|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
PICTURESQUE BEACON HILL, BOSTON'S HISTORIC CENTER! This 1,100 square foot, 3 bedroom condominium in the heart of Beacon Hill is perfectly situated for those wishing to enjoy the best of Boston. Occupying the 3rd and 4th floors of a small 19th century building, the recently renovated condo offers charm and comfort. High ceilings, wood floors throughout and lots of light from the many windows are the setting for an eclectic mix of antique and modern furniture, plenty of books and art.
Please note there is no elevator, so it is two flights of stairs up from street level, and another flight of stairs in the condo from the main floor (living room, dining room, kitchen) to the bedrooms. There is an additional steep flight of stairs up to the roofdeck.
YOU WON'T NEED A CAR! Step out of the condo and you will find a day spa and yoga studio at street level. Walk to everything! One short block to Charles Street, with its cafes, boutiques, antique galleries and restaurants. Two blocks to the Public Garden, or to the Boston Common. Enjoy the Swan Boats in the summer, or walk to skating on Frog Pond in winter. Stroll down to the Esplanade and go for a run along the Charles River for a great view of the Boston skyline.
Boston's excellent subway system is just minutes away. Only 3 stops on the Red Line and you are in Harvard Square, or catch the Green Line to the MFA. In the summer, you will enjoy the comfort of central air conditioning and the views from the private roof deck. The small, but nicely fitted kitchen has everything for those who like to cook, including 2 ovens. In the marble-tiled bathroom, we replaced the bathtub with a large glass-enclosed shower with a bench and a rain-shower head. The 2 larger bedrooms have new queen mattresses, and the smaller bedroom has one twin bed.
My husband and I are recently-retired antiques dealers. We hail from Europe originally, and met as students at UC Berkeley.
Owner purchased this condo in 1996
Boston is one of the world's loveliest cities. Scenic and historic, it is small enough to be accessible and pedestrian-friendly, while also offering world-class art, restaurants and entertainment.
We were 3 adults joined by a 4th for a family reunion for several nights, and we hosted 2 further overnight guests for one night. The nicely laid out 2 storey maisonette high up in an old townhouse steps from the Boston Public Garden and Charles Street with its 3 bedrooms up (4th) and communal spaces down (3rd) was fine for 6. We felt relaxed at home amidst its books and art, old wood pieces and leather chairs. The small kitchen was well stocked for food preparation and serving, and the discreet laundry tucked in the single bathroom was a boon. We watched New Years fireworks from the roof garden. All beds were excellent and the shower first rate. No quibbles!
We loved staying here, plenty of room for a family of five. Everything was there that we could possibly need, and it was close to a couple of great grocery stores where we stocked up on food for the week. Beacon Hill is a wonderful location with lots of restaurants and shops, and only a block to the Boston PublicGarden and the Boston Common and the Freedom Trail. The apartment was clean and well maintained, and we felt like locals during our stay - it was wonderful to have our own space. Communication with the owner was excellent, and the check in and check out process super easy. Loved the rooftop terrace too. I would book this again in a heartbeat and recommend it to anyone fit enough to lug suitcases up three flights of stairs.
We met our adult college aged kids in Boston for Thanksgiving and our stay couldn't have been more perfect. The apartment is warm and cozy and the perfect size for 5 adults to spread out. The views are amazing of Beacon Hill. Everything is within walking distance so no need to rent a car. The beds are all extremely comfortable and the shower had three heads including an overhead rain fall. Clean, comfortable, close to amazing restaurants and a Bakery/restaurant Tatte just around the corner for coffee or tea. Every utensil you need to make a Thanksgiving dinner, appliances are all new and since it was especially chilly during our stay the heater kept the place toasty warm. I'll never stay anywhere else but at Caroline's. She made our stay easy and communication couldn't have been better. Caroline has thought of everything, all instructions in apartment are 100% clear and thoughtful. I have already told all my friends and family about our stay and hope we will be able to get a reservation to stay here in the future. Thanks Caroline, Best Family Thanksgiving Ever!!!
First I must say, Caroline is in the right line of work, she knows hospitality and genuinely cares about her guests. She quickly communicates relevant information you need for your trip. I have to assume the reasons for so many positive reviews for this house are the amazing Location (in the heart of Beacon Hill), its reasonable price, and Caroline. Maybe some folks enjoy the interior design’s quirkiness, but let’s be honest, it is an old place, with old smells. In some ways I guess that helps with the pretense of feeling like you actually live in a by-gone era. Loads of history here, and staying in this house, in this neighborhood made you feel a little more part of it. Now the problems, mostly one very large one; broken Heating (HVAC in general). Probably not a big deal for locals w/ lows in the mid-40s and day time highs in the mid-50s (except the last night when a cold front came through bringing with it wind-chills in the teens!), but 61 degrees is not what we like to consider “room” temperature, even in summer! I think the brand new windows saved us from getting any colder during our stay. To make matters worse there is only (1) space heater (which itself didn’t work completely) for a three bedroom townhome, and the central HVAC system’s fan would not turn off. No matter what you set the temperature to, no matter if you turned the fan switch to Off, no matter what, that fan stayed on the whole trip. The fan registers upstairs in the bedrooms were louder than the airplane flight, for (4) nights in a row! Good thing Boston is pedestrian friendly, because all the walking we did during the day helped us wear down enough to get some sleep through the chilly and loud evenings. Other minor issues that are so easy to address were holes in the towels and door knobs on most of the doors that didn’t work well, and some not even screwed in all the way. Instead of giving it an antique, National Registry charm, it just seemed sloppy and not cared for. But again, there were those three redeeming qualities we stated earlier. Back to another positive, and a big concern with rentals in cold climates, the hot water heater worked great. Showers were very relaxing and not rushed. So, 3 – 3.5 stars we would give it? Knowing Caroline, these problems will get fixed immediately and the house will see more 4+ star visits again. Photos are WYSIWYG. Must visit: Tatte Bakery (brunch), J.P Licks (ice cream), & Fastachi (gourmet nuts & chocolate); all out the front door!
Great location on quiet street just off Charles Street with plenty of dining choices. Situated ideally for strolling the Esplanade along the Charles, the Public Garden, or Beacon Hill neighborhood. Short walk to public transport. Apartment had plenty of room for 3 adult men, could have brought more with us. Along as stairs are not a problem, a great place to stay in Boston.
We had a great experience in this wonderful apartment in the beautiful Beacon Hill section of Boston. The bedrooms are spacious and spotless, and the bathroom is modern and large. Kitchen, living room/den, and dining room were also very clean and inviting. The three of us were glad that we set aside time from our busy weekend to enjoy this fantastic apartment. If the weather had been warmer, we would have definitely spent time on the roof-top deck. Caroline, thank you for allowing us to enjoy your wonderful apartment.
In the heart of historic Beacon Hill. Leave your car behind!
Other Activities: Boating, Health/Beauty Spa, Kayaking, Parasailing, Shopping
|Refundable damage deposit||$350|
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