REVIEW: 40 Berkeley Hostel

40 Berkeley Hostel

40 BERKELEY HOSTEL

Liz and I decided to take a last minute trip into Boston this weekend for a special “Weekend in Boston” project that I’m currently working on. We knew that we would need to find somewhere to rest our heads for the night but we weren’t ready to face the prices of a hotel in Downtown Boston.

After some quick research, I stumbled upon 40 Berkeley, a hip hostel in the South End of Downtown Boston. From what I could see, it looked as if the location would integrate perfectly with the plans that we had lined up for the weekend.

40 Berkeley Hostel - Boston, Massachusetts

Upon arriving at the hostel, we were greeted by a friendly staff member who handed us our key, along with a small brochure which listed all the important information about the hostel as well as the amenities that were included in our stay. Yes, I said it. Amenities!

Room

40 Berkeley Hostel - Boston, Massachusetts

As soon as we stepped foot in our room we knew we felt right at home. Sure, the rooms are a bit on the small side. Although, we have stayed in hostels and guesthouses all over the world and I can’t think of many rooms that we’ve stayed in that were as clean and bright as the rooms here.

The room was equipped with a queen bed, desk, lamp, small bureau, hanging wall mirror, full closet/wardrobe, fresh towels. No TV here, but who needs one?

I should also mention that there are no en-suite bathrooms. There is a large shared bathroom located on each floor of 40 Berkeley. One for males and one for females, of course!

40 Berkeley Hostel - Boston, Massachusetts

Location

Map of 40 Berkeley Hostel Boston, Massachusetts

Location of 40 Berkeley

40 Berkeley is located in Boston’s South End. Nearby, you can find all of the nightlife, restaurants and shopping you could ever ask for. You’re within 10 minutes walking distance to Boston’s Public Gardens as well as the Boston Commons. 5-10 minutes to Copley Square and another few minutes to Newbury Street, Boston’s most expensive and glitzy shopping avenue.

Amenities:

  • Complimentary Breakfast – Menu includes full buffet and eggs made-to-order.
  • Free Wi-Fi everywhere in the building
  • Dinner is available daily, eat-in or take-out. Menu includes specials.
  • 24-hour reception services include telephone answering and tourist information
  • 24-hour security
  • Laundry facilities
  • Light house-keeping
  • Irons available upon request

As someone who works on the internet, having FREE Wi-Fi was incredibly helpful.

I also found the complimentary breakfast yet another amenity that’s hard to find in most hostels/hotels. This wasn’t one of those “continental breakfasts”. The hostel provides a buffet style breakfast that includes: Omelets, bacon, homefries, pancakes, toast, fresh fruit, belgian waffles, an assortment of juices, coffee, tea, and more!

This amenity alone will save you a lot of money due to the fact that you won’t have to spend money on breakfast each morning!

40 Berkeley Breakfast

Extras:

Free Pass Program:

Book a room 40 B and they’ll throw in a FREE pass to one of Boston’s top attractions*:

  • New England Aquarium – $22.95 value
  • Museum of Science – $22 value
  • Harvard Museum of Natural History – $9 value
  • Prudential Skywalk – $13 value
  • Loew’s Boston Common Theatre – $12 value

Additional passes are available at substantial discounts. Be sure to pick up your free pass at check-in.

*Offered with standard rate rooms only. 1 pass per room. Offer subject to change. 

Rooms/Rates:

  • Standard Full Room (Full or Queen Bed) : $55 USD/night weekdays. $59/night on Weekends
  • Various room options and prices. Reserve your room now!.

Disclaimer: 40 Berkeley provided me with a complimentary stay in exchange for a review. As usual, ALL reviews published on Pause The Moment are based on my honest opinion of the product described.

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Ryan Gargiulo is a location independent blogger, digital influencer and world traveler with a serious passion for the sun, the sea and adventure. When he's not out wandering the world, you can likely find him instagrammin' from a paradisiacal location or hunched over my laptop, working away, somewhere along the coast of the Caribbean Sea.

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5 Comments

  1. Hi Ryan,

    Thanks so much for the awesome blog post about our hostel! We’re so glad you got the chance to check it out. Let us know if you ever feel like taking another spontaneous trip to Boston!

    Bria S.
    Director of Events and Media
    40 Berkeley

  2. Fantastic, in-depth review. The South End is a great place to stay in Boston, and it looks like you’ve found a great deal there.

  3. Love to see Boston highlighted for budget conscious travelers! Never heard of the Berkeley but a free pass to one of those attractions plus those affordable roommates is a heck of a deal! Shocked to see prices so low. Do they stay that low in the summer as well?

    We might have to check it out when we get back to the states!

    1. Hey Tony,

      The rates rise as the summer approaches because as you know Boston is at it’s BEST during the summer. The prices are still very affordable for it’s location in Boston though. You should definitely stop in there once you get back into down. Although, don’t rush your trip or anything. Stay on the road! ;)

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