Boston Hotel Buckminster
What We Love
- The nearest hotel to Fenway Park, with suite optionsChecking out architecture by the iconic Stanford White
- Staying where jazz greats like Louis Armstrong and Dave Brubeck performed
- Following a meal at Fenmore Grill with a walk around Kenmore Square and to the river
What To Know
- The nearest T station(on the Green line) is Kenmore Square
- Within easy walking distance of the Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Fenway Park
- Free WiFi works well
- Parking at the neighboring garage is a bit pricey, but that's typical for Boston
It’s hard to get more central than Boston Hotel Buckminster. This convenient property is located in the heart of Kenmore Square, near Boston University; historic Back Bay; and the MBTA’s green line, to shuttle you to other parts of the city. Baseball lovers will rejoice in the proximity to historic Fenway Park, while the sartorially inclined will doubtless enjoy spending an afternoon at the famous shops on Newbury Street. And if you need some exercise, but would prefer to skip the handy on-site gym, you can take a walk along the river, just up Deerfield Street.
Boston Hotel Buckminster is a great place to spend your Beantown break in general, too; it’s considered a destination unto itself, and not just because of its stylish American grill. One of the first hotels in town, it was designed by Stanford White, known for a certain local library (as well as New York’s Columbia University campus). The notorious Black Sox Scandal was hatched here, the first network broadcast in radio history took place here, and jazz legends from Louis Armstrong to Billie Holiday performed here. No need to go out and sightsee at all, really; when it comes to Boston history and culture, you might say the (ahem) buck stops here.
Rooms and suites
Your room – one of 132 – is a comfy, cozy enclave in the heart of town, equipped with a convenient refrigerator and microwave. To top it off, you’ll get an HD flat-screen TV, complete with HBO.Superior Queen rooms are more spacious than the compact Deluxe queen abodes; both of these rooms offer one queen bed. For a separate living room and more space, opt for the brand-new Superior King suite, with a king-sized bed, or the Deluxe Double Queen suite, with one bedroom with two queen beds.
Dine on American fare at Fenmore Grill, which is open from early morning to midnight. The menu emphasizes regional favorites, as in the signature Fenway Wings and the requisite fish and chips. For other choices, step out into Kenmore Square, where highly rated restaurants like Eastern Standard are found.
The hotel boasts an ideal location near Fenway Park, Boston University, Newbury Street and Back Bay. Boston is known as America’s Walking City for its pedestrian-friendly size and set-up, so take a stroll around town to discover the beautiful green space in Boston Common, the view of the Charles River along the Esplanade and the romantic Italian enclave in the North End.
How to Get There
On one hand, this hotel has is in a fantastic location if you are going to games at Fenway or concerts at House of Blues. It's still easily walkable to other parts of Boston (if you like to walk, that is!) and is near public transit. There's plenty of food nearby. The rooms are clean, and the rates are reasonable considering the rates for hotels just a few minutes down the street near the convention center.
However, you kind of do (and don't) get what you pay for. It's a no frills property. It's old, so can be small, or in my case, a little too BIG (I had a suite and the massive empty living room was just a little weird, though I appreciated being given that space!). It could use some sprucing, some deeper cleaning around the edges, some updating. The shower pressure is low, and the shower curtain kind of sticks to ya, plus the tub is not one you'll want to soak in.
But for the most part, it's fine, which is what I look for when I just need a place to keep my stuff and sleep. It's not a hotel you'll want to spend extra time in, but it's great for get up and go, and especially because it's affordable when so many hotels in Boston are strains on budgets. I'll stay here again, especially if I know I will be busy! And seriously, after a 15-inning baseball game, being SO CLOSE to Fenway was basically worth the cost alone!
Our party of four stayed at the Buckminster while attending our daughters graduation ceremony from MIT this summer. We ran into some last minute catastrophic complications with our daughters graduation dress the day before, and the hotel staff was kind enough to help us locate a dry cleaner nearby, and actually picked it us for us when we had a conflict with the Universities events! So very kind. The location is great; the rooms are large; the staff rocks!
We hit a little snag at check-in where we were informed that our reservation was cancelled by our booking agent. After I called to verify that our reservation was still confirmed, we were able to check-in and Vincent was kind enough to find us a room that was ready immediately at our 7:00am arrival. Of course it's a historic hotel so the rooms are dated, but that didn't bother us. The location was #1 reason we booked here, we came to town to watch a Red Sox game, and we were not disappointed. A short walk to Fenway Park, a view of the Green Monster from our room, it was better than we expected!
The only low point is the water pressure in the shower was too low. I felt like it took 45 minutes for me to not feel like I still had soap on my body. Other than that, we will stay here again whenever we return to watch the Red Sox play.