If you like the creature comforts and standards associated with regular chain hotels, I don't think the Nolan B&B is for you. It's a very quaint and classic style B&B, similar to what you might find in a small English town. A Victorian house, that's adorned with handmade crafts, trinkets, bone china, antique furniture, with creaky floorboards and traditional central heating.
My room was clean and comfortable. There was wifi which was very reliable and fast. The TV in the room didn't have the best reception but I rarely switched it on. I didn't hear any outside noise from traffic on the main road but with heavy rain, the wooden window frames did rattle a little. A shared bathroom was on the same floor as my room (shared with one other guest), with complimentary toiletries, hair dryer and an iron. The hot and cold water was a bit temperamental but this may be down to Victorian plumbing or water running simultaneously in other parts of the house.
Breakfast was at 8.30am each morning but as I had to leave earlier than this on conference days, a pot of tea, yogurt and fruit were waiting for me outside my door at 6am. The breakfast at 8.30 was simple and sufficient: hot tea/coffee, toast and cereal, boiled eggs, muffins, fresh fruit.
I would have liked to have able to eat breakfast earlier than 8.30am, perhaps with the cereal, fruit, yogurts, muffins laid out on the table for guests to help themselves between 6-9am. A kettle in the room, to make tea and coffee would have also been nice.
The location is ideal for anyone attending a conference at the convention center or the Westin hotel, only a 15-20 min walk on foot or a $7 taxi ride. Buses from the main road go straight into downtown Boston and you're only about a 10 minute walk away from the subway station. The area has plenty of shops, restaurants and bars along the main road (Broadway), just a minute from the B&B.
The host was friendly and knowledgeable about the local area.
Overall, when compared to the high end hotels around the convention center at $200-300 per night, this B&B is good value for money if you're on a budget and don't mind a little walk.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nolan House is a small non-smoking Bed & Breakfast in a privately owned circa 1860 Victorian private home. All guest rooms are clean and spacious, have TV/VCR, air conditioning and are furnished to create a warm and comfortable "home-away-from-home" atmosphere. We are extremely convenient to the Boston Convention Center, the Garden, and the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Nolan House Hotel Boston
- Nolan House Bed And Breakfast