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Buckminster Hotel in Boston, MA

Buckminster Hotel in Boston, MA


The Boston Hotel Buckminster, located in the heart of Kenmore Square, and just steps from Fenway Park and Boston University, is Boston's premiere budget hotel.  Built in 1897, this iconic hotel, offers 130 guest rooms and suites, great views of Kenmore Square and Fenway Park, and the most competitive and sensible rates in the city and easy access to all the sites and attractions.


Established in 1897.

Built in 1897, the historic Boston Hotel Buckminster was one of the first hotels built in the Boston area. The hotel was designed by renowned architect Stanford White, who also designed the Boston Public Library as well as many of the elegant Back Bay townhouses on Beacon Street. The hotel is located on the triangular intersection of Beacon Street and Brookline Avenue in Boston's Kenmore Square. The Buckminster was the largest building in the Kenmore Square area at the time it was built and was considered the jewel of the square in the early 1900s.


Company Info:

Rating: 3.12

Address: 645 Beacon St, Boston, MA, 02215
  • Mon: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Tue: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Wed: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Thu: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Fri: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Sat: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Sun: 6:00 am - 5:30 am

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Comments (69):

1. Ben R.
Nice location and price, but poor breakfasts, tiny rooms, and bad AC.  The elevator was unventilated, hot and slow.  The price was low enough that I expected free wi-fi, but they charge $9/day for a very poor connection.

19/06/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
2. Natalie D.
The rooms didn't look very welcoming.... The rooms were really small and cramped. Furniture and decor looked really old and outdated.... It was pretty cheap and the breakfast wasn't what I had expected at all...I guess that's what you get for paying 80 bucks per night.

18/08/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
3. Amanda S.
Not so nice, but this is the perfect place to stay if you aren't looking to be pampered and are simply looking for a cheap place to rest your head.  Rooms are kinda dingy, but again you can't beat the price, and the location is key.

07/07/08 | Link | Rating: 2.0
4. Lily C.
Very decently priced hotel, super close to Fenway, and the rooms were fine. Is it fancy? No, but I didn't expect anything fancy at a hotel I paid that amount for. My room was clean, not trashed, and perfectly normal. My only complaint is that there was no AC unless we called down to the desk to have it turned on. Free wi-fi would have been nice, but again, at the price I won't complain. My room overlooked Fenway just as I had asked. Parking was easy at the garage next door (that did seem pricey for a hotel guest). The continental breakfast was very standard and not anything to write home about. Bottom line though, it was a perfect spot to stay for a trip to see the Red Sox play.

26/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
5. Gina E.
Great location to Fenway and the T. A short T ride to Boston Common or Faneuil, with no changes in line. We are't Sox fans, and we got a LOW rate when the Sox were out of town...so the area was definitely quiet that weekend.  Might stay closer to downtown next time though.  

Very clean.  Tacky, outdated decor, but who cares about that, if you are just going out and about town.

Very dog friendly, though can't leave dog in room unattended, even in a crate, for any amount of time.  

Free contintental breakfast is limited, but standard.  

Would definitely stay here again, if we got a good rate.

Eat at Eastern Standard (really close) and Trattoria Toscana (less than mile , easy, safe walk) for sure if you stay here.

02/08/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
6. Christina L.
My boyfriend and I stayed here a few days! Absolutely loved it! Not the most up kept, but the rooms are huge and it's close to everything in Boston! Rooms come with two TV's, kitchen, decent size restroom, and the bedroom is separated from everything! The view to Fenway Park was amazing! Plus, the service was great too! Hotel was very friendly! We definitely plan on coming back here! A bit pricey, but worth the stay!

14/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. Anita F.
First off, the hotel is clean, the staff is very helpful and friendly and the rates are very competitive.
IMPORTANT TIP: Take an internet cable!  They have "wireless internet" which is awful despite paying 13 bucks/day.  Don't count on it no matter what they tell you over the phone.  If you are upset enough, they may provide you with a cable, but I think they have one for the entire hotel, so take one with you.  

Also, as this is an old building, there is only one elevator and the waiting time is extremely long.  Be aware

06/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
8. lucas p.
eh mediocre hotel.  

dont pay for the internet, it sucks (slow, really slooow), and its super expensive. no ac in august? boo.

good location, free breakfast, streetparking, view of fenway, big room.

08/09/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
9. paul f.
i was so borderline between one and two stars.  but this was not quite "EEK", but definitely "MEH".  where to begin with the buckminster?  well - let's first start off with from here on out i'll call this the bucksheister.  

i WILL agree with the one review below that this "hotel" is close to fenway.  Indeed it is!  and it's damn close to the uno's which had a great lobster feast going on, but this isn't a fenway or uno's review....

first - check in.  this went fine.  i will again agree with reviewers below that the elevator was bloody awful.  a) slow b) HOT c) stinky.  i don't mean mcdonalds stinky, i mean stale farts.  we also had the cheeky guests who tried to beat us into the elevator and raced up the stairs to hit the up button only to meet us on the 2nd (and 3rd) floor.  

anywho, we stayed in one of the "premium two bedroom suite" locations (room 601 to be exact) which the trailer talks up that bands and other groups will stay in and such.   well it must be the winger tribute band because the suite was already nicely trashed.   the red armchair was split down the right armrest.  the "couch" was as hard and straight up and down as a 2x4 and the chairs at the table were on the verge of breaking (do not even attempt to lean back).  

but alas, maybe the bedrooms better, no?   NO.   the beds had the 1970 andy griffin color to them, the hangers in our room you COULD NOT remove from the hanger rack.  our "premium" view from the bedroom was of the other guest suites.  our friends overlooked the bank across the street.  so much for the fenway views (and forget about the july 4 fireworks).

but hey, how about the bathroom?  oh - did i mention that their is one bathroom in the two bedroom suite?  talk about a la carte.  and be sure to ask for extra towels if you have FOUR people staing, because we didn't have enough.  the soap was "eco friendly"  i.e. there's a hole in the middle.  yes you read that right.   the tub would fill up nice and quickly with bath water after a good two minutes, so we had to wait 5 to 10 easily before we could shower.  needless to say it took over an hour for everyone to "get ready" for the ballgame.  

after the ballgame and dinner, we partook in the karaoke in the sushi bar that evening and were there from about 9:30 to 11pm.  we got yelled at for "banging on the tables" while singing, however if you order saki bombs, feel free to bank and yell at top volume over the singers.

ok - but that's just the bathroom and nightlife - what about this continental breakfast that's been talked up you say?  well if you like a) DAMN hot coffee, b) REALLY tiny muffins and c) eating in the karaoke bar you sung in the night before with damn sticky floors, this place excels.

the bucksheister is a place that just keeps on giving.  our keycards "stopped working" easily 3 times, the internet that I paid $10 for did not work most of the time, and definitely timed out before the '24' hour period i had purchased expired, and let's not get into the bathrooms that didn't flush.  suppose i don't have to elaborate there.

in conclusion, if you're NOT going to be here very long (i.e. 2 hours or less), go for it.  i have this marked as pricey, we paid $600 for two nights after taxes and that is a crazy price.  i'd suggest you hit the marriott (we stayed there the night before we ended up here), pay for a cab to fenway, and enjoy boston.

06/07/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
10. Korri O.
Had a wonderful experience working with Scott from Holyoke, MA. He was helpful, eloquent, friendly, and efficient. Thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Buckminster and will surely be back in the future and hopefully dealing with Scott once more!

27/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. William G.
This is a no frills hotel but conveniently located for people headed to Fenway Park. Some rooms look over the main street, however the one I was put in did not. There was a view of a big air conditioner that made a lot of noise and actually woke me up a couple times. Cheap and near the Park. Otherwise, bring ear plugs!!!  Wifi worked inconsistently as well.

02/05/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
12. Jesse R.
I really want to give "The Buck" a higher rating because its purpose is a budget hotel, but alas the two-star phrase "I've experienced better" rings all too true after my weekend stay.  

The staff is very nice and helpful, check in and check out was a breeze.  One of the stars is for that.  The second star is for the great price (which includes a decent continental breakfast).  It was only about $80 per night (plus tax) after a 10% student discount.  Still, the the place does have a strange motel smell to it, and the rooms are quite old and cheaply done.  Its kind of odd having a microwave and microfridge in the room, not sure how many people are using these as there's a variety of food options outside ranging from McDonald's to the high-priced Eastern Standard.  

As Caroline A. said, if you need a very inexpensive place to stay in downtown Boston then The Buck is your place.  Would I come here again? Yes, as long as I'm a student on a student's budget.

02/03/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
13. Katyusha K.
This is a very reasonably priced hotel in the fall. I had the pleasure of staying here in late October 2010. The hotel was around $80/night and the hotel provides continental breakfast. It is right by the Kenmore stop, Fenway and McDonald's. It is across the street from Boston University and it is above Uno Chicago Grill. The bathroom is also stocked with eco-friendly products ranging from soap to shampoo. Each room also has a mini-fridge which was very convenient! Great location, great prices, and decent continental breakfast. No free Wi-Fi but that's okay...

19/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
14. Mary W.
No help carrying my bags up the two sets of stairs which, after having to carrying them from the parking lot two levels down, was annoying.
While they two young gentlemen at the desk watched me struggle, I was able to ask, "No bellmen at all?" at which point one young man offered to help. Since I only needed to shuttle my bags across the lobby, I replied, "that's okay, stay there and save me $10." ... Which he did.

They approved, but didn't offer, my use of the cart to get to my room, where I found the salvation army style furniture with the CRT tvs - one remote control not working - and once I had my self in the room, I just needed to walk back to my car to put the parking decal in.

Well, the first 45 minutes may not tell the whole story. Wish me luck and more later.

The Travel Lady in Boston

10/02/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
15. Caroline A.
If you're looking for a cheap cheap place to stay in the heart of the city, Hotel Buckminster may be your answer.  

The good: Steps away from the Kenmore T-stop on the green line, backyard to Fenway Park, a few blocks away from Newbury Street and down the street from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.  Also perfect for BU kids when parents come to visit and every other hotel in Boston is sold out.

The bad:  Reaks of hotel/motel.  Rooms are pretty decent sized, but have SUPER cheesy bed spreads and tacky furniture.  Think Holiday Inn caliber.  The building is super old, but the lobby and second floor have been renovated.  I heard those rooms are much nicer.  

I recommend the Buckmister Hotel if you're going to be out and about and spending minimal time in your hotel room.

04/06/07 | Link | Rating: 2.0
16. Terri M.
I really enjoyed my stay at Hotel Buckminster.  The hotel is across the Pike from Fenway and we had a view of the park from our room.  It is walking distance to a movie theater, bars and coffee.  This area is not as fun as other parts but was still nice.  The hotel is also walking distance to the Newbury Street shopping district, which is a plus for me.  The parking is right next to the hotel (it is a public lot), there were plenty of spots and you get a discount on daily rates from the hotel.  The room was really spacious for the price. The complimentary breakfast was decent, the coffee was really good as were the danish.  

This is by no means a 5 star hotel, but it's moderately priced and comfy.  What impressed me most - the desk clerk gave me a refund on my second day of parking (we checked out early due to inclement weather) and said that normally they would give me a refund for the second night, but since I booked through Expedia, they could not.  I would definitely stay here again.

29/12/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
17. Ashley B.
Pros: Cheap, especially for the area in which it's located. Friendly staff. Standard continental breakfast (nothing special, but it saves money). Walking distance to T station, bars, restaurants. $20/day parking which from what I've heard isn't bad for Boston. Nice area.

Cons: Stuffy, tiny, hot elevator. TINY room with no dresser (only a closet) that overlooked a roof and a parkway. The bed was SO LOUD. If you turned over it would make a ton of noise.

Also close to Fenway, but I didn't include that in pros because I couldn't give a shit about baseball.

Bottom Line: For the price, you can't beat it, but you get what you pay for. If I had more money, I'd stay elsewhere, but I don't, so I'd go back, although I'd request a room with a King-sized bed. People with those seem to have had a more comfortable room.

04/08/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
18. Miguel A.
Small. No, TINY. Got a room there with two beds. There was about 2 feet of space between them but weirdly enough, the bathroom had a long hall and was incredibly large. The room had one of the most bizarre layouts ever. We couldn't walk without tripping over a duffel bag. So weird. The TV was a simple tube tv and the free wifi, like most hotels that offer that, was useless. The best hing about the hotel is it's location. Its a very very short walk to Fenway and there's a subway nearby and some good restaurants. I'd recommend it but don't pay too much.

07/08/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
19. Myrtle T.
1. Disgusting, dusty rooms
2. Rooms are large but the space is not well utilized
3. Relatively inexpensive but with that come the likes of ill-mannered people who enjoy slamming doors at 4 in the morning after getting a little bit too tipsy.
4. Included breakfast is a sincere (MODEST) gesture but when you've woken up in a craptastic room, no gesture will remedy your discomfort.
5. Close to the T Station but the surrounding neighborhood is boring. The Uno's Pizzeria is the most thrilling thing nearby. "Thrilling."
6. Air conditioning doesn't work.
7. Leftover food in our refrigerator...
8. Leftover garbage in our room...

I seriously wanted to cry after the first night in this hotel. Unbearable. If you're asking why we chose this hotel it's because we decided to venture to Boston the night before. I guess planning comes a long way in situations like this.

08/09/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
20. Ray R.
The strangest little place, but I don't necessarily mean that in a bad way. To quote a previous review "CHARACTER" and lots of it. I call the feng shui card to be honest.

Bummed I was unable to check in early seeing it was off-season and told the hotel wasn't at full capacity... just flew in from a red-eye. TIRED!

I had the small single bed-room with a view of the internal "court yard". Strangely the bathroom was just as big as the bedroom.

In regards to what really matters- the hotel is a cross away from the T and BofA. A quick block down Brookline to reach Fenway, bars, restaurants, and a movie theater. Further down is Simmons and Emmanuel college.

It's a clean hotel, with cheap rates during the off season, and gives a student discount. Just don't know if I stay here again.

02/03/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
21. Christopher L.
The beds in the photos have been up graded to new linens. The rooms are small but there's so much to do with in walking distance that it wasn't even a big deal. It was a great hotel and location to stay to go to The house of blues, Fenway park. For lunch and dinner we recommend Beer work. And for breakfast Eastern Standard is a must.

07/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
22. Alyssa S.
room is clean but a little bit old. I don't like the breakfast but it is free.  The place is great..

15/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
23. Christine C.
I guess you can say this hotel has... character.
The building itself is oddly shaped so the layout of the rooms is like navigating a labyrinth. It's an old building so don't be surprised as the furnishings are dated, old, or emit a certain smell.
Fixtures may not work properly, or may break apart without warning.

Despite these drawbacks, the price and location can't be beat. Conveniently right next to Fenway, it provides easy access to Kenmore Square, the House of Blues concert venue, Boston University, a T stop, and more. You may also have a great view of the iconic Citgo sign from your window.

Also, the friendliness and service is very nice. While things broke easily (not fault of us), the hotel staff were all too eager and quick to fix things and answer any questions. A friend's room lock had broken, and they were upgraded to a nicer room without charge for an extra night.

Grungy, dingy, yes. Great location, excellent service, yes.

Oh yeah, they don't have coffee makers. However some rooms have kitchenettes with sinks, fridges, microwaves. It's apartment style so the bedrooms have doors to them, which makes it convenient if you are sharing bedrooms with couples. (Privacy.)

It's the furthest thing away from luxury without being in some hostel-like or ratty motel situation. But if you don't mind that, it's a great place to stay.

03/01/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
24. Ken W.
Across the street from Fenway and right next to Boston university and the T. Front desk attendants wear red sox jerseys. 3-star buffet breakfast: plentiful, good but cheap. Room was huge, a 3-room suite at the cheapest rate. But the fixtures were old and musty. The immediate neighborhood was neither quiet nor particularly interesting, other than Fenway.

11/06/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
25. Baciula L.
My friend and I visited Boston a few weeks back and stayed at the Buckminster hotel for 2 nights. We had a 2 queen bed suite that was very spacious. Everyone working there was helpful and provided us with a great service. The location was perfect for first time visitors - walking distance to Fenway, Newubry St and a subway away from financial district and Quincy market. The hotel is old and has that mild musty smell to it, but if my slightly high maintenance friend didn't say  anything about it, it must not be all that bad. I would definitely stay there again. Minus 1 star for the price, 180/night was a bit much for a non-weekend stay.

30/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
26. Geoffrey H.
I am a fan. An old odd hotel that is pretty barebones and budget. The room was surprisingly large and spacious. A bit old but it had two HDTVs, a microwave and a fridge. Nice couch and side chair and the bed was great.

20/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
27. Joey D.
Reservation Process:
I called as I could not use the AAA discount online. I spoke to a gentlemen who managed to screw my name up 3x even though I spelled it out 3x and I do not have a complicated name. :)

Check In Process:
Sorta slow, but painless. The man at the front desk explained where the included continental breakfast was as well as directing us to UBurger across the street.

The Room:
We were "upgraded" to a room with 2 rooms and 3 beds (for 2 ppl?). In reality they took our 1 Queen bed and gave us 3 standard beds. Blah? The space was nice though, being able to stretch out our stuff. We had a view of Fenway and could hear music coming from the concert on our 2nd night. The street noise was LOUD both from people walking by, regular street traffic, and the highway nearby. I would recommend getting an interior room. Sure looking into a small interior courtyard is not as nice as the fenway view, but you will sleep better. The room was clean and most everything worked. TV's had tubes, and were small - boo. Window shutters were broke, but still closed. We did wake up with bites on our legs, so not sure what that was about.  Mini fridge and microwave in room as well if you need that.

Continental breakfast was included at the joined Japanese restaurant. It was simple, but good.

Wifi is free for the first 100 minutes, then you pay.

No complaints.

Great location. If you were there for Fenway, this is a great spot and under $200 a night. Very close to the T as well (Kenmore station). I would most likely stay here again.

12/09/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
28. Dean H.
Great location, noisy, staff unfriendly.  Booked a room here to avoid the 2+ hr drive back home after a show at the House of Blues.  Came back to the hotel with heavy pot smell throughout floor and loud party in the room next door.  Police finally broke up the party in the wee hours.  No rest for me.  Rooms spartan, TVs tiny, room views not good, heat on like a furnace (thermostat didn't change it).  Staff congregated at the front desk and chatting.  They did the bare minimum and did not ask about my awful stay.  Not going back.

04/03/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
29. Colleen B.
Thanks Yelpers! I was initially scared to stay here because I thought it was a crappy hotel, but after reading your reviews and seeing the video tour on their website--I had no fear. We also needed a Fenway location so we booked it. (AAA discount helped too)

I was pleasantly surprised! It was definitely an old hotel, but charming and clean and the suite was extremely spacious. There was a fridge and microwave in the room. The king size bed was actually fairly comfortable, no kinks in the neck and a good night sleep. Initially we had some problems with the heat, but the staff took care of everything promptly.

Views of Kenmore and Fenway were exceptional! If you need to be near Fenway or Kenmore you cannot not beat this location.  

Breakfast was pretty low budget with bagels, breads, pastries, cereal & fruit. Coffee & tea, but not much else. Your standard continental breakfast. Considering some hotels don't include it I give them some props.

01/01/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
30. Carol H.
A really great down to earth inexpensive hotel. Everyone was friendly and it was close to everything I needed. My train arrived early so I had to check in early which was no problem for them. You are also suppose to use a credit card of some sort in case of damages but as the freelance person i am i don't use banks. The let me pay a cash deposit which I got back after my stay :) My view was the Red Sox Field which was awesome!!! I could see right into the stadium!! My room was oddly shaped and in the corner of a hallway but the inside was great. My bed was downright comfy my bathroom and shower were huge lots of space. These pics of the rooms must be old because my room looked nothing like them. The breakfast was good it was included so we didn't expect too much but got way more then expected. I will stay there again. :)

28/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
31. Kori M.
This is not a frivolous or fancy hotel by any means. However, if you're conscience of your spending and still want a comfortable place to sleep while visiting Boston, the Buckminster is a wonderful spot.

A charming old hotel with helpful and friendly staff. Our room was very clean and spacious. Despite being in a great location (walking distance from many of Boston's favorite attractions), their prices were surprisingly inexpensive. They even upgraded our room at no charge when we found out there would be three of us staying there rather than two.

Continental breakfast is included, and while it's certainly not fine-dining, you'll find your share of tasty and healthy options to choose from.

The one complaint I have is that it took a very long time for the water to get warm.

11/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
32. K F.
If you want to come to Fenway to check out a game, then you'll be hard pressed to find a closer, cheaper place.  For this reason I will probably come back.

If you're traveling on business, you might want to keep looking.  The Internet connection is practically nonexistent.  During my five night stay I was not able to connect to the Internet once.  Also, only the first 60 minutes are free, then you have to pay (lame).

Finally, skip the complimentary breakfast.  Just trust me on this.

Overall, it appeared to be clean, even if the furniture was from 1950 and basically falling apart.  The ceiling lamp in my room was actually dangling by a wire from the ceiling, so they could really use a make-over.  But it's this level of "charm" that keeps the cost down, so I can't really complain much about that.

08/05/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
33. Mike C.
Worse than terrible.  

Good: Close to Fenway.
Bad: Everything else.

Keep it moving folks.

06/04/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
34. MB R.
Good value. Great location. Room was clean and comfortable. There was no dresser and mirror in room which was odd. Would love to have had in-room coffee and a flat screen TV. Definitely will stay here again.

26/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
35. Kristine M.
I just had an amazing experience at the Buckminster! My friend and I needed some assistance and the front desk staff (Kendra and Josh) really went above and beyond to help us out. They were so nice and friendly. I would definitely come back here again!

27/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
36. Melissa P.
Cool vintage vibe.

23/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
37. Hideo M.
One thing I don't like about old building is that the inside will be old... My assumptions are true here. Even though I was offered a free upgrade, I felt that the room is still small. I can only imagine a normal room would have looked like... The floor is creeky and smelled funky. The television was like a 10 inch box TV with some channels that you couln't hear.. They offer breakfast but it's bagel, waffle, toast, muffin, and cereal... Nothing but carbs!

Better off staying at Hilton Family..

10/05/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
38. Emily M.
Pros :

- Great location.  Literally right across from Fenway.  They even have a separate entrance / exit if you are heading out that way.

- Given the location, reasonably priced.  For "Boston" prices, this place is a deal.

- Literally within walking distance of anywhere you would want to sight-see.

- Free continental breakfast.  Yes, it's not a 5-star breakfast - but went into it not expecting one.  Decent bagels, donuts, etc.  Everything was well-stocked.

- A fridge and microwave were provided in the room.  We went to a liquor store a block away and were able to stock up.  Thank the lord we were able to keep the brew-ha's cold while we were at the games!

- For an older place, it was surprisingly quiet and we couldn't hear the neighbors at all.  

- If you don't care about getting a 'city' view, you can knock a little off of the price.

- Very friendly staff!

Cons :

- It was a little weird trying to find our room at first, as the halls are a little maze-like.

- Freaky, small elevator.  We wound up taking the steps when it got hung up on a floor for a little too long.  Better safe than sorry!

- Our room (double bed) was tiny, so the bed took up most of the space.

- What's with the tiny TV?  Our TV was literally a 13" TV - with horrible sound and reception (although we didn't spend a ton of time in the room - isn't that the point when you're on vacation?)

- What's with the "free" Wi-Fi?  
    A. It sucked, and
    B. It would only work for a few minutes.  Once my iPod was put away, the "free" didn't last for the day.  I would never pay for it there.  I guess my only suggestion would be to go not expecting to get Wi-Fi at all. I did not try the Wi-Fi in the lobby.  My husband couldn't even get the Wi-Fi to work on his iPod. No idea what happened there.

- Since the bed took up the bulk of the room, the easy chair was posed oddly in the corner.  If you wanted to sit and watch TV, you'd hurt your neck from the angle it was at.  We wound up watching the tiny TV while laying on our sides in bed, which was very odd.

All in all, a decent place to stay if you're going to Boston to sight-see or take in a game at Fenway.  If we go again, we'll probably stay there.

01/07/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
39. John G.
This place is AMAZING for location and price. The hotel is definately vintage and could use some updating, but if I came up to Boston again I would definately stay there again!! They have a free continental breakfast, nothing fancy, but its free and it was clean and well stocked.

Room had a mini-fridge, sink and microwave. The room we were in (two bedroom 1 bath) had enough room for a Cali king in each room, instead of the queen-sized beds.

All in all, it was a great value, and we would go back!

25/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
40. Megan W.
When I went to check out their website, they had pictures with a bunch of really old decor.  Turns out that the decor wasn't as old fashioned as I thought it would be.  The only thing that scared me was that there was a pipe on our ceiling.  

The hotel was decent for the price we paid, and it is in a very good location (right next to Fenway and across from Boston University.)  Everything is in walking distance.

If you are looking for a reasonable priced hotel with decent amenities, then this is the place.

09/11/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
41. Allison B.
I almost want to give this hotel a three, but I have to say, for the price, location, friendliness, and cleanliness, it deserves a four.  I would certainly stay there again.

So my reasons for thinking about a three is that the building is kind of old and while our room didn't smell bad, it did smell kind of old.  The complimentary breakfast was lackluster at best.  The pastries were pretty rough (skip the croissants) and they didn't have much selection beyond yogurt, cereal, pastries, and some waffles.  I ended up having two yogurts and some tea.  It sufficed but that was about it -- this meal certainly didn't add to my experience there.  Parking for the hotel is a little shady as well -- it's right next door but we had to park underground.  The spaces are really tight and maneuvering around the garage is no picnic either.  With that said, it was someplace to put your car and it ended up being safe and sound when we came back for it.  Parking was $30 per night.  To be expected in a city, really.

The hotel staff was super.  Everyone was friendly and smiling.  I noticed an issue with my bill (I had changed my reservation and something got changed with the room format that increased my rate).  When I brought the issue to their attention they corrected it immediately.  I was also pleased to find that they offer a student discount, so the price of the hotel was even more impressive -- only $98 per night when all was said and done.  Our room was next to the ice and vending machines so I was concerned it would be noisy, but it ended up being perfectly pleasant and quiet.  The room was huge and looked out onto Kenmore Square.  Two bedrooms and three beds.  You could comfortably fit a family for sure.  The beds were so comfortable and extremely clean as far as the linens were concerned.  My favorite bedding format for hotel is the sheet/duvet/sheet combo that keeps all of the "reusable" parts of the bedding (the comforter/duvet) covered -- that's what they had.  The pillows were really nice as well.  

The room itself while old, was very clean.  Not a lot of outlets -- you kind of had to crawl around on the floor and under the desk to get to them.  The bathroom was very clean and well stocked with towels and toiletry items.

Honestly, I would call this place a hidden gem.  It's not one you would think of since it's not part of a chain, but it's perfectly nice.  For the price and location, you can't beat it!

24/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
42. Jacob B.
I've stayed at a lot of hotels and I would have to say this is just a place to sleep. It's in a great location right by fenway. The staff is courteous. Overnight parking is $30 which is pretty common for that area. There really isn't anything special about the room. I would stay there again if I needed a place to stay.

05/11/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
43. S. L.
This hotel is great! If you love running water for a half an hour to get it warm. Or having to call down to the front desk daily to complain about said water problem.

Also, it has a delightful musty smell that will kick up your allergies.

Other than those things, it's unfortunately clean and affordable.

22/04/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
44. Ivan R.
What an odd hotel...Oddly, odd in a good way.

I stayed here on election night.  Romney was in town for what ended up not being a victory party.  There was plenty of traffic on the highway and hotel rooms everywhere were sold out.  The few that were available were expensive (over $300/night)...I went on a third-party hotel site looking for something affordable and there was the Buckminster.  It was geographically where I needed to be (near the Hynes Convention Center) and much more budget friendly and the other options out there.  I was a bit concerned...I mean, why is it so affordable?  It's not a familiar chain & it's off Boylston.  I took the gamble...I gotta tell you, I expected it to be a dump.  Even as the taxi dropped me off, I looked up at the nearby, giant Citgo sign and thought "meh, at least it's only 2 nights..."

Upon check-in, I was pleasantly surprised.  The staff was helpful with directions and so on.  It was a bit of a maze finding my room, but that's pretty typical of old buildings like this.  To my surprise, my hotel room was HUGE and ended up having two bedrooms.  Furnished with a pair of LCD TVs, the place wasn't sketchy after all.

There is a free breakfast downstairs in the morning...it's simple coffee, pastries, cereal and so on, but it certainly helps get the day started.  There is no gift/convenience shop to grab forgotten toiletries or a cold beer to warm up after a snowy night, but you're a block away from 7-11 and next door to an Uno...you don't want to be drinkin' alone anyway.  While you're at it, why don't you take the $6 cab ride to Boylston and hit a real pub!

14/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
45. Allison A.
Ok, I'm giving this place a 5 star review based on the following qualities: price, friendly staff, location, & overall cleanliness. This place isn't the Ritz, but you can get a room for around $130 with safe parking in their garage. You can also walk to Fenway / HOB in 5 minutes or less. Most rooms in Boston are in excess of $250 with parking, so Buckminster = great deal. I'll stay there again when I have an event to attend on that end of town.

02/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
46. C D.
This hotel is in a great location, but is a horrible place to stay.  The rooms are extremely noisy at night due to nearby freeways and the rooms do not have curtains so they are extremely bright.  If you stay on the side of Fenway park for a night game, the light is amplified by the stadium lights until well after the game.  If you intend to sleep for a few hours, this is not the place.

09/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
47. Kevin J.
At first, I was skeptical of this hotel. Coming to Boston for an interview, with only a week's notice, I tried to find the "cheapest" hotel. A lot of the reviews were low, so I hoped things weren't so bad for me...

Dude...this place is fine!! I got a room that was great, with a separate living room and bedroom (plus bathroom). I have no idea why people hate this place so much. If you are used to Hilton's or other super fancy hotels, don't come here! If you are a normal person...keep this place in mind, as it's cheaper than most hotels in the area.

This is what I think - this hotel is completely viable if you are here for a while either visiting or taking care of other errands. If you are out most of the time, does it really matter if you have SUPER fast wi-fi at the hotel, or if you have large rooms? No!

The service is ok. I didn't find the desk people too friendly, but at least they weren't mean. I guess they aren't as nice as other hotels I've stayed at, so that may be a negative for this place. Granted, I didn't care much, as I didn't talk with them that much in general.

Finally, this place is awesome as it is in the center of all the action. You have Boston University in the west and MIT across the river up north. Harvard University is to the west and Harvard Medical School is to the south. There are a bunch of really nice restaurants nearby and a Bank of America if you need cash.

10/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
48. Natalie R.
Hotel Buckminster is charming. The location is great if you want to be around BU, Fenway, Comm Ave, Newbury St, and  Copley Square. We even walked from Buckminster to Jamaica Plain in reasonable time. The room was pretty tiny, but that was also the case at a high end Boston hotel we stayed at previously. Bathroom was roomy and I loved the shower - great water pressure and very hot. TV was quite tiny, but we had a microwave and fridge. Wifi is free 24/7, unlike claims elsewhere that it's only free for 90 mins/day. Breakfast is not complimentary, but they gave us two 10 dollar meal vouchers per day of our stay, which pretty much made breakfast free. In room food is not delivered (pickup at the restaurant), so there's no absurd fee for "room service". The flatbread was quite tasty.

The not so awesome things included very slowwwwwww restaurant service and extremely salty breakfast food. The hotel itself, and our room, were exceptionally cold.

Would stay again and recommend.

05/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
49. Kimberly W.
If I come back to stay in Boston, this will definitely be where I'll be staying! It is easy access to any college and Fenway. BU, BC, Harvard, MIT, etc. You just have to walk about half a block to the Kenmore Station on Commonwealth towards Hotel Commonwealth or BOA or 7Eleven, up to you. It is so convenient to just take the green lines to basically anywhere in Boston. It can take you to the Aquarium (Blue), or the Freedom Trail (Red).

Aside from its location, for the price, it is really good. The service is great at the front desk. The only thing I would say is missing is a new elevator, or for that matter, another elevator. Knowing that it's an old building, that might not be possible, so a renovation towards the elevator is a must, it's so small and slow compare to the ones we're so used to.

Another plus, although some rooms are not quite as big, HOW big do you really need a room to be if you're going to be out exploring most of the time anyways???

I am so glad they got new and pretty bed sheets, when I saw the pictures on Yelp with the old and odd looking ones, I really didn't want to come. But I'm really glad that I did!

Guys, high-end is like $400+ okay? This hotel was less than $200 per night., compare it to Commonwealth that's like 200 feet away. Commonwealth is on avg. $100 more per night for a little more room and newer looking renovations. But if you just need a place for 3 nights, I recommend putting the $300+ that you just saved from booking this hotel to good use with the transportation and attraction tickets! I know I did!

Oh and a tip on the internet! I didn't have to pay for anything although they said that they'd charge me if I used it. Just use the code they give you when you sign up that says free internet for 60 mins use code. It was like buck645

Use that and don't quit the internet ever, if it disconnects, connect it back again and when it's "limited", just reload screen until it's working again. I used internet A LOT when I was there and it was really fast, that my netflix films didn't have to "load" load and load some more. Id say I probably used it over 12 hours worth for free there and good internet is hard to come by in Boston unless you're at a college.

12/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
50. Jenn D.
For the price and the location I would say this is a great hotel. In terms of space I'd say it's decent. Comparable to a hotel you'd find in any major city. Cleanliness was good. Furnishings were ok. Could use some updating. Parking is the downside... expensive to park in their overnight lot. Much better off finding street parking and waking up before 8am to move the car or feed the meter.

Super close to Fenway. People can be pretty rowdy, so beware. This is not a quiet hotel. Neighbors were SUPER LOUD both nights... We had requested the quietest room since I had to wake up early each morning. It wasn't the hotel's fault. The guests were just extremely rude. Just keep that in mind.

Breakfast is nice. Warm food like waffle squares and your usual cereal, fruits, etc. A little awkward having the workers standing by the door, although I guess it deters non-guests from walking in and having a free breakfast.

Overall would stay here again if I was in the area.

05/03/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
51. Robyn S.
Recommended to me by Boston University for a college visit-- needless to say, after staying at this hotel, I chose to attend NYU. There was an incessant clicking in the suite that prevented sleep. The room was ERIE! Like something from the Shinning. The only clean part was the bathroom-- which was also EERIE because it appeared as if someone had been murdered and the perpetrator cloroxed the evidence away. The furniture was from a 2nd or 3rd hand store from the 1800's. The bed was so untenable we nicknamed this gem of a hotel the "BackMonster."  We skipped the free breakfast because we were fearful of what it would be. Don't go-- not worth the savings.

19/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
52. Dark S.
When we (my wife and I) checked in, it seem like a cozy, but old hotel. I believe this is one of the oldest hotel in the Boston area. So don't expect too much. It had a rustic appeal. A couple of louvers on the window were missing. It was high up, so it didn't bother me as much as it did my wife. These louvers are pretty small. Didn't think anyone could see inside. We were on the 3rd floor, so noise was not a problem for us. Although, when the neighbor flushed their toilet, you could here the water running. Other than that, it was pretty silent.

Walking the halls late at night is a little creepy. It's like being in a scene from the Shinning!

By walking the halls, you can tell each room is different. My rooms roof was lowered to accommodate heating/air conditioning and the sprinkler system. Other rooms the floors were raised, not sure why. Just stating things I noticed... The room wasn't the cleanest, but it was livable. Cold water is drinkable and clear, but the warm water was cloudy. We had to scrounge for a power outlet. It was hard to charge 2 phones, and 4 camera batteries with only 2 outlets by the bed. The bathroom had a couple but the light switch had to be on for the outlet to be work. A little annoying if you ask me. Theirs only 1 elevator per wing/section and our ice machine wasn't working. I either had to go to another floor or walk to the next wing.  

Housekeeping is nice, but the older lady's only speak only chinese! It was very hard to ask for extra soap and toilet paper. If you run into the younger girl (30ish, I think she's the housekeeping manger) ask her, she's bi-lingual. Oh yes, we always left early and came back to the hotel around 3 pm to rest a bit before the RedSox game. And each time our room was not cleaned. So on the 3rd day, I made a request to clean the room before 1:30. By the time we got back around 3 pm, it was clean. Yay!

So would I recommend this hotel? Yes! I looked around and it's the closest and cheapest hotel near Fenway Park! The "T" (MBTA - Kenmore Station) is only a couple of minutes walk away, and so is Fenway Park. Fenmore Grill is downstairs. Get the Buffalo Wings, it's the best thing on the menu, plus guests get a $10 food credit for each night stay. Popeye's is around the corner, back side of the building. MCD's and 7 eleven is right across the street and theirs also a convenient store on the opposite corner. And if you're feeling adventurous, U Burger is about a block down. Oh and UNO's is out front, next to Fenmore Grill. I'm not sure why, but we never ate there.

Just don't expect too much while staying here. Just think of it as a place to sleep...

26/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
53. Kristin U.
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this hotel.  I usually stay with friends outside of the city and venture in for a day, but since I was taking the BF on a reenactment-of-my-life-as-a-BU-student tour and I used to live in Kenmore, I wanted to make it as authentic as possible.  I actually expected it to be very dated inside, because with the price tag of $140 (including tax) for a King suite in a great location, I thought that something had to give.  I mean, I could've sublet the living room open up couch if I had really wanted to; it was that spacious.

Our room was really nice.  Not like luxury nice, but like I was not afraid to let the bedding touch me or to walk around barefoot and we had a ton of space (two rooms) and a super clean bathroom (with heat lamp!  whoa!) nice.  The microwave and fridge came in very handy, as well, and I appreciated the free wifi that did not require any hoop jumping to access.

Continental breakfast was pretty standard, and at $30, parking is not cheap, but since we checked in on a Red Sox game day (and went to the game), it was actually not bad, because parking lots just to watch the game were charging more.

I would've liked a heavier blanket, so if you're driving, you could think about bringing one in the car.  Also, we were woken up at like 8:40AM to be told that they had forgotten to charge us for parking.  I didn't appreciate the wakeup call when I was trying to sleep in on my mini-vacation.  Otherwise, all-around good hotel.  I believe I got my deal via a Kayak search.

TIP: If you're a BU alum and want to stay in town after you check out, you can park for the day for $6 at a few of the lots on campus (info on alumni website).

24/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
54. Alex S.
THE WORST HOTEL EVER!! My dad brought be here as a graduation gift and it was the worst hotel I've ever stayed at, the A/C wasn't working and we were sweating all night, the beds were so uncomfortable and the place was filthy all around! The elevator stunk so bad; the whole entire place reeked so bad!

I do not recommend this place at all!!!!

09/03/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
55. Brandon P.
I stayed at the Buckminster Hotel while I was in town for a wedding.  While at check-in, I could hear a staff member in a room behind the desk talking very loudly about her plans to get drunk all weekend.  The rest of the staff at the check-in began cringing, and they eventually felt the need to apologize.

After check-in, the staff member I dealt with a few times didn't seem too bright, was corrected by coworkers more than twice, and was also a little rude. Maybe she was new, which I can excuse, but I can't excuse rudeness.  Everyone else with the exception of that girl was incredibly polite, especially the maintenance crew.

The room was OK, and the bathroom was very spacious but I kept slipping everywhere.  Almost fell on my face 3 times even when the floor was bone dry, so I'm not sure what the deal was with that because I am as graceful as a fox.  The TV was a 10" old tube TV.  Not a huge deal because I didn't plan on spending time hanging out in the room watching TV, but still a disappointment.  The major pro is that you can book it for $100 through hotel book websites and it's right next to Fenway.  

I would stay here again, but only if I couldn't find anywhere else cheaper in the area.

20/06/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
56. Nancy L.
Possibly the worst hotel I've ever stayed at.

First thing upon checking in is charging us 35 dollars for 24 hours of parking - alright. The attitude of the receptionist was not pleasant whatsoever: when I asked her what direction we should take to the parking lot, she simply said just reverse your car for 2 minutes. I thought I heard her wrong so I asked again, she seemed annoyed as if everyone should know how simple it is to reverse drive for 2 minutes.

After we parked our car into a tiny parking spot, we were ready to check in again. The receptionist asked me for my credit card, while I was handing it to her, I asked her mindlessly what it is for, she threw at me:" Haven't you been to a hotel before?" Wow okay.

While I was handing her my ID which has my legal name, I apologized that I made the reservation under my English name (which I didn't even need to because all the other hotels I stayed at had no problems with this issue). Then she went away for 15 minutes asking her manager or whatnot and then came back very angry and said:"This will not work, but I'll give you an exception." At this point I was really agitated and pissed off. I told her I don't need anybody to make an exception for me, if it doesn't work, then I'll cancel it. Then she said, sure I'm going to cancel the reservation for you but a full price will be charged. Lol okay alright.

The room was extremely small, there is BARELY any space in the bathroom. There's no coffee maker and TV looks like it's from the 1990s. The blinds did not close fully.

The only good thing about this hotel is probably its convenient location, but it's definitely NOT worth $200 a night, which I paid for.

Overall, if you're going to stay for a short time, it's an OK place to stay as a lot of places are within walking distance. Other than that, stay away.

30/10/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
57. Emily S.
This 2 star is a net of a 4 for the structure/room and a 1 for the staff. We went with a large school group. Just calling in to add a day seemed to require authorization from a large number of people. The woman I spoke to who I think is manager or assistant manager or something is really nasty. Not helpful and ended up being the basis of screwing up some of our plans. On arrival the staff at the hotel except for 2 individuals (I tried to get their names to quote here when I left but front desk staff was not bright enough to know).  

There are SO many issues but will list the worst

1) front desk staff never acknowledges you-my mom retired from the Marriot about 20 years ago and its drilled into them about guest services. Its drilled OUT of these people - only ONE staff member and the front desk and ONE staff member in the restaurant acknowledged, said hello during the whole 5 night stay. Also the teacher with us was bringing in several large boxes and the staff literally WATCHED while she struggled with the door and didnt help. WOW.

2) restaurant is SLOW - ALL the days there except for one the staff was nasty, ignorant and so slow that its laughable. One nice college age caucasian sandy haired boy actually acknowledged AND spoke to us the last day but again even the next day leaving no one would tell me his name. Restaurant is cute but that's it. Also NOTE some folks get free (or at least a certificate) for breakfast and some dont. No rhyme or reason I can tell. The "free" breakfast is a certificate that only covers their "continental style". Again for continental breakfast ie cereal or a bagel took almost 45 minutes. Ended up having to buy donuts for the kids several days so they could get to their appointment so the hotel probably saved $200 to $300 NOT serving the "free" breakfast

3) reservation staff is rude and untrained in customer service - The person's name was Elina. I have in an email. Also after my reservation was confirmed (I have emails) when we were already gone and in NYC before new york Elina called the teacher and threatened to cancel my room if she didnt immediately get a credit card number. NOTE the hotel was being held/paid for about $10,000 for the group but she was going to cancel MY one night. Again I have emails (3) confirming my stay which said NOTHING about a credit card because it was linked to the group reservation. She is just nasty, awful and after staying there, probably the one who trains all the staff.  

4) I actually LIKED our room - I love old hotels being a San Francisco native. I believe we had the deluxe king, again not sure due to the info from "elina" and the staff. Was a very large room. Some apparently have views of Fenway. We had a not so good view and I am pretty much 100% convinced that was revenge from Elina.

So if I never had to interface with the staff at all would probably be 4.5 ish review. If only the staff would be a 1 or zero if possible.

02/03/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
58. Jonathan B.
Great spot. I felt like I was staying in my very own little apartment, rather than a chain hotel. Lots of character. Staff was very accommodating. Local to many attractions. Kenmore square green line T stop very close by. I will be staying here again.

13/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
59. Jeremy S.
Cool old hotel that has a lot if history. Now is a place to stay on the other hand it is okay. Is very close everything but besides that it's quite a hold of not take care of. Every room seems to be different and some are better than others.

05/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
60. Stefania T.
After having a fire in my apartment I was forced to relocate and stumbled upon this hotel online. Since I booked a room last minute, I was in no position to be picky. I was so impressed at how sympathetic and accommodating the staff at this hotel was to me. I was in need of a room for a month and the staff at the front desk went over tons of different options with me. They were so caring and professional and I am someone who isn't always easy to please. The staff at the front desk weren't the only employees that were lovely to deal with, but also the maintenance and cleaning staff were so nice as well.
The people who worked at the hotel weren't the only reason that I enjoyed my stay, the location of this hotel is ideal. This hotel is located right next to Fenway Park and although I am not a baseball fan, the view is fabulous. The hotel is located on a main road with many nearby attractions that are in walking distance. If you don't prefer to walk, there is a T stop and bus stop right around the corner. The hotel also offers parking at a reasonable price, so bringing your car isn't an issue either.
The month after the fire in my apartment was a very stressful time for me and this hotel truly made that time as pleasant as possible. I am so thankful to the staff that work at Hotel Buckminister and I have nothing but positive things to say about them, I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Boston!

06/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
61. Dave G.
There are things about this hotel that are good, and others that are so-so.  The location is great, near Fenway and the T, lots of restaurants, and a nice sized room with a reasonable rate.

What was bad was no hot water in the morning, not a lot of courtesy when I called to complain, and a bathroom with a not-so-clean tub and mildewed tile grout, even after I pointed it out to housekeeping.

The breakfast in the Fenmore restaurant downstairs - I've had better at Denny's and that is not saying much.

I doubt I would stay here again because there are other choices that are probably less problematic.

23/06/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
62. Mike G.
Location Location Location! That is what this Hotel has! Boston U campus is right here, Fenway, Kenmore Station, its all here!

The Bar & Grill is completely updated and was great! (The hotel will be updated like just like this in about a year we were told!)

The hotel was super clean and very nice for such an old place. The staff was wonderful and it is super quiet...

24/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
63. Hazel M.
Hey, it's value for money. The Buckminster is in a very handy location for visiting Boston University and if you enjoy a stroll, perfect for shopping too. The beds are comfortable and clean, the staff are helpful and friendly. Sure, the restaurant is a bit overpriced but there's plenty of choice in the area, and the hotel itself a bit old and creaky, but who cares about a slowish elevator and CRT televisions? I wish the bathrooms were a bit more modern but they're perfectly fine. The Buckminster is a good option in a city with few moderately prices hotel rooms.

28/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
64. Darlenis R.
Came to spend a weekend with my husband and daughter. This hotel is in a perfect location. It has an awesome view of Fenway park. The staff at the front desk was very helpful and welcoming. There are a few things that I didn't like. Let's start off with the room appearance although everything was very clean the furniture was older than me, granted I am only 23 years old but the room looked like it belonged in my grandmother's house. The bathroom was very clean which I appreciated, there were plenty of toiletries, but it too was dated with the paint chipping and some rust. We only needed it for sleep and a quick shower since we were more into the attractions the city had to offer so it worked for our little family.
Now, here are the two things that would not bring me back to this hotel, parking and the restaurant. Although they do offer parking for $35 in the garage next door it is small. There is a good chance you won't be able to park because there is no room when we called the front desk to ask what to do they told us to park in the street...everything was covered in snow. Next the restaurant Fenmore grill. We received a $10 voucher with our reservation and it barely covered the coffee and apple juice. Unfortunately, the staff and kitchen are not equipped to handle a lot of guests because the service was slow and the staff was rude! There were couples taking tables that fit four which made the wait to sit long. A couple sitting next to us asked for milk with their tea and were handed little containers of half and half when they told the waitress they asked for milk she shouted back "that's all I have!" 10 minutes later a family walked in and was given milk with their tea. All in all our stay wasn't ruined by the hotel but for the location and the price it could be better.

01/03/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
65. Claudia M.
We booked via Hotels.com .  When we got there, we were upgraded to an apparently better room which had been recently renovated.  Kitchen, living room, large bedroom, nice-sized bathroom.  Clean.  Could seen Fenway park from our room.  On-site laundry facilities on each floor (coin operated, but a great option to spending a small fortune having the hotel do your laundry).  The only negative was the fact that the heating/air-conditioning unit is in a closet in the living room and is very loud when it is on, so we had to turn up the TV sound...luckily, you can't hear it so much in the bedroom.  We were given $10 food credit cards for the Fenmore Grill, where we had a nice breakfast each morning. Not a large breakfast, but that way we didn't over eat.  We found the staff in the restaurant very friendly and chatty.  The reception desk staff were a little more reserved, but did respond when spoken too and helpful when we had a question.  We were pleased that the area was quite nice, considering there is a sports stadium there...which could mean it's a "seedy" area, but not at all.  Close to all sorts of transportation, post office right across the street (which made it very easy to mail home souvenirs), BofA ATM right across the street, lots of restaurants.  The parking for the hotel (which was $35 a day) was a little tight, but convenient - right next to the hotel).  The Fenmore Grill serves only beer and wine, but there are other restaurants in the building where you can get mixed drinks.  We spent 5 nights there.  Price per night was much less than in the more downtown area...which is easily reached by bus or metro.

19/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
66. Danielle H.
We booked a room at this hotel for a Friday night stay. We were going to the Red Sox game and the location couldn't have been any more convenient. There were 4 of us and we stayed in the 2 room/3 bed room. There are no pictures on the website so we weren't sure what to expect. There is not a common living space, which worked out fine for us. It is a hallway with bedrooms and the bathroom off of it. The beds were comfortable and the bathroom had enough space to move around in. The rooms did show wear but they were very clean. We had breakfast at the attached restaurant and everyone enjoyed the food and the waiters/waitresses were kind and accommodating. The staff was helpful and knowledgeable about the area. We would stay here again.

21/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
67. Chrystalle B.
My husband and I decided to spend a couple nights in Boston proper after visiting my family in the burbs for Thanksgiving. Surprisingly enough, this place was one of the cheaper places we found. And you can't go wrong w/ it: Beautiful old hotel, gorgeous lobby/ seating areas, literally steps from Fenway? Sold.

We arrived around 7 or 8 one evening and were able to find a quick parking spot in front of the restaurant that's attached in order to check in. We were then directed to their parking structure (which was behind us). Its down a very steep ramp, w/ some spaces that I feel like you only find in Boston- too small for normal cahs. Luckily, ours fit fine. And because we were within walking distance of so many things, we didn't need to worry about finding another spot.

You can tell how old this place really is when you get to the elevator. It's a little more compact than you may be used to, a little creaky, but works just fine.

Our room was the 2nd indication. SO tiny. We had limited space to walk between the bed and TV to the bathroom and the other side of the bed. But this room worked for us just fine. It was quiet, even with being steps from the elevator and stairs. The bed was comfortable,  and we were on the inside of the building so sun wasn't an issue. We had a great stay.

I would absolutely stay here again.

20/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
68. John M.
Know what you are getting into. It's OK - lobby bar very sterile serving only beer and wine.

If you looking for a bed to crash in after a sox game and a place to rinse off before you leave this is the place.

Anything more than a guys weekend and you are definitely in the wrong place. I'm here with my fiancée and we are happy not spending more than one night.

25/04/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
69. Daniel P.
***Important Disclaimer***: I did not actually end up staying at this hotel, so I can't comment on the property. This review is about the staff.

I was booked to stay here on January 27, 2015 - which is right when the big snow storm hit Boston. Due to the storm, my trip was canceled less than 24 hours before I was supposed to arrive. Like most hotels, the official policy here is that you must cancel at least 48 hours in advance or be charged for one night accommodation as penalty. I called in and spoke to the manager to explain my situation. The staff member who answered the phone was very friendly, and the manager immediately agreed to give me a full refund (i.e. they waived the penalty because of the storm). I was very impressed with this level of customer service, and so I am posting this review to let you all know about it.

31/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0