While they may be a little harder to find than city hotels, Boston is still home to some of the most charming mansions and guesthouses that offer a quintessential New England stay. From quaint Victorians to luxurious brownstones, check out the seven best bed and breakfasts in Boston.
Clarendon Square Bed and Breakfast
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Clarendon Square Bed and Breakfast | Courtesy of Clarendon Square Bed and Breakfast / Hotels.com
The Clarendon Square Bed and Breakfast presents itself as a combination of history and luxury situated in a six-story townhouse built in 1867. The property was fully restored in 1998 and redecorated between 2016 and 2018 with a focus on ‘luxury lodging’. There’s plenty within walking distance, including Newbury Street and Fenway Park, but the B&B also boasts a garden terrace, library, parlor and a roof deck hot tub with wide views of downtown Boston.
The College Club of Boston, located in the heart of the Back Bay in a historic brownstone, is as elegant and sophisticated as you’ll find in Boston. The Club boasts 11 guest rooms – all designed and styled after women’s colleges and local universities – including Boston University, Simmons College and Connecticut College. Located right on Commonwealth Ave, The College Club is within walking distance to Boston Common, Copley Square, Beacon Hill and numerous historic stops in the center of the city. The building still hosts the longstanding College Club of Boston (the first women’s college club in the US), though the doors are open to both members and non-members alike.
Taylor House Bed and Breakfast | Courtesy of Taylor House Bed and Breakfast / Booking.com
Steps from Jamaica Pond, Taylor House gives garden views and a homey neighborhood feel right inside Boston’s Jamaica Plain district. The charming Italianate Victorian mansion, built in 1853, has an extensive courtyard and garden in back along with spacious, updated rooms on two floors. The Franklin Park Zoo, Olmstead Park and a slew of neighborhood restaurants all sit within walking distance. For those more inclined to stay in and experience living like a local, Taylor House hosts a concert once a month and exhibits from visual artists on special occasions.
14 Union Park is an elegant, intimate stay in one of Boston’s more popular neighborhoods. Located in the heart of the South End, the brownstone townhouse has been extensively updated to provide private bathrooms and modern comforts while retaining its historical detail. If the trendy, nearby restaurants aren’t enticing enough, Boston’s Back Bay is just a short walk away.
Built as a wedding gift for the daughter of a wealthy Boston tobacco merchant, this 14-room mansion still holds the decor and architectural details of when it was built in 1907, including an elegant staircase. The inn sits about two miles from the center of Boston (easily accessible via ‘the T’ subway), and is just minutes from historic Coolidge Corner and the shops in Brookline, which provide a quiet and quaint retreat from the bustling city. The larger Samuel Sewall Inn, its sister accommodation, sits just across the street.
The Green Turtle provides one of the most unique stays in Boston, putting you on two houseboats right in Charlestown Navy Yard. The floating bed and breakfast (yes, you’ll be right on the water) boasts wide views of Boston Harbor to wake up to. The options consist of a modern houseboat with two queen suites and a 45-foot motor yacht that holds two queen staterooms. Combined, both boats can accommodate up to 10 people. While the B&B won’t leave the dock during your stay, you’ll be close to Boston’s famous North End (home to numerous Italian shops and restaurants) or you can always take a water taxi to a harborside joint.
Across the Charles River in Cambridge, Prospect Place is a historic, graceful bed and breakfast within walking distance to two of the region’s most famous colleges. Each guest room is unique in size and layout, decorated with tasteful antiques that represent the home’s Civil War-era history. MIT and Harvard are both just a few minutes away, as well as the bustling shops and restaurants of Central Square and Harvard Square. Numerous museums and attractions are also easily reachable on the MBTA.