PHOTO: Encore

Fodor's Expert Review Encore

116 W. Newton St., Boston, Massachusetts, 02118, USA, Boston, MA 02118 See on Map

Innkeepers Reinhold Mahler and David Miller, who are a retired architect and creative set designer, respectively, have pooled their creative energies into this South End lodging gem, proving that they know a thing or two about ambience.

YOU SHOULD KNOW There is a two-night minimums on weekends in July and August, and a three-night minimum in September and October. Also, children are discouraged.

Photo: Encore


The stylish converted 19th-century town house boasts sun-filled rooms named for famous gay men in the arts (Sondheim, Albee, Bernstein, Robbins) that are spacious and spotless, and bedecked with modern Italian furnishings, brushed-steel and chrome touches, and brick accent walls. The Albee room has a private deck.

There is no elevator, so if you're averse to several sets of stairs, notify the staff ahead of time.

Photo: Encore


All rooms have ultramodern baths with glossy tiles and stainless-steel sinks.


Since it's a small, converted townhouse with only 4 guest rooms, the lobby is not large.


Your nightly rate includes a continental breakfast.


Getting Around

While its great South End location makes for ideal walkability, Back Bay Station is about an 8 minute walk away if you'd like to take the MBTA.


The South End is Boston's best dining neighborhood. Head to Toro (9-minute walk) for tapas and paella, but be prepared to wait since they don't take reservations. SRV (7-minute walk) is an acclaimed Venetian-style restaurant and wine bar.


Club Cafe (13-minute walk) is a gay bar that's almost a Boston institution. If you'd prefer classic beers and bourbon, try the Five Horses Tavern (6-minute walk).


All rooms have Bang & Olufson sound systems.


Gay and Lesbian
4 rooms
Breakfast yes
Lunch no
Dinner no
Bar no
Cafe no
Room Service no
Parking Lot


Phones: 617-247–3425

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