Holiday Inn Boston Brookline
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
TravelPod Member ReviewsHoliday Inn Boston Brookline
Great welcome reception
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Boston Brookline
Enjoyed our stay at your hotel
We enjoyed our night's stay at your hotel. The location was great for catching the T to get to a Red Sox game and Hard Rock Cafe for dinner. We found the room to be clean and inviting. My sons really enjoyed a dip in the indoor pool. I liked the interior layout which resembled a courtyard.
We will be back!
I debated whether to give one star or not, but it did provide the bare essentials. And neither was noise a problem.
What was a problem was their management. We had a large group of people visiting Boston for a wedding. Most of us stayed there for a night or two. Almost everyone one of us had the same story: none of the reservations we made corresponded to what we actually got. For example, many of us requested adjoining rooms, and this was done weeks in advance. At check in, no record of this.
Also, they have a fairly decent buffet. However, we arranged tables for a large group at breakfast, which they assured us was no problem. Come breakfast time, they couldn't fit us all together, despite their promises to the contrary the day before.
All in all, it wasn't horrible, but there were many little frustrations that could have easily been avoided. The front desk simply needs to do a better job of keeping track of things.
Are we talking about the same hotel?
My husband and I just spent Saturday night June 11 at the Holiday Inn Brookline. We were in Room 189 which is right next to the hotel jacuzzi and workout room. We had a large window with a flower box that while it didn't have a real view was not terrible.
Everyone we met at the hotel was very friendly and we could not smell the pool or the spa from our room.
Our room had a very comfortabel king bed with four pillows. Everything was clean and fresh smelling.
We had a drink in the bar and the breakfast buffet in the morning. It isn't the best buffet I have ever had but they were making fresh omelets which is always a nice addition.
I got this hotel for a sharply discounted price from sky auction and it certainly didn't affect how I was treated by the staff or the room I was given. There is a $15 fee to park but I expected that.
I had no problem with this hotel what so ever and after what I had read here I wondered what I was getting into. I would stay here again without any reservations about the quality of the stay.
Like a motel with a roof
I stayed at the Holiday Inn in Brookline for a couple of nights because it is close to the Longwood medical area where I had a conference, but other than the proximity to Longwood, there is no other reason I would recommend anyone staying there. The rooms are musty, the beds uncomfortable (pillows are worse), and the only 'window' faces an inner courtyard that is dark, and even mustier than the room itself. They put guests in rooms right next to the pool, which made the whole place smell like chlorine. Furthermore, they began construction as early as 8 am. Overall, I found that it was a very strange hotel, more like a motel really with a roof...design-wise it was bizarre and uninviting. It may be a bit less expensive than other hotels in the area, but next time I would pay a little extra for a lot more comfort.
Cheap, Good Location
I booked the hotel through Priceline for about $55 a night, which is really cheap for Boston. Although located in Brookline, it is easy to get to Boston since the Green line runs right in front of the Hotel. The fenway area of Boston is within walking distance as well.
The hotel itself is weird, many of the rooms dont have windows, and the swimming pool gives a chlorine smell in the main building.
However, for those travelers who need a place to sleep while conducting buisness in Boston, I recommend the Holiday Inn at Brookline because the room is clean, comfortable, and the bathroom is clean.
Not my best hotel experience
The drama with this hotel started before I even arrived. I called to book a conference rate room and was told that the block reserved by the conference had already been filled. But I was allowed to use my AAA card discount for a nonsmoking room and offered a chance to sign up for a Holiday Inn Member Rewards Club. Once I arrived in Boston I went straight to the hotel. Since it was before 3pm, the person at the front desk had to check to make sure my room was clean. He assured me that it was and I went to my room. IT WAS A SMOKING ROOM!!! I went back to the front desk to be moved and was told that they were overbooked and could not offer me another space. I called the conference organizer and she was outraged that I did not get the conference rate. They would not change the rate they charged me and I witnessed them telling other conference members that they did not have rooms for them. Only after a huge arguement did they offer then a room at a sister hotel at the same rate at which they made their reservation. I visited some people with non-smoking rooms had rooms that smelled just as bad as mine! There were several other problems such as cracked walls, chipping plaster from the ceilings and peeling paint on the walls. The only thing that made the hotel worthwhile was the excellent food, the expensive but well made drinks at the bar, and it was very close to a stop for the subway or "T". I would not choose to stay at this hotel again.
Dingy halls and windowless rooms
After staying at this hotel for 6 nites I must say I wouldn't go back. No window in our room and the hall is dingy and dark....they should only use the new section of the hotel and forget the rooms by the pool...that is where I was stuck....asked for a room for handicapped and they where unable to fill my request ..parking garage was terrible to get in and out of....
needless to say if I didn't need to be near the local hospital I would I checked out...
Conveniant and clean
Great location on the T, room (food) service closed early but probably just a slack employee. Clean, friendly and nice for walking and exploring beautiful old buildings. Parking costs $15.00
Very Nice Hotel
Enjoyed the Holiday Inn Brookline very much. The hotel is located on the T which made getting in and out of the city very easy. We found it more affordable than staying downtown.
Felt like I was staying in a cave!
We stayed here for one night while visiting some friends in Brookline.
It was one of the oddest hotels I've ever stayed at. The rooms had no windows to the outside, just to the inside courtyard, which featured a pool. The whole place smelled like chlorine and it was dark, dark, dark.
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