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... Upon clearing LAX I stopped by my usual haunt “Euro Caffe” in Beverly Hills where I go to get the last good coffee I expect to have for the next three weeks. This is my ritual. I returned to LAX shortly thereafter, all caffeinated and borderline friendly. I set out for the airport yesterday (????) confident in the knowledge I had
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Walking back we had two drops of rain and then the heavens opened. A sheet of rain. A stoing wind and we were drenched. Funny but so sudden - like a bucket of cold water.
The good news is it is forecast rain all day tomorrow and we have tickets to watch The Boston Red Socks at the Fenway Stadium. We are reassured that The Sox are 'hardy' and will play in snow and rain. Oh Joy.
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We sailed three days from Tampa to Boston. It was a little chilly there. Our tour to Lexington and Concord was cancelled because the captain wanted to leave Boston a few hours early to get ahead of the storm. We just walked around the Quincy Market area.
... but basically soup with pastry floating in it
- Grandma's Coq au Vin - chicken simmered in red wine served with bacon, pearl onions and croutons and forked potatoes.
- toffee almond bar with chocolate chips
We did go to the main theater after dinner to see the show - a comedian Cary Long - but it was full so we had to stand. We stayed for 1/2 hr but no seats came open so we left. He was ok but seats would have make it better.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Appleton Street - Herbst Haus Boston
Very nice typical Boston house
We enjoyed our stay in Boston in this Country Inn very much. We felt like 'at home'. Breakfast was very nice (fresh fruit salad, muffins, toast, juice, marmelade....) We had nice discussions with the owner and got good recommendations for the town.
After our trip through Maine and Vermont we even returned to the HerbstHaus in Boston for our last night before departing.
Cozy and convenient bed and breakfast
My husband and I visited Boston in the fall of 2003 and had a great stay at Herbst Haus. We were doing a lot of sightseeing while we were there and the location of the inn can't be beat. It was really conveniently located near a "T" stop and a lot of cross-town buses - very important to the budget traveler or certainly anyone who doesn't want to drive in Boston.
In terms of the stay itself, we were very happy with the service. Our hostess was gracious and accomodating and our room was very comfortable. I certainly did not get the feeling that if we had made a special request it would have been met with indifference. Kay provided us with a lot of great information about sightseeing in Boston and definitely made us feel welcome.
I would certainly recommend this inn to anyone visiting Boston. I've told my friends and family that I know a nice little place there if they ever visit.
Brilliant time in Boston!
For my first visit to Boston I was attending a continuing education course and I wanted to stay somewhere more personal and quiet compared to a larger hotel. After searching the internet I located Herbst Haus and contacted Kay Herbst. I spoke with her several times before I made my trip since I was travelling alone and I was a bit nervous. I was elated when the trip from the airport to Herbst Haus was rather easy.
I felt comfortable in my room and I felt safe. What a charming establishment! Everything was just perfect and I felt right at home in Herbst Haus. Kay was very helpful to give me directions to where I needed to go for my course and suggested restaurants for dinner. I truly enjoyed the fresh continental breakfast. Just enough for me and so tasty!
I was exhausted after each day of my course and I was grateful to enjoy a nice, relaxing evening reading or visiting with Kay.
I know I will go back to Boston at some point and I will call Kay to see if she has a room for me!
Herbst Haus Bed and Breakfast
Herbst Haus has a great location. Very safe and easy access to the subway, siteseeing, shopping and downtown in general. It is in a quiet neighborhood that is safe. The owner Kaye is very friendly and accomodating. You can come and go as you please.
A review of a lovely B & B in Boston.
For a lovely location and comfortable amenities Herbst Haus is an ideal Bed and Breakfast location to stay in while in Boston.
The owner Kay Herbst was very welcoming and invited us to make ourselves at home. The welcoming glass of chilled wine was much appreciated on the hot day of our arrival !
Kay proved to be a knowledgeable host of Boston and over the excellent "continental" breakfast each morning described to us the various events that would be taking place in Boston that day. If you had no plans for the day Kay would be able to make some great suggestions.
The room we occupied was lovely and cool and had air conditioning if we needed it. The furnishings were very comfortable and provided for all our needs.
We did not want to stay in a branded hotel and wanted a location that would let us relax and be comfortable in our surroundings. Herbst Haus gave us exactly that.
I would highly recommend Kay and Herbst Haus to anybody looking for a B & B location in Boston.
We shall definitely be making a return visit in the future.
Visting Boston? Stay at Herbst Haus
We stayed at Herbst Haus during our visit to Boston in September 2004. We found the B&B on the internet, and the lovely welcoming site with pleasing pictures of the two bedrooms available appealed as we didn't want to stay in "just another hotel".
It was so easy to make the arrangements with Kay Herbst, and she was there to greet us upon our arrival. We were made to feel right at home from the start and settled in to our pretty room at the front of the house with ease. We were given a key so that we could come and go as we pleased.
Herbst Haus was in easy walking distance of all the sites of Boston and Kay made it easy to find our way around with hints and tips as to where to go, how and what was on. She got our days off to a great start with a scrumptious continental breakfast of cereals, fruits, muffins, etc and good conversation.
We came away with lovely memories of the city and Herbst Haus and feel we made a friend.
HERBSTHAUS, AT HOME IN BOSTON
Imagine attending a professional conference away from home and wanting some time for yourself to relax. Well, while I attended my medical conference in Boston I made the best decision in staying at Kay's B&B HerbstHaus. It was just perfectly located close to shops, restaurants and transportation. The neighborhood this B&B is located in lends itself for nice walks any time of day and night. The staff was very friendly, the rooms were cozy, clean and comfortable. The breakfast was nutritious and healthy and Kay, the innkeeper, was the most resourceful person you'll ever want to meet when visiting a new city. No doubt I would stay here again and again...
The most amazing place to stay in Boston is the Herbst Haus!!
From the moment I arrived, I knew that I would never stay in any other hotel in Boston again! Kay Herbst has created a charming, comfortable, and warm inn, where one can get to know new people and/or enjoy a nice conversation with Kay. The Herbst Haus is located in the perfect spot: the South End of Boston within walking distance of Copley Square and all of its excitement. One can also be at the public transportation within minutes, which takes one to all the sights and sounds of historical and modern Boston!! The rooms are big, but cozy...and very clean. The breakfast Kay offers is generous and delicious, and comes fresh with a smile. Herbst Haus is reasonable, convenient, and a wonderful place to spend an evening while in Boston.
Charming, friendly, affordable, convenient
We stayed at Herbst Haus for 2 nights in early November 2004 and found it quiet, extremely comfortable, and very convenient. Kay Herbst, the owner/host, made us feel so welcome and helped with recommendations and reservations for restaurants, neighborhood places to park, directions and maps--both driving and walking--to our favorite places like Symphony Hall and the Museum of Fine Arts. Breakfasts were excellent--good coffee; healthful and delicious fruits, nuts, yoghurt, plus excellent coffeecakes or rolls. We look forward to returning in the spring.
The 'Herbst Haus' is Kay Herbst's home, with two bedrooms for B&B use. While the house is in a relatively good location and quite pretty, it was the one B&B disappointment on our 2-week New England tour which encompassed 6 B&Bs. Here's why:
* We seemed to be 'intruding' on her life and her time. She did not make us feel relaxed and welcome, but rather that we were imposing ourselves on her. She warned us not to scratch things with our suitcases. She was always busy elsewhere and in the morning for breakfast, completely absent. Which brings me to...
* No hot breakfast!! This was the real killer and a major disappointment. I was furious, in fact, considering the amount of money we paid. We came down in the morning on our last night of a wonderful two weeks of glorious B&B breakfasts to find a cold, empty room and a table set with muffins, cereal and juice. At a B&B you are *paying* for a nice breakfast - that's the second 'B' for crying out loud. My husband is a morning meats kind of person, and when Kay asked us if we had everything we needed, we both said politely at separate times that my husband prefers eggs or some other hot breakfast. She looked at us wordlessly and made no offer. Clearly an empty question on her part.
* She only takes cash. And at $195/night this is very inconvenient, considering it's nearly all of most people's banks' daily cash withdrawal limit! Not good when you're a tourist and need cash on hand. Also, not good to be carrying this much cash around, period.
* No hairdryer. This has become a standard amenity, and Kay Herbst's has been the only place we've stayed - in about the last 5 years! - that didn't have one. Plus the soaps were so old - like something from an old hotel firesale - that they shattered when we tried to use them.
* The sitting room for guests had no lights. We went in there after dinner and there are no lamps, wall lights or anything. It's clearly done to discourage guests from 'making themselves at home' in the sitting room in the evening, the only time you'd really use such a room.
All in all, relatively disappointing. Seems like she's doing it to make an extra buck (and a big buck at that) without putting in much real effort in the hospitality department. Or if she thinks she's doing a good job, she needs to take a course in B&B Hospitality 101.
This unfortunate experience happened when I was out of state for a family wedding. The guests mistook my substitute for me, for the inn sitter reported to me that she did not correct their misconception. She had served other guests well but was scheduled to leave after these guests departed so was preoccupied with her own affairs. I deeply regret that this happened and apologize to the guests.
By law, this Bed and Breakfast can only serve an expanded continental breakfast; we are not allowed to cook hot breakfasts. This is mentioned in the advertising, as I book reservations and to all guests as I serve breakfast. The healthy breakfast consists of generous servings of fruit, muffins and breads, cereal, yogurt, juices, and hot beverages.
We accept personal checks, traveler's checks and cash as payment. There is a hair dryer in each ensuite bedroom-bathroom. Each bedroom has cable TV and DSL. A Museum of Fine Arts pass is available to our guests.
Our guests enjoy the parlor which is normally lighted at night and accented with soft classical music. The light switches are pointed out to guests when they check in as is the deck which is off the parlor and also for use by our guests.
The experience here has been enjoyed and appreciated by guests from all over the world. With only two bedrooms, one has a sense of intimacy and connection to this 1870s Victorian townhouse treasure and quiet neighborhood. My hospitality is warm and genuine. I hope you will try it.
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