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  • SOQ2010
    Massachusetts3,765 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    One trip to Prudential center and copley mall is a must . 20$ day parking with high end shops . Boss Saks fifth and i saw a cvs too.
    Written August 6, 2023
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  • Susan C
    Santa Clarita, CA73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful church, and a great stop to relax and bask in the beauty and soft organ music. Well worth a visit if you’re in the area.
    Written June 5, 2024
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  • Jaffathecat1
    oxford579 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This building is truly steeped in history. Being able to gain easy & free access to both the Massachusetts senate & house of representatives was a real treat. The building & hallways are sumptuous and the explanation by the intern guide was interesting. There's no such open, unfettered access to any of the legislatures in the UK, so it was refreshing to be so welcomed. The ability to wander around & soak up the history was just great. We spent well over 2 hours here on a very hot day & oh boy does the AC work a treat!
    Written June 19, 2024
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  • FamilyFunDavis
    Davis, CA7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I have no reservations recommending this hotel! First, it is in a historic building (rooms have been recently updated) with displays of interesting art and artifacts from the history of the building and Boston. Its clock tower stands out in the skyline, which makes it easy to find your way home. Speaking of walking around Boston, this hotel is very well located. There is a T station right in front (2 stops from the airport). Almost everything we did was under a 20 minutes walk or a short T ride (Walking: Freedom Trail, North End bakeries and restaurants, Boston Commons, Beacon Hill, Bunker Hill, Tea Party Museum, Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall; T rides: Fenway and MFA; 15 minutes Uber to JFK Presidential Library). There are lots of restaurants and bars nearby. The rooms are spacious, clean and the room we had on the 12th floor had great views (definitely ask for a room on an upper floor). It was very convenient to have a fridge, microwave and utensils in the room. Also we liked having the bedroom in its own room, giving us space to spread out after a day out. The hotel (there were no resort fees which was very refreshing) arranges several activities, snack times and happy hours. We participated in the Freedom Trail and Beacon Hill walking tours and Kim our guide showed and taught us things we would not have noticed/known if we walked them ourselves. The staff was friendly and helpful! Kaylee, Brenda and Zach were very helpful when checking in and out. Since we had a late flight out of Boston, they offered to store our bags, and gave us key so we could still use the facilities. I would definitely stay here again the next time I visit Boston and I would recommend it to my family and friends without hesitation!
    Written May 1, 2024
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  • Gary W
    Warrington, UK9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit, Candace was very welcoming, informative and Knowledgeable. Well worth a visit !! If you want to learn some colonial history or you are a little women fan would definitely recommend visiting
    Written November 24, 2023
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  • BeeVale
    9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    While the view is absolutely amazing and the audio tour very informative and interesting, along with the other interactive parts of the exhibit (game show & dramatic actors video), the cost is quite high. I paid around $72 for entry for 4 people. I don't understand why it's so expensive. There were 2 employees at the ticket booth taking payment & handing out the audio devices, but other than that, it is all self-guided.
    Written July 29, 2019
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  • Ed A
    Boston, MA62 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Louis Comfort Tiffany is by far best known for his jewelry. But before Tiffany became known for Tiffany, Tiffany was a designer. The Ayer Mansion in Boston's Back Bay, on Comm. Ave. between Mass. Ave. and Kenmore Square, is the last and only surviving residence that he designed, and he designed it from conception. Although it is currently undergoing significant restoration, for anyone interested in Turn of the (20th) Century urban architecture for how the wealthy and fashionable lived and/or for respectful restoration, the Ayer Mansion is worth a visit, although of most interest to architectural historians.

    The Ayer Mansion was built by Frederick Ayer, an industrialist who made much of his original money through patent medicines, between 1899 and 1902 for and with his wife Ellen, who had been an actress. For me, anyhow, the most fascinating aspect of the house is its grand staircase, designed to be used also as a stage, with its rear wall a noteworthy example of "trompe l'oeil" with gleaming mosaic that give a remarkable sense of depth. In fact, the side wall of the Ayer Mansion was literally built around the staircase, always intended as a key and structural feature.

    After the last of the Ayers left the house, it was used for office purposes, but fortunately was not really mangled. Currently, the Ayer Mansion is owned by a non-profit active in preservation of the mansion and that uses non-public areas to provide housing for young women attending Boston-area colleges.

    Tours are scheduled by arrangement..
    Written May 30, 2019
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  • kay-cee-1138
    Houston, TX487 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    We walked up Congress Street as we were following the Freedom Trail toward Faneuil Hall when we saw the City Hall on the left. The local person I was with admitted it was not considered a handsome building. I had no trouble agreeing -- the CIty Hall is clearly of the concrete-heavy and inspiration-light Brutalist style, which was favored some decades ago mainly for economy and certainly not for looks. The style originated in the UK -- hmm, so was City Hall's design some kind of subtle revenge by the British for that spot of bother with the tea in the harbor in 1773........?
    Needless to say, we politely averted our eyes and continued on our way on the Trail.
    Written October 23, 2022
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  • kay-cee-1138
    Houston, TX487 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's nice to consider that this is the oldest existant commercial building in Boston, and it is probably goodness that there is an active retail business (a Chipotle restaurant, of all things) still there to keep the place paying its way.
    But overall, there just isn't really anything to actually *see*, aside from the view of the building's exterior from the triangular square that now carries the Irish Famine Memorial.
    The Freedom Trail Walking Guide does have a good write-up on the Bookstore building.
    Written October 23, 2022
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  • BeachStone2C
    Helsinki, Finland2,631 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a tall building, 5th in Boston. Beyond that is just a building. Not exactly an architectural masterpiece, but it’s massiveness is impressive. No observation deck or tourist entrance at all for that matter.
    Written January 16, 2020
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