - thank you Reinhold!! The Bernstein room was very comfortable although I was a little unsettled one night, partly because of the heat. Once I got the windows open I was able to go back to sleep. All in all, a great place to stay.

Stayed December 2005
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Property: Encore Bed and Breakfast
Address: 116 W Newton St, Boston, MA 02118-1203
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Region: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > South End
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Boston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Encore is a Boston bed and breakfast in the historic and trendy South End neighborhood. The ideal alternative to typical hotel lodging, Encore Bed and Breakfast offers 21st-century comfort in a 19th-century town house. ... more   less 
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