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Cheap and (generally) cheerful accommodation that didn't quite come up to scratch Jun 28, 2012
We stayed at the Farrington Inn in April 2011 in what was intended to be part research trip, part holiday. With me being a diabetic, we decided it would be best to go for a place that had a fridge and self-catering facilities - plus we hoped it would work out cheaper than eating out every night for 2 weeks!
We booked a room with private shower and kitchenette at the Farrington, and when we arrived at the main building it was like stepping back in time to a cross between "Little Women" and WWII. A clapboard house with starting-to-sag front steps, it wasn't without its charm and provided plenty of food for thought (including the deer's head mounted on the wall), decorated throughout in a dated and sometimes chintz fashion. The member of staff who greeted us was really polite and welcoming, showing us to our room and proving throughout the course of our stay to be a considerate host.
Our room was actually in another building a little way up the street, looking like a cross between a chalet and an apartment block (complete with extensive wooden communal balcony-landings on all floors). Inside it was again quite run down and the decor was quite dated, again reminding me somehow of "Little Women". The staircase spiralling up through the building tilted somewhat inwards, leading to the disorientating and sometimes alarming feeling (especially when carrying a suitcase) that you were going to tip yourself right over the banisters. Our room was spacious enough, with a walk-in closet and a small bathroom-cum-shower. The kitchenette wasn't particularly clean, however; our cooking equipment amounted to a rusted hot plate and a microwave, while the utensils and crockery weren't clean either and ended in us buying plastic cutlery and paper plates, as well as plenty of cleaning products! The fridge was okay - not especially clean, but not filthy - but the cupboards definitely needed a good clean, as did the (very few) pots and pans provided.
There was plenty of pillows, sheets, etc but our bed was extremely soft and sagged in the middle, meaning that when we got into bed we were immediately on our sides facing each other! The room was quite hot at times and we didn't feel comfortable opening the sash window, as it led right out onto a fire escape that seemed easily accessible from the outside. The window seeming quite rickety and loose also meant that we had to take extra care in leaving any valuables behind in the room as it just didn't feel 'right'. The Farrington offers long-term accommodation as well as short stays, and bearing in mind its proximity to Boston University, beware of the tenants' student parties, impromptu singalongs, noisy drunks, slamming doors and other nuisances late at night! My partner had several run-ins with the people next door through simply asking them to keep the noise down after midnight, and this made our stay a little awkward and uncomfortable at times, especially as they got somewhat abusive at times and deliberately hammered on the walls! When we informed the manager, however, he was really accommodating, offered to speak to them on our behalf, and even offered to move us to a different room (which we couldn't do as we needed the fridge in our one for my insulin!).
The Farrington is located close to what I call the 'student district', with plenty of bars and restaurants nearby (I highly recommend the Sunset Tap and Grill - it's awesome!), as well as a launderette (which we used), a couple of convenience stores and a gas station. It's about a 10-minute walk to the nearest T stop on Packard's Corner, and from there it's about a 10-minute T journey to Boston University, or 30 minutes to Government Center (central Boston).
Overall, having paid more for a room with a kitchenette we were disappointed with the standards of cleanliness - especially as we didn't use the hot plate as it looked likely to burst into flame if switched on! On those grounds, it definitely wasn't worth the price. Although the Farrington offers Wi-Fi, this was not available in our building (no signal) and so we had to troop over to the main building, where even then the signal was weak and intermittent.
This is cheap and (generally) cheerful accommodation, but certainly no hidden gem - if we could have afforded somewhere else, we would have gone there instead.
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