Nolan House B&B
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... let us crash at their place for six nights. We originally planned on four, but Kat developed a rather severe, constant cough (which we discovered later was bronchitis after a trip to the doctor) and our hosts were kind enough to insist that we stay a couple of extra days so she could mend. It helped a ton. The cough took another three weeks to go away, but those two extra days of rest helped her turn the corner.
We had two sightseeing days among the six days in ...
... is still the winner with me. I feel like I’ll never run out of things to do or new experiences there. There are places on Oahu I have never been yet, such as Ko’Olina and the Waianae coast. I think Oahu is an island that offers something for all tastes, but you have to know where to find what you are looking for. If you like the city atmosphere you can find that in Honolulu/Waikiki where museums, shopping and dining abound. If you want ...
... NYC bound bus.
Having spent 30 minutes looking for my wallet, I was sure I'd miss it. I left Savin Hill with only ten minutes to go. I got there and saw my bus was delyed, really lucky. Had visions of taking the Chinatown 'FUNG WAH' Bus, notorious for spontaneous engine combustion, a total mare for us impatient travellers.
I made a bus friend. Well I think I did. She was also late and arrived behind me in the queue. She asked me was it ...
... managed to steer myself back to the house without any serious wrong turnings.
The good news was that our exchange family had three bicycles (now reduced to two) so we were able to continue cycling, being much more careful with padlocking thereafter.
Several longer expeditions took us upstream along the Charles river and across it to Harvard and MIT. I explored a bit more widely on my own, down to the beaches of South Boston and out of the city to Arlington.
... as Phil, in Somerville, when they were children. A good dinner and good conversation. A nice night.
Oct 22nd- Saturday- We took the train into Boston - The Wakefield station is just 4 minutes from our condo - and the ride into town in 22 minutes. Leaving North Station we turned the wrong way and did some extra walking but no problem. We were heading for the Charles River to walk to the Nautical Crew Races, but we were not sure where on the river it was ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Nolan House B&B Boston
A little gem for a bargain price
We stayed for 9 days and loved it. The rooms are spacious, nicely furnished and clean while the breakfast in the mornings were very good. We got eggs various ways prepared, bacon, ham or sausage, fruits, cereal, yoghurt, pancakes, toast etc etc, served with juice and coffee or tea. I'm used staying in hotels and found this a very good alternative which surprised me pleasantly.
Charming and Quirky
John and Kathy welcome you into their home. They will remind you they are hosts, not waitstaff. A full service hotel this isn't.
There are a few things that may make you feel like you're at mom's for the weekend: a note asking you to take showers before 11pm, don't use too much toilet paper (old pipes), keep the curtains closed, re-use your towel, be down for breakfast at 8:30 sharp, etc. You would be wise to think of your stay as being guests in their house, rather then lodgers in a hotel. When you return at night, your room will be as you left it.
The prices are incredible. The house is beautiful and the room was large, clean and nicely decorated. Improvements are being done on the house. A library of movies is stacked outside one of the rooms to borrow (tv reception is spotty).
Breakfast is modest -- toast, a meat and eggs (while we were there). There is breakfast cereal if you're still hungry, and John and Kathy will make a pot of coffee or tea for you.
Though a little weathered with age, the house (and its hosts) are as nice to you as you are to them.
So much fun!
Great breakfast, breakfast chats, and QUIET!!! Had a fantastic stay.
All B&B should be like this one
This Bed & Breakfast was just perfect for our 3 days trip to Boston. Conveniently located (2 steps from bus station, 20 min from downtown), quiet neighborhood, the rooms were clean, comfortable and tastefully decorated.
The atmosphere is homely and warm and our 2 guests John and Kathy charming. John has a British sense of humor that my husband and I just loved. From room to breakfast, you won't have anything to complain about.
Here you're feeling welcome.
--> Don't forget to climb on the roof for a nice a incredible surprising view !
Carole&Arnaud, French and charmed visitors
Best B&B by far
Beth and I were on a road trip along the east coast and happened across this purely by chance. The location was brilliant as it was only a few minutes to the centre and our stay could not have been nicer. John and Kathy were lovely and had a great sense of humour. The rooms were both beautifully and tastefully decorated and the breakfasts were unbelievable. I've never had a better breakfast! Next time we're on the left side of the Atlantic in Boston I know where I'll be staying (and I won't eat for a week beforehand!).
James (& Beth)
Das Nolan House liegt in South Boston (nicht zentral), einer relativ sicheren Gegend.
Über die 3 nach Boston, dann auf den W Broadway und nach der Kreuzung Dorchester St. links in die G St.!
Das BnB ist ein sehr altes viktorianisches Haus, nach den Angaben des Besitzers von 1860. Die Einrichtung macht den Eindruck, als wäre sie mindestens genauso alt. Dieser Punkt führt direkt zu dem einzigen Problem in diesem Haus: Man sollte am besten gar nicht da sein. Im ganzen Haus sind kleine Zettel verteilt, auf denen der Besitzer Anweisungen (was man darf und was nicht) hinterlassen hat, z.B. "Nicht nach 23 Uhr duschen" oder "Jalousien nicht öffnen, die Sonne schadet dem Teppich und den Möbeln" oder "Handtücher nicht verschwenden und auf gar keinen Fall auf die Möbel legen (nur an der Tür aufhängen)"...... Entweder man vermietet Zimmer oder nicht, aber diese kleinen Zettel an jeder Ecke sind keine schöne Sache. Eine persönliche Einweisung bekommt man auch noch vom Hausbesitzer bei der Schlüsselübergabe (für den man 20 $ hinterlegen muss).
Das BnB wird von einem älteren Ehepaar geführt. Wenn man alle Anweisungen befolgt und sich an die Regeln hält, sind die beiden sehr freundlich und man fühlt sich wohl.
Wie schon erwähnt, nächtigt man hier in einem Antiquitätenladen und nicht in einem normalen BnB-Zimmer. Da die Jalousien immer unten sein müssen, ist es ziemlich dunkel. Trotzdem fühlt man sich recht wohl. Der Fernsehempfang wird leider noch über eine alte Antenne bewerkstelligt und man ist nur mit dem Einstellen des Empfangs beschäftigt.
Wir haben ein sehr leckeres und äußerst umfangreiches Frühstück erhalten. Leider wird man auch hier mit mehreren Schildern auf die Regeln hingewiesen. Man hat pünktlich und zügig zu erscheinen, wenn der Besitzer den Gong im Gang läutet. Das Frühstück wird zu einer festen Zeit (8:30 Uhr) und für alle Räume gleichzeitig serviert.
Was wäre das Nolan House für ein schönes BnB, wenn nicht all die Regeln, Schilder und Belehrungen wären. Gut, es ist sauber und das Frühstück ist sehr lecker, aber man ist doch im Urlaub und nicht mehr in der Schule. Der bleibende Eindruck ist, dass man als Gast nicht so recht willkommen ist, weil man die Möbel abnutzt und Handtücher verbraucht. Sieht man darüber hinweg, kann man hier sicher ein paar schöne Nächte verbringen.
Enjoyed our stay
We thought the hosts -- Kathy and John Nolan -- were great. The breakfast was good, with home prepared meals, brewed coffee and brewed loose leaf tea. We started out each morning with some good food and fruit and left the table after sharing some laughs and friendly chat with other guests and the hosts -- a great way to start the day. It was a first time at a Bed and Breakfast for one of us, and the experience was definitely a positive one. The neighborhood seemed quite safe day or night and the T was pretty close. We will definitely check for availability at the Nolan House the next time we come out to Boston.
Nolan House Bed and Breakfast
We spent 6 nights at the Nolan House. John and Kathy are excellent hosts at this bed and breakfast. Their breakfasts are filling, taste great and a healthy way to start the day. Their establishment is clean and simple and friendly. If you have difficulty with stairs you may want to use the first floor room and then you would only have the 5 or 6 stairs to get in. They are happy to send you on your sightseeing with suggestions on bus and T transportation, where to eat and what is great to see. The South Boston area is an older area of Boston and has a wonderful cultural atmosphere and is close to the Convention Center and the new Westin Waterfront Hotel. We rented a car and had no difficulty going to and from the convention center or accessing the freeway system. We used the convenient bus system to travel throughout Boston. You catch it on the corner from Nolan House. John will tell you to use the #9 bus instead if the #10 to get downtown. If we have the opportununity we would stay again.
We must agree with the remarks made by Cecil & Rhonda from Oklahoma. We stayed with Kathy & John from September 13-17, 2006. The only other thing that we could add is that if you have a problem climbing stairs, ask for a room on the first floor.
We stayed on the third floor, which was OK for us.
Alan & Vicki - Edmonton, Canada
Great Location and Clean with a Hot Breakfast!!
John & Kathy are gracious hosts who will welcome you into their historic 1860's Victorian Manor home and treat you like family. They will readily assist you with any need. They are familiar with events in the Boston area and will readily furnish directions and advice to visit any area in the city. The hot breakfast served is better than any fine restaurant.
The home is conveniently located to the MTBA for ready access to all of Boston.
Some great restaurants and pubs are located close by, and convenience stores, drugstore, ATM, laundry, and all kinds of shops are only a short walk away.
I would definitely stay again!!
Cecil & Rhonda