The Verb Hotel
What We Love
- The hotel sits in the shadow of Fenway Park
- An astonishing collection of memorabilia — concert posters, backstage passes, autographed promo records — comprises the rock-and-roll-themed decor
- The heated outdoor pool is open from April though mid-October, an unheard-of asset in the middle of the city
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- To avoid the sounds of the city, opt for a pool view room
- In season, the pool can be a late night hangout
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
The aesthetic of the Verb Hotel plays off the kitschiness of a midcentury motel. Rather than creating a vibe centered on the predictable baseball theme, the 93-room hotel celebrates Fenway’s storied music scene. To decorate the lobby, David Bieber, former archivist of the Boston Phoenix, the famed alternative weekly (now defunct), was tapped to select pop cultural items from his vast collection. Among the array of pieces hung on the bright blue walls are backstage passes for the J. Geils Band, ticket stubs to a Blondie show at the Paradise, and promo records from a variety of acts, including Fleetwood Mac. The space has an enormous yellow leather banquette and a vintage turntable available to spin records of the era.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms have custom wooden beds with built-in nightstands, and long, low dressers with a decidedly midcentury look. The rooms feature such cheeky touches as old typewriters scored on eBay, ironing board covers that read “Some Like It Hot,” and blowups of old Boston Phoenix front pages as artwork on the walls. The bathrooms are simple, with white walls and dark tile floors and walk-in showers.
There’s music in the lobby and pool area (in season). Hojoko, a high-energy Japanese pub run by James Beard Award–winning chef Tim Cushman, serves breakfast, dinner and drinks.
In the Area
Fenway Park is literally a stone’s (or baseball’s) throw away, so if you’re in town for a Red Sox game or stadium concert, there’s no better place to stay. If you’re looking for a memorable dining experience, head to the Island Creek Oyster Bar, where the emphasis is on serving the freshest bivalves.
How to Get There
by far one of the coolest hotels i’ve ever stayed at, the turntables in each room and the records were awesome. staff was very helpful and friendly as well. the breakfast was tasty as well and we didn’t get time to use the pool because of our own plans but when i return i will be using the heated pool
This place is very cool! Lots of little details that make your stay fun and comfortable. They have record players (that work) in the rooms and a lot of retro decor. Bathroom is updated, great restaurant and breakfast in the morning.
We are frequent visitors to Boston due largely in part to the fact that our son has been a patient at Boston Children’s Hospital since he was 15 months old. As a result, we have stayed in countless four and five star hotels over the last six years, however, we have never received the kind of care that we received at our two recent stays at The Verb. On Monday, October 28th, my husband and I stayed at The Verb while we were in town for a Fleetwood Mac concert. We were first-time guests and we loved our stay so much that we booked another room less than two weeks later, so that our children could come and have the same “rock-star” treatment. The experience my husband, our twin seven-year-olds, and I had was without question the best hotel experience we have ever had, not just in Boston over the past six years, but in all our years of travel all over the world. The hotel is very cool, aesthetically and otherwise-- we love the heated pool, rock memorabilia, minimalistic room décor, vinyl library, and even the paparazzi taking pictures of us on the toilet. However, what sets this hotel apart the most, and our favorite feature, is that guests really do get treated like rock stars. As soon as we entered the hotel (and anytime we entered, thereafter) we were greeted by genuine warmth. We were immediately asked how we were doing and if there was anything we needed. Individual staff members even remembered whatever activity we were coming back from and asked about how it went. Upon returning from participating in a Spartan Race at Fenway, our kids were thrilled to tell their new friend Hannah how the race went and to show off their new medals. After returning from dinner the night before, during a nice conversation with Joey, I happened to mention to him that I wondered how Carly, the dog-in-residence at The Fairmount Copley Plaza, was doing, as the last time we stayed there she wasn’t well. I was shocked when he immediately picked up the phone and called to find out for me. (It turns out that Carly is retired and they have a new canine concierge named Corey.) It astounds me that it even occurred to Joey to do that. To add to all this, my son expressed interest in the guitars in the lobby, so Karl gave him an entire lesson, like it was no big deal. Upon leaving, two nice ladies at the front desk gave me shot glasses. The valet gave my husband keychains for the kids. Every single employee we encountered really made us feel like we were the only people staying there.