Quiet and old-fashioned is the m.o. at this antiques-laden inn, which is in walking distance from Cleveland Circle. The Bertram was built in 1907 as a wedding present for a wealthy merchant's daughter. The building's extensive renovation reflects its original Victorian style, from the wood paneling and marble fireplace to the antique furniture and fixtures about the house.
There is no elevator, so be comfortable with stairs.
The Bertram features classic Bed and Breakfast style, with each room uniquely different. Room 3, which used to be the original formal dining room of the house, is absolutely stunning. It boasts a four-poster bed, Oriental rug, cherry paneling, and working fireplace.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some rooms have ultra deluxe (and super-expensive) Duxiana mattresses.
Not all bathrooms have tubs. Also, some of the rooms have detached bathrooms that require going outside the room.
The beautiful lobby is exactly what you'd expect of a Victorian-era Bed and Breakfast. A relaxing living room area is great for socializing with other guests, or simply curling up with a book.
While its Brookline location may be ideal for those who are heading to Boston College in Chestnut Hill, or simply want to avoid Downtown Boston traffic, its location is a little bit out of the way. If you want to take the T into Boston from the Bertram, just hop on the Green Line at nearby Saint Paul Street.
Want to try Tom Brady's favorite Italian restaurant? La Morra (5-minute drive) is just around the corner from the Bertram. There's also plenty of options in nearby Coolidge Corner and Washington Square, like Stoked Wood Fired Pizza (5-minute drive.)
Cross over Beacon Street to visit the Coolidge Corner Clubhouse (8-minute walk) a popular bar with great snacks. Head into Washington Square to visit Barcelona Wine Bar (5-minute drive.)
WHY WE LIKE IT
In addition to a beautiful Victorian history, you can occasionally find discounts on the Bertram's website and social media.