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Friendly but rooms v small and noisy
The Oasis is in a good position, the staff are friendly and the place itself is clean and pleasant. However our room was tiny. Not enough room to swing a tiny kitten. Boston was 5 nights of a 3-week trip so we were carrying a fair bit of luggage, mostly clothes, and there was just nowhere to put them. No wardrobe, just a small rail under the TV with 6 hangers on it. They turned up another half dozen hangers when we asked but we still had to leave a lot of our stuff packed, and then had nowhere to put our cases. So, ok for a businessman traveling light but not great if part of a major trip. Oh and the room was also noisy. No double-glazing so you could hear people talking as they walked by outside, and the walls were paper-thin so we know what the people in the next room had done each day and were planning to do the next! Just pray your neighbours don't put their TV on.
Good location, friendly staff, reasonable price
I stayed at the Oasis Guesthouse for a night in September 2005 and was very pleased with it. The staff was friendly at all times and the room was clean and equipped with a comfortable bed, phone & tv, bureau and mirror. The bathroom (shared!) was very clean too. Breakfast was okay (bagels, different kinds of toast, fruit, coffee, tea...). Be prepared to carry your baggage up to your room though, there is no elevator. The location was good, only a 5 minute walk to the next T station that'll get you everywhere in Boston. If you're looking for a cheap place to sleep while you're in Boston, Oasis is definitely a great place to stay.
Clean and friendly
We stayed at the Oasis guest house for seven nights and found it to be a clean and friendly place to stay. I agree that, yes, the rooms are on the small side but to be honest there is so much to do in Boston that we were out all day and only returned late in the evening in order to go to sleep. The staff are extremely friendly and we found them to be very helpful with advice on where to eat out and what to go and see. We had a double room with shared bathroom and to be honest we didn't have to wait to use the bathroom once, which was great as this was something that we had been apprehensive about. Breakfast was good, consisting mainly of cereal, toast, bagels, croissants and danishes. There was plenty for everyone and there was a good atmosphere in the shared living space where breakfast was served. I would have no reservations in recommending the Oasis Guest House to anyone planning on visiting Boston and I will definately be staying here on my next visit.
Good for what you Pay
The Oasis Guest House is probably one of the cheaper places you will find to stay in in Boston. What I think is great about the Oasis is that the prices are low, but they still manage to serve your needs.
My boyfriend and I rented a double room with a shared bath for $100/night. The room was quite tiny, however it was very clean. The decor was not that great. They had the basics: a dresser, TV, phone, alarm clock, two table lamps and overhead lighting. However, there was no closet, just a metal rack with heavy duty metal hangers.
The bed was firm; I had a backache after the first night, but my boyfriend thought it was fine. Depends on your preference, I guess. I slept through the night fine though, but in the morning I prematurely awakened by the sun coming through my windows. There are cheap blinds, but no curtains in my room to block out the sun.
I was nervous about the shared bath, but to my pleasant surprised it worked out. Once again, they were clean. On my floor, there was a full bath and a half bath. Except for one time, each time I went to use the restroom it was available to me. There was a little bit of rust in the showers though, and the water pressure was not great.
The location of the guest house is great. It is off a quiet side street, but still very close to a T stop (about 3 or 4 minutes walk). It is also very close to the Prudential, Newbury and Boylston, which is fun and convenient.
The staff was very friendly. They were also quick to answer any emails I had sent them concerning my arrival and departure. I found the free continental breakfast to be good because it is one less meal you have to pay for while you are in Boston. They had plenty of basic bagels, croissants, coffee, and o.j.
I will probably stay at the Oasis again if I stayed in Boston due to it's price, cleanliness, and location.
Clean, and good location.
We stayed for two nights in mid-November. It has a good location: right by Berklee School of Music, the symphony, Northeastern University, the Massachusetts Historical Society ... and about a thirty minute, pleasant walk down Boylston street to all the tourist sites of old Boston.
Bed and Breakfast is a bit of a misnomer -- if you're looking for a hot breakfast, at a table, look elsewhere -- this is standard breakfast bar fare. That didn't bother us, but you should know what to expect.
Though we had a private bath, our room was directly across from the shared bathroom -- and that may explain the strange, and unpleasant smell that was in the room for our first afternoon.
If you're going in the winter: beware. You do not control the heat in your room, and it can be quite chilly during the late afternoon. We took showers to warm up.
The rooms are a bit small, it's true -- but since we only wanted to be there to sleep, that didn't bother us. If you're a person who travels to new cities to watch cable in your room, this isn't the place for you.
All in all, we were satisfied. Parking is a great deal: $15/day, and they'll let you keep the car there after you check out, for a reasonable amount of time. We checked out at 10:00am, and left the car until 4:00pm. That might have been because they weren't very full ... but they seemed very accomodating. It's not fancy, big, or creative, but it's a solid hotel.
Cheap and friendly
The location is a hike down to the Faneuil Hall Area of Boston. But a great location for picking up the T and going to the SAM ADAMS BREWERY TOUR! There are some cute little bars within 10 minutes of walking, and you can take the T to most of the tourist attractions. The individuals who work the front desk are VERY helpful in getting you directions to just about anywhere! The price was great, but you get a small room and a shared bathroom for a 100 bucks plus tax!
Cheap, Cozy, Helpful
I recently stayed at the Oasis Guest House and loved it. The staff was very friendly and warm, the rooms are smaller but very clean with tasteful decor. The price is quite reasonable. You get keys for access to come and go as you please, they serve a breakfast of fresh fruit, a sellection of breads/pastries, hot cereal, coffe, tea and juice. The staff is able to give you direction, information, and are really very nice ( not typically Bostonian). You have easy access to the T( subway system) and can walk to shopping, event, and Tourist attractions. I know exactly where I'll be staying on my return trips.
We stayed here during Easter 2003 for 10 nights and I have to day we couldn't have asked for better accomodation and such a supurb location. Yes the rooms are small, but at the end of the day you only want to sleep there, but they are clean and I have to say that I have never slept in a bed so comfortable. Breakfast is nothing unique, bagles, toast, muffins etc but more than plentyful. In the kitchen you have use of a fridge and micowave so is great to warm up snacks etc. The staff are great very friendly. The only bit of advice I can give is don't book the room that opens up to the kitchen/breakfast area as it is so unfair that when you open your door you are on show to everyone, thats my only negative point. Safety wise, no problem never felt intimidated once. Overall a great little gem...cheers!
Very clean, nice homey atmosphere
Last October (2003), I stayed at the Oasis Guest House for 3 days. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely stay there again, In fact, it would be my first choice.
The room was very, very clean, but it was small and a bit cramped. But it was tastefully decorated, though. Some rooms are bigger than others, not to worry though.
The morning breakfast offered by the Oasis was great, you had lots of choice for eating and drinking. You could use the toasters, microwave, fridge, etc. Just like home. Super.
The gentlemen running the Oasis was very kind, helpful and made you feel like at home.
The price of a room at the guest house was very reasonable and well worth the value, when you consider that the price of hotels in Boston are outrageousely expensive. Oasis guest house is a welcome reprieve and a sigh of relief for travellers on a budget.
Also, to note, you could use the kitchen downstairs at any time of day, to make a coffee or tea, or heat up a meal or popcorn in the micro. There was a fridge there for guests' use throughout the day. Very nice touch. You could leave stuff in it, with no worry.
Yes, the Oasis is a hidden treasure in Boston and I am glad I stumpled just by chance onto it last Fall.
It is a classy place, which won't ruin your budget.
Also, it is very well located convenient to subway stations, restaurants, all types of stores, coffee shops, bars, etc. You can reach all by foot, with ease. The guest house is on a side street. Pleasant.
Nice, Clean Place, but Very Small
I stayed for 3 days - very clean and management is very nice. But room very small, no closet and the bath down the hall. Continental breakfast. No hot food. Nice Back Bay area - close to shopping and transportation, and schools and convention center. Okay for one or two people, but not good for families or disabled. No elevator and had to drag bags to second floor.