"My husband and I brought our 2 teenage boys for a stay for a week. We had a wonderful visit in the North end of Boston. The house was great, but alas not perfect. Here are the pros and cons:
Pros: Very unique place to stay! My sons will remember the skinny house forever. It was interesting to sit by the open window on the 2nd floor and listen to the tour guides tell tall stories about the house.
The house is very well appointed. Top of the line appliances, full-size refrigerator, all the paper towels, sheets, pillows, plastic wrap...you name it, and it was provided. Not all VRBOs are nearly as well stocked and well functioning as this place.
Location: The North End has so many lovely people and is so convenient to everything in Boston. We woke early and walked to the Farmer's Market one morning, walked to fetch fresh baked goods several others, or just meandered just a few hundred yards and let other people cook for us. Fabulous. Right on the Freedom trail. We headed south one day and did half of it, and then another day, we headed North and did the other half. The dinners were amazing. Great, great, great location for the foodies.
Space: Incredibly efficient use of space. It was just so interesting how the house was renovated, and the attention to detail and problem solving that went into making such an oddly shaped home so oddly comfortable. If the history aspect of the place doesn't impress you, the architectural aspects will.
Cons: Airflow. There is no AC on the first 2 floors, but AC in the bedrooms. This would not be a problem during most months, but in July it was. It was uncomfortable to sleep with the AC on, because the units were over the beds, and we could feel the breeze on our heads. And it was uncomfortable to hang in the kitchen because it was hot. I did a lot of opening the house at night, closing it in the mornings, putting fans on, etc.
No outside space. There is a rooftop terrace, and an outside table and chairs that we were forbidden to use. When it was stifling in the house, that would have saved the day. Perhaps they don't want obnoxious tourist keeping the neighbors awake at night?
Stairs: We were actually appreciative of them, with eating canolis and pasta everyday. But, your typical fat american might not appreciate having to go down 2 flights of stairs to tinkle at night.
I would absolutely recommend this place anytime other than summer."
Guest: Kim H.
Date of Stay: July 2015
Review Submitted: July 22, 2015