I lived in the Marion Inn for 9 months, in one of the "grad pad" rooms, while I was in grad school. The place worked out fabulously for me. All the furniture was provided, I had access to a full kitchen, as well as a mini-fridge, microwave, and cabinet with dishes in my room, laundry in the basement, cable and wifi. My parents stayed there in one of the nightly rooms when they helped me move in, and loved it. It's on the "shabby chic" side, but super cute and clean. The management is very attentive, and took care of any problems I had right away. The inn is super close to the T (subway) and Coolidge Corner, which has great restaurants and shops, and it's in a pretty and safe neighborhood. It's not really a bed and breakfast - you get snacks in your room, not a breakfast smorgasbord, which they are forthright about - but the price is great. Even though I don't live there anymore, I still stop by to visit from time to time. It was my first home in this city. If you're visiting Boston, this is a nice place to stay, and I recommend it to friends when they come to visit.
My wife and I had the great fortune to happen across the Marion Inn a short while ago. We checked in for a week just to see... and, ended up staying for months. First of all, you can't beat the price anywhere in Brookline which, combined with the unbelievable location make it a fantastic deal! I would like to stress though that these two beneficial factors are VERY closely followed by the outstanding performance of the Management. If you have read other reviews, you will have noticed that most mention Sue by name, rightly so. The lady is efficient, courteous, warm, friendly and professional. The room we occupied was tastefully appointed and we were very happy and content with our stay. This location affords the experience of "A home away from home". It's cozy, cute and very friendly. Some people might well prefer the sterile experience of a "Ho-Jo's" (at twice the price) but for my money, next time we're back in Massachusetts, we'll be hoping that there is room available at the Marion Inn.
i would very much disagree with previous reviewer, i have stayed here twice and found it a great place to stay , breakfast isnt included nor is it advertised, but there is a kitchen which everyone is free to use, and in the room i stayed in , there was a stove, microwave and fridge also which was very convient, rooms are a good size, and comes with cable tv and wifi and private bathroom, rooms are very tidy, why i picked this inn though is that it is a very reasonable price, and perfect location as it is literally not even a 2 min walk to a subway stop making it accessible to whole city, guests are free to come and go, no problems with noise and overall a pleasant stay, another bonus i found was as my flight home wasnt til the afternoon, i was able to stay in my room past check out which was very handy, this is more of a self service inn, but none the less, a worthwhile independent stay. plenty of restaurants , shops close by also.
I stayed at the Marion Inn with my family while helping on one of my daughters move into her apartment in Allston. The location was great - right near the T. Sue, the manager was most helpful and she even helped to arrange a parking permit for our moving truck which we parked in front of the Inn overnight, and she helped with a parking permit for the whole week during our moving adventure.
The room was clean and suitable for a family. There was a small refrigerator and a microwave and a table for eating, but we did not use it very often. The location is great and there were so many great places to eat nearby we just kept some fruit and some of our leftovers which we brought home from the restaurants if we could not finish our meals.
There was plenty of privacy, but Sue was available if we needed her for directions or advice about getting around the city for things we needed during the apartment move-in adventure.
It wasn't fancy but the price was right and the Inn met all of my expectations, I would stay there again.
We booked a large suite with the Marion Inn for three weeks for August 2008. My wife, my 10 year old son, and I wished to make an extended visit to Boston. We were informed that it would have a large bed for us and a fold out bed for our son. Some sort of breakfast was to be included.
Although the location is reasonably good, the room was very run down. The furniture escapees from from the recycling bin, and amenities minimal or none. Worse of all the beds. The 'big' bed was no more than a full size. Old and dipping in the middle. The sheets aged beyond reasonable use, and the pillows of the 'non-washable' type. Not exactly what one would desire for a hotel room where many, many people use those pillows in the space of a year. Towels, worn. Fold out bed, creaky and worn. Old sheets. Dust everywhere. No change of sheets during the stay. (We had to make a point of requesting them). There is no cleaning service whatsoever. There is no cleaning service of the room. You are expected to do this yourself, although no mops or brooms are provided. Breakfast is a joke. Basically, you are better off buying a bagel in the neigbourhood.
Worse of all, when we checked out, we needed an extra hour to get the car organized to take us to the airport. We were told that that would not be a problem. When I got to the hotel to pick up my wife and son, they were sitting on the street curb with all the luggage and personal items.
Aparently the hotel management suddenly wanted to clean our room, an urge which had totally escaped them the previous 20 days, and forcebly evicted my wife and son out of the room. (Yes, we had paid the room and requested the extra time, which they had said was OK)
I would strongly recommend against anyone staying at the Marion Street Inn. (Which not too long ago was a weekly rate shanty house for drug addicts) I would sooner recommend some of Brookline's comparatively excellent park benches. An inspection from the health board would not be unwelcome either.
Stay away, really, not a joke. Written by a long time and very frequent traveller with more than the usual tolerance for human error and inconveniences. Trust me, do yourself a favor, and go anywhere else, anywhere at all.
What a scathing review. Yes, this place is not brand new. It's an old house, not the Westin. I've stayed in lots of B&Bs and the Marion Inn compares favorably.
First, the location. It can't be beat. Steps from the Green Line. Around the corner from Beacon St.
Second, the rooms: the furniture is older but not falling apart by any means. The beds are fine. Not top-of-the line but what you should expect from a B&B.
Third, breakfast. Yea, it's on the light side. Coffee wasn't good. I don't think they advertise a full breakfast. They could improve this.
Fourth, cleanliness: I don't remember them cleaning our room during our stay but I remember it being clean when we got there.
Fifth, service. It's a small-time operation so you get personal service. They were very friendly. Given some of the eccentrics that run some B&Bs they were very helpful.
Finally, Value. You can't beat the price for the location. Best value around. I plan on going again.
If you want a comfortable place to stay for a fair value in a great location you could do a lot worse than the Marion Inn.
We stayed at the Marion Inn during the Boston Marathon, April '09. It was a great place to stay and it was a very good value. It's decorated tastefully and it's quaint. It had a kitchen and access to laundry facilities in the basement. Clean towels were left every day. We had privacy. Granted the furniture wasn't right out of the Ethan Allen gallery but that's part of what makes it unique in it's character. The location is excellent and I dare anyone to find a better deal in that area! My only complaint was a heater vent that rattled but that was an easy fix. We ended up with a parking ticket due to some changes in the parking rules, however we told Sue about it and she very graciously took care of it. We are definitely staying there next April, we made reservations as soon as we left.
There are so many good things to say about this place, I hardly know where to begin. First, the decorating is charming. I feel like I've come home when I get there. Then there is Sue, the manager, who makes me feel completely welcome. She is relaxed and always ready to help. The location is perfect, just half a block from the T, or a couple of blocks from a taxi stand. And the village of Brookline is teeming with wonderful shops.
I usually prefer a private bath, but here I feel that the shared baths are always clean and convenient.
My only problem with the Marion is that sometimes I have to travel on the spur of the moment and it's full! Then I invariably have to stay somewhere a lot more expensive and with a lot less character.
Oh, and did I mention that the building is old enough to feel like you are staying in a historic site? And it has been done up to suit its period.
I really wouldn't want to stay anywhere else in Boston or Brookline. I have a son who lives in Alston and it's easy walking distance.
P.S. My husband stays there too, and he is even pickier than I am.
I lived for six months in 2004 and 2005 as an exchange student in the Marion Inn. When my wife and I decided to go on a New England tour starting in Boston we chose the Marion Inn again. You can't beat the location and the price is fair for the Boston area. The manager was very helpful and organized the parking even we could not provide the plate number (rental car) for a city ticket. The rooms are clean and the Inn has real high speed internet access. We surely will come back.
I was looking forward to staying at the Marion Inn. Unfortunately, our plans changed, and I had to cancel. When I emailed Sue, the manager, I never heard back. No one responded to a voice mail either. Finally was able to connect with a live person. Was told Sue had been fired for stealing money. This person had no idea about my reservation. Requested I send an email, which I did. The new owner (or manager??) returned my call. Said she would reimburse my $74 minus a $25 "service charge". When I mentioned their policies never stated anything about a service charge, she said this was always the case. I directed her to the website that does not mention anything about service charges. She did not know about any website. It's been about 2 weeks since I first spoke with anyone about canceling my reservation and I have not received any information back from this facility. If you do decide to stay at this place, I recommend only doing it after checking things out in person. They do not seem to have a clue about running a business.