Doubletree Club Hotel Boston Bayside

, Boston, United States
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Doubletree Club Hotel Boston Bayside

3 star

Rooms: 197

240 Mount Vernon Street - Boston - Massachusetts - 02125 - United States Hotel Website | | 617-822-3600
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Perfect for travellers on a tight budget

from A TripAdvisor Member
This hotel is the best value in Boston as you can book the internet rate of $87/ night. It is located near the T and the free airport shuttle also saves a lot of money. The rooms were very clean and the beds were really comfortable (with down comforters.) We didn't have any problems with the "thin walls" that others have mentioned. A continental breakfast would have been nice but hey for this price you can't complain. The area around the hotel is not the greatest but we (3 girls) always felt safe during the day. Coming home late at night off the T though was kinda scary so I'd take a taxi. It's about a 20 minute ride on the T to the heart of Boston. All in all, you get what you pay for and in the case of this hotel you get more than you pay for. I'd stay here again.

The ultimate review

from mcadrenaline
Location:
The location of the hotel was pretty good! The hotel is outside of the city, but the JFK-UMass Red Line T stop is a 2 minute walk. If you want something in the theatre district or shopping district of Boston, this hotel is not for you, but if you don't mind a small commute, go for it! Other than that, there is not much around the hotel at all! There is however a Shaw's Supermarket and pharmacy right by the T stop and a small shopping center. The hotel is next the the Bayside Expo Center and some corporate centers.

Airport Shuttle:
The hotel offers a free airport shuttle to and from Logan. On the way in, we had just missed the shuttle and were told we would wait 25 minutes. Instead, we took the silver line T to South Station, transfered to the Red Line T and walked. Not bad at all.

Check-In:
Check in was AMAZING! We were upgraded to a 2 double bedded room as requested. The staff was very nice and accomadating, especially because we were checked into our room even when I did not have the credit card that the room was held under (my sister had it and presented it once she came from a different flight)

Lobby:
The lobby was smaller, but plenty of seating and lots of light. There is a SMALL bar on one end that serves typical drinks. They have a flat panel TV to watch.

Rooms:
We were on the 4th floor. Our room was worn, outdated, but clean. The room itself was a normal size and there was a chair plus a desk. We had a full closet with a door and a little cubby to stick the luggage in. TV selection was poor, only about 12 channels or so plus overpriced movies on demand.

Bathrooms:
Typical size but also outdated and worn. Everything was clean and we were given plenty of towels and amenities. The tub was slow to drain and had a small chip.

Breakfast/Food:
The hotel has an Au Bon Pain bakery and cafe that serves breakfast items, soup, salad, sandwiches, coffee beverages, pizza, and many other things. We ate here everyday for breakfast because we had free breakfast certificates from being a Hilton Honors member. I would not eat here for lunch or dinner because there are so many other choices a short T ride away.

Pool/Gym:
The hotel has a small fitness room, which I did not use, but it looked fine. If you want a pool and a large health club, you can use the U Mass facilities free of chrage.


Business Center:
There is a single computer from which you can get free internet access in the loby. Copying and faxing are 10 cents a page. If you want wireless internet for your laptop or PDA like I did, it is 10 bucks for 24 hours...not to pleased about that.

Overall:
I'd stay here again. The location was great because of the T being so close. Everything was was okay. There are signs in the lobby that say they are in the process of renovating, which they need very badly (especially in the guest rooms) I did not like how they charge for every little thing (internet, phone calls, etc.) when they are not even a full service property. If you can get a good rate, this place is a definite option.

A pleasant experience

from Aceface
Just stayed at the doubletree club. after reading some of these reviews, I was a little wary. But at 139 a night (priceline) I found it to be a fantastic bargain. Admittedly, there's not much around. But the T station is a 5-minute walk and just four stops from Park Street station, the heart of Boston. The hotel was clean, the staff was courteous. I'd stay here again, especially at that price, roughly half what you'd pay in Copley Square or downtown. Sure, it would be great to walk out the door and have a variety fo dining and entertainment choice. But if you're looking for a convenient launching-point to explore Boston, you could do a lot worse than this place. I was there on a graduation weekend, with nearly everything in town booked, and still found this place on a wednesday for a Friday-Saturday stay.

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from bogger
Unfortunately from the moment we walked into the Inn we were assaulted with an odor that smelled like vomit. It was truly disgusting having to stand in line and smell this odor in the lobby. After several minutes I think I realized the smell was probably coming from the pizzeria and they were using some type of cheese that surely didn't make your mouth water.

While standing there I noticed the furniture which looks drab and dirty and I would never have sat upon it to wait for my luggage to come in.

When I checked to see what time the van began to bring us to the airport I was told 6 a.m.!!! I was shocked as my flight was at 7 and in no way was this going to work out. The whole reason for staying at a parksleepfly is to be able to get out early in the a.m.! After some discussion the clerk said I could go in with the crew that was staying there. Now, this might thrill someone who has never worked for an airline, but I know better since I did. I know the crew doesn't appreciate travelers on their van, however, I had no choice so I agreed it would be fine. I was told the van left at 4:45 so I made it to the lobby by 4:40....no van, it had left without us. Lucky for us the van driver forgot his cell phone and made a swing back to the hotel. The clerk asked him if we could get in and he claimed he didn't have the room. After several minutes of this nonsense he opened the door for us and low and behold their were 2 empty seats!!!!

Our ride home was o.k., however, each person we picked up (2 more) were furious because they had been waiting for over an hour for this van. It made our ride back to the hotel less than peaceful since they were bitching up a storm about it.

If you are going to offer this service I would think you should have a van that leaves very early and at least have a clean lobby. Our room was fine and the cookie delicious but it doesn't make up for the hassle of the whole experience.

s problem?

from renmus
Ok, it's not the Ritz, I'll give you that.

The rooms are perfectly adequate as well - I agree that they aren't massive, but the walls are anything but paper thin - there was a family that had a crying baby in the adjacent room - couldn't hear a thing except for when you went into the corridor.

The free cookies on arrival - always a plus - and our rooms were immaculate and there was a great bath and shower in comparison to similarily priced hotels in New England.

The hotel really is only 6 minutes max away from JFK UMass T station - it's then only 10-15 minutes into downtown and as the red line is the most frequent, you're unlikely to have to wait a long time. We didn't try the hotel shuttles because, at once an hour, they didn't really compare to the T - and what's $1.25 in comparison with a free minibus?

Only downside, in my opinion, is the lack of restaurant, though the Au Bon Pain in the hotel offers pizza and hot sandwiches as well as breakfasts. And the hotel is in the middle of nowhere if you're looking for a restaurant - the nearest place is Dorchester, which only after we'd visited, were told was the dodgiest neighbourhood in town, with weekly shootings and the like. So, don't head there! The area around the hotel itself is very safe though - well lit and quite busy.

And, on finding the hotel, follow the signs for Bayside Expo Center - otherwise you'll sail past it!

Overall, great. And we only paid $89.10 a night including breakfast - a COMPLETE bargain compared to the at least $200 charged by hotels in town.

Not bad, not great.

from ChinaShrek
I stayed here for two nights, February 21-23, 2005. The price was right and it is convenient to the T. The room was clean and the hotel was very quiet. There was not any noise outside of the hotel. As other reviewers have stated, this hotel is not really near anything in Boston, so if you want to grab a quick bite to eat then you have to take T into the city. There is a hotel shuttle to the airport and to the theatre district, but the times are not always convenient. I had to depart early (5am) and the desk clerk was not able to check me out if I wanted to pay in cash, so I had to leave my bill on a credit card. I would stay here again if there was not another hotel in Boston at a reasonable price.

This was a Doubletree?

from ReluctantPeninsulan
I won't repeat the comments made by the previous reviewers about the location (yes, unless you have business at UMass, it's in the middle of nowhere), the lack of amenities, the tiny and cheesy hotel bar, and the paper-thin walls (god forbid anyone speak or play the TV in the next room). All those comments are sadly true. The hotel is clean; I'll give it that. But it looks and feels like a Days' Inn that got rebranded as a Doubletree somewhere down the line.

The biggest drawback to the location is not the distance to the city center. As other reviewers have noted, it's a matter of a few minutes' walk from the hotel to a subway station, and the subway is the best way for tourists to get around anyway. The much larger issue is the auto "sideshow" that goes on in the huge parking lot behind the hotel on weekend nights. My wife and I stayed at this Doubletree, and gave up on sleeping at about 2 am as a result of that. For those who don't know, a "sideshow" is a raucous conclave of hoodlums (several hundred, from what I could see) who blast rap and spin their cars in circles. The noise from that was bad enough. But they were using the hotel parking lot as a staging area, revving their engines and cranking their stereos. The night manager was too afraid to do anything about it, losing his nerve for asking those clowns to leave the parking lot after I dragged him out there and started walking him around vehicle by vehicle to throw the trespassers out. The hotel was also overrun in the rooms and hallways by loud participants in this event.

After the night manager gave up on trying to control his hotel, I gave up on the hotel, and we switched to a different one in the middle of the night. Not only will I never stay at this hotel again, I'll never stay at a Doubletree; it's poisoned the brand for me.

Nice hotel with free parking

from A TripAdvisor Member
Nice hotel, not too expensive (we used the "Sunday Night is Free" package), free parking, warm cookies on check-in, and a 5-minute walk to the JFK/UMASS subway stop. Great Au Bon Pain bakery cafe in the hotel open most hours (f you want to continue eatlng those great cookies). Friendly staff and quick to fix sink in bathroom. If the downtown hotels are too expensive, try this one.

Great Staff

from A TripAdvisor Member
We have just returend from a week long trip to the east coast and found the Doubletree Club in Boston to be the best value of the 5 hotels we stayed at during the trip (incluing a much pricier, European hotel in NYC). The location is a little bit remote, but it is a 3 minute walk to the subway and about 10 min taxi ride to DT. The rooms were immaculate and the carpets were actually damp from being freshly shampood. Probably, the cleanest hotel I've stayed in. We also found the staff to be more than helpful and accomodating and Au Bon Pan is great for a quick bite. Also, we heard nothing in our rooms. It was very quiet, which was very much appreciated. Although it's not a Hilton or a Four Seasons, it's a very decent place to stay and the rates were about 2/3 of what I expeted to pay. Without a doubt, this is the place we will stay on our next visit to Boston.

Good stay

from BATraveller
The DoubletreeClub Boston Bayside is a great tourist thotel, with clean, spacious rooms and comfortable beds, just what you need after a long day sightseeing! The staff are friendly and helpful and the Au Bon Pain cafe does delicious soup, sandwiches and snacks from 6am to 11pm.
The T subway is a short walk away and four stops will take you to the centre of Boston. Have a good time and don't be put off by some of the previous negative comments!

Top Local Tips for Boston

Walking in the Dark Travel to and from the train during daylight. If you must, be careful at night if you are walking to or from the train station. This is not the safest area of Boston at night, and is known to be dangerous if you are not cautious.

Free hotel shuttle downtown Use the free hotel shuttle bus downtown Boston. The shuttle leaves every half hour and drops you at Washington Street. Great service of the Doubletree Club Hotel Bayside!

Great Italian restaurant Eat at Giacomo's in the North End. It is delicious!

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  • Address: 240 Mount Vernon Street - Boston - Massachusetts - 02125 - United States
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