Air BnB: Best of Boston

This time last year I was preparing for an epic 3 week jaunt around New England.  The trip was planned around the spectacular fall colours, and the even more spectacular New England food specialities (lobster, pies, maple syrup, apple cider – it seemed rude not to make the effort to try them all).

Boston was one of the highlights of the trip, but unbeknownst to us, we had scheduled to be there at the same time as the annual regatta, which meant that hotel and B&B prices were sky high.  Luckily Air BnB came to the rescue, otherwise we might have had to resort to a hostel to afford a four night stay. We found a reasonable little studio flat in the beautiful, historic Beacon Hill neighbourhood- perfect for exploring the city.

Like Berlin, there are some stunningly stylish (and reasonable) pads on offer in Boston,  and Bostonians seem to be particularly skilled in bringing to life the heritage of their properties without resorting to chintz.  Here’s a run down of my top six favourites:

Interior of Boston apartment in Back Bay

1. Back Bay Studio Loft – you can rent the whole of this incredible apartment in the Back Bay neighbourhood, which is just next door to Beacon Hill.  The owner of this apartment has quite the eye for vintage furniture and quirky prints and wall hangings – a treat for any lovers of vintage design.

Boston airbnb 4 Beacon Street Getaway in Brookline

2. Beacon Street Getaway In Brookline – Check out the radiator!  And that floor!  And I bet that poster would get Liz’s nerdy, typography loving heart a-beating.  This room rental in a Brookline apartment makes for a very reasonable accommodation option, and gets rave reviews from the Air BnB community.

Living room area in Cambridge apartment

3. Cute Cambridge House – It probably isn’t up there in most travellers’ priorities, but I do like the colours in this apartment – the heather grey of the walls, and emerald upholstered chair.  It’s also in the very funky Cambridge area (home of Harvard and MIT – so plenty of culture, bars and restaurants).  You can rent the entire place, and it even has a little outside deck and yard  – one of the best value for money finds.

Boston airbnb 3 Gateway in historic charlestown

4. Getaway in Historic Charlestown – this 1st floor apartment has attracted 69, 5-star reviews and counting.  It features some beautiful antique furniture pieces within the 19th century wooden framed home, with it’s huge sash windows which fill the place with light.  It’s a little slice of history in the quite neighbourhood of Charlestown, which features famous historic sites like the Bunker Hill Monument.

Boston airbnb 5 Adorable 1BR in heart of Back Bay

6.  Adorable 1B R in the heart of Back Bay – There are textiles galore in this one bedroom flat in the Back Bay area. If I stayed here I’d be tempted to leave with a pillow or two…. As with no. 1, it’s in a great location, and though it’s a new listing, all the reviews so far are glowingly positive.

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