A Charming Reprieve, Eco Minded & Vegetarian Friendly, Near Downtown Boston
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- A Charming Reprieve, Eco Minded & Vegetarian Friendly, Near Downtown BostonFirst to ReviewApr 23, 2013
Elizabeth, Edinburgh (GB)
+ “Herbivorian House was a lovely, welcoming place to stay for two colleagues on a business trip to Boston. Brahma, the owner, was fantastic - very friendly, helpful and enthusiatic, without being in-your-face, he really makes Herbivorian House something special! The chalkboard for guests’ artwork, rustic decor and information on the benefits of a vegan lifestyle add a quirky charm to the apartment (non-vegan/veggies are welcome too!). Although the accommodation itself is lived-in, it is clean and comfortable, with spacious living room and kitchen areas, a lovely granite-topped fitted kitchen and sunny terrace with table and chairs. The bedrooms are compact but very comfortable, with lovely new mattresses. There are amazing views of the Boston skyline from the top terrace. The locals were very nice, with a friendly wave and hello every time we passed by, they are clearly proud of their neighbourhood. The surrounding area is safe and friendly, and within easy reach of the airport (10 min walk to shuttle bus). Despite its proximity to the airport, there was no noticeable aircraft noise, and no noise from the adjoining apartments. Downtown is easily accessible via subway (30min), and the long, sandy Revere Beach is only 15min the opposite way on the same subway line. The cost savings of being a little out of town far outweigh the travelling time, and we happily took the subway (a bargain $15 for 7 days’ unlimited travel pass) in and out every day with no problems Overall, Herbivorian House is a fantastic base for your trip to Boston. It will especially appeal to those who like a bit of character and authenticity to their travel accommodation (fans of faceless luxury hotels need not apply), but is a great, all-round option for anyone looking for a value-for-money base for their visit to Boston.”
Andrew Brahma & Zhenya's apartment is a warm, lovely, and unique place that was a pleasure to stay in while we were working in Boston. Brahma was both friendly and extremely helpful, and everything from the booking all the way through the check out went without a hitch. Highly recommended!
Roberto What a great place for a first AirBnB experience!! Brahma is really kind and mellow and even a paranoid tightly-wound guy like me can start feeling relaxed right away. He shows you the apartment and where it is on a map he has ready for you, tells you about Boston and answers whatever questions you may have. He is a herbivorian and it shows, no agression radiating off of him whatsoever, I'll tell you. Also I ordered a bunch of stuff from Amazon and some of it arrived ahead of me..."No problem", said Brahma with a smile (I just imagined the smile; we were emailing, but anyway) Another thing, I originally booked Skyrama but was upgraded to Lotus on the second floor because of renovations. Lotus has very nice wood floors, a shiny new kitchen and just an overall stylish feel to it. The fridge is huge, the shower works, so do the smoke alarms (sorry about that Brahma), and it has a flatscreen 32' with HDMI and USB ports. Ok, I know this is not important to most people, but if you are a geek like me, this may be a huge factor (read: you can bring your console, computer or whatever gadget and connect it). Another tip for my fellow geeks: Wifi is a bit on the slow side, but is fast enough for email, facebook and downloading pirated movi...Did I just say PIRATED? Nonono I meant Netflix. Yeah, Netflix. Yeah. What else? Oh, squirrels!!!! Every morning, right behind the house. Also from behind the house, a nice view of Boston. Hurricane Sandy came just around my second week here, but the house offered a nice sense of comfort and safety. So would I recommend Herbivorian House? YEAH!! A hundred times over. And I'm a meat-eater, so imagine. Oh and Brahma lent me an clothes iron. Even ironing is relaxing here. Only one little thing: Sound carries at these old buildings with lots of wood.
We had a wonderful time in Boston thanks to Brahma & Zhenya. The apartment we were was the Lotus, it is comfortable and bright, as our home is. Brahma is so helpful and welcoming, we felt at home! The house is in a quiet street 10 mn walk to the "T" Station, with restaurants, supermarkets and airport close by . Ale, Fra & Edo
We stayed in the Lotus Apartment and it felt very luxurious after our scuzzy NYC apartment. Beautiful space, roomy with comfy beds and great amenities. Plenty of little supermarkets nearby, a couple of restaurants, although not really a foodie area. About a 10 min walk to the large supermarket and nearest train station. Very quick train ride into the city. Brahma was very welcoming and had plenty of tips for us and a selection of maps. There's even a jacuzzi!
Carlos T Place was great! Originally meant to stay in third floor apartment but was upgraded to the second floor apartment due to renovations. Awesome apartment, plenty of space and very airy. Walk to the station was bearable, could sometimes be a pain but the view from the balcony is fantastic. Big grocery store is also a fair walk. Brahma was extremely helpful and was very responsive to our needs. Only downside to our stay was that the water had shut off overnight, but this was rectified by Brahma in the morning very quickly. Shower pressure was very, very poor and internet connection was rather slow, but functional. Other than that, the place was great! Would definitely stay here again!
Markus L We spent 6 days in the Herbivorian House and had an overall great stay. The apartment is comfortable and has a lot of space. Brahma is very helpful and can give valuable suggestions for excursions.
Accueil très sympathique. Le logement a beaucoup de charme. Le centre ville est très accessible. Bon accueil. Brahma nous a founi beaucoup de renseignements sur la ville.
Brian W This was my first airbnb experience and Brahma and Zhenya mad it really easy. I booked last minute and they were very accommodating. Thanks!
Rockman H Although brief our stay at Blossom was very enjoyable. Brahma spent some time explaining where everything was around the area and even gave us a bit of history in Boston. He went above and beyond what we expected. Definitely worth staying again!
We ended up needing a place to stay at the last minute and with two large conferences in town we struggled trying to find anywhere to stay. We lucked out finding Brahma and the SkyRama at the very last minute but everything worked out great. Brahma was very accommodating to our late arrival and hectic schedule. The unit was perfect for our short stay, and has a great overall vibe. Waking up to the downtown skyline was a nice perk :) It's just outside of downtown Boston but getting to and from the city was very easy with public transportation. Would certainly stay here again if I needed a place.
Evan J Brahma was a great host during our stay. He's more than willing to share details about the area and get you whatever you might need to make your stay more comfortable. The Skyrama apartment is fairly barre bones but has everything you'd need for a multi-night stay. And the view from the porch, perched at the top of Eagle Hill, is stunning.
Brahma was extremely congenial, helpful and cooperative. We are grateful for his hospitality. The location of the apartment and room arrangements inside the apartment were very convenient for our situation. On the negative side, one of the bedrooms is very small. Much of the remodeling and redecorating that Brahma has done in his building have been done very well. The Blossom apartment, too, will be more attractive and comfortable when Brahma has completed his projects there. We highly recommend that you contact Brahma if you are looking for reasonable accomodations in that part of Boston!
Rodney L We really enjoyed our stay at the herbivorian house. A basic layout with all we needed to be home bound during hurricane irene.The house has wonderful old character and the neighbourhood was fun to explore and convenient to the train to downtown. The view from the balcony was magnificent for such a well priced place, and we would recomend it to anyone.
Brahma was extremely helpful throughout our stay in Herbivorian House. The apartment is quite large for a two bedroomed space and the balcony has amazing views of the city. Just a 10-15 min walk to the blue line airport T stop and weekly ticket costs just 15 dollars. As the apartment is on the third floor it may not be suitable for the elderly.
Kerry M I just realized that I never posted a review for our stay in the Lotus house. We had a great time--the house is gorgeous, and it's clear that Brahma is working steadily on improving and renovating it. We loved the view, the easy access to public transit, and Brahma's friendly and helpful presence. There were some small areas where we felt improvements could be made, and Brahma was very open and receptive to our comments. We wouldn't hesitate to stay here again if we were fortunate enough to visit Boston again.
galwaygirla 24 contributions
May 2, 2010 | Trip type: Friends getaway
“Home away from Home”
Reviewed May 2, 2010
1 person found this review helpful
I came here with 2 friends from college for 2 months in Summer 2008. We just had the best time. Brahma the owner was just the nicest guy, he was like our foster dad during our whole stay. He kept our bags while we went travelling for a month and even helped us put together our new barbeque. The house was perfect, all wooden floors and a fantastic kitchen, jacuzzi bath and a balcony with a breathtaking view of the boston skyline. The neighbourhood is lovely and safe, and Jenny and the others down the street were lovely!!! Hopefully we can go back to visit soon :)
Stayed August 2008, traveled with friends
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