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enVision Hotel Boston - Longwood
Ranked #24 of 86 Hotels in Boston
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Reviewed 2 May 2013

EnVision is a great boutique hotel with excellent, friendly staff. The front desk worker who checked us in (Andre, was his name I think) was very pleasant to work with and super accommodating. This hotel is great for the price, clean, and modern. The room we had was equipped with a fridge large enough to actually fit a few things in, as well as a microwave. It was also nice to have two complimentary bottles of water in our room.

The size of the room was quite sufficient, we had no complaints there. Pillows, mattress, etc were all comfortable. The only thing that was a bit of a downside to this hotel was a little bit of noise. It seemed like I could hear everyone coming and going from their rooms, and I was also able to hear the train and emergency vehicles quite often, since the hotel is near a hospital. However, I am also a light sleeper, so maybe this wouldn't bother others.

The location of the hotel worked just fine for us. There is a T stop about a 2 minute walk away, which is on the green line, and takes you right into the city center without any transfers. We also found it an easy ride to the airport with our luggage. Just one transfer on the subway and another transfer onto the airport line. As this location was not a problem for us, it is important to know that it is not located right inside the city center. You are about 30 minutes away from Government Center on the train. But the trains run fairly often, and as I mentioned earlier, the T stop is a very close walk.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lisa Marie C, General Manager at enVision Hotel Boston - Longwood, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2013

Thank you Stacie517 for your wonderful and detailed review of our hotel. There is no one better to provide insight than our guests so that we know what our strengths are and what areas need improvement. It’s great that you were able to take advantage of Boston’s public transportation as it is the most efficient way to maneuver the city. We’re happy you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you next time you come to Boston!

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Reviewed 29 April 2013

My friends and I went on a girls getaway, and when we pulled up to the hotel we were greeted by a very generous valet attended by the name Alex, he was so helpful and so kind! We thought this hotel was gorgeous specially how small it was! The rooms were immaculate, very roomy, bright, cozy and the beds were so comfy! The front desk were also extremely helpful and gave us so many tips on what to do and where to go. The location is prime as it's on a gorgeous street and steps away from the TC that brings you to fenway park and downtown. It was truly an amazing stay and can't wait to come back!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Lisa Marie C, General Manager at enVision Hotel Boston - Longwood, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2013

Thank you so much jpitoscia for your wonderful review! We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay and are looking to come back again! On behalf of the staff we would like to thank you for recognizing their efforts. Please feel free to let me know when you will be returning!

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Reviewed 27 April 2013

Conveniently located, close to T Green lines D and E in nice clean area. What I liked the most was that they have a microwave and a fridge. I was able to make a breakfast and light supper there without having to eat out. If this matters to you, keep in mind they don't have any kitchen utensils/cutlery, so you'd have to either buy them in Boston or bring with yourself.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
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Lisa Marie C, General Manager at enVision Hotel Boston - Longwood, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2013

Thank you idquest for your wonderful review. It's great that you were able to take advantage of Boston's public transportation that is conveniently located to the hotel. We also have Brew'ens cafe located on property to provide guests with a light breakfast, snacks, beverages and utensils. We look forward to seeing you on your next trip to Boston!

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Reviewed 22 April 2013

My wife and I had an opportunity to stay in Boston on business. We picked the Envision hotel in part because it was midway between our respective meetings, and partly because it seemed to have decent reviews. We were not disappointed in the hotel itself. The rooms were clean, and well stocked. The decor was modern and elegant - nicely appointed. Water and Wifi were both free, and there were lots of outlets for the business minded traveler. We arrived early and when we were first checked in, the room offered was right next to the front desk. Our objections were promptly addressed, and we were moved to a nicer room on the third floor. It was the accessibility room, so the size of the bathroom was disproportional in relation to the room itself, out of necessity. Being a small, boutique hotel in a mostly residential neighborhood, it was quiet, and we slept soundly.

The hotel was a former rest home. The most obvious sign was the complete lack of restaurants or any other services within easy walking distance. This is compounded by the fact that the neighborhood is frankly a bit sketchy (Back of the Hill). So if you are without a car, as most New Yorkers are, you are out of luck for a quick bite. On the other hand, public transportation (the Green Line) is nearby, so if you have the time you can make your way around. If you do have a car, they have a convenient, safe valet parking garage underneath the hotel. We were very impressed with the friendly, accommodating staff.

Room Tip: Avoid the room next to the front desk.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled on business
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Lisa Marie C, General Manager at enVision Hotel Boston - Longwood, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2013

Thank you MHeiser for your detailed review. It’s great to hear you enjoyed our amenities such as complimentary bottled water and wireless internet. I hope your meetings went well and you had a safe trip back to New York. We look forward to seeing you on your next trip to Boston!

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Reviewed 17 April 2013

Came to Boston as my daughter is moving to the area. Stayed at en Vision and loved it from the moment we pulled up. The neighborhood is cute and cozy... loved having Olmsted Park in the back to walk in the morning and evenings. Tons of great restaurants in the area that are easily accessible from the "T" or a short walk (depending on how energetic you are). It was nice to be away from the craziness that occurs in large city centers! Would definitely stay when we come back to visit!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Lisa Marie C, General Manager at enVision Hotel Boston - Longwood, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2013

Thank you Monique for your wonderful review! Olmsted Park is a great retreat for anyone looking to get outdoors while visiting the city.We hope your daughter enjoys living in the city and we look forward to hosting you on your next trip to Boston!

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Reviewed 16 April 2013

The Envision Motel at first glance looks good despite being in a suspect neighborhood. The place looks great but after close inspection, you can see that the remolding of the former nursing home won't last long. You have to make sure your door is shut because of a poor fit. Do not get room 101 because it is the noisiest room in the motel. When you complain, they act if they don't care. We had to pay much higher rate due to the Boston Marathon for a noisy room that should have been discounted. We will not stay here again!

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Lisa Marie C, General Manager at enVision Hotel Boston - Longwood, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2013

Okiedawg:

Thank you for your review of our property. We take great pride in our hotel and its amenities and we thank you for your positive comment regarding our hotel. I have gone ahead and shared your review with our entire team and every effort will be taken to ensure the aforementioned issues are looked into. Our hotel is located in a great neighborhood that includes complexes for college and medical students in addition to young professionals. We are in walking distance from several great restaurants including The Mission, Canary Square and Tres Gatos. In addition the "T" runs in front of our hotel with a stop a few steps from our front door, allowing guests to travel into downtown Boston without any parking worries.

We thank you for your patronage and hope to see you again for next year’s marathon!

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Reviewed 10 April 2013

I work in travel public relations so I see a lot of different boutique properties. enVision is a trendy and chique boutique hotel with admirable decor. It was the perfect choice for a first-time visitor like myself to Boston. Its location and convenience near the T made it ideal and even a cab ride to the city was relatively inexpensive. I wished our room was not directly next to the lobby on the first floor but it wasn't a life ruining act. :)

The staff was so friendly and as a public relations professional, stewardship is key! The staff replied to my tweets, which was unexpected and so sweet. There was live music on Friday evening when my boyfriend and I returned from a long day and it was such a pleasant surprise to hear it (even inside our room). Plus, the little cafe/snack bar had healthy snacks and drinks which I appreciated in the morning!

If you're looking for a gem and affordable prices (I'm 22 by the way), go here. You don't need a pricey downtown hotel to enjoy this city. This is far more memorable. You won't regret it.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lisa Marie C, General Manager at enVision Hotel Boston - Longwood, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2013

Danielle, we are so appreciative of your lovely comments! We are thrilled you had a great experience on your first visit to Boston and that we were able to help create some fond memories. We want to provide unique amenities to our guests such as Fresh Note Fridays and our café so hearing feedback on it is always wonderful! Thank you once again and we look forward to seeing you on your next visit to town!

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Address: 81 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130-4704
Region: United States > Massachusetts > Boston
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #24 of 86 Hotels in Boston
Price Range: £87 - £211 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — enVision Hotel Boston - Longwood 2.5*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Travelers seeking a unique hotel experience with a neighborhood charm, capture the perfect picture of your ideal stay and pay a visit to the gem that is enVision Hotel Boston, nestled just outside the heart of the city. Our 39 room boutique Boston hotel is settled in a residential neighborhood and has some room overlooking Olmstead Park. A perfect location if you are visiting any hospital in the Longwood Medical Area.enVision Hotel Boston- Modern in Design, traditional in service. ... more   less 
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