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The Verb Hotel 3.0

Fenway/Kenmore, Boston, Massachusetts

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Pros

  • Conveniently located five minutes' walk from Fenway Park
  • Year-round outdoor pool (rare for Boston) and spacious deck
  • Rooms have coffeemakers and quirky decor (including record players and amps)
  • Trendy Hojoko Japanese restaurant serves pub-style fare and breakfast on weekends
  • Nearby Fenway T station, dining, banks, and nightlife
  • Vibe is retro-funky and fun
  • A free breakfast is served daily in the lobby

Cons

  • Rooms lack a view and can get noisy from nearby Fenway Park
  • Valet parking is expensive
  • No fitness center on-site, but the hotel provides guest passes to a gym down the street

Bottom Line

A massive black-and-white photograph of a dude giving the peace sign welcomes guests to the entrance of the three-pearl Verb Hotel in Boston. For the most part, the peace sign is a fitting gesture for a property whose vibe is all about celebrating music and the good times that Boston has to offer, whether it means catching a game at Fenway Park (less than a five-minute walk), or enjoying a poolside cocktail from Hojoko, the Japanese pub. The Verb tries hard to seem hip, and you can tell. The 94 stylishly simple guest rooms include typewriters, coffeemakers, and C.O. Bigelow toiletries. Valet parking is overpriced, and there's no business center. The nearby Hotel Commonwealth offers substance and style and it’s just as close to Fenway. 

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Scene

Retro rock 'n' roll vibe; music memorabilia displayed throughout the hotel

Everything about the Verb screams retro rock 'n' roll, from the music memorabilia on the walls, to a jukebox and record player in the lobby—there’s even an electric guitar resting on a stand next to the front desk (presumably for late-night impromptu jam sessions). A sign on the wall warns guests, "If the music is too loud, you're too old." While The Verb opened in late 2015, the property first started as a motel in the late '50s, and has seen its fair share of transformations over the years. The Verb’s beatnik concept is meant to both honor the legacy and assert its historic place within the vibrant music scene in Kenmore Square and in the rest of Boston throughout the last half-century. The hotel’s guests range from bros playing beer pong on the poolside deck to older folks in town to see a game or show at Fenway Park. 

Location

Five minutes from Fenway Park, nearby shops, restaurants, and nightlife

The hotel sits right behind Fenway Park (a five-minute walk), in a bustling part of Boylston Street in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston. It’s within two minutes of a number of restaurants, such as Citizen Public House, Jerry Remy’s, Yard House, and Tasty Burger. It’s close to just about everything you might want otherwise—the House of Blues is five minutes away on foot, and it's an equally short walk to a handful of banks, bars, and Target. Mass Art and Northeastern are both under a 15-minute walk. Paradise Rock Club is an eight-minute drive, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum takes 12 minutes, and Logan international airport is a 15-minute taxi ride away. Valet parking is pricey—a common theme in space starved Boston. 

Rooms

Rooms are small and stocked with unexpected extras. 

Perhaps because the big, comfy beds take up much of the rooms, the 94 rooms here are not quite spacious, but they’re not tiny, either. Old-school touches (like vintage typewriters, some with half-written notes in them) add a fun charm to the overall decor, which follows the hotel’s quirky retro theme: '70s music magazine covers are framed on the walls, rotary dial phones sit on cubbies next to the bed, and zebra-striped robes hang in the closet. Every room has an amp and a Crosley record player, and guests can barrow vinyls from a curated library in the lobby. These retro elements are balanced with contemporary amenities like flat-screen TVs, small mini-fridges, and Keurig coffeemakers. Colorful window panes cast a soft and welcoming light, though there’s not much to see outside—just a parking lot or the back of Fenway park. A select few rooms do offer views of the inner courtyard with its small outdoor pool and deck. They can get noisy on game-days at Fenway Park. Bathrooms are small but clean, modern, and brightly lit. Glass showers and C.O. Bigelow toiletries are a nice touch. 

Features

Small outdoor heated pool and sundeck and Japanese pub

The heated outdoor pool at the Verb is a welcome rarity -- outdoor pools in Boston are few and far between. (Better yet, this one is open year round) That said, it’s big enough that it can’t reasonably be called a kiddy pool, but since it doesn’t get deeper than four feet, kids would likely be happy splashing around here. The deck that surrounds it has plenty of tables and chairs along with the typical beach umbrellas and lounge chairs, and staff hands out endless free water from their Marshall-amp-shaped fridges. A free continental breakfast, served in the lobby, provides grab-and-go items like yogurt, breakfast bars, and muffins. Hojoko restaurant serves Japanese-style pub fare and specialty cocktails for dinner seven nights a week, and breakfast on the weekends. The combination of the bar, pool, and deck centered in the middle interior of the hotel makes for a lively vibe at night.

The hotel lacks a fitness center, but the hotel provides guest passes to a gym down the street. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. 

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Address

1271 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02215-3410, United States

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