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
Spent the first leg of our honeymoon in Boston, and chose the Verb as our accommodation. Easy to navigate to using public transport from airport, as right beside Fenway. Very cool exterior, and a warm welcome from Joey, who was great throughout our stay (as were all the other staff). Breakfast was more substantial than expected, which meant we were always well fed to start the day. Most sites are walkable, and there are Bluebikes right outside if you want to explore further. Rooms very funky, and enjoyed browsing the record selection. Would heartily recommend.
I stayed 6 night and every day my enjoyment exceeded the previous day. The beautiful service, the music, the pool, the food and the whiskey all benefit from The Verb team’s outstanding attention to detail and kindness. I hold you all in my heart and mind with great gratitude.
I can’t say enough good things about the Verb Hotel. We stayed here for 3 nights in October 2019. Rooms are a nice size with separate sitting area outside the bathroom for doing hair/make-up. The lobby has hot and cold nitro coffee and bottled water 24/7. Breakfast is adequate to get your day started (continental and make-your-own waffles). There are lots of restaurants within a block or two and a Target superstore two blocks away. The Kenmore T station is about a 7 minute walk. I was a woman traveling with a tween daughter and never felt unsafe.
Joey was an absolute gem! He was the most caring and sincere hotel employee I have ever encountered! I will stay here again and recommend the Verb to anyone traveling to Boston!