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The Beachtree Inn-- In a class of its own!
I have stayed at The Beachtree Inn twice now this year and I can honestly say that you will not find a more hospitable "bed and breakfast" establishment anywhere in this country. Michelle, the Innkeeper at The Beachtree, is without a doubt the nicest person I have met in any hotel anywhere in the world. I've done my share of world travel so I can say this without any hesistation.
Michelle and her friendly professional staff also have a knack for whipping up the most delightful breakfasts and afternoon snacks that will leave your tastebuds in Beantown foreever! Please give Michelle a big raise (because she really deserves it)...not to mention that she makes everyone all feel like they're still at home.
This B&B truly goes beyond the call to keep you comfortable and welcome. I keep the Beachtree's telephone number permanently in my cellphone because I never know when I will be in Brookline again. I will always pick the Beachtree Inn for my visits to Boston--they have it ALL (and then some). The BEST there is....
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I Agree With TripAdvisor Reviews
I have never had a terrible experience at a B&B, but have been in enough to make me choose a hotel instead... which is what I've been doing for the past decade, or so. After reading the reviews here, I decided to try a B&B again, and in particular The Beech Tree Inn. A reviewer here mentioned Room #10 was his or her favorite, so I reserved it. It gets my vote, too. Although it was mid-December, the weather was more like early spring, and there was no need for air conditioning nor extra heat. It was very quiet, with plenty of room to move around, especially for one person, and it was absolutely spotless. The sitting area has two big comfortable chairs with a table between them. It was so nice to sit there and work on my computer with the free and fast wireless access. The bed was especially comfortable.
I was going to stay just Sunday and Monday nights, but I liked it so much I asked for another night. Michele said Room #10 had been reserved, but #8 was available... which is what I took for my third night. It is larger, with two double beds, and because of the direction the windows face, it's much brighter than #10.
If you're not occupied with your computer, they have shelves full of videos to borrow, and hundreds of books, dozens of magazines, daily local newspapers, restaurant menus, maps, etc. Coffee, tea and freshly-baked cookies are available "on the house" 24/7. Continental breakfast had choices of cold and hot cereals, bagels and other breads, pastry, juices, milk, fresh fruit, jams, etc.
The neighborhood felt as comfortable as the inn, and wonderful restaurants are just a few minutes walk away. Walking back from dinner felt like coming home rather than going back to the hotel.
good for family with teens
Stayed in room 7 with our two sons in room 9. Kids and parents had privacy and could relax in their own comfort. Nice snacks in the afternoon and decent breakfast of fruit, coffee, cereal, muffins ( a little dry) and yogurt. Quiet side street but very near downtown. Would stay here again over some typical hotel scene.
Okay, but definitely not a five-star experience
I have to disagree with folks who have given this inn five stars. I would rate it 2.5-3 stars. It think it’s a good bet for budget travelers whose #1 priority is price. The location is good, the stay comfortable, and you can save dollars to spend elsewhere. But, more discerning travelers who are looking for a “lodging experience” and the amenities that a five-star accommodation typically delivers should look elsewhere.
The BTI is located in Brookline, a lovely area with gracious tree-lined streets filled with grand old houses of impressive architecture. The particular street where the BTI is located is busy. And, while the BTI is in the older Queen Anne style, it is not one of the finer homes in the area, but looks like the poorer cousin.
My first impression on arrival was not fine lodging. My first task was to find parking is a very crowded parking lot. The BTI is wedged between two multi-story brick apartment buildings and while the entire backyard and much of the two side yards is black-topped for parking, most of those parking spots are reserved for tenants in the apartment buildings.
Then when I entered the BTI it was not into a warm and inviting lobby, but instead a tiny enclosed stoop on the side, where I had to ring a buzzer and wait to be let in. Then, I walked thru a 50-s era (i.e., not updated) kitchen to a cramped closet-sized office to register.
A girl met me at the door barely talked and did not introduce herself.
The inn wasn’t full and the doors were left open to uninhabited rooms, so I got to peek at other rooms.
As an earlier posted noted, the BTI could use a facelift. The fading green metal siding could use a new coat of paint, there is carpet that needs replacing and peeling wallpaper.
I’m a strong believer in “less is more,” and if the BTI was mine I’d remove silk flower arrangements, plastic plants, extra furniture crowding hallways and the dining area, and I’d take down the kitschy country theme knickknacks. I’d also sort through the furnishing and weed out the cheaper pieces (plastic & metal wall racks, laminate furniture.) I’d also invest in nicer linens, modern televisions, nice lamps and fixtures.
The Inn would also benefit from some soundproofing. I heard a good bit of scampering about from the floor above/stairway.
I don’t want to sound overly critical as the BTI is fine for folks who are most concerned about saving a few bucks, but for folks who are looking for a 5-star experience, this is not it.
I love the BTI!
I love the BTI - it’s one of my favorite places to stay! It has consistently, throughout the many years I have known it, offered a clean, friendly and homey environment that I prefer over the more sterile and institutional surroundings found in chain hotels. That is, in fact, what they are known for providing: "neighborhood charm in the city." I’m someone who would rather not blow the lion's share of my budget on lodging, and I have been grateful to the BTI for always providing good value for the money. There are a couple of "fancier" B&B's near the BTI, which I have also stayed at and which are very nice. But they do not serve the more "budget-conscious" traveler as well as the BTI.
I recently stayed at the BTI when I was in Boston for minor surgery. To me, it felt like a "home-away-from-home." Everyone there was extremely attentive to my needs and could not have been nicer. Also, I typically travel as a single female and it's important to me that, when I stay at the BTI, not only do I have a fun time, but I also feel very safe. I also noticed on my last visit that they put a lot of effort into upkeep - they were installing new windows throughout the house, rooms were freshly painted, and brand new linens and rugs were just being laid out when I arrived. Over the years, I have come to know some of the management personally, and it has always been clear to me that they care a lot about providing customer satisfaction at a good value. I'm a business traveler and I have friends and family in the Boston area, so I look forward to many more years of staying at the BTI.
absolutely perfect !
The Beech Tree Inn was perfect for my four night stay in Boston to celebrate my daughter's graduation from Harvard with her PhD and then to shop for wedding dresses for her 2008 wedding. It is very conviently located to the T , to Coolidge Corner with its numerous restaurants and shops and to Harvard Medical School. The Inn is lovely, cosy, clean and well-run. I felt very welcome and relaxed there. Stacy and her staff are very helpful and accomodating. Breakfasts were beautiful and healthy and the home-baked goodies on the table all day and night were a delight. It was a great area for walking. I loved sitting in the Inn's garden with my morning coffee. The small refrigerators on each floor for the guests to store food and drinks was a thoughtful touch. I will definitely make this my place to stay on future trips to Boston.
Absolutely Lovely Inn!
We loved our stay at the Beech Tree! My mother and I stayed in Room 8 on the third floor which had two double beds, but all the rooms are very nice. We usually stay in large hotels but thought we'd try a B&B..... after our experience here this is something we will definately continue. Breakfast selection was very expansive (from home-made muffins, to an assortment of fruits, breads, and cheeses). The location is just perfect, right outside the city but easily accessible by public transportation or a car if you have one. The new innkeeper Stacy certainly made us feel very at home during our stay. We hope to return soon and tell all our friends and family about the Inn!
Hidden Jewel! Going to Boston? Stay here!
My husband and I stayed at The Beechtree Inn in Brookline, MA for three nights/four days over the 4th of July holiday and I think we'll return just as soon as we can. This place is truly a hidden jewel in a fantastic neighborhood.
Everything was wonderful about this place. The inn is a converted historical 3 story house on a quiet street with lovely gardens surrounding it and a charming patio area that includes teak hardwood chairs and table with umbrella.
We stayed on the first floor in the "Music Room" AKA Room 2, but I think that there are 8 rooms total? Our room had a king size bed (that could be converted to two twins as well), an electric fireplace, tv with cable, a writing desk, dresser with mirror, a large closet to hang clothes, and its own private bathroom. The decor definitely had character as well. The walls were covered in a thick textured off white wallpaper and there was an antique quilt hanging over the headboard of the bed. The windows looked out onto the garden. We were VERY pleased. The bathroom was a bit small, but this didn't bother us, it had the necessary room for toiletries and the shower was plenty big (fyi--shampoo, conditioner & bodywash all by Gilchrist and Soames provided). The towels and linens were of superb quality and I was always pleased by the daily maid service.
Beyond the wonderful location, decor and amenities, the service is truly above and beyond expectations. Stacy, The Innkeeper, is a very gracious host and the office has hours every day from 7-10 PM. They can truly answer any question you might have from what are the best places to eat to how to navigate the "T". We even were able to check in early and leave our luggage the day we checked out until we were ready to go to the airport. Another great bonus--the Inn has free Wi Fi and it's pretty fast. Also, they bake everyday, every mornign and afternoon there are new yummy treats, from muffins to cookies to scones. The breakfast is an expanded continental, which is very plentiful and there is hot tea and coffee available 24/7 as well as bottled water in your room each day. They also allow you use of a microwave and dishes as well as use of the refrigerator during your stay!
We couldn't have been more pleased with our stay at the Beechtree Inn--we'll definitely return. It's much more affordable than most other rooms and you definitely get great service and a wonderful room to stay in. It can't be beat!
I don't have time to write a long review but I'd like to recommend this place. Unfortunately they only had a room for one night (so popular).., but I had a lovely stay. Ros and Stacey could not have done more to be helpful and make my stay pleasant. I would stay there again in an instant. The breakfast was good, and there was quality coffee and tea available all day long, along with delicious cakes. The fact that they have a solo occupant rate is also a big plus. Easy Trolley access downtown (but I walked to the Museum of Fine Arts no problem), and great local shops if you want to make something yourself in the kitchen. The Gilbert and Soames wall dispensers in the bathroom were classier than little bottles (and better for the environment). You can't buy an atmosphere - this place just has it. Don't change anything!
This was our first experience in a bed and breakfast, and it was surprisingly delightful! In a quiet neighborhood but close to mass transit, the inn was clean, comfortable and old-fashioned. The breakfasts and homemade "afternoon" goodies were fresh and delicious. Stacy, the innkeeper, and her staff were pleasant and professional. They each displayed a true gift of hospitality. When we return to Boston, we definitely will stay at the Beach Tree Inn again.
If you have difficulty climbing stairs, request a room on the first floor since there is no elevator.