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The Gilded Lily
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All reviewsparlor roomshared kitchenb bsouth endself serve breakfasthistoric brownstonebed and breakfastyogurtwell equipped kitchenquiet neighborhooda lovely place to stayorange linetree lined streetwithin walking distancehome away from homeflights of stairsgreat neighborhood
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Reviewed 3 October 2011

My husband and I felt like we were walking into authentic Boston as we strolled through the park, down the street and up the steep stairs that lead to the front door of the Gilded Lily. We spent the first 2 nights in a Parlor Room - very spacious, squeaky clean and we could prepare our own breakfast before heading out for the day. The last 2 nights were in the Garden Room which offered a luxuriously high, comfy bed. Loved this B&B - we could come and go as we pleased, very private and incredibly well presented and serviced.

Room Tip: Parlor rooms are more spacious but slightly more expensive.
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Kate R
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Reviewed 26 September 2011

The Gilded Lilly, located in the impressive Brownstone building in South End is very good option for visiting Boston. Very conveniently located in the authentic surrounding, 5 minute walking to the subway station, this B&B has been our comfortable base for exploring the town.
We occupied the Parlour Room, sharing the kitchen with the neighbour Garden Room.
In the moment of booking we got very precise instruction about the arrival, entering the house and using all the facilities. This system is good for the tourists preferring to protect their privacy and being completely independent from the the housekeeper. However if you prefer every day contact and expect more assistance in the new place, there is rather no proper address for you.
In any case, the room we had, was absolutely perfect. Very tastefully restored , faultless clean and with specific touch.
The only one serious remark concerns the banal choice of breakfast assortments, which are stored in the fridge. Such a "plastic" frozen components do not match to this exceptional, chic place.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank laserkid
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Reviewed 20 September 2011

Great location. Great neighbourhood. Convenient walking to everything. Parlour Room was immaculate and comfortable.
Because my sister-in-law operates an outstanding B & B in BC, Canada (ranked 1 of 14 on TA)
our standards are high. The Gilded Lily exceeded our expectations.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank BB_McGee
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Reviewed 19 September 2011

The Gilded Lily is the best guest house I have ever stayed in. It is immaculate and well considered, with a real personal touch. I would certainly recommend staying here.

On arrival we let ourselves in with a pre-arranged code to enable us to get in the room. We were presented with the Garden Room on the first floor, with an adjoining kitchen which we shared with the other room on our floor. The room was beautifully decorated and spacious, with a large bathroom with a shower. The adjoining kitchen was stocked with breakfast foods/juices etc. You had access to a fridge if you wanted to store your own food, and there were facilities for you to cook a meal if you wished. We chose to eat out but it was nice to have the option. There a few restaurants within walking distance - we recommend the cafe/restaurant literally on the corner and the thai restaurant opposite.

I noticed some people have mentioned the stairs - I am not able to walk brilliantly, but I found them ok. There is a steep flight to get into the main door, and then one flight up to our room on the first floor. Just be prepared to carry you're bags up and you'll be fine.

As first time visitors to Boston, we were delighted to have a downtown map, guidebook and other information on Boston in our room on arrival. Not many places provide you with everything you need for your stay.

With regards to the location, you're three stops from the main downtown subway station. However, you can easily get to Chinatown close by (two stops), the Prudential building (which gives amazing views of the whole of Boston from the viewing deck - one stop or a short walk), and it's an easy ride up to Cambridge where you can see Harvard. The T (subway) is one block away for the orange line, and two for the green line, so it's a great location for getting about.

If you've not been to Boston, there are a few things I would recommend you do - we only had two days there but here are our experiences. For amazing views of Boston up to Harvard, try the river cruise going from Lechmere (on the green T) - the sunset one is great and you can have a cocktail as you sail :). As mentioned before, the Prudential building is great for an ariel view. Of course, Harvard is worth a look, and a picnic by the Charles River on a sunny day is a good thing to do. We also wanted to see the Boston Tea Party museum, but this is currently under reconstruction, so don't waste a journey over there.

So, if you're a discerning traveller wanting quality and comfort, I recommend the Gilded Lily. It's personal without being overbearing (you might not even see the inn keeper but the rooms have a personal touch) and definitely value for money.

Room Tip: We were in the Garden Room at the back of the building - a superb quiet room.
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Scrawf
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Reviewed 14 September 2011

My husband and I stayed here for five nights in August and I can honestly say that we could not have made a better choice of b. and b. We had the second floor 'Parlour Room' which was spacious and simply but tastefully decorated. The shower room was up-to-date and spotless. The small kitchen shared with the next room was ideal for our needs - we could have a breakfast at a time to suit us, we could be as leisurely or quick as we wanted and there was a good choice of the usual cereals, juice, coffee, tea, croissants, pastries etc. We could also have cooked there had we wanted. The location too was great; only a short walk from 'T' stops on two lines, one of which was at the Prudential Centre. The neighbourhood also has good restaurants and is pretty too - we loved walking along the 'green corridor' park each morning on our way out. James was the ideal host - helpful without being intrusive. We also loved Boston itself - our highlights included watching the Red Sox play at Fenway Park and 'An Affair to Remember' at the outdoor screen by the Boston Harbour Hotel, and also the festival in the Italian North End of town. What more can we say - it was great!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank verve80
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