My wife and I usually attend one or two Red Sox games at Fenway Park every year. We used to stay at the rapidly deteriorating Howard Johnsons next door to the Park. It now has been torn down, and so we looked to the Hotel Buckminster as an option. Having stayed there two nights ago, I now can report that it is a great option for attending Red Sox games. We had reserved a king bed room but were upgraded to a king suite -- very nice. What wasn't so nice was the fact that, in a non-smoking room in a non-smoking facility, we were met with the strong stench of stale smoke when we entered the room. In addition, the excellent modern windows in the unit had obviously been opened to try to freshen the air and had not been closed properly, letting in noise and cold breezes. I managed to close the windows (which were off their tracks), which remarkably protected us from the street noise outside (we were on the 2nd floor). Because the hotel was full, we could not be offered alternative accommodations, but were given a small discount on the room price, which was appreciated. When we return for our next Red Sox game in July, we are hoping that the room we have reserved will truly be smoke free. I wish that hotel management would try harder to enforce the no-smoking policy, because otherwise they have a very convenient and well-cared for facility. The suite, by the way, had a kitchenette, which was nice, but it would have been helpful had they left a few more plastic glasses in the room (only two were there, in the bathroom).
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