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
One of the things which attracted us to this hotel was it's quirky nature, with a rock and roll theme - and we were not to be disappointed. It is exactly as advertised on their website.The theme and styling goes not only through the communal areas but into the corridors and rooms themselves. I really liked this and thought it was well done and executed. The rooms are perfectly adequately sized, with a good bathroom attached. The laid back vibe of the hotel also extended to staff, which I really liked - making them personable, friendly and approachable.
The hotel is located opposite Fenway Park, so great for baseball fans. There are a selection of bars and restaurants nearby and it is walkable (if you don't mind a 40-45 minute walk) into the centre of Boston/Boston Common, although the subway is also pretty easily accessible. Location was definitely not an issue at all.
Just a few suggestions as to how this hotel could be improved:
1. Air conditioning: the room could not maintain a constant temperature, despite the temperature dial being set appropriately. Usually, the room was too hot, particularly in the middle of the night, necessitating sleeping on top of the covers. Occasionally the air conditioning would then kick in until it was too cold - but you wouldn't want to get back under the duvet as you know quite quickly you'd be sweating again. Maybe worth a look at that and trying to keep it more constant.
2. There was one early morning (I think Monday) when bins were very loudly emptied about 4/5am (just after it had started getting light), which was quite the awakening. This could have been the bar next door, rather than the hotel, but it would be good if something could be done to address that.
3. Constantly have at least 2 members of staff on reception around check out time to avoid queues building up, particularly where there is a particularly difficult transaction being undertaken.
Overall, however, I would recommend this hotel. It's character and staff give it the charm which it has. Definitely quirky and fun to stay at if you are in Boston.
This hotel is straight-up adorable. My son and I stayed at The Verb during his college visit to Berklee College of Music last year. Sadly, it's taken me this long to review, but I loved it so much I wanted to give a great review. This boutique hotel is perfect for lovers of Rock n Roll. There's memorabilia everywhere and each room has a record player. Records are for loan in the front lobby and the variety is amazing. Don't expect an uptight luxury high-rise chain. The Verb is a remodeled, mid-century modern Howard Johnson Hotel that knocked it out of the park with charm. Speaking of knocking it out of the park, our room window looked out at Fenway Stadium across the street! This place is walking distance to almost everything we needed and more: Berklee Campus, Fenway, Wahlburgers and even Guitar Center. The staff was amazing and very chill. Unfortunately we had to call the front desk a couple of times to complain about some loud music (with extremely heavy bass) in a nearby room, but the problem was solved within minutes. We will DEFINITELY be back!
We stayed at the Verb through an Expedia combined flight hotel deal. It was hands down one of the best hotels ever! Very friendly and helpful staff, rooms were great- the bed was very comfortable. As we are approaching senior status, it was really nice having a first floor handicap accessible room! Grab and go breakfast was very good and just steps away from Fenway Park! We would definitely stay here again! Great value ... bonus after bonus- who wouldn’t love having your own turntable and vinyl selection in every Room? The developer really outdid themselves!
Staying here was everything I saw on the internet! The location, rooms, service, was ALL as advertised. We all loved the location to Fenway and given my sonâs love for classic rock, it was perfect!!!!
Very fun hotel - record players in every room and vinyl collection downstairs. Small pool in courtyard, nice staff in the lobby (no gym though), Great restaurant and bar attached. right next to fenway park but still good area