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
- 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
This is an appealingly quirky and well-located hotel. The rooms are adequate. The customer service is very poor (be prepared to carry your own luggage - and there's no lift; don't expect a response to emails - the 'Assistant Operations Manager' solicited my feedback on May 25th but didn't respond to my email of June 1st). Breakfast is shambolic - little better than a campsite, with rickety tables, no staff on hand, and dwindling food and drink supplies. Altogether a seriously disappointing - and expensive - experience.
My husband and I stayed here 1 night for the Red Sox game. It could not have been any better. The place is super cool, very retro. We grew up in the 70's so we loved having records in our room to play our favorite tunes. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. Grab and go breakfast in the morning was basic but perfect for us. We loved that we could walk less than 2 blocks to Fenway. You can also see the stadium from the hotel. The area has lots to do too, so you can walk to many attractions. We went to the Baseball Tavern after the game, which is directly across the street. Very fun bar scene especially from the roof deck and if you are 20 something, which we are not but we did not care.
It was super pricey because of the game that night, but we were treating ourselves to a night out. The valet parking fee of $48 was typical for the area, but there are other places to park nearby that are cheaper.
We loved the staff, hotel, location and overall vibe of The Verb. I can't possibly visit Boston again and not stay here! The staff goes out of their way to ensure you have everything you need and more. Highly recommended! Thank you Hannah, Scott and Matt for your recommendations and making our stay the best ever! Greg & Heather
The Verb hotel, old HoJo's, is an amazing location to stay if you're going to the Red Sox game. Been coming for years. The staff was amazing and filled with tons of info and help. The rooms were clean and updated. My kids loved the outdoor pool. My only problem was the price. During off-peak nights (no-Red Sox game), prices were cheap! However, not only was I charged more than 3 times to rate, they add $50 to leave your car on the lot, mandated valet. There's a better way to do business. I understand supply and demand. However, price gouging is another thing. We should have stayed at much higher quality hotel and walked further to the game. Live and learn. I did love the place.
Amazing service with a great location in Fenway. Rooms are stocked with free beverages, great music choices, free WiFi and the out door Pool is delightful..... I even got a free T-shirt!! Breakfast is included and the staff could not be more attentive!!
I will be back..... great stay!!