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... for another gate telling people that certain rows were now boarding. It was a cluster, but we had paid the extra $9 to board early, so we got to our seat and got settled.
Shortly after dinner we popped a sleeping pill and were out. Except for two rug rats that were on different schedules waking up the cabin, it wasn't too bad. Definitely not first class, but not horrible.
After a looooong 11 hour bus journey we finally arrive in Boston. The Megabus was eventful as always... We managed to bag ourselves a table and 4 seats downstairs on the bus all to ourselves so we have plenty of room to settle in for the night! We have a stop off in Philly on the way and this is where all the drama starts... First the bus drivers need to change over BUT the new bus driver isnt there! He has been caught up in an accident on the way... After over an hours delay ...
... the Ilikai Hotel. It took about 15 min to get from there down to the New Otani Hotel where the Hau Tree Lanai is located.
I got seated right away and was offered 2 tables to choose from. One was right next to the large hau tree but with a poor view of the beach and the other had a better beach and sunset view so of course I picked that one. Service was excellent and all geared toward guests enjoying the views. First they bring the drink menu so ...
... died, as have mine, so it might be a spot of shopping this afternoon. Dad doesn't think he should get new shoes, "he can just resole them as they are new". He hasn't had them that long apparently. Just over six years.....(good Lord, most people's shoes only last 2 years maximum!). We have convinced him to resole them at home and get some new shoes here where it is cheaper. Some habits die hard when you grow up one of fifteen children in the 1950s. Waste not, want not. ...
... in row 11 so we didn't have to walk far from the door. There was another family sitting next to us with a 17 month old girl. She and Liam got on really well. They spent a good part of the flight playing with each other's toys and copying each other. Unfortunately that meant that they also didn't want to go to sleep. Liam got maybe 2 hours sleep on the 5 hour flight and the little girl didn't sleep at all. Aidan and I maybe got 1 hour... and we had a full day ahead of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Gryphon House Boston
Great location without a car. Quiet clean and very urban Fun time
We'll be back.
We spent one night at the Gryphon House in the Garden Room. It is the smallest room, but was still more than enough for us. The location was perfect. We had tickets to the Red Sox and Fenway was a 3 minute walk. Later that night we walked to Newbury Street- a 5 minute walk. Can't beat the location and off street parking.
However, at least in our room, the bed and/or mattress squeaked incessantly all night and was not very comfortable. Breakfast was ok. I prefer a little more substance, but it was adequate.
We will definitely stay there again-just hope they replace the mattress.
Quiet, convenient, relaxing luxury
Though it has been a while since I stayed in the beautiful Tuscany Suite at the Gryphon House, my partner and I remember our stay there very well to this day-- The people who work there were so pleasant and professional, they really give a traveller a great orientation to a city that can be confusing to get around. Also, the common space downstairs (a huge Victorian-inspired living room and entryway) is BEAUTIFUL. It's the kind of place where you could have a wedding or a pajama party-- the attitude of the staff is so comfortable. Also, the rates are no more than the Marriott or the Hilton. It's worth doing something a little different!
Loved The Gryphon House
My wife and I stayed at the Gryphon House based on the excellent reviews it received on this web-site. The excellent reviews are well-deserved. We loved our stay at the Gryphon House and plan on returning. The owners and staff were all friendly and accomodating. They were very knowledgeable about the city and helped us learn how to get around Boston. The location makes for easy access around the city and the off-street parking is very convenient.
The rooms are all tasteful, elegant and unique. They are larger rooms than you'd expect, and were very comfortable and roomy. We loved the thermostatically controlled fireplace.
The original wallpaper from the turn of the century is beautiful as is the main staircase. We stayed during the holidays and loved the holiday decorations they had in the lobby as well.
Thank you to all the reviewers that turned us on to this place. We will definitely stay at the Gryphon House again.
Great place for college parents or genteel businesspersons
Every positive thing said by the previous 5 reviewers can be trusted. We visited over Thanksgiving 2004 (as college parents). The tasteful, well decorated rooms and the amount of space in each room was a peaceful oasis.
Since this is a bed and breakfast, don't expect a swimming pool, workout facility or restaurant/room service. Instead, you will find character, graciousness, and comfort. The staff are friendly & available without being too familiar.
When comparing Boston accommodations, ensure you know the parking and transportation arrangements. The Gryphon House was great - convenient parking is included in the room price, and it is close to the "T" (the subway).
There is no elevator. Try to match your room location to how much you are willing to climb stairs. But if I have to climb stairs - let it be this winding, spacious, gorgeous, gracious turn of the century stairway!
Do yourselves a favour- forget the boring, faceless, soulless city centre hotels where the staff don't really care and book in at Gryphon House. All 8 rooms (we saw them all) were wonderfully decorated, great sizes and unique. Have a relaxing bath, dry off with the plump white towels and robes (not the threadbare things you normally get) , then sit in front of the controllable gas fire with a glass of Rioja - bliss!!
Staff will go out of their way to help and its only a few hunded yards from the T, which gives easy access to almost anywhere.
We won't want to stay anywhere else next time we visit Boston
Great place to stay in Boston
We (family of 4) stayed four nights in August 2004. This was our favorite accommodation during a 3-week trip. The building and decor were elegant, but not overdone. The staff was friendly, professional, and helpful; they would answer all questions in depth (e.g. driving directions, the nearest ice cream, overview of Boston U.), and once left us some blueberry bread for a snack. The location was excellent - 1 block from subway, 4 blocks from Newbury St., surrounded by beautiful historic architecture. The room (Sanctuary, in the basement) was extremely well maintained and, despite a warning that it would be cramped, was plenty roomy. The kitchen in the room helped defray vacation costs. Little extras, like the internet access in the parlor, desk copy of Zagat's, and video library, rounded out the services. One small suggestion would be to provide more than two tables for continental breakfast. We will stay here the next time we come to Boston.
Look No Further!
I also did a lot of research before my visit to New England. Forget the hotels...this is the place. The beautiful red stone townhouse furnished with antiques was a real treat. We stayed (with our 3 kids) in the North Tower which is like a little self contained apartment with sofa bed and a roll away. (You can see short films of the rooms on their website) It was beautiful..really clean and a pleasure to wake up in. The staff were extremely nice and very helpful. There is a subway station not far away which will take you anywhere in the city, although you can walk to the centre too. You also get a nice continental breakfast which you eat in the lounge area while listening to classical music....very civilised! I wouldn't even think about staying anywhere else if I was going back to Boston.
Stayed for two great nights, wish it could have been more.
We travelled to Boston recently for a short vacation, and stayed at the Gryphon House. It is truly a great place to stay! The location is perfect, very central and just across the street from the Charles River. The staff is friendly, and your every need is met. We wish it could have been a longer stay. We will definately be back!
A Week End
I did my research, talked to my friends and thought I had found the perfect place. Isn't it sweet when things go as planed. The Gryphon House could not of been better. It is extermly clean, not overly done, as in not having so much stuff around we were afraid to touch anything, and a great staff. And by the way we walked over to watch the Red Sox while everybody else was hunting for a parking spot.