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Rating: 3.93

Address: 261 Newbury St, Boston, MA, 02116

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    Comments (27):

    1. Bryon K.
    My parents stayed here when they came up for graduation.  Most hotels in the city were booked up, but they lucked out and found an open room here.  The prices at this place were less than the prices at the Day's Inn in Allston (~$200/night), and they got a nice breakfast every morning for free--not to mention getting to stay in the heart of the Back Bay (located between Fairfield and Gloucester on Newbury).  Needless to say they loved it.  Their only two complaints were that the air conditioner didn't work well enough to keep the top floor (where they were staying) really cold and that the breakfast was the same every morning.  However, given how much cheaper than most Boston hotels this place is, I still think it is worth 5 stars.

    30/06/05 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    2. Andreana L.
    Unbelievable price for the location. Fantastic location right in the middle of Newbury street where all the shops and restaurants are. The room was clean. Breakfast is not great but there are plenty of options within walking distance. We had a room facing the alley which was relatively quiet. Street side might be a bit noisy. But you definitely can't beat the price for Boston!!

    14/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    3. Isabella R.
    Drills and hammers and saws, oh my!
    Drills and hammers and saws, oh my!
    Drills and hammers and saws,OH MY!
    Toto, it's 8:45am on a Saturday! And we asked if there was going to be construction and they said not on weekends! Run,toto, run!

    09/02/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    4. Louis C.
    Tons of construction going on last year when I visited the Newbury Guest House. The NGH is small but has about 10 or so rooms. The rooms themselves are small. They are quaint and have an old fashion, Victorian charm to them... I think my Nana has the same wallpaper in her house. Some of the furnishings look like they could use an upgrade.

    The staff is hit or miss, some times they were very accommodating and others they seemed to be bothered. Breakfast was the same each morning, which is why we decided to venture out to some of the local restaurants that were open.

    My guess is that you are going to be staying here because of the location. You really can't beat it when you walk out the front door and you are on the main shopping destination that Boston has to offer. They also offer off street parking, but I think it is at an added rate daily.

    For the price though, I would have searched one of the online discounters for a real hotel.

    04/07/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    5. Jen T.
    Stayed here in February of 2010, post construction.  I was very pleased to find this location at a decent price.  We booked 3 months ahead and got a reduced rate.  Paid just $109/night.  The rooms are small, but reasonable.  We weren't there to hang out in the hotel anyways.  The furnishings were modern and nice.  Bed was comfy, bathroom was good.  The recent construction didn't address the slanted stairs, but it is an old brownstone... Can't beat the location.  Had a room overlooking Newbury which was fun.  A little noisy on Saturday night, but not inconviently so.  Our room was at the top pf the main staircase, but it wasn't a noise issue at all.  Breakfast downstairs.  Desk service was quiet and unassuming -- they didn't go out of their wasy to speak to you -- but very helpful and accomodating when we had questions.  Pretty pleased with the experience.

    26/02/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    6. Merril S.
    Ditto Erica C.'s thorogh review, I found the Newbury to be most acceptable.

    In contrast to Erica C., i found the shower pressure adequate (tho I live in Calif., where low flow is the norm) and there is now fruit included in breakfast.

    The staff were okay. One woman was nicer than the others (all men), but aloof does describe the men well.

    Great location if you are okay with walking two blocks from Hynes in the weather.

    PS; Do note that Johnnie's Cupcakes on the corner is not what it appears from it's name and Lalo's, while overpriced, has cute, original jewelry pieces.

    !

    06/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    7. Callan C.
    The number one best thing about Newbury Guest House is its location.  Situated in the core of Newbury and very discreet from the outside - you can walk straight out to restaurants and shops.  Mass transit is close by.  The rooms are nice, comfortable and updated - though the bathrooms are small and the common areas are utilitarian.  While I was there they were doing some renovations in the lobby so perhaps it is getting a facelift?  The staff were friendly and accommodating and there is free wireless.  Great, affordable option for being centrally located.

    09/10/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    8. Ann L.
    We stayed at Newbury Guest House from Wed 5/22-Sun 5/25, 2008.  Wed & Thurs it was $195 a night, Fri & Sat $215 per night.  Sub-total 820 + State Tax 46.74 + local tax $32.80 + Convention Tax $22.55 (wtf in Back Bay) = $922.10.  

    The room we had was small.  I queen bed, a TV, table, small bathroom with shower/tub, toilet, sink.  Soaps from Lord & Mayfair soap bar w/ milk & honey & small tube of lotion w/ apricot kernel oil.  Soaps dried up my hands so had to use the lotion too.  Small tube of shampoo given too.

    2 hand towels, 2 face towels, 2 body towels in the bathrooms.  Hairdryer provided.

    Didn't like:
    Dim lights in room - couldn't read in the room
    Very noisy at night if you have a room facing Newbury St
    No coffee pot inside the room

    FREE breakfast down 1 flight of stairs from the lobby.  Same breakfast of mini muffins, mini croissants, some plain some w/ ham, danishes, oj, hot water, Lipton tea bags, coffee, milk.  Same dining area as La Voile.  

    FREE internet available in the lobby - just one computer though.  Seating area in lobby enough for about 7 people total.

    26/05/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    9. Kenneth T.
    This was quite a pleasant experience in Boston. I have never been in the city before, so my girlfriend booked this bed and breakfast for us to stay at. It is in a prime location in the Back Bay on Newbury Street.

    The rooms are pretty good filled with a flat screen television with a DVD player. They also have wireless internet, which was tremendously slow and spotty. There aren't too many accommodations other than the breakfast, but it is a quiet place with rather thin walls.

    Across the way, you can see the art school dormitories, so that was kind of interesting. By the way, the window curtains are super thin. If you happen to do anything unholy, everyone outside can see it. Use your best judgment.

    Also an interesting tidbit, there was always someone different working at the front desk the 2 days we stayed there. I wonder how many people they employ?!

    The prices aren't too bad for Boston hotels. We got a double for around $160. The bad thing is that they charged for parking. Oh Boston.

    04/12/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    10. Stephanie B.
    I lived in Boston for 20 years, so never had occasion to stay in a hotel here, but moved away a few years ago and am still homesick.  Staying at the Newbury Guest House made me feel like a local, albeit a spoiled local who lives in the heart of Boston!  What a great location, although I couldn't help but think that someone older might find the walk to publc transportation a little longer (3 blocks) than they expected.  

    The rooms would be a bit small for 2 people but but extremely comfortable with top quality sheets, flat screens, and fluffy comforters.  I was there on a monday and tuesday night, though, and wondered about how noisy it would be to have a room overlooking Newbury street on a weekend night.  If you are concerned about noise, ask for a room without a view. (also, if you have trouble with stairs, ask for a room close to the elevator.  Front desk staff was friendly and helpful when I called and when I was there.

    The public areas of the hotel are less luxe and more old-school (think funky boarding house from the late 70's -- blue woodwork, flowered carpet.  Breakfast was included in the dining room below -- coffee, tea, juice,) Scrambled eggs, bacon, toast, and cereal seemed to be each day's fare.  Newspapers and a computer internet station was available in the lobby area for guest use, which is convient, and free coffee, tea, and hot cocoa was availableall day.  For less than the cost of a "name" hotel, you too can "live" on America's prettiest shopping street for a night or two.

    16/06/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    11. John J.
    Pros:

    + Spacious Room
    + Huge Comfy bed
    + Bay Windows were classy
    + Huge TV
    + Free Wi-Fi
    + Awesome location

    Cons:

    - View from bay windows was a parking lot.
    - Cable wasn't working so huge TV was more decor than functional
    - Free Wi-Fi gave the error message "Too many people using try again later" the whole night

    All things considered a comfy room for cheap in a great neighborhood, cant ask for anything else.  Except for functioning TV/Wifi, but that was probably just bad luck on my part.  Will stay again.

    29/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    12. erika c.
    I stayed in two different rooms to take advantage of low rates through aa.com . The special conference rates at the Westin Copley Plaza were $200/night, so I gladly took a risk on these rooms at half that rate (my 4 nights averaged out to about $100/night +tax).

    The rooms were clean and quiet, though I imagine those with rooms by the stairs (creaky) or elevator (DING!) may have had a different experience. One of my rooms was by the ice maker, and it was still quiet. Locale is safe, quaint, & convenient -- only a block to the all-indoor Prudential Center mall, which connects a number of hotels & buildings all the way to the Westin.

    Staff was friendly, lobby computer use & printing (color inkjet) was free. An in-room safe was provided for valuables, along with a hairdryer, iron & board, fridge (no freezer), and a DVD player. Free wireless Internet, also. Breakfast was the bare minimum (eggs, bacon, English muffins, OJ, coffee, milk, corn flakes) but was constantly replenished, even at 9:25 am (ends at 9:30). I would have liked fruit or some other bakery items, though. Local newspapers were provided for breakfast reading.

    My only negatives are that the shower pressure was low and they supplied shampoo, lotion, & 2 bars of soap but no conditioner, and the taps ran soft water so it took forever to wash off all the soap/slimy feeling from your skin. Energy-efficient bulbs in ceiling were also annoying, but the lamps were a nice alternative.  Overall: great value, great location; I'd stay here again.

    27/11/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    13. Alan W.
    Love the boutique hotel in a brownstone feel. This isn't a new building with ultra-modern accommodations, but it isn't trying to be. It's set in the really nice Back Bay neighborhood on Newbury Street which is literally filled with tons of shops, restaurants, and other amenities all within a 5 minute walk from the hotel. It was really nice to just walk around the neighborhood to get where I wanted, totally different from what I have to typically do in CA. They offer a continental breakfast which is nice, not great, but better than some other places that do the same. For the price and location, this is an awesome place to stay compared to the typical cookie-cutter hotels.

    They really should make the signage a little more prominent though - it can be really easy to pass up without noticing it.

    3 stars for the hotel and price, extra star for its location.

    17/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    14. Tim F.
    I stay here every time I'm in town for a convention at the Hines Center.  It's about a block an a half away from the front door of the center, so unless the weather is awful, it's very convenient for that purpose!

    Here's what you get:
    A fairly large room for the location
    Modern design
    A nice TV (no HD Channels, though...)
    Free Breakfast
    Free WiFi

    And it's often more than 25% less than the convention hotels.  It's an easy choice, really.  

    The staff has always been courteous and the rooms have always been clean.  There are only two things I would improve:
    1 - For some reason, I never got the room confirmation e-mail.  I think it has to do with my corporate e-mail settings, but it's a thing to note
    2 - Outlets.  They are in short supply in the room I was recently in.  Not a big deal, and I worked around it, but it was less convenient than it could have been.  Maybe they can throw a power strip on one of them?

    If those are my only complaints for a sub-$200 hotel room at a medical conference, I'm winning pretty big, don't you think?

    20/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    15. Caroline H.
    Reasonably priced for the Back Bay/Copley Sq. And you can't beat the very cute and convenient location on Newbury St., especially if you're headed to the convention center or interested in walking around to sightsee and shop.

    Somewhere between a hotel and a B&B, mostly in good ways. Staff is friendly and accommodating, rooms are a good size (though the bathroom's pretty small) and have free wifi (occasionally spotty but worked fairly well for me), hot breakfast included and coffee and tea in the lobby. Parking is free in the numbered spots in the alley--you just have to leave them your keys.

    It's not the newest or nicest place you'll ever stay, but worth it for the relative affordability and convenient location. I'd def consider staying here again in the future.

    29/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    16. Floyd W.
    The place is a gem. Incredible location right off Newbury Street which is loaded with shops and restaurants. Also in walking distance of a great mall and Boston Public library.

    The restaurant next store is excellent as well. I just ate the crepes and they were delicious.

    The staff is friendly and I highly recommend staying here.

    08/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    17. Deb L.
    I would go back to Newbury Guest House in a second. It truly was exactly what we wanted. It had a B and B design to it, but it wasn't.  Price was very reasonable , super close to subway , local corner market , trolley stop and the Prudential Building /mall.

    For my husband and I,  we wanted an easy place to get to , close transportation, food close by , and clean comfortable rooms. We got all that and more. Wifi was just fine , clean and homey  and easy to see the city from.

    This is not a  posh hotel , so don't expect that. The Newbury house is housed in a several brownstones and has a  house feel. There is a limited front desk where they can help you with directions, cabs , local info and getting things like pillows.
    If you get there before check in they have communal  and literal closet that you can put your things in.  It serves it's purpose but I wouldn't want to put anything too valuable in there. You can also leave your things there after check out if you have a late check out.

    Rooms are very clean and look recently remodeled. Be sure to ask beforehand for a room on the Newbury Street side, it gives you a great Boston City feel. The other side is a parking lot.  The bed was more than comfortable , bathroom clean and neat , They had daily maid  service which I didn't expect  but loved coming back to my clean room after traipsing around all day.

    Basic Eggs / Bread Breakfast is provided in a adjoining area . It  must have  been a modern restaurant at one time and it is jarringly different in it's decor than the rest of the place. Great way to get coffee and some food to start the day.

    So glad my friend Diane recommend this place! It was a great deal.

    14/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    18. Michelle P.
    Stayed here this past weekend for a little weekend getaway in Boston. I'm very happy with my stay here. The staff was courteous and helpful. Our room and linens were clean. Only downsides were that I expected our room to be overlooking newbury street when in fact it was overlooking the back alley where our car was parked. Not a huge deal since we weren't on our room most of the time. Also the light in our shower was out. Again nothing major so I still give this place 4 stars.

    02/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    19. Cali C.
    It's a long overdue review, but this place is just great. I've lived in Boston for 5 years, and have recently moved out of MA.

    I went back to Boston for meetings last September, and didn't want to be too far away from where my meetings were. I went online and searched for hotels around Back Bay/Copley Sq, this showed up. I decided to give it a try since it's the cheapest in that area, plus, there's one night free promotion.

    I wasn't expecting super comfy rooms, because I know buildings there are, well, quite ancient. I know Newbury street is very busy street with lots of stores, restaurants. It was in a nice neighborhood, plenty of pedestrian walking even around 11pm. Safety was not a concern.

    As I walked in to the hotel around 10 pm, the concierge was very polite and efficient, gave me the room keys right away (card keys too!) so I can get to bed.

    The rooms were super clean (as far as I know), and it was a decent size for those type of buildings. I had a queen sized bed, a small coffee table, and lots of room to walk around. It was pretty quite at night, even in the morning given the location of this hotel. Free Wi-Fi of course is a plus. They also have complementary breakfast, which was also a plus. Although not a full breakfast bar, but the fact that they have it was great.

    All in all, I was VERY happy with what I paid for.

    So, to summarize,
    Pros:
    Location
    Price
    Cleanliness of the rooms/bathrooms
    Polite staff
    Decent sized room (had a queen sized bed and ample room to walk around)
    Free Wi-Fi
    Complementary breakfast
    Quite

    Cons:
    No view (of course, it's in the city)

    13/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    20. Aurora P.
    I loved my stay here. The location is excellent, the service was great, and the complimentary breakfast was good. The room was quite comfortable, and my only request would for faster wi-fi and softer towels.

    12/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    21. William L.
    Got a room, not thinking that Saturday was the night, for St. Patrick's day. By Monday everyone was shell shocked and the bars were ghost town. Also, being from California, it felt way cold out for walking around. But hey the hotel was totally fun and comfortable. Clean and quiet and the women at the front desk, well, they were all hot. I mean totally on their game etc. But nothing wrong with that right? If I was gonna shop two or three days on Newbury I would probably stay here and sneak into the Revere Hotel pool to swim. Breakfast, which is included, was great: melons, eggs whatever, they had a spread. Would stay here again no problem especoally if shopping was mission critical. Also I shipped my room decorations ahead and they held everything for arrival no questions asked.

    01/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    22. Kathy W.
    Just returned from a trip to Boston and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Newbury Guest House!  First and foremost, being new to Boston, we were appreciative of the Blue Line from the airport, which drops you one block from the hotel, and as you walk down Newbury Street, you are immediately charmed by this wonderful neighborhood.  The staff at the front desk was very friendly and helpful, and our room (although small) was very comfortable.  We had hoped for a Newbury Street view, but unfortunately, there were no rooms available (but she offered to move us the next night, but we were so comfortable, we stayed with our room).  We especially loved that we could step outside the door, and immediately immerse ourselves into the Newbury Street scene, which is very cool, with great shops and restaurants, and walk a few short blocks to the Boston Public Gardens.  The small restaurant that adjoins the property serves a complimentary breakfast (and a great dinner - the lobster roll was divine!).
    We will return!!

    09/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    23. Ray D.
    This is a very quiet, clean, friendly little hotel in the very heart of the Newbury Street brownstone district of trendy shops, restaurants, bars, bookstores, etc., with a T stop nearby in case you want to go farther afield. The location could not be better. The room was very comfortable and well equipped, with free WiFi. It's a nightmare to find parking on Newbury St during the weekend but fortunately the hotel has a private lot behind the hotel on the public alley. Check with the hotel in advance for directions on how to find the parking spaces, if you're not a local, it's far from obvious. The free buffet breakfast is nothing to write home about, very basic, even the Hampton Inn has better. But there are loads of great places to eat within easy walking distance.

    08/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    24. Craig H.
    Not a friendly staff. Arrived at night and the girl at the for desk (I think her name was Sadie), was not friendly.  we had just flown in and it was dark, cold and rainy.  She was not friendly.  The owners need to speak to her about this.  The room was okay.  On the small side.  Inadequate drawers and closets space for a couple.  The wi-fi is worthless.  if a hotel is going to offer wi-fi they need to make sure this it carries a strong signal. The free breakfast is horrible; same food daily (scrambled eggs, packed eggs, sausage, bacon, spoiled fruit, bread, rolls, coffee, tea, juice.)  They do have a lot behind their hotel to park a car (at the rate of $30 per night).  Next time I'm in Boston, I will stay somewhere else.

    14/04/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    25. Alise K.
    Stayed 2 nights this time. Perfect place to stay for a shopping trip to Newbury Street or prudential area. Boutique style hotel with a European flair. Historic brown stone houses renovated into a hotel. There is an elevator and you will need it as the stairs are not all that easy to navigate. The multiple times I have stayed here, my rooms have been very similar. Adequate in size, queen or two double beds, flat screen tv and small but efficient bathrooms. Ask for extra towels, they never put enough in the bathrooms.
    Breakfast was a step above the last time I stayed here. Breakfast meats, French toast, poached eggs, rolls, croissants, juice, coffee, yoghurt, fruit. All included with the room.  
    I'm not giving 5 stars because the front desk people are just not friendly enough. Smile and say hello! Ask how my stay is going, when I check out, ask again if my room was ok etc.

    24/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    26. Jaime K.
    I am staying here for almost a week with my husband, mother and 10 month old baby. We were here for Blizzard 2015. The rooms have nice beds, clean carpets, good bathrooms and free breakfast!

    1. Rooms - we had a wonderfully large room with bay windows. The bed is comfortable and clean. The bathrooms are a little run down, but not terribly so. They have good water pressure and the hot water comes fast. The towels are nice and fluffy.  The room has an amazing view of Newbury but the blinds and drapes are not blackouts so it does get very bright in the morning.

    2. Breakfast - They have pastries, fruit, yogurt and quiche. It's all delicious but very rich to have every day.

    3. Lobby - always has coffee, tea during the day. The staff is very nice. And they have unexpected amenities like cookies during the afternoon and dvds to borrow.

    Overall, it's run like a family business (not sure if it is or not) but it gives a wonderful feeling to a nice quaint hotel. If you are looking for character in your hotel, you can't go wrong with Newbury Guest House.

    28/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    27. Steph H.
    Stayed here for a couple of days after the marathon.  

    The neighborhood alone is worth staying here.  Rooms are pretty spacious, beds were super comfy, and shower was great.  We had a room facing Newbury street and I highly recommend closing your window at night and turning on the air.  You can definitely hear street noise if you keep your window open.

    The breakfast in the morning was very nice in the adjoining restaurant.  There is coffee in the lobby, newspapers, a computer, and couches.  There is supposed to be water but the water system was not working unfortunately.  Front desk workers were always helpful and nice.  They are more than happy to store your luggage for you if you check in early.

    It is very reasonably priced considering the area.  Would most definitely stay here again.

    30/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0