Hotel 140

, Boston, United States
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Hotel 140

, Boston
4 star

Rooms: 40

140 Clarendon St. - Boston - Massachusetts - 2116 - United States Hotel Website | | 617-585-5600
351 Traveller

Reviews - Hotel 140

You've been warned
Submitted by: Rick in 23/08/07
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
I booked with this hotel because of the rate compared with other hotels in the area. The old adage "you get what you pay for" describes this hotel to a tee. I am writing this review as I *don't* sleep at hotel 140. Why don't I sleep? Well, for one, about once an hour I get treated to some unexplainable noise, roughly akin to a sledgehammer hitting a shotgun shell. Then, with about the same amount of frequency, I'm treated to the groaning of pipes. There are some other things about this hotel, in addition to unexplained and loud noises, that cause me to seriously warn folks about staying here:
First, there is no interior lock on my door. That's right, no way for me to lock my door from the inside. Anyone with a master key could walk right in. I could've sworn that was a legal requirement. Secondly, when I turned down my sheets, I found two neatly placed hairs...neither of which were my own. I honestly believe that these sheets were not changed. At the very least, those changing the sheets aren't being very sanitary. Finally, the term "boutique" is really a deception. It's not trying to define the hotel as "quaint"'s a warning term that these rooms are very, very small. You want a desk to work at? Forget about it. A closet for your clothes? Not at this hotel. Ok. You've been warned. If you book inspite of all this, best of luck to you.

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Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel 140

Great Price, Great Location!

from TravlinGirl17
I had read the reviews before my visit so we were pretty prepared for
what we were getting in to. I think this is an awesome location for the price! If you are in town to see the city this is your place to stay. The rooms are quaint, and the "free breakfast" is not so exciting, but hotel being located across the street from Copley Square is unbeatable. The hotel is also very easily accessible to and
from the T! We had also hoped for a hotel bar...but the Hard Rock
across the street served us just fine. I would recommend this to a single person or couple who is in Boston to see the sites and not so much the hotel. We really did enjoy our stay and the crazy shower!

Budget not Boutique

from Traveller075091
We booked this hotel for 2 nights in May as part of our honeymoon based on the review on Expedia, touting it as a boutique hotel.

It definately doesn't warrant the title of boutique, however the room was pleasant and clean and the location was good - especially if you're arriving from the Back Bay Train Station.

On the downside, yes the heaters were noisy, there was zero atmosphere (no communal areas or bar) and the breakfast was very poor. Never saw any staff apart from when I checked in and the whole experience was rather strange as the "hotel" is in a shared building with offices, the YWCA and some charities/volunteer groups.

I have to say I was slightly disappointed bearing in mind we were there for a special occasion.

Great place to stay in the heart of Boston

from TatianaI
I really happy with hotel choice I made. It was the cheapest option I found in downtown Boston I found (I paid 135 $ + tax for a queen bed room in May) and location was the best. Hotel located it the historic YMCA red brick building, just next to the tallest in Boston Hancock building. Just 5 min from Copley Sq metro stop.
I arrived at 8 am and a room has been available for me to check in. Hotel stuff was very polite and answered all my questions. My room was on the 6 floor, with a view on the high-rise. I liked the sounds of the city. Room was very modern decorated, but have some ‘signs’ of the past – like old pictured on the wall above the improvised fireplace. Room has an AC, TV with 40 + channels, iron and iron board, chairs. Bathroom was small but very modern. It was enough of shampoo, lotion and even a peace of special ‘handmade’ soap. Hotel tried to be eco-friendly, so you can find some notes about preserving energy and re-use towels, which is good. Hotel hall has been painted in bright yellow colors. My floor had a computer room with free internet access and a printer, where I printed my boarding pass later .Exercise room is in the same floor. Hotel has stands with tourist info, ‘Where in Boston’ magazine and fresh newspapers. Free breakfast from 7 to 10 was a coffee, fresh baked pastries and serial. But you can always order a full breakfast or buy fruits, etc.
I was really happy to stay in hotel and will go back. Hotel located in the heart of Boston, minutes from Boston Commons(park and start of Liberty Trail ), Newberry Street(fashion shopping and people watching) and Prudential building.

s Needs

from honeybhind
First off this hotel is great for singles and couples visiting Boston. the bed is a cross between a twin and a double but rooms are very clean and modern.
Rates are cheap 99dollars/per for Boston and yeah you don't get a bath but the shower is fine. Most of the other hotels are twice as much as this. And the showerhead pressure can be turned down so it does not have to soak everything(see previous reviewer) and also the shower shelf you can remove from over the showerhead to allow for adjustment of the showerhead when you open the door. the soap is hand milled lavender.
the cafe Downstairs is great for breakfast - you get a complimentary breakfast with your stay but eggs any style or an omelette can be ordered on top of that,fresh cooked and was like 2bucks- so I had a big breakfast and saved my money by skipping lunch to pay for all the decadent Boston restaurants. yum.
and Copley Subway station is right around the corner.
It's nice to find a hotel that won't charge you an arm an a leg and at the same time not be dingy or stuck in a bad neighbourhood. I would return to the Hotel 140 and recommend it to my friends.

Not luxury, but clean and adequate

from nuds78
I was in Boston for a dental convention, not for visitng. I needed a room near the Hynes just to sleep. I didn't need anything fancy. I got a geat price of $99/night for a Thursday and Friday night. That is incredibly cheap foe Boston. Parking was $18/night in the adjacent public garage.
The room was small. Somewhat of a cross between a twin and a double bed. This bed would be a tight squeeze for two people. The room was small, but clean. The bathroom was small but clean. The showerhead was in a peculiar position. It faced the shower door so you had to open the door, get soaked when turning the water on and then jump in the shower stall. The floor got soaked. There was a hair dryer, and ironing board. There wasn't much of anthing that can be described as a closet, just some hooks.
This is definitely NOT the place for extravagence. It would be cramped for two people. The location is great, right in the heart of Back Bay. Easily accessible by train or MBTA. You are right in the middle of Copley Square. Tons of restaurants nearby in the Westin/Marriott/Sheraton complex and on Newbury St.
There is a spartan cafeteria downstairs open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A continental breakfast of one hot drinK, one cold drink and a pastry is included in the room fee. A full breakfast is served if you wish, along the lines of a Denny's. Prices are very reasonable. Food was waht would be expected from a cafeteria.
The staff was very helpful and attentive. No bellman or anything like that. There is a computer room on the 6th floor with free use of the computer, printer and internet. A very small fitness room is there, but only 2 or 3 pieces of equipment.
The hotel is a renovated YWCA so the configuration is a bit peculiar. This ain't the RItz, but the place is clean and convenient. I would definitely stay there again under the same conditions. This place is not for a wife and kids.

A good base

from Toshman
I booked this hotel on the basis of favourable reviews in the press and on TripAdvisor. I liked it a lot. The staff were very friendly and the room well furnished and of a decent size, although the one time I put the heating on, I thought the hotel was going to take off. Breakfast was fine once you got the hang of it and avoided the instant capuccino which was the sweetest drink I've ever had. The only drawback I would say is the combination with a YMCA. In itself, this is not a problem but there seems to be some reticence on the part of the hotel despite the huge sign on the outside (which incidentally is a good landmark if you get lost), such that you almost have to guess how to get to your room, ie use a card in the lift, and so on. All in all, it is a nice place and the location is excellent. I would certainly consider staying here again.

great location, nice stay

from marlies
my husband and I stayed in Hotel140 for 3 nights. The location of this property is great. Near Black Bay shops and restaurants, T subway. There is free internet and 2 excercise machines. Tthe staff was very helpfull and friendly. The only negative thing: every thing is small: breakfast, bed and room."The one full size bed"is much smaller than a king bed. But the staff helped us out with a roll away(free of charge). And okee the room is small, but what do you need in a great city like Boston. Hotel 140 is not a standard hotel. There are many other activities in the Claredon 140 building. Makes you feel like your a part of local Boston. For 170 $ a night inclusive tax and breakfast, great value!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Staff rude and unhelpful

from Heslomonik
We were really not very impressed with this hotel. It’s a YWCA, part of which has been transformed into a so-called hotel. We were certainly paying hotel prices (over $200 per night) but felt like we were staying in a youth hostel still. For instance, there was no carpet in our room, instead it had the sort of yellow linoleum floor tiles you’d find in a school classroom. The shower cubicle was also like something out of a school changing room; there was absolutely nowhere to put your shampoo container in the shower, apart from on the floor of the cubicle and after a few minutes you’d find the shampoo bottle floating in the water which was accumulating happily at the bottom of the shower. The shower head was fixed in place, and the only way you could switch the shower on was to place your arm underneath the shower head and get it soaked in freezing cold water.

Despite a sign in the bathroom telling us that the room was ‘no smoking’ and that we would be charged huge sums of money to ‘deep clean’ the room if the room smelt of smoke after our stay, our room absolutely reeked of smoke when we arrived, and only receded by the third day.

The furniture was all veneered plywood, and there was a conveniently placed shelf just above the bed to bang your head on when you sat up.

The worst aspect of our stay was the palaver we had with our room keycards. On our third day, after we’d spent hours walking around Boston following the freedom trail, we went all the way up to our room on the eighth floor to refresh ourselves and have a bit of a rest. But when we arrived at our room, our keycards wouldn’t work. We went all the way back down to reception, and the man at the desk fiddled about with his computer for a bit, muttered something about our room being supposedly ‘vacant’, and then reprogrammed our key cards. He did all this without any sort of apology, and he reprogrammed our key cards without asking for ID to make sure that we were the people who were supposed to be staying in that room! We were made to feel like we were just an annoyance. Then exactly the same thing happened on our fourth day, and then again on our fifth and final day. Even though we told the woman at the reception desk that this was the third time it had happened, there was still no apology forthcoming, and we were made to feel extremely unwelcome and undervalued. We felt more welcome when we turned up at the Marriot Custom House Hotel one day to go up to their viewing observatory. We weren’t paying them a cent, but we were treated courteously and felt welcome.

We certainly would not recommend this hotel, as it was the only aspect of our stay in Boston which wasn’t absolutely wonderful.

Location, location, location

from Daninha
We booked the 140 based on the TripAdvisor. And you were right! It's a very new hotel, in a wonderful location. You can walk to anything in Boston. And if you get tired, you can always return by subway - the station is just one block from the hotel (btw, the "T" is excelent!). And there is a enormous mall just around the block, across the subway station. The room is well furnished, the bathroom is impecable. The only thing missing in the room is a refrigerator. For a complimentary breakfast, they are not bad at all (you're allowed two beverages, one hot and one cold, and a pastry. You can always buy everything else you want - and they even have hot dishes, done just for you). All in all, an incredible value for Boston, in a very nice location!! We'll definitely return!

t stay here again

from anon14
My husband and I have just spent two nights at the Hotel 140, which ruined what was otherwise an excellent holiday. If our experience is anything to go by, you won't get a good night's sleep here. The whole set up came across as very unprofessional. The hotel itself was previously the YWCA (part of it still is) and although it posits itself as a boutique hotel, it hasn't really made the transition. The hotel reception staff were particularly unhelpful, and appeared to have zero interest in making our stay an enjoyable one. Having allocated us the wrong room (i.e. for one person) they refused to change it when we complained. We were finally moved to another room, with a single and a foldaway bed, at 4.30am. The foldaway bed was necessary as the hotel only has single or "full size" double beds, which are smaller than queen size i.e. just larger than a single. For this reason, guests should routinely be offered the use of a foldaway - at additional charge - upon check-in, though in our case the reception staff forgot to do this as well. If you're a light sleeper, bring your earplugs - the heaters look fancy, but are really noisy. You get what you pay for, but at almost 200 dollars a night you could probably do better elsewhere.

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  • Address: 140 Clarendon St. - Boston - Massachusetts - 2116 - United States
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