When I need to stay in the Coolidge Corner area my first choice is The Samuel Seward Inn. Unfortunately there were no rooms available. The Courtyard was also booked and I do not like the Holiday Inn. I had some trepidation about staying at the Longwood Inn based on some of the reviews, but its eemed to be the best choice, The location is excellent and the T is only minutes away.
The room I was assigned was small, but that did not concern me. I only needed a clean room and a decent bathroom. I was not planning to spend much time in the room. Upon check-in the office was in total disarray. The manager looked really stressed out. The room was cold. So I turned up the heat. It was not getting any warmer so I went downstairs to the manager and he said to wait a bit longer because there was a draft coming through the windows. Since he was leaving at 9:00, as it approached 9 PM i went down again and told him that there was still no heat. Plus the doorknob was broken. He reassigned me to a room on the first floor. I opened the door only to find that the room was not made up and the sheets were all over the place!! I hunted down the manager. By now I was a bit perturbed. The manager then said to me, AND THIS IS AN EXACT QUOTE " I'm not having such a good day either." He then assigned me to a room on the third floor which was very nice and comfortable.
I was there for two nights and after the initial issues, all went well. Next time, however, I will book at the Samuel Seward. There is a nice kitchen at the Longwood Inn and the lobby is very cozy and relaxing. However, I think the Samuel Seward is a better bet. The manager did do his best, so I cannot fault him,
Here is a tip. When parking, try to park along the side of the building or the closest two parking spots to the driveway and DO NOT BACK IN. The way the parking lot is set up, It can be difficult to back out of the middle spots against the back fence if there are cars parked alongside the building.
Two other things needs to be mentioned. The key is on one of those large plastic keychains with the name of the hotel and the room number on it. I do not think this is very safe at all. And I do have some concerns about the wiring. I am not an electrician and I an sure the place has passed code, but seeing all sorts of wires and hookups gave me some pause.
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Longwood Inn is a converted 1900’s Victorian mansion in a safe, upscale residential neighborhood near many of Boston’s major attractions. With sensible rates, this is one of Boston’s best bargains. The Inn has 21 rooms and a one-bedroom apartment available nightly or for extended stays. All rooms feature free parking, telephones with free local calls, free internet access, flat screen cable televisions and air conditioning. Housekeeping services are provided. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Longwood Hotel Brookline