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Speaks: english

Beacon Hill -- Sunny Studio ('the Nest')

16 Reviews
Bedrooms Studio
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Charming studio apartment with plush queen bed sleeps 2

We've been renting high-quality furnished accommodations for over 8 years, exclusively in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. "the Nest" apartment location is stellar, just 3 minutes walking distance to Boston Common, the Freedom Trail, an organic grocery store, a wine shop and many more conveniences and Boston attractions. Please note that our listed pricing includes cleaning charges and payment fees. It excludes any booking fee and hotel taxes which we cannot control.

*** This apartment is not listed on Craiglist or AirBnb ***


Welcome to "The Nest", a charming top floor studio apartment, oozing with comfy quaintness. This unit is located in a late 1800s Beacon Hill building at the very top of the Hill and the center of downtown Boston. The original pine flooring, original decorative fireplace and antique furniture add to the appeal. The apartment is extremely quiet located at the back of the building with tree tops and sunlight filtering in from the south-facing windows.

Basics: The kitchen is brand new and done to a very high standard. Normal-sized refrigerator, gas stove, Bosch quiet dishwasher and deep sink. The bed is a Beauty-Rest plush-firm queen with down pillows and sateen sheets. The bathroom has marble tiled floor, high-end fixtures and a high-pressure shower and tub. Washer/dryer at the bottom of the stairs along with a place to keep a bike.

Electronics: Brand new LED HDTV (w/ standard HD cable (CNN, CNBC, HBO, ESPN, etc.), DVD/CD player (w/ DVDs), wired/wireless internet, roll-out air-conditioner, telephone & answering machine with free US & Canada LD, hair-dryer, vacuum, laser printer.

Eco-Green: Aside from an efficient apartment in a location that promotes walking and public transportation; bed linens and pillows are eco-certified and cleaning agents, paper supplies and soaps/shampoos are earth-friendly whenever possible. We recycle. Cloth shopping totes are hanging in the kitchen and the electricity is powered from wind energy.

Essentials: No smoking, no pets, no parking (ask), sleeps 2 maximum (no exceptions). Includes all utilities and furnishings, very detailed owner's manual for apartment and neighborhood, along with owner's personalized restaurant map.

Expectations: Please note that Beacon Hill is on a hill in an urban historical zone, so there is a fair amount of walking when staying in this neighborhood. The Nest apartment is a 4th floor walk-up (3 flights of stairs; European 3rd floor) without an elevator, which may not be suitable for all guests.

We have other accommodations in the Beacon Hill neighborhood with different profiles, so just ask.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Paul (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

This was our first visit and we lucked out with the nest. The location is great. Grocery and liquor stores within a 2 minute walk. Train stations nearby. Easy to walk around the beacon hill area. Very quite. Bed and shower were both great. We had every thing we needed. Dining within walking distance.

My only improvement would be to have one upholstered chair.....Not a big deal. [note from owner: we added a very nice chair based on this suggestion]

We plan on going back next year.

Sue from Des Moines, Iwowa
Oct 2009
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Beacon Hill -- Sunny Studio ('the Nest')
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

Perfect spot in Boston for 2

  • 5 of 5

The Nest is a little gem in Boston. Perfect location. Quaint neighborhood. It's as wonderful as described. Paul was great to work with and provided a lot of information for our visit we found valuable in the booklet left in the studio. Close to about everything...great restaurants, Whole Foods, CVS, parks, historic sites, etc. We didn't think the stairs were that bad, but we're very active people. You will need to climb the 45 steps to the studio apartment. (My husband is OCD and wanted to know - lol) It has wonderful linens and a great bed, which is the most important feature to any place in my opinion. Good size bathroom, strong wifi, and it even has coin laundry in the complex. It doesn't have a great view, but it does have a lot of natural light. You can open the windows and enjoy the weather. It was perfect for the end of May and first of June. We'd stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent first experience

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time renting a place. We decided to do it because Boston's hotels are pretty expensive. We are glad we did it. All the amenities you need to "live" your vacation is provided. We even used the shared laundry machines. This was extremely convenient since we visited other NE areas before staying in Boston for a week and change. The studio is extremely conveniently located. We walked everywhere. Very close to several T stops. Whole Foods/CVS is right down the block.

I am hoping to continue renting and hope that all owners are like this one. Very smooth process. There were instructions to use things in the studio. We had no need to contact him at all during our stay.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review, it is very helpful for me as well as future guests. I wish you the best with future rentals. Paul
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Very convenient and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

The Nest is a very comfortable studio in a great location in Boston's Beacon Hill. It is sunny as advertised and has all the amenities you'll need for a comfortable stay. Paul is very easy to work with too.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time to write a review. Happy Travels, Paul
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Haven in Boston...

  • 5 of 5

This was my first experience with Home Away. Paul was wonderful to work with--replied in short order to my emails--and provided this great little haven in Beacon Hill. The location was fantastic...a smaller unit...nicely arranged, naturally lit, and quiet. The amenities were exactly what I needed, laundry was on the first floor, and the location was incredibly close to everything--groceries, TD Garden, restaurants, the Common, Public Garden, and nearly centered to three T stations.

I walked 67 miles during my 10 days! Took tours through Boston By Foot, a Harbor Cruise, toured the Boston Public Library, saw a Boston Bruins game at TD Garden, toured Harrison Gray Otis House (at the end of Hancock Street) walked up and down streets in the Back Bay, visited the Museum of Fine Arts & Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and enjoyed a bit of time in the Greenway park swings and sitting in the Public Garden.

You can't go wrong staying here; however, I will be honest...the stairs are steep and Beacon Hill streets have inclines (some are steeper than others). It's SO worth it, though. It's a completely different experience than staying in a hotel--it is so much better among the local residents and beautiful homes. The doorsteps are lovely to take in and the history abounds. Thank you, Paul, for everything. It was an absolute pleasure working with you!!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review. Indeed, you put together an excellent itinerary. Very glad to hear that your stay at "the Nest" apartment could contribute to your Boston adventures.
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It really is a cosy Nest!

  • 5 of 5

The "Nest" is a delightfully cosy efficiency apartment located on Beacon Hill. The property is perfect for a single or a couple who want to be close to the Boston city sites. The place is old, but well maintained and well stocked with apartment amenities, such as wi-fi, TV, phone, etc. A tiny kitchenette is available, but we ate out every meal.

The only downside is the 4th floor location without an elevator. The stairway is very narrow, so it may be intimidating for flat-landers such as myself and Steve, but we quickly learned to cope. The apartment is well worth the trek and is in an excellent location.

When I return to Boston (and I plan to do so!), I will definitely look to stay in this Nest in the city!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review! Glad to hear that you had a good trip and stay in Boston and our little apartment, "the Nest". Indeed, Beacon Hill is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the United States and this building (which used to be just one contiguous house for one family until around the 1920s) was built in the mid 1800s. Happy Travels!
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The best stay on Beacon Hill, Boston - "The Nest"

  • 5 of 5

I had a wonderful, convenient and pleasant stay at the The Nest for two weeks during the middle of a brutal winter. The apartment had everything that I needed or I would find in a luxury hotel (e.g. Hair dryer, internet access, TV, kitchen utensils, large closet space, cotton buds in bathroom etc.). Also, it is so conveniently located, close to absolutely everything (BackBay, Tube station, Grocery store, pahrmacy etc.) that it was very efficient to get anywhere from there.

The owner (Paul) had clearly thought of every detail to ensure that "The Nest" is equipped with anything to ensure that the guest would have a pleasant stay. I did not have to ask or buy anything. Also, During the worst Boston Blizzard ever, Paul was constantly in communication to make sure I had everything I needed and felt safe.

I will certainly stay there again when I am in Boston and would strongly recommend this place to my friends. It's a great find!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Nearest Train
1 Miles
South Station (Amtrak & Commuter Rail)
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Storrow Drive
Car: not necessary

Just 2 minute walk to Freedom Trail at front of State House and the Boston Common one way and an urban Whole Foods grocer the other; 8 minutes walk to three subway 'T' lines and quaint Charles Street; 15 minute walk you will reach Faneuil Hall, Newbury Street, the North End, Theatre District and TD Garden for events.


Rates & Availability

Boston Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter 2017
Jan 1 2017 - Apr 12 2017
7 night minimum stay
Marathon 2017
Apr 13 2017 - Apr 19 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Christmas/New Years weeks will be charged at the Peak rates.
Boston Marathon week, considered super-peak will be charged at Peak rate +35%
Off-peak may sometimes be limited to weekly or monthly
Rental periods greater than 1 month will include free cleanings; ask owner for details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Boston Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Shower/tub with excellent pressure and heat
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • 1 Queen bed; high-end plush-firm mattress with eco-friendly certified sheets and duck down pillows
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • ice skating
  • roller blading
  • sailing

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