Fodor's Expert Review 463 Beacon Street Guest House

463 Beacon St., Boston, Massachusetts, 02115, USA, Boston, MA 02115 See on Map

Though there's no sign on the door of this handsome brownstone, international visitors and college students have discovered the rooming house—and quickly warmed to its slightly quirky, old-auntie charm. Check out the old black-and-white photos of Boston in the hallways as you head to your room (each is slightly different, as befits a historic house). All other digs are tidy but basic.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel does not welcome children under 7 due to its layout.


Rooms definitely vary in size and sophistication, so be sure to check out your options on the website before booking. They feature Direct TV, microwave, refrigerator, and clock radios, and air conditioning from June through September. A few rooms share a bath.

YOU SHOULD KNOW You can rent rooms by the night, week or month.


Bathrooms are basic, with just the necessities. A few rooms share a bath, so keep that in mind when booking.


The living room serves as a community space with a computer, coffee, and tea.

YOU SHOULD KNOW There is no elevator.


Getting Around

The Back Bay location is the Guest House's greatest strength, putting guests within walking distance of Copley Square, the Boston Public Garden, and the Fenway neighborhood. The Hynes Convention Center stop on the Green Line is the closest T stop, and there are several bus stops in the area as well.


There are tons of great spots to dine in the Back Bay neighborhood, and also in neighboring Kenmore Square. For delicious coffee, sandwiches, and salads, head to Trident Booksellers & Cafe (7-minute walk) on Newbury Street. Also on Newbury is Sonsie (8-minute walk), a classic bistro that serves up a great brunch.


The Corner Pub (2-minute walk) is a typical watering hole just around the corner from the Guest House. If you continue over to Boylston Street, you'll find plenty of options, like Dillon's (7-minute walk) and the Pour House Bar and Grill (8-minute walk). Want a craft cocktail made by an expert? Head into Kenmore Square and visit The Hawthorne (10-minute walk).


If you're all about location, the Guest House has a great locale in a Back Bay brownstone. They also have a limited amount of parking for compact cars.


18 rooms, 14 with bath
Breakfast no
Lunch no
Dinner no
Bar no
Cafe no
Room Service no
Parking Lot


Phones: 617-536–1302

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