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“Great for Red Sox games, but not smoke free”

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Boston Hotel Buckminster
Ranked #66 of 83 Hotels in Boston
Richmond, Vermont
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
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“Great for Red Sox games, but not smoke free”
Reviewed 25 April 2014

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).

Room Tip: We expected 2nd floor room to have serious noise issues but were pleasantly surprised that the new w...
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

Arrival/Check in was accompanied by great service and guidance by front desk. Front desk service was AWESOME (friendly, helpful, reassuring) throughout entire stay. Location was excellent. Day 2 of visit was consistent of lunch in the Fenmore Grill at the hotel. During 4/22 lunch, service was sub par. Bartender seemed irritated/annoyed which resulted in bad service. He seemed irritated with any guest (togo or dine in). Day 2 had an unannounced fire alarm in the AM which was unsatisfying. We were not notified that our floor was going to have a "fire alarm" that day and was alarming.
Checkout service was great with the front desk, as was overall privacy and overall room accommodations. The "feel" of the hotel was great, alongside the location. Regarding the Fenmore Grill on 4/23, the female bartender (who was significantly busier than the gentlemen on 4/22 AM) was significantly better. She was friendlier and more efficient, even though we only had a TOGO order. I also appreciate the vouchers for the restaurant given by the hotel, it is very convenient. Overall, the amount of money spent for the hotel was appreciated mostly for the location rather than the quality of the hotel.

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Hampden, Maine
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

Vacation to boston to hangout and head to the Red Sox vs. Yankees game! Checked in on Marathon Monday (which was a treat in many ways). What an experience to watch! I would check in the day before just because it is hard to make your way around the city (obviously) and if you want to park in the hotel parking, you have to wait till about 8:30ish to get your parking but watching the marathon and the bars and restaurants in the area are easy to get to. After checking-in and getting settled after the marathon we ventured out and had a wonderful time. We asked the front desk 2 times for a roll-away bed (plus the phone call the day before). We never got the roll away but made that was a minor problem that was manageable. We did wake up to a fire alarm test that was only on our floor.. and i was not impressed but understand the value of testing the alarms so i did not make an issue about it. The next day we went to get lunch in the restaurant at the hotel called the Fenmore Grill. The service was honestly the worst I've ever had and i am saying that because there was 1 table and myself and a friend at the bar.. a total of 4 adults and 2 children. It took 10 mins to get a drink and 40 mins after that to put a food order in. The waiter/bartender (one person working) was extremely rude and short with 2 guest that came in for a to-go order and change for a 20 dollar bill. He seemed very irritated that he had to serve these 2 people who were very pleasant with him. I work in the service industry and understand the pressure and stress as well as being busy and at times it is unbearable but his demeanor was kind of disrespectful. In my opinion (which is from my view of what was in the restaurant) he was not overly busy. The next day I wanted to give the restaurant another shot and the young lady working was unbelievable! She had 5 tables and 5 bar guests and our service was amazing! We put our order in and was in and out in 35 mins. This girl knew how to work!!!! She was polite and efficient and I wish I got her name so i could tell management.
Although i had a 50/50 with the restaurant the front desk was very nice and took care of the issue with not getting the roll away quickly and were very apologetic.
This hotel is so close to Fenway and in walking distance of many restaurants, bars and corner stores... park your car and leave it and you don't have to use it until you leave, which is awesome!

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Wisconsin
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

An okay budget hotel that has only its location going for it (Fenway's steps away as is a T stop; walk about fifteen minutes down Beacon past BU, you'll be in Coolidge Corner which is awash in excellent Asian restaurants). But then again, Boston's small enough that nearly everything's within walking distance. As the hotel is proud to tell you, this is an old place, and while that's . . . interesting, this is one instance where I'd be happy to forgo history for a restful night's sleep. The walls are tissue-thin, and because this hotel sits at the confluence of three major streets, you'll be listening to traffic noise all night long--and I mean, ALL night long. In addition, the blinds are inadequate, and the rooms stay bright enough that I finally broke down and bought a sleep mask just to get some semblance of darkness going here. All in all, these factors outweigh the hotel's location. If I'm ever in Boston again, I'll stay elsewhere.

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Moorpark, California
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

We stayed three nights before our trip to England and felt this was a very good choice. It's an old hotel with character and history. We had booked a regular king room, but asked if we could have a free upgrade (we always do and it often pays off). We were given a large suite on the sixth floor with a view of Fenway Park. There was a busy road below, but we wear earplugs, so no problem. Everything was clean and the rooms were well equipped and very comfortable. The staff is absolutely top notch - very friendly and helpful. The $10 a night voucher helps with the breakfast bill (it pays for one meal each morning) and the food and service were excellent. The elevator was certainly adequate and not that slow for us, but the hotel wasn't full. Price wise the hotel is a very good value. We would stay again.

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Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

stayed 1 night in 2 bedroom 6th floor corner suite, there were 4 of us so lots of room. across the street from fenway with a lot of restaurants and sights close by.the room was equipped with microwave, fridge, and windows you can open. you're high enough that the street noise doesn't bother and the views are neat! parking was free! a lot of history associated with the hotel and it has a lot of character. has a fitness centre and restaurant but time didn't permit us to use them. staff very friendly and helpful!

just a few notes:
no closet or garbage can or hooks in 2nd bedroom-there is a wardrobe in the main living room but if folks are in the main suite its not condusive to picking out clothes-a few hooks or a coat tree in the bedroom would be a help.
no coffee maker in the room-yes, there is a restaurant downstairs and mcdonald's etc. across the street, but coffee in the room is needed.
internet is not free.
torn and worn furniture in the suite-photos below-please fix.

all that to say....if we return to Boston we would stay here again!

Room Tip: try the street side on higher floors-great views and quiet
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

Good location one block from Fenway Park and close to BU and the Kenmore T stop. It's a quick T ride to the beginning of the Freedom Trail. This is an old hotel that is well-kept. Room 608 was a mini suite and very spacious with a microwave and mini fridge. The bed was comfortable. I have one minor complaint and one major complaint. Minor: the bathroom light switch is in the middle of the bathroom rather than by the door. Awkward. Major: the room faces the Mass Pike and the traffic mouse is substantial, especially at night when you want it to be quiet. The hotel could fix this by installing better windows. It's what prevents me from giving a rating of Excellent.

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Property: Boston Hotel Buckminster
Address: 645 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02215
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Region: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > Fenway / Kenmore
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Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #66 of 83 Hotels in Boston
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Hotel Class:3 star — Boston Hotel Buckminster 3*
Number of rooms: 131
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