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Boston: Encore B&B

116 West Newton Street, Phone: (617) 247-3425

Reviewed by: gloria from CA, review #2390

When: August 2008

A wonderful find in Boston

We originally called another B&B but they were booked and they referred us to Encore. We are so glad they did!

We arrived early in the morning of our first day there and made arrangements with Reinhold to drop our luggage off. He graciously met us at the door and let us leave our luggage inside the door of his own apt. on the 1st floor of the brownstone until we were able to check into our room at 3PM.

We stayed in the Albee room, on the 3rd floor, in the front of the building. I reserved this room because it had a balcony overlooking the neighborhood. The queen bed was very comfortable, the decor very tasteful which included a very nice sound system and a flat screen tv. We also had a small sitting area and a window seat.

The bathroom was a good size which included Aveda toiletries.

We were given a menu with several choices for our breakfast the next morning. After we filled it out, we left it on the counter of the compact kitchen on the 2nd floor.

The next morning, we were greeted at our designated time to a wonderful cup of coffee, yogurt, fresh fruit and granola, and several bakery goods which we chose the night before. The table seats 4, and we were joined by a lovely couple from England who were on holiday.

Reinhold treated us like we were special guests in his home. He also provided us with many suggestions for restaurants, music clubs and coffee places.

I would definitely stay here again when I visit Boston. It was exactly the restful place we needed after a long day of sightseeing.

P.S. There is no elevator here. Heavy luggage carried up the stairs may pose a problem for some.

[This is the same review I've submitted on Tripadvisor.]

Reviewed by: CourtneyPo from TX, review #2281

When: May 2008

Very nice B&B in really fun and pretty Boston neighborhood.

Encore B&B, photo by Courtney Keys

I was so happy to find this B&B. Hotels in Boston are so expensive, but we stayed here for $205 a night including taxes.

The owners were more than helpful - even when we showed up early! The decor is modern and breakfast is more in the European style as one of the owners is German.

We stayed in the Bernstein room and everything was fine. We could hear people in the room above us, and there was some city noise, but I would think that is to be expected in a 19th century townhouse. The street and neighborhood were gorgeous and full of nice restaurants. I went to school in Boston for a year and did not have fond memories, but I loved it here.

There is a wine shop and a 7-11 nearby also. We walked to the Back Bay T stop and the Prudential Center/T in about 10 minutes. I also noticed lots of taxis going up Newton St. as well, presumably on the way to the Pru, but I think it would be easy to flag one if you needed it. If we go back to Boston, I'd definitely stay here again.

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