This historic city has a great mix—of old and new.
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Give us your first impression.
The lobby at the Verb feels less like a hotel and more like a recording studio. The check-in desk is covered with faux sound-absorbing upholstery, the walls are lined with vintage music posters, and a black-and-white floor stands in graphic contrast against cerulean walls and a banana-yellow couch. It's as if Almost Famous took place in a boutique hotel, and the sense of fun is immediately apparent.
Ooh, I like that. Is the crowd accordingly cool?
Mostly. They're hipsters and music lovers, but also Red Sox megafans aiming to sleep as close as possible, physically, to Fenway Park.
Speaking of sleep: How are the rooms?
Originally a 1959 motor inn, the Verb is a beautifully restored hotel that pays homage to the building's funky past while maintaining contemporary finishes and comforts. Pool view rooms overlook the sundeck out back, and the noise from Fenway is more or less muffled.
Well, that's good. How about the little things, like the mini bar, or shower goodies? Anything you'd write home about?
There are tons of little touches here—original multicolored glass windows, record players, vintage posters, mid-century furniture, and C.O. Bigelow toiletries.
Can't go wrong with a little mid-century decor. Is there decent food here? How about room service?
The ground-floor restaurant is Hojoko, a lively Japanese izakaya from the team behind O-Ya. There's no room service.
Tell us: Was there any staff member who really impressed you?
The bartender at Hojoko will keep your glass full and impart all the good neighborhood gossip.
Anything else we should know in advance?
There's no gym on site, but guests have complimentary access to a nearby Boston Sports Club. In summer, the outdoor, heated saltwater pool is the area's hippest place to lay out with a mai tai while listening to the roar from Fenway across the street.