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The Gryphon House

Address: 9 Bay State Rd.

Neighborhood: Kenmore Square

City: Boston

Phone: 617-375-9003

Website: www.innboston.com

Expert Review

To experience a taste of old Boston, there's no better place to lay your head than the charming eight-suite Gryphon House, situated on a historic residential street of stately homes in the Kenmore Square area. The 5-story townhouse dates back to 1895, and was a private estate until it took on its present incarnation as a hotel in 1997. The décor is dominated by eye-catching, 19th-century-designed French wallpaper, while the parlor room is centered on a golden onyx fireplace. Guests congregate here for free continental breakfast each morning, admiring the oversized mirrors, gilded molding, and original antique pieces. A curving stairway leads to eight spacious and individually-themed suites. The rooms offer generous space, with high ceilings and enough room to fit a fully-equipped kitchen area, with such thoughtful additions as teapots and corkscrews, as well as ample sitting and work areas, and queen-size beds. The gas log fireplaces are wonderful for cozying up after a long day of sightseeing.

Tags: moderate | editor pick | historic | b&b

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