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Inn @ St. Botolph in Boston, MA

Inn @ St. Botolph in Boston, MA

Specialties

A unique approach to hospitality from the creators of XV Beacon Hotel.

Live like a local in one of Boston's most coveted neighborhoods, as convenient as it is historic and beautiful. High end styling meets comfort in our oversized suites that include living spaces, kitchenettes, 42" HDTV's and fireplaces.  
The Inn @ St Botolph offers all inclusive amenities that go beyond the typical hotel. Free features include:
- Daily continental breakfast
- In-room high speed internet and WiFi
- Premium satellite service with movie and sport channels
- Unlimited phone service to the US and Canada
- Fitness Center with
- Business center with iMac, scanning, printing and copying services

No extra charges means there is no need to check out and the keyless entry system eliminates the need to check in! The Inn emails your door code before you arrive and allows guests to feel like a local from the moment they arrive.

History

Established in 2008.

A historic brownstone in Boston's Back Bay, renovated and opened in November 2008.

 

Company Info:

Rating: 4.42

Address: 99 St Botolph St, Boston, MA, 02116
  • Mon: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Tue: 7:00 am - 2:00 am
  • Wed: 7:00 am - 2:00 am
  • Thu: 7:00 am - 2:00 am
  • Fri: 7:00 am - 2:00 am
  • Sat: 7:00 am - 2:00 am
  • Sun: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm

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Comments (26):

1. K M.
I love this Inn!  I travel a lot for work and have stayed at the best and the worst of hotels.  For personal trips though, I prefer the more boutique/inn/independent run locations just because they tell a story and offer a different visit.  If you are going to Boston on business and need room service, amenities, and attention, this is not your place.  If you are independent and want the freedom to come and go, be near the T, walking distance to stores, restaurants, and the city, - this is your place.  My husband and I went here last weekend (Jan 14-17).  We arranged for a stay 2, get 3rd free, vacation and albeit it's the winter, we had the best time.  The weather was great, the hotel was perfect (we stayed in a one bedroom suite #302).  All the appointments throughout are modern, hip, and well thought out.  Our room offered more than we required - fridge, kitchen, closets, blankets, fireplace, etc - even chocolates and a coupon when we arrived.  We didn't see a single person there during our 3 night stay.  We didn't hear anyone.  We just had our code to get in and out and did as such. This hotel would be good if I had work in Boston for more than 3 days, or if I went back with my husband again.  It's odd to not ever see a person in your Inn, but I liked it.  They also have a continental breakfast, a small but nice gym room, and can clean your room if you request so.  Either way, check out the website, the pictures are spot on!

20/01/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. Eric B.
Visited with my wife for some alone time and to recharge our batteries. We reserved the deluxe suite (the night out was a Xmas gift to my wife). About 3 weeks before our stay I received a call from Tom who is the manager advising that our room was being used by a long term guest who didn't want to leave the suite. I was off erred a studio room with incentives (nice coupon for dinner and reduction in room rate). Despite the disappointment of not having a suite, we agreed to the offer. We had a wonderful time. The Inn is cool. We parked at the Pru Garage which works out great (get the online coupon to save $14). We had dinner at Teatro which was a WOW. Overall, we had a great time. The room was clean, the Inn was cool and in a great location. We are definitely coming back. I recommend this Inn.

20/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
3. mark s.
Great hotel.  Good room for the money.  I stayed in their smallest room, the studio.  I enjoyed having a kitchen and the 800+ sirius/cable/movie channels were a definate bonus.  The hotel is quiet and about a block off the main street in a residential area.  You can catch a Cab by walking half a block. There's a 7-11 right next to the Inn which made buying toothpast and snacks very easy to do.  I didn't have any problem with the keyless entry and ascribe their lower rates to the lower overhead because of some of these advancements.  The concierge is offsite but when you call them, they are tentative, polite, and extremely helpful.  The hotel has a common lounge that is very chic and usually stocked with fruit.  There's also an apple computer for use with a free printer.  Also, free wi-fi throughout, no problem.  

If I had any complaints its that there is no room service (which probably saves you money since they don't have to pay a chef and kitchen staff) but they do provide phone numbers for local eateries that will deliver (which, by the way, are some of the best restaurants in town).  Also, no bathtub in my room...which I didn't really care about anyway.

But it's a great room for approximately $200/night in downtown Boston.  I'm going there again next time I stay.

10/07/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
4. Joe T.
This is a very nice hotel and it's also an excellent value.

This is a different kind of hotel. They don't have a typical front desk. Upon booking this hotel, they will send you a confirmation email. You should record the pass codes contained in that email. if you forget then you will have to use the intercom at the front door to call the hotel office located in the lower level of the building. If they're taking an office break then you might not get in! There are no room keys - you must enter a six digit code to get in.

We booked the 2 bedroom suite. Each room had a flat screen TV. The wireless internet worked great (and this wireless pass code is also in the confirming email). The entire suite was well decorated and everything was first class.

The complimentary breakfast was spartan, however, they have this super cool lazy man automatic espresso/latte machine that produced excellent coffee.

I didn't use the work out room but it looked nice.

Staff was friendly and helpful.

Location was attractive. Not far from downtown. There is functionally no parking near the hotel, but then I assume that many will be taking a cab around Boston.

Whenever I return, I will stay here again.

13/02/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
5. Nhu T.
home away from home. i love this inn. i had stayed for 5 days in a 1 queen bed suite with my boyfriend and it was perfect. the kitchenette had all the amenities we need to make all our meals. continental breakfast was simple, but great for a quick bite.

i am most appreciative of the key-less entry. this was extremely convenient and gave the feel that we were living in an apartment in back bay. the bed was very comfortable and i'm a bathroom person...a bit small but the entire floor is non slip! so cool! i will definitely stay at the inn again and recommend it to anyone who is staying in boston for a few days or longer.

01/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. Melanie E.
I've never stayed at a more peaceful hotel in Boston. The decorations were trendy, moderate, and comfortable. I had everything I needed, including access to my room as soon as I got there via an access code, and it's very conveniently located.

27/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. Patreesha G.
What a spectacular place.  The staff was super, the rooms were awesome, clean and comfortable.  This place really has the panache and would love to meet the owners - it's classy to say the least.  

Stay here - it's worth every dime!

18/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. Chip G.
Overall, this is an excellent hotel. The business model is very interesting, with no check in or keys, but it works well.

My group stayed in 401, which is the room with 2 bedrooms, a living room, and a kitchen.

The master bedroom is excellent and has a nice flat screen on the wall.

The bathroom is excellent and has a luxurious shower.

The living/dining room is well decorated, has a fireplace, and a big flat screen.

The kitchen is ok. Given that you're in a hotel, it's very good, but we could have used some more kitchen equipment since we did cooking in the room. It's great that the staff does the dishes for you though, a big plus. Make sure to tip the housekeeper since she does a great job.

The secondary bedroom is a little more problematic. It has no TV, and the beds are actually separate trundle beds, not one big bed. However, it was ok.

The continental breakfast is very small and it would be great to see that upgraded a little. The espresso machine is great though. Fast and easy.

We did not receive chocolate truffles, which I was very disappointed about.

We also asked for a late checkout, but they were only able to give us 1 hour extension, which was another disappointment.

The gym is very small. If you want a treadmill, you got it, but if weight training is your thing, you will have difficulty getting a thorough workout

I would definitely stay here again.

28/02/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
9. Stephanie M.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this place. Everything was wonderful here. From the location, it's so easy to get to from the Airport. It is like a block from the Metro/T. The staff was super friendly. Our room was very cute, just the right size for us. I loved being in a neighborhood while still being close enough to all the shops. It was also very reasonably priced compared to other Hotel's when we searched. I plan on staying here the next time we are in Boston.

09/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
10. scott c.
I don't think I need to repeat all the positive things people have said in other reviews; my five star rating should be be sufficient.

A few points that others haven't made, I think, or at least not to the degree I think called for:

1) I was in room 102, one of the street level units.  It was remarkably well insulated from outside (street) noise; even the fire trucks which seemed to go down Newton fairly frequently (is there a fire station near?) were no big deal.

2) Transportation there is simply excellent - the Prudential T station is around the corner, and taxis seem to use Newton a lot (convenient if you don't want to take your stuff down to Huntington).

3) The bed was incredibly comfortable, with linens the like of which I've never had in a hotel (that includes an upgrade suite at the Ritz Carlton in Washington DC, probably the swankiest normal hotel room I've been in).

I'm sure the brilliant and inventive Yelpers can come up with extra advantages of the four poster bed design.

4) I didn't get a chance to put it to use, but the kitchenette equipment set is remarkably complete.  You could easily cook and serve a nice dinner for a small group (say up to four).

5) Street parking in the vicinity is limited to Back Bay resident permits after 6:00 pm if I recall.  That can be a problem if you have local people coming in to meet you (I was nervous about some friends being parked 40 minutes over; luckily, no ticket).

A couple of nits:

6) The bathroom is severely lacking in shelf space.  Form did not follow function in this one instance; an oddity since the rest of the room is so well designed.

7) The bath is a single person size (or two slender, flexible, and highly intimate size :), though quite fully functional with jets 'n things.  This was irrelevant to my stay :(, but it could matter to somebody else.  It really wouldn't have been difficult at design time to have included a wider bath, though a longer bath might have required too much reconstruction.

8) A little bit of fresh fruit as part of the continental breakfast would be a very nice addition.

13/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. Marcela P.
I thought my dear family, visiting from out of town for a week, would have a more comfortable experience at the Inn rather than staying at a big hotel nearby.

Boy was I right!

I've decided I will make this review a series of bullet points:
         - Each suite is very nicely decorated, modern and business-cool (if I can use that home-made description).
- The individual codes instead of keys are awesome!
- Complimentary breakfast downstairs (coffee, bagels, yogurts, juices, nice!). Also a TV for news and a Mac and couches to sit on.
- Wifi throughout!
- The staff was very friendly and helpful
- There was a private and comfortable feeling to the place that I don't get at hotels.. it felt like a hip B&B..
- Every suite has a little kitchen and coffee-maker and big TV
- Superb location - around the corner from the T, the Prudential Mall, and a 7-11 (open 24 hrs!)
- If you live in the Back Bay area, seriously consider this place instead of a big hotel chain

02/04/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. dawn O.
Not your typical "hotel". it's a little home away from home. if you don't need to all the amenities of a typical hotel i.e. front desk, bell service, room service, valet, etc and are more independent and like privacy this is the place. i have stayed at least 3 times in all types of rooms. my favorite is the one bedroom with a fireplace...yum so cozy.  close to everything you need in the backbay area or an easy cab or public transpo ride.  
ill be back again soon

10/12/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. Sally O.
A great inn in the midst of Boston. We went here because I insisted not to have anything franchise-y, I'm a slut for a fireplace, and it wasn't on the bed bug registry. Stayed in a ground room floor because it was the cheapest and felt like we were staying in a studio apartment. There is a kitchenette with real life dishes! Eat that Westin. The fireplace is perfect for a winter snuggle, there's a sitting area, four posted bed, slate bathroom floor, it was great. The only area to improve on St. Botoloph is the lighting, it really does suck, either you have to deal with weird lights that are too bright only in one spot or lots of very small desk/reading lights that aren't bright enough, this made the room feel dim, which was a shame because it is an awesome room.

12/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
14. Bill H.
We stayed at the St. Botolph over the fourth of July holiday and we loved this small but beautiful inn.  We had nothing to not like. The room was well appointed with quality everything.  The employees were knowledgable, friendly and eager to assist.  The morning breakfast was great and we fell in love with the espresso / coffee machine.  We would definitely recommend this Inn and will go back when we make a return visit.

13/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
15. Carolina M.
We found this hotel through Trip Advisor and we have to say that it was an excellent choice. Not only did we like the location of the hotel, in a quiet neighbourhood but at the same time very close to the Prudential Center, nice place full of restaurants and shops, we also enjoyed breakfast (it was great), you felt really at home, definitely a great hotel. Thank you for your nice service, we really have good memories of this beautiful hotel.

30/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
16. Deb P.
What a unique experience and a cute Inn on such a beautiful street in the South End of Boston. Although we live just West of Boston, my boyfriend surprised me with a weekend in the city for my birthday. As we strolled down Newbury Street during the day, he got a call from the Inn and we were upgraded to a suite!  They did not even know it was my birthday so what a nice surprise!  The Inn is a boutique hotel which is all self serve . .you are provided an access code to the Inn and this is how you check in; the same code works for your room too!  Our suite was contemporary and spacious .. with 2 bedrooms, a kitchen with regular size fridge and well appointed, a large living room, nice size bathroom and air conditioning!  
A continental breakfast was available which was also self serve, but there was someone in the little office next to the lounge who helped us with how to use the espresso machine.  
It was a delightful experience and I highly recommend the Inn.  If you like a concierge, then this is not the place for you, but if you can explore and do things on your own, the Inn is a great choice and close to much in the heart of Boston.

13/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
17. Mandy S.
This was a nice stay, but definitely has it's drawbacks.

Pros:
Location. Gorgeous location, right next to the Prudential Center.
Kitchen: Full kitchen- perfect for extended stays
Keyless entry: No check in or check out- I got my code and got right into the room.

Cons:
Beds: If that was a Queen bed, I'll eat my shoe. My husband and I got horrible sleep- no room to move around and the pillows were rock hard.
Carpet: Carpets were brown and dingy. Looked dirty.
Breakfast: worst continental breakfast ever.

Price is good, would stay here again.

05/07/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
18. Eliot P.
My son was hospitalized and they would not let us cancel because of their "strict" policy. I urge everyone to avoid these heartless people.

14/02/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
19. Karina Q.
I had a wonderful stay here last weekend with my fiancé.

Walking distance from the Train station as we took the Acela from NYC. Next to the prudential shops and Newbury Street. Short walk to Fenway
So cute, very clean and quiet area. The decor was a breath of fresh air. Chevron patterns are always my thing!

08/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
20. Carly D.
I was so happy when I walked in the room to find it so unique and clean with a kitchenette that had everything you'd need.  When you book a hotel you've never been to or heard of, you can easily go wrong but I was pleasantly surprised and very satisfied with this choice. This place was great for a few reasons:

You book a room and get a pass code you use to enter the building and enter your room - no need to check in or checkout (at least not that I knew of)

Very clean! Especially the bathroom, thank god.

Aforementioned well equipped kitchenette

Comfy and unique looking bed

Overall a great place for a spur of the moment romantic getaway

27/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
21. Karolina K.
Great little place, in a perfect location. Very accommodating and helpful staff! Perfect for all types of traveller.

Had to stay a little longer due to snow, flight got cancelled and postponed for two whole days. Tad in the office sorted out another two nights for us without any hassle. We then managed to get on an early flight the following day and we were refunded for the second day without any problems. Very courteous of the manager to do so.

I would definitely recommend this place when in Boston, especially  if you don't like the mundane process of checking in and out of a hotel.

12/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
22. Amanda A.
So here's the thing. Maybe, in a perfect world, there would be a magic room that appears just off the lobby with a full-size commercial kitchen where our lovely staff could make an incredible hot breakfast replete with scrambled eggs and French toast and cascades of bacon and waffle irons and all the biscuits and gravy your little heart desires. But it is not a perfect world, and so we must appreciate what we have, which in this case, is one of the most amazingly beautiful and humble (though only on the outside) inns you can imagine. In this real/magical place, your rooms have *full-sized kitchens!* where you can make your own French toast! and scrambled eggs! and bacon. And hell, even waffles if you brought your iron along with you.

For my purposes, that is more than what I could ask for. I was here in March for a national conference and hadn't wanted to book one of the overpriced conference hotel rooms, and I like being a bit further from the conference craziness if possible. It didn't disappoint. There was the gorgeous lobby where the staff was happy to leave me to hang out until my room was ready, catching up on email on their Mac while I waited for a friend, drinking an incredible café au lait, made with the Nespresso machine. Even grabbing a snack from the mini fridge. I loved getting my bagels in the morning and my yogurt and my really awesome coffee, which, let's be honest, eclipses any other hotel's continental breakfast coffee.

But I go on. The room was fantastic. The day I finally turned the TV on, I realized that I had radio! So I picked a station and listened while the snow was falling outside. The bathroom was great. The bed was comfortable. Everything was gorgeous. I loved the key code. When I had a friend staying for the last night, I was able to give it to her so she could leave her stuff when I wasn't there, and we didn't have to worry about exchanging keys. The location was very good. Oh, and the first day I got there, the people at the counter recommended an incredible diner just a block or two away which was exactly the kind of place I'd been hoping for. On the day I left, the girl wrote out directions for me to get to the airport with which lines to take. The staff went above and beyond, and I loved everything about it. I will definitely be back next time I'm in Boston.

29/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
23. Patrick S.
You can't beat this place. Checked in on Christmas and stayed a few nights. It had more of a home feel than a hotel feel, which was great. The people are friendly, the breakfasts are exactly what you need, the little gym room has the nicest exercise equipment I've ever used in a hotel. A few days before we arrived, got an email from the manager welcoming us and giving us a free upgrade. That kind of stuff goes a long, long way. The Inn has a deal with a parking garage a block away; park for 30 bucks night. Can't complain about that; parking in Boston is brutal. This made it easy. We'll definitely be back.

25/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
24. G B.
We stayed at the Inn over New Years.  It was a great experience.  When you book a room, the Inn emails you a code to get in.  That means that they do not need a front desk.  However, the do have an office downstairs which otherwise serves many of the same functions as a front desk.  The staff we met down there was super friendly, very helpful and went out of there way to make us feel at home.

The many positives:
- Awesome location, write next to the "T" (prudential center station).  Extra bonus as this line takes you directly into downtown.
- Also, right next to the prudential center, if you go through and come out the other end you'll also find yourself a block or two from Newbury Street and a lot of great shops and restaurants.
- Kitchen with 7-eleven across the street means you can have a midnight snack, wam up some tea in the morning or otherwise make yourself at home.
- Again, great staff.

A few things that could be improved:
- rubber floors in bathroom are a little weird, would prefer tile, though i imagine there is a purpose.
- heating system can be a bit loud

But overall, small minuses to huge plusses. Stay here if you're visiting boston.  Like home away from home.

05/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
25. Josh C.
Spoiler Alert: First World Problems
I travel regularly for work and usually don't write reviews for hotels, but there were just so many little annoying things about this place:

- You have to punch a ten digit number at the front door just to get in the building, and then more numbers at your actual room to get in there. After a long day of meetings, news flash, getting back to your room should be easy (keycard technology people!). I don't want to feel like I'm breaking into Fort Knox to sleep.
- No travel-sized toothpaste available for guests who forgot to bring (like me)
- Shelf with towels randomly collapsed while I was brushing my teeth (with toothpaste I bought at 7-11), sending towels into the toilet.
- No pressing service for suits/shirts, which is important for business travelers  

On the plus side, nice decor and nice lotion.
Again, first world problems... now back to my Starbucks, Uggs boots and iPhone...

25/03/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
26. Michael N.
We stayed at the inn in late April and LOVED it. The location is very convenient to transportation, shops, restaurants, parking garages, etc. Having a kitchenette with a stove, microwave oven, fridge, and coffee maker was perfect for us. It instantly gave us options as to whether we wanted to eat out or to eat in. Eating in was a choice between getting takeout or cooking. The kitchen was fully stocked with glasses, cups, pots, pans, dishes, bowls, etc. There was a table, which could have been used for a dining table or for a desk.

The bathroom was clean and stocked with towels. The bedroom was very nice. At first glance the bed looked like it was going to have been uncomfortable, but we were quite pleased to find that it was very comfortable. We both had a great night's sleep, which is frequently not the case when we stay at a hotel or inn.

There is a Shaw's supermarket a short distance away where we were able to buy food and alcoholic beverages.

We are going to be staying at the inn again in the near future and are very much looking forward to it.

19/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0