BEST WESTERN PLUS Boston - The Inn at Longwood Medical
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Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN PLUS Boston - The Inn at Longwood Medical
I stayed at the Longwood Inn for business in August of 2006 for for three nights. The location of the hotel in proximity to Beth Israel Deconess and Harvard Medical is really convenient and It's about a 15 to 20 minute walk to Fenway park. The hotel staff is helpful and courteous.
You can't get a better location if you need to be involved with hospitals in the area. The Best Western Longwood offered a comfortable respite after a long day at Children's. The rooms are the other really good feature about the hotel. Very comfortable beds and very clean too. The toiletries might have been of better quality and some conditioner and lotion would have been welcome additions to the one small vial of shampoo. There is a coffee maker, however. The desk staff was courteous but not overly friendly. Because I know the city, though, I didn't have many questions for them. Be sure to ask for a medical discount but be prepared to pay a lot for tax and parking (cheaper to park in hospital garage and walk.)
We stayed here on two seperate weekends and had some minor problems, but nothng major. Be aware that some of the rooms that are not on the streetside are facing an interior courtyard with extremely small windows and little to no ventilation and no temperature control. I was told these are called "cool rooms". I think there are just a few of these, but just be warned. After we were put in one of these hot, stuffy rooms, I called the front desk and they quickly changed me to a street side room with better ventilation. You do have to contend with street noise, but that is what ear plugs are for. The desk people were friendly and willing to help with advice, except about public transportation. The concierge was not really infomative. I found it curious that no one knew, or wanted to take the time, to help us figure out the public transportation that is available nearby. The hotel is conveniently located between two green line trains that take you right into the heart of the city. No problems. Go in either direction on Longwood for about 4 blocks and you will be able to catch a green line train into town.
I stayed at the hotel for about a month while my son was in the hospital. The rooms are very dark and dreary and exude a strange smell. The bathrooms were not cleaned right and taking a shower was no fun either. The service is horrible and you can never find a manager on duty. A fax was delivered one week too late and our message light was on permanently. We received a package after we ckecked out and I had repeadedly told various managers that I would be by to pick it up. There were post-it notices about it hanging everywhere. As soon as the package arrived, they sent it back (it still has yet to arrive to the return address and it's now 1 month later). The elevators are way overdue for inspection and when I mentioned it to one of the staff, he said, " I can believe it." This hotel seriously takes advantage of the fact that they are so conveniently located to all the surrounding hospitals- otherwise nobody would stay here. I cannot believe it received so many positive reviews. They must be strategically located fakes.
I would just like to say I stayed at the Best Western for 3 nights and that was plenty enough, trust me!!! I flew in from Tampa, Florida to have surgery at Bringhams and because the Best Western was so close we stayed for convenience. I had a terrible experience with the staff and I strongly feel that if anyone is going for surgery or medical reasons you should not stay at the Best Western what so ever, you will give yourself more stress and agrivation than you need. This hotel/motel made several mistakes and they had an excuse for everything they did. They overcharge and the rooms are extremely small. If you are staying for medical reasons they will give you a discount but not for the bigger rooms. The staff is unprofessional and poorly trained. Until there is new management at this hotel/motel I will more than likely never stay there again. It is just terrible!
During our recent "spontaneous" trip to Boston, my boyfriend and I didn't book any accomodations in advance, thinking our midweek travel wouldn't pose any problems. Little did we realize that the entire city of Boston was booked for those exact dates with a massive convention.
The Inn at Longwood is a delightful stay in the middle of the medical centers including Dana Farber and Brigham and Women's Hospital. While the rooms were small, they were extremely clean and comfortable. Best of all, however, was the outstanding service at the front desk, especially Phillip Behan. He went out of his way to help us. The food at the restaurant was also excellent.
I was required to stay here for a conference organized by the Harvard hospitals, but will likely pay myself to stay somewhere else in the future. While the location is excellent for those needing to be close to the hospitals and medical school, that is where the positives end.
Stayed here as I had appointment with Doctor at B&W. The rooms were ok, but the noise from the hallway comes through--Bring a white noise maker. The lock on the door was in bad shape. The bathrooms were small and not well cleaned. They need to revamp this place, as it is in bad shape!!
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Excellent accommodations, very considerate in changing rooms when a family member was at Children's Hospital