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Reviewed 20 September 2012

The "Inn at Crystal Cove" (600 Shirley St.) in Winthrop-by-the-Sea ($111 a night in mid-September 2012 including all taxes) is an excellent choice for those who arrive in Boston with a car and want to avoid driving into town, $300 plus hotels, or paying high parking fees. It was perfect for our needs. The little town of Winthrop is actually quite charming, a seaside village really, set on a narrow spit of land separating the Atlantic from Boston Bay. Completely safe, cute, quiet, and a world away from the madness that is Boston. In fact, we drove around the area and thought to ourselves that if we had to live in Boston, this would be the place to get a house. The local food options aren't fancy, but they include the fabulous Belle Isle Seafood (an amazing lobster roll!) just as you cross the bridge into Winthrop proper as well as some locals’ spots that are friendly and reasonably priced. The Inn is older, but it's set up perfectly for travelers. In fact, most of the people we ran into were savvy Europeans who seemed quite comfortable there (the inn must be listed in U.S. travel guides in a lot of languages). There is a large modern and well-equipped common kitchen for people to use (very European!) and the rooms, while decidedly not modern or large, are quite serviceable. The free Wi-Fi connection is strong and stable, which was critical for us.

It's perfect for someone with a car: It's 20 minutes from the airport (all on side roads), parking is free (though the lot is a little tight), and the T subway Blue Line at Orient Heights or Suffolk Downs stations is 10 minutes away. From Orient Heights, the Aquarium station on the Boston Waterfront is just four quick stops and the Government Center station is just six stops. Two people could spend the day in Boston for a total of $15 (two $5 round trip tickets on the subway plus five bucks for parking at the T station). We did meet a couple from British Columbia who arrived from Logan via a taxi and planned to use the Inn to visit Boston without a car. Certainly doable...the Inn is walking distance from the Winthrop Ferry (which is a very cool way to make your way into Boston) and though the Ferry doesn't run at night, one could return via Blue Line to the Orient Heights station then catch the surprisingly frequent Winthrop bus that runs until midnight from the station all the way to the front of the inn.

Would it be more convenient to stay in downtown Boston? Absolutely. But if you are looking for the next best thing in order to save hundreds of dollars, this little place in Winthrop will do the trick. If I’m ever in the area again with a car, it’s where I’ll stay for sure.

Nick in Palm Springs

Room Tip: The rooms vary considerably in size and shape so don't assume all look the same.
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank hategoingtowork
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Reviewed 18 September 2012

When we arrived in Boston, we were not impressed by what we experienced just with the taxi ride to take a ferry to Wintrop, across the harbor. Too crowded, too busy and uncaring people. Then, when we stepped off the ferry from Boston to Winthrop, it was like stepping into another world; with friendly and helpful people and a really nice Inn right on the harbor. You can see the Boston skyline (all I care to see of Boston at this time) right from the hotel. When we checked in at the office, the lady behind the desk was super friendly and very helpful, and the gentleman who handled our bags and showed us to our room was the very same way. Wow, these people are really nice!! Our room actually was a newly renovated and redecorated little apartment with a small, but full kitchen. It was right off a pretty little living room that had a fantastic view of the harbor and the skyline. There wasn't a breakfast included with our room, but that didn't matter. Just 3 blocks from the Inn was an older, bustling cafe that served breakfast and other meals. The food was really good and very inexpensive. We really enjoyed it. We had heard from locals that the Inn was a Section 8 place a couple of years ago and that someone had bought it and fixed it up. Boy, you'd never know this place had been through something like that! Very pretty buildings and nice layout. The only downfall was that we had to leave early the next morning to head back to Chicago. Vacation over! If you ever have to go to Boston, consider the Inn at Crystal Cove; about half the price of anything equivalent in Boston and so nice and quiet and friendly! Hope we can make it back some day. Thanks Inn at Crystal Cove staff!!

Room Tip: The little apartment we stayed in is ground level and we loved it. They have plenty of rooms and if you can do stairs, you'll have lots to choose from.
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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3  Thank 843judys
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Reviewed 5 September 2012

We love this hotel for the location , the view , the harbor , the staff and the room . You can take a walk in the neighborhood , very beautiful . If you don't want to go to boston downtown with your car . You can take the subway at revere station or wonderland station . Park your car for $5.00 . On the shirley st. ,a beautiful restaurant name '' alia ristorante'' .Good staff , good cuisine , the best in winthrop. The next time we return to boston ,we return at the inn .

Room Tip: take the harbor view room
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank pelletalain
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Reviewed 27 August 2012

We choose this Inn on the basis of some very good reviews and we were not disappointed. The staff were very welcoming on arrival. The room was compact in comparison to other places we had stayed but was very comfortable, clean and decorated very well. The advantage was the balcony with a view across the harbour to Boston which was fantastic to look at daytime and at nighttime. There is a very well equipped kitchen available to use and a large fridge to store food/ drinks. We did not want to, but would have been an added bonus, if we had wanted to cook. there is a lounge area and a swimming pool as well, so very well equipped.

What is great to do is take the ferry across to Boston and travel home by the subway.

Dont be put off by the closeness of the airport as it did not prove a problem at all.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a balcony at the front with a view across the harbour to the Boston skyline. Some rooms are larger than others, so check on this. Very suitable for a family- as downstairs there are two rooms next door to each other that are very large.
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank annettebeard
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Reviewed 10 August 2012

My wife and I and our daughter and granddaughter spent Monday - Wednesday at the
Inn. I must say that we have not encountered a more friendly staff in all our travels... We stayed in the Inn's annex on the second floor... We had access to a full kitchen with a very nice table and chairs along with a large living room for all six rooms to share. Our room was spotless and had a great view of Boston harbor both the room and bathroom were clean and comfortable. We meet some very nice people and it felt like we were staying in someone's home.. We took the ferry to Boston each day to Rowes Landing.
Our first time in Boston and staying at the Inn... We would definately stay there again.

Room Tip: The annex only has six rooms... was great for the general use of kitchen... and was very clean and had all the supplies that one could need.
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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