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“Enchanting Escape” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Samuel Sewall Inn

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The Samuel Sewall Inn
Ranked #9 of 11 Brookline B&B and Inns
Grenoble, France
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Enchanting Escape”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2007

As I stepped into the Sewall Inn away from the familiar din of cars, sirens, and construction Boston offers as daily soundtrack, I felt as Lucy must have felt as she crossed the threshold of the wardrobe into that wonderous, otherworldly land of Narnia. The first room you enter is a combination dining/sitting room fresh out of an Austen novel. I was greated by one of the many gracious innkeepers who made my stay feel like a visit to a home I've never had. My room came complete with four large windows letting in magnificent light to reveal a fireplace, a dangerously comfortable king-size bed, a silk upholstered fainting couch, and modern amenities such as a television, dvd player (the inn has a selection of dvds available), and telephone. The bathroom was clean and fully stocked. There were snacks available at all times in the sitting/dining room and in the morning there was a full breakfast served offering hot and cold foods of higher than average quality. I have stayed in many hotels, inns, and b&b's across America and Europe and I can say that none of them have been quite like the Sewall Inn in its charm, comfort, and ability to enchant one's imagination.

  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
3 Thank Poodleton
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Connecticut
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94 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2007

We stayed at the Sewall Inn for one night while in Boston while visiting and seeing a show at the Wang Theater (Michael Buble!!)before heading to the North Shore. We were travelling with friends and they stayed at the sister Inn the Bertram Inn across the street. I have to say that when I called to reserve the room the staff was very helpful. When we arrived things looked as nice as they did on their website and everything was nicely decorated and clean!! Which is very important to us as we are seasoned Inn and B&B Travellers. We came into town earlier than checkin and even though our room wasn't ready (which was understandable because we were early) they let us checkin and leave our car in the parking lot for the 15.00 (reasonable fee) so we could take the train into the city and explore for the day. When we returned in the afternoon there were snacks we could grab before getting ready for the show and heading back into the city a nice touch. A definite plus about this location is how close it is to the t-train. We checked out the Bertram Inn that our friends stayed at across the street and accomodations there were just as nice. We actually had breakfast at their Inn which I have to say is a little larger and has a nice deck with a view. Great breakfast choices and reasonable rates compared to those in the city. Nice part of this Inn or both for that matter is the comfort and special touches of a B&B with the great closeness of the city. We will stay again when in Boston as will our friends.

  • Liked — Location and Atmosphere
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank Sweetchic
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Pinehurst, North Carolina
Level Contributor
63 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2007

We had two rooms for three nights from 7/30 to 8/2/2007. This was the third B&B in which we stayed while traveling throughout New England, and it was by far the best in this price range.

Despite the busy location, our room was totally quiet and peaceful. The beds were heavenly, good mattresses and pillows, with step stools to aid in climbing into the antique beds and chocolates on the bed at night along with the information sheet for the next day's weather and menu . The bathroom was very clean with Frette towels and bathrobes. Breakfast was excellent with a different main dish each day, as well as home-baked pastries and granola, fresh fruit and cereals. Coffee, tea and snacks were available all day.

The staff were friendly and helpful, but it is the attention to detail throughout the home that sets the Samuel Sewall Inn apart from others. With no overnight on-street parking allowed in Brookline, the Inn's parking is a big plus.

  • Liked — Good rest in a quiet room, plus great food.
  • Disliked — Needed a reading light next to the chair.
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
3 Thank andiandi1
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New Hampshire
Level Contributor
63 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2007

Spent last Sunday Night at the Samuel Sewall Inn after seeing a show at the Paradise Rock Club which is adjacent to Boston University. The Inn is an old fashioned New England B+B. The room and public areas were spotlessly clean. With a "T" train stop at the next block, I thought it would we noisier but all was peaceful and quiet. The "T" stops at Fenway Park-Kenmore Square but you could walk the few blocks.There was unlimited coffee anytime and goodies in the dining area.Breakfast was continental style which was fine because we don't eat much in the morning anyway. Book a room through their website, it was less expensive than Orbitz.com or Hotels.com

  • Liked — Cleanliness
  • Disliked — Had to pay extra for parking
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Panama1955
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Montreal, QC
Level Contributor
29 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2007

If you want to stay out of downtown, I would certainly recommend the Samuel Sewall Inn. Brookline and Coolidge Corner are a great part of Boston. Quiet, good restaurants, interesting shops, a diverse (for Boston) mix of people, and easy access to downtown. The Inn itself is very nice with large rooms, comfortable beds, and a helpful and friendly staff. The only downsides (as mentioned in previous reviews) are the street noise, and this being an old house, the noise from pipes and neighbors. But if that doesn't bother you, you will certainly enjoy your stay.

  • Liked — Old character of inn
  • Disliked — Street noise, creaking old house
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank Daoda
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, NY
Level Contributor
83 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2007

We just spent 2 nites at this Band B which I had researched extensively thanks to trip advisor....The location was excellent ...a short block to the T and a couple of blocks to the hustle and bustle of harvard st and beacon st.. The front desk is manned from about 7:30 am to 9:30p, so check in during those hrs,.The only lounge/parlor was smallish..this is where they put out the breakfast every am from 8am to 10a...... , OJ or Apple juice, coffee, tea,.Instant oatmeal packets, 3 kinds of cold cereal, assorted breads, muffins or croissants, bowl with cut up fruits...summer fruits)
, and one hot dish ( ours was a frittata first am anf the next am was french toast. The inn has 15 guest room s and it can get cramped in this parlor which has a couch and 3 small bistro tables with 2 chairs each. The parking lot whcich you pay $15 per nite to park has 8 spots as does the Bettram accross the st and the Bertram Inn guests seem to prefer to park their cars at the Sewall leaving us to park behind the Bertram...not convenient for us. Our guest room was very nice,,,plush robes, towels and gilchrist and soames toiletries, victorian decor, etc

NEGATIVES....our queen bed was soft and we slept terribly..we kept sinking into each other...THe Bathroom PIPES...were terribly loud and we heard every shower and toilet flushing in this inn. Other that it was a very quiet inn.

The Bertram INN across the street ( both owned by the same owners) had much larger public areas .....2 parlor rooms and seemed prettier inside and out.

Our Daughter is going to be a student at BC and while the location was fantastic, I doubt we will return....we seem more like hotel people

We paid $170per nite plus $15 to park plus taxes...

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — the beds and pipes
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank JoyceinNY
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bala cynwyd
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2007

Was visiting my son in Jamaica Plains, so Brookline is very close. Nice staff, very accomodating. Its right off Brookline Ave., so its very convenient to public transportation, and walking distance to center of Brookline.
Rooms are large and very interesting- parking available if you have a car. Its in a very interesting area, condusive to walking even in December. Will always stay there when we visit Boston.

Stayed December 2006
Helpful?
1 Thank hnemiroff
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Additional Information about The Samuel Sewall Inn

Property: The Samuel Sewall Inn
Address: 143 St. Paul Street, Brookline, MA 02446
Region: United States > Massachusetts > Brookline
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Brookline
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Samuel Sewall Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
When traveling to Boston, the Samuel Sewall Inn serves as an oasis from the hustle of downtown Boston. Located two miles from the heart of the city and one block from public transportation, guests are able to remain close to the cultural and business centers of Boston yet return to the tranquility of a bed and breakfast. ... more   less 
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The Samuel Sewall Hotel Brookline
Samuel Sewall Hotel

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