Boston >Lodging > Harborside Inn
185 State St, Boston, MA | Directions 0210942.359277 -71.052851
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central
Great hotel BUT.. – It's a great hotel but if any of you are looking to save some $$ then book it at goo.gl/FPxYD They have some of the best hotel deals on the web!
Don't believe the hype! – I am planning a trip back and looking into hotels and to see the Harborside Inn on top of any list is shocking. But then I realized that that was why I stayed there in August. So I want point out a few of the reasons why the hotel was sub par in my opinion. First we get there and boxes are everywhere making some places to tight to roll my bag. This by the way cannot fit 2 suitcases in the closet because the rooms are extremely large for Boston but the closets were made way to small. Why not put some of the space to use.
It also worried us when we saw a fan in the closet. This is because the nice sized room (with plenty of dead space) had a very small vent in the corner next to the windows that the maid service wouldn't keep the shades closed when we left in hopes of keeping some of the heat down. You will need the fan. And I could not open the windows in our room which is where the fire escape was.
The Bathroom also plenty big had nothing but the sink and back of the toilet to put anything. A shelf under the sink would be a nice use of space. I cannot think of any reason to not at least put a hook on the back of the door or a couple on the wall in the main room either.
The Inn has plenty of potential. It is a converter warehouse. It is in a great location right behind Faneuil Hall Marketplace where I always seem to end up, and right next to a T stop. It is a easy walk to the Harbor Walk and the North End.
However, I stayed there 3 months ago and still hate that in all the things I read about it none it said how it was such a bad room. I had a deal with in $150 in the Back Bay and am still wishing I would have taken it.
hope you like noise – Stayed here twice. Last time on 11/19/05. The room faced the side street with a bar next door that exuded a noise level beyond any city noise I have ever heard. We did not fall asleep until almost 3am. It sounded like the patrons were right in the room with us. The manager apologized but would not make any monetary restitution. I stayed there last year and our window faced inside to an atrium and a wedding was going on until late. Noisy once again but no where near the front room. Location is fabulous but not worth losing sleep over.
Comfort, class and bargain prices in a central location. – The Scene
A warehouse when it was built in 1858, this eight-story building has since been renovated to accommodate a modern hotel. Its excellent location makes its rates seem too good to be true, while offering quick and easy access to neighboring attractions such as Faneuil Hall and the waterfront. Unfortunately, this also means proximity to Boston's extensive construction project, the Big Dig, which can get loud. Still, guests enjoy walking to shops and restaurants, the Freedom Trail and the New England Aquarium.
Guest rooms display Victorian decor with Oriental rugs covering hardwood floors. Exposed-brick walls and cherry-wood accents add to the charm. Some rooms overlook a central atrium featuring skylights, while others have views of the harbor. All are equipped with wireless high-speed Internet access. The on-site restaurant, Margo Bistro, serves three meals a day.
Very disappointed in my experience!! – I looked online for a hotel close to the action, I was excited at first about my reservation, which I made over the phone. The hotel took down the wrong day for my reservation, charged my credit card, and then when I called to fix it, they had no record. They continually told me I was wrong. They can't work the credit card machine. Then when I requested a wake up call for 10:30am, I was shocked that they called at 7am. This was supposed to be a leisurely, romantic trip for my birthday and I was very dissappointed in the quality of service especially since we are paying about $200 a night. The rooms were cute and close to the action but after the experience at check in, not worth the effort. I would recommend considering another hotel with a better reputation.
A find! – We checked out what seemed like every boutique style hotel or bed and breakfast in Boston before staying at the Harborside Inn. As soon as I saw the location of the hotel and our room, I knew we had chosen well. The wireless internet access throughout the hotel was great, but a little rocky due to the brick walls. The rooms were very clean and wonderfully decorated. My only complaints were that access via car was complicated by the Big Dig construction and that we accidentally left behind a couple of things in the room that were not found even though I called the same afternoon that we checked out. Also, we had a city view room facing the street that was pretty loud until the bars closed down. Overall, the hotel was a great value and I would stay there again next time I am in town.
Diamond In The Ruff ;0) – We recently stayed at Harborside Inn before going on a Cruise out of Boston.
What a Find~~~~~ :0)
The rooms were romantic, close to entertainment,
and the staff was so accomodating.
We will diffinently stay at Harborside Inn Again
Next stop Harborside! – I truly enjoyed my stay at the Harborside and would return in a heartbeat. The staff was warm, friendly and always remembered my name, where I came from, etc. Also, they went out of their way to make dining and entertainment recommendations. If you are visiting Boston stay there!
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