The Boston Hotel Alternative - is a small inn located in Boston right near Commonwealth Avenue and Boston University. We have single rooms, studios, efficiencies, one bedroom apartments, and rooms with kitchenettes. Our rates include parking, WIFI and limited local phone service.
Established in 1987.
Our business was started as a small guest house, and has grown into a low budget alternative to the increasingly high hotel prices in Boston.
Company Info: Rating: 2.44
Address: 23 Farrington Ave, Allston, MA, 02134
Hotels in Allston, MA
- Mon: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
- Tue: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
- Wed: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
- Thu: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
- Fri: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
- Sat: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
- Sun: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
1. Joseph B.
i've stayed here twice, once in 2007 and once in 2010. i agree with most of the comments about how questionable much of the place is, but it is the best deal in the boston are (as far as i know, at least), and you definitely get what you pay for - $79/night for a single room on a weekday, close to public transportation and college town allston, with a passable wi-fi connection up top. i'll give three yelp stars to this one-star location.
07/09/10 | Link
| Rating: 3.0
2. Amber Y.
Stayed here overnight in Boston. Received fabulous customer service. The building I stayed in was like an old New England house with little renovation, but the room, bed, sheets, and bathrooms were all clean. Don't expect stellar accommodations, but for an accessible and affordable place to stay, the Farrington is fabulous.
08/05/11 | Link
| Rating: 4.0
3. Theresa J.
I had to stay here for about a month before when I was having some housing issues. The place was so grimy, dirty, and severely overpriced. I think most of the other residents were crackheads and hookers. Ugh. I would much rather sleep on the streets then to ever spend another night at this hellhole.
20/07/09 | Link
| Rating: 1.0
4. Lindsay K.
Unless you are content to sleep on mattresses with old blood stains with all the springs bursting through, sheets that come from hospitals, comforters that have cigarette burns and bathrooms blanketed in grime for 120 dollars a night, DON'T STAY HERE! When the staff ( who are actually very amiable) tell you they would never sleep at the inn, that the owner is a cheap ass and are both embarrassed and guilt trodden when they have to take a customer to their room- this staff confession was of course after a restless night at the Farrington- something is seriously wrong.
29/10/12 | Link
| Rating: 1.0
5. Barry L.
Great place to stay. Newly renovated key drop, so checking out is easy and quick. No lines to drop your key off. Sinks are nicely finished.
28/06/12 | Link
| Rating: 5.0
6. Katie V.
I would definitely avoid this place if you can....it's really not worth what they charge and the most basic of amenities are not provided. Here's my story:
I was moving from Allston to Chicago and needed a place for my mom (who flew in to help me drive my U-Haul) for one night since my bed was gone. The Farrington Inn is literally a block from my apartment and, we figured, the cheapest option. But not really: the room was $150.
When I first checked in, they brought me to a room and I immediately noticed a large swarm of mosquitos. I asked if they could do anything about that. An employee disappeared, only to return to say that he couldn't find the bug spray and our best bet was to try to use a wet towel to kill them. I was like, dude, I'm paying $150 to stay here, I'm not going to play exterminator. FIX THIS or put me in another room. We were moved to another room.
Now, room #2 was fine, bug-free and clean. But:
--There was no soap of any kind in the bathroom. I wasn't expecting mini shampoos, but soap? Not even hand soap? Come on.
--There was one not-full roll of toilet paper. No kleenex/tissues of any kind.
--Despite there being a full kitchen, there was no coffee maker. There was a bunch of other appliances and dishes, but no coffee maker.
For this kind of basically-hostel experience, I did not expect to pay $150. If the room had been like, $75, ok. But $150? It's not like it's a prime location, it's not in central Boston, it's in Allston.
So yeah, if you're going to pay over a $100 anyway, might as well stay someplace with soap. That's my recommendation.
27/07/12 | Link
| Rating: 1.0
7. June Z.
Wifi too slow. Bathroom not clean. Sheets dirty, really dirty. The mattress and pillow are such cheap and inferior things. Totally overpriced. Won't come again.
13/08/14 | Link
| Rating: 1.0
8. Marsha Z.
Not a great quality inn, but I guess its not terrible. The staff was really friendly, the room and bathroom were clean, and there's WiFi and a TV. However, I expected more for the price ($120 for 2 full beds, 1 night), but I guess in this location its more expensive.
The wifi is either really slow or does not work at all. I could access poor WiFi for about 15 minutes, and then it completely stopped working. On Expedia it advertised free breakfast, but there is none.
The building is kind of old, so its creaky, there is some peeling of paint, and the lights are dim. (So its a bit creepy). There is a random door in the room with a lock but no handle, which made it significantly more creepy. Also a couple of the ceiling tiles were slightly misplaced. Don't come here if you are a wimp (like me. thank goodness I came with a friend).
In addition to that, the bathrooms are in the hallway, so you have to share with other people living there.
So I don't think I would stay here again
21/05/15 | Link
| Rating: 2.0
9. Samson C.
Super friendly staff, clean room. Would totally stay there again!
15/03/14 | Link
| Rating: 4.0