John Jeffries House
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My itinerary for today was pretty …
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... as the lights turn RED, and head towards the airport. It's now 6:38 and check in closes at 6:55. Speeding towards the airport, suddenly the signs for Terminal 5 disappear, and we find ourselves heading for Staines! A roundabout lets us double back. It's now 6:45, we find the perimeter road, and at 6:50 enter the car park, park in the first slot. Our first bit of good luck, the Meet & Greet guy is waiting with the paperwork. Cases out, running to the lifts, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews John Jeffries House Boston
Just returned from my Honeymoon. I got married in Boston where my wife is from. Her family recommended the John Jeffries House from previous stays. Great location,very pleasant and clean. My family felt "very at home" there.
Most Excellent Location
When we closed the storm windows in our room, it was as quiet as a church. Yet we were at an excellent location, on beautiful Charles Street at the base of beautiful Beacon Hill. The staff was generally friendly. The only drawbacks were the difficult accessibility ( we had to circle the block twice before we figured we had to drive through the construction area), and the pricey parking down the street (be sure to call ahead when you want your car.) I would suggest park your car when you check in and use taxis, tour buses (the green and orange ones, NOT the white buses) or your feet to explore this beautiful city of Boston.
RUN FAST, DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT
Convenient to Mass. General T stop, not good! It's a hospital next to the hotel, sirens all day and night. Located next to Charles street, not good again, lots of bars and street noise! Walk in and look carefully, water stains on the ceilings every where. Room quality about the same as a prison, run down deteriorated furniture, dirty carpets, paint coming off the walls, please spend some money on this place. And the maid patrol, (9:00 AM banging around the halls as load as can be). Spoke to Vincent, the manager, asked for a clearer, quieter room, his answer - he could do nothing but thanked me for the information. My advise, find another place! The ymca would be an up grade.
The only place in Boston we stay.
We have stayed at the John Jeffries three times, the most recent being April 2004. We found this jewel of a place through recommendations of Bostonians.
The prices are very affordable by Boston standards. Our comfortable junior suite (which is actually not a suite but a large room) overlooking the Charles River had a kitchenette.
It is located at the end of Beacon Hill and has a T stop at its door. It's walking distance to Faneuil Hall, the Fleet Center, and Boston Common. Skip the continental breakfast-there's a market around the corner to load up your kitchette with breakfast provisions.
A great place to stay in Boston
We stayed at the John Jeffries House for 5 nights in August 2004. I have stayed in many citycentre hotels but this one must rank with the best (including some rated 4/5 stars!)! During the heat wave the A/C worked (quietly) and the room was totally sound proofed from the outside traffic. The location is ideal being just outside downtown Boston but only 15 minutes' walk away. Nearby are several reasonably restaurants. The staff were most helpful and cordial. We would certainly stay there again.
My family, sons ages 14 and 11- husband-me, loved John Jeffries House. We stayed for three nights and fortunately by the time we arrived on the 15th, the air conditioning was working quite well.
Quite a few problems
We absolutely loved the location. But we had a few troubles. The first night we returned to the hotel and were unable to get in. You have to buzzed in and no one was at the desk, for at least 5 minutes. Actually another guest let us in. The 2nd day, we noticed it was really warm, so we called the front desk. They said that the AC was not working and they could not get anyone to fix it until Monday!(This was on Saturday) We were very frustrated by the lack of communication and concern with this problem. We did get $10 off our bill, but we will
not be returning!
Chose the John Jeffries on Lonely Planet recommendation and was not disappointed. Great location next to the Charles MGH T station and right by the Charles River for that early morning walk. Landed at Boston Logan Airport and 30 minutes after clearing customs and using a combination of airport bus and T and the grand sum of 1 dollar was at the hotel. Taxi from JJ to airport was US$15 + tip. Very friendly staff and nice informal atmosphere. Single cost me US$100 a night inc taxes.
A good deal (but a bit chilly)
The John Jeffries house is a fabulous deal with a great central location. The red line of the T is right out the front door, which makes for easy getting around. The staff is both friendly and accommodating. Some of the rooms however, can be quite noisy due to the traffic of charles circle outside - so I recommend asking for a room off the road. Also, we stayed in late May and were quite surprised by the unusually cold weather (read highs in the 40s) and even more surprised that the John Jeffries house had "turned off their heat for the season". I now live in Boston and apartment complexes are required to provide heat from september through june - the same ought to be true for hotels. Overall a good stay - and economical at that!
John Jeffries House: right place in the right place
My wife and I were delighted with John Jeffries House. The location is perfect - on Charles Circle with the MTA immediately available and interesting Charles Street leading down to Boston Common. The area is historic and beautiful.The hotel is excellent for the price. My one slight complaint was that the continental breakfast (included) was very ordinary. The staff was friendly and helpful and the room was fine.I had worried about noise from busy Charles Circle, but even though we had a room facing the road, we never heard traffic.Highly recommended if you want a comfortable place with an excellent location for a reasonable price.