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.
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.
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.
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).
WHY WE LIKE IT
All rooms have Bang & Olufson sound systems.