Prime Downtown Crossing Rental Location

With STRB always expanding, we are so excited to have added our first ever Downtown Crossing rental location; the building sits at 29 Temple Place- literally steps from Boston Common. The units are a large mix of efficiency studios and affordable private rooms with shared bathrooms and kitchen facilities. Any of these units can sleep a max of four people, so it’s the perfect place for those looking to cut down on costs. If sharing one of the efficiency suites with another couple, you and your significant other could get a great room for under $100/night per person during even peak season, and even less in one of our Quarters units (rooms with shared bath and kitchen facilities)! This is the perfect place for corporate travelers or someone looking to explore Boston from a prime starting point.
Aside from being steps from Boston Common and proximity to the train and bus lines, the best part is that there will be a brewery downstairs- not just any brewery, Downtown Crossing first ever brewery!  After laying vacant for years, it has now been revealed that Democracy Brewing will fill the commercial space below. Not only will the range of beers and food be great, but they will be affordable as well. At STRB we place a huge importance on our employees becoming involved with their local community and that’s what the crew at Democracy brewing will be all about: “A worker-owned cooperative, Democracy Brewing grants employees equity shares in the business after one year of employment and will pay all workers $15/hour, plus tips, as a starting salary.” We are thrilled to add this new location to our portfolio and even more excited to share it with you guys!
If you are looking to book this location for your next get-a-way or corporate stay. contact: info@strboston.com

Announcing Our Uber Partnership

 

Looking for a free ride around Boston? We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Uber! Thanks to our friends over at Uber, STRB will now be offering free first rides up to $20, for anyone new that signs up. If you are staying at one of our locations you can now use the code, STRBoston to receive $20.00 in Uber credits. This code applies to new users only; you can sign up using the link: get.uber.com/go/STRBoston.

Once you have created your account and downloaded the app, launch the app and you will see a login prompt where you can sign in with the credentials you just provided during the signup process. As soon as you are logged in, the next step will be to set up your preferred payment method such as a valid credit card or by linking your PayPal account. Note: This allows for a cash-free environment (you do not need to tip your driver), you’ll only be charged when you ride.

Now you’re ready! Whenever you need a ride; Simply open up the Uber app on your phone, ensure the pickup location is where you are now, select the car service you desire.

IS UBER SAFE: 

Many people want to know just how safe Uber truly is, and rightfully so – your safety is infinitely important. The truth is for a “taxi” service, Uber is extremely safe. Passengers get to rate their driver and overall experience after each ride, and drivers are reliant on good overall ratings (otherwise they’ll get the boot). Likewise, drivers get to rate the passenger after each ride; So other drivers can get a heads up if a rider is troublesome or belligerent.

Source: http://uberestimate.com/about-uber/


A STRB Success Story

At STRB, it is our mission to help our guests find furnished rentals that allow them to live like locals, whether they’re staying for a quick work trip or even multiple months. With the help of Local Property Shop, our in-house brokerage, we’re uniquely positioned to serve both the short and long term needs of our clients. Check out one of our success stories below:

Our daughter started school in Boston last year and as you would expect, my wife and I have been there several times to see her. As a hotel alternative, we started using Short Term Rentals Boston for great rooms close to her school. The staff was great and very helpful each time we called. When we decided that my daughter was going to leave the dorm the following semester, they were the first call we made.  With their strong knowledge of the Boston and firm grasp on the rental market, we figured they would be a good place to get advice since we were going to look for something to buy. As luck would have it, they informed us that they also had a real estate division called Local Property Shop.  This made life very easy and they provided the same great service we were used to at STRB. They quickly lined up showings that worked with my schedule which was usually last minute because of my travel calendar. It didn’t take long until we found the perfect place for my daughter to stay during the school year and that we can also rent out during the summer. If that wasn’t great enough, we also received a $1,000.00 rebate at Closing for being a previous STRB customer who purchased a home through Local Property Shop.

– Michael & Beth Puggi

We love turning our STRB customers into forever customers and we are proud to do so through our partnership with Local Property Shop. Interested in sharing your own success story, or becoming a part of one? Drop us a line at info@strboston.com!

Boston Marathon Availability


Now that Monday, April 17th is quickly approaching it’s time to lock in your accommodations for the Boston Marathon before it’s too late. With available units ranging from shared rooms to full apartments and options priced to fit every budget, call or email us today to make a reservation, or simply click any of the available units listed below.

Budget Friendly

Quarters™ on DOT (South Boston)– 4 Rooms left at $169/night before taxes and fees. This accommodation features shared-private bathrooms and common kitchen/laundry facilities.

538 E. Broadway (South Boston) – 1 one-bedroom apartment left at $201/night before taxes and fees.

West Broadway Quarters™ (South Boston) – 2 Rooms left at $211/night before taxes and fees. This accommodation features shared-private bathrooms and common kitchen, living room and laundry facilities. Right across from the Red Line. Super-convenient and only a few minutes to Boston Common.


Mid-Range Apartments and Efficiency Suites

29 Temple Place (Downtown Crossing) – 1 studio apartment and 1 one-bedroom with full kitchen. Easy access to Boston Common, public transit and within short walking distance to Boylston St. (Finish Line). $250/night before taxes and fees.

30 W. Broadway Apartments (South Boston) – 2 gut-renovated one-bedroom apartments right across from the Red Line T on Broadway. Super-convenient and only a few minutes to Boston Common. $250/night before taxes and fees.


Full Apartments in Boston’s Best Neighborhoods

383 & 387 Commonwealth Avenue (Back Bay) – Studio and one-bedroom units available starting at $300/night before taxes and fees. These classic brownstone buildings are located just steps from the Charles River and within minutes from the finish line on Boylston.

94 Charles Street (Beacon Hill) – 1 studio available for $300/night before taxes and fees. Charles Street is characterized by small local eateries and antique shops. The walk to the finish line from this property is around 15 minutes.

296 Marlborough Street (Back Bay) – 2 one-bedroom units available for $325/night before taxes and fees. This is the perfect fit for those looking for an authentic Boston experience.

237 Northampton Street (South End) – 1 two-bedroom unit available for $425/night before taxes and fees. Conveniently located just off of Massachusetts Avenue and only a few minutes walking distance from both orange and green subway lines, this is the perfect accommodation for a larger group of up to six guests.

 

 


Choose Short Term Rentals Boston for your next short term or extended stay

Whether you’re in between homes, reconnecting with friends and family, or in town for business, STRB has a furnished option to meet your specific needs.



 


STRB Recommendations: Boston Winery

The Boston Winery is a hidden gem in Dorchester Massachusetts. It is located beside Venezia restaurant in a Civil-War era building. The winery is run by Ralph Bruno and his goal is to “share his knowledge of making superb wine and to teach others how to enjoy this experience.” Every Saturday afternoon the winery is open to tastings and tours. For only $10 you receive 3 tokens that can be exchanged for glasses of wine, and a tour of their facilities. 

Boston Winery Door

Tours run every half hour, you can arrive anytime between 1pm and 6pm . The winery is not big so the tour is only about 10 minutes. If your tour guide asks any questions make sure to be the first to answer! The guides hand out extra tokens throughout the tour. They do a great job of explaining their process of creating the wine.  Contrary to popular belief they do not crush the grapes with their feet.

Boston Winery Barrells

The tasting room offers about 5 different wines. I went with a friend so between both of our tokens we tasted them all. Red, white, and sparkling are included in each tasting, chances are they will have a wine for you.  Handmade pizzas are available in the tasting rooms. Make sure to be the first to grab a slice, the pizza is for everyone participating in the tasting.

Boston Winery Drinks

The winery is only a short drive away from many of our properties. If you are staying with us on a Saturday make sure to stop by, and let us know what wine you tasted! I highly recommend the Sparkling Brachetto and The Black Dog Cabernet Sauvignon.


STRB Restaurant Pick Of The Week: Grille 705

While on vacation it isn’t always reasonable to sit down for long meals. Sometimes you need a quick bite to eat before starting your day. That is why we recommend Grille 705. It is a go-to for the locals in the South End. The best characteristic about this restaurant is that the food is affordable. You won’t have the break the bank for a great meal. The location is prime, right on the corner of Massachusetts and Harrison Avenue. Many of our properties in the South End are only a 10 minute walk away. Our office on Washington Street is about 2 blocks away. You can find a couple STRB employees stopping by Grille 705 during our lunch breaks.

Grille 705 Outside

Grille 705 has breakfast served all day long, so if you aren’t an early riser you can still get some pancakes and bacon when you wake up. Their omelets and french toast are any breakfast lovers dream. If you order french toast there are 6 different kinds of toppings to choose from, personally I like the blueberry. As for lunch I tend to go for the chicken wraps and sandwiches, but they also have hamburgers and pasta. Last time I ordered the Ranchero Chicken Wrap with french fries and a side Greek Salad. I was finished in about 15 minutes, the food was great! A cool option they offer is ordering online. So you can go to their website, pick out what you want, pay, and then go pick it up in 15 minutes or less.Grille 705 Chicken Wrap

Grille 705 is one the best diner’s in Boston’s South End. We recommend this spot to our guests because it is affordable and has an eclectic menu. If you are staying at our East Springfield or Concord Square apartments Grille 705 is only a 10 minute walk away. Make sure to look up their hours before you head over, on certain weekends they close at 4pm. Check it out the next time you are in Boston and let us know what you ordered!


STRB Restaurant Pick Of The Week: Cafe Madeline

 

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Finding the perfect coffee shop is a challenge, especially when you are in a new town. If you are staying with us in Boston’s South End you can find a great cup of coffee and pastry at Cafe Madeline. Around town they are known for their delectable French pastries and baked goods. Their cafe includes a window into their kitchen where you can see how all the goodies are made. Cafe Madeline has become one of the favorite spots for us at STRB.

cafe food

Whenever I have a craving for sweets at work, Cafe Madeline is just a short walk away from our office. They have a wide variety of French style pastries, drinks and sandwiches. My favorite treat is their croissant. It is so flaky and warm, great for these cold January days. If you enjoy a hot chocolate their’s is a must try. Their menu has a lot of French type foods and drinks so make sure to read before you buy!

Cafe Madeline outsideWhether you need a cup of coffee in the morning or a sandwich on the go, Cafe Madeline is a great option. Their menu is on the more expensive side, so make sure you have some extra change in your pocket! If you happen to stop by let us know what you thought!


STRB Restaurant Pick Of The Week: Globe Bar and Cafe

 globe outside

Globe Bar and Cafe is a great little joint in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. It is located at 565 Boylston Street across from Copley Square. This spot offers a place with easy access to the great shopping and sight seeing that Boston offers.

The restaurant has a great vibe and energy. There is a large outdoor patio that is perfect for some people watching and views of the city. Inside the exposed brick and large front windows make you feel welcomed and comfortable. The wait staff is friendly and were able to seat us quickly and had the food out promptly.

 

 globe menu

The menu has all the basics so there is something that can please even the pickiest of eaters. When ordering drinks make sure to look above the bar at the chalkboard, there is a seasonal cocktail menu offering interesting drinks. The friend I was dining with ordered the Hot Spiked Cider with Jack Daniels Honey. It was the perfect drink to help warm up during the cold winter day. I had the Sangria, and it was so refreshing after being out in the dry air.

globe drinks

For my meal I had the club sandwich with a side of french fries, and my friend ordered the turkey sub.The french fries were salty and warm, just the thing we needed to get us though the rest of our shopping day. They give you a lot of food, so we were able to bring our leftovers home.

 globe food

 If you are staying at one of our Back Bay properties like Newbury St. or Commonwealth Ave. check out Globe Bar and Cafe. It is just a short walk away and near the attractions of the city.


STRB Restaurant Pick of the Week: 5 Horses Tavern

While staying at one of our properties we want our guests to feel like a local. So our team is putting together a weekly blog to showcase some of the great restaurants in the area. We hope this helps with planning your trip and finding great places to eat!

5 Horses Tavern Outside

The South End of Boston is rich with eclectic restaurants and bars. Each one has their own vibe and a menu full of options that can please anyone. One of the favorites of STRB employees is 5 Horses Tavern on Columbus Ave. They describe their menu as “modern American comfort food” and they live up to that promise. Many of their dishes have ingredients sourced from local farms, and they even have multiple vegetarian dishes. The restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and is the perfect spot to hang your hat and mittens when looking to escape a chilly Boston winter. Their brick walls and comfy leather booths make you feel right at home.

 

5 Horses Tavern 2

 

This is the place for any craft beer fan. On draft are classics like Sam Adams and Harpoon, but the micro-brews are the reason to drink at 5 Horses Tavern. Their beer menu includes local drafts from Massachusetts breweries like Fort Hill, Trillium and Lord Hobo. If you aren’t into beers there is a full wine and cocktail menu that is sure to quench anyone’s thirst.

 

Our operations manager Scott recently stopped by and enjoyed some great beer from Trillium, along with some personal pizzas and crispy tater tots. Yes, we’re raving about tater tots, but these ones are awesome. Tots at 5 Horses also come loaded with cheese and shaved steak, but Scott tends to be more of a purist and opts for the base model.

 

5 Horses Tavern

 

The restaurant is conveniently right across the street from our property at 44 Concord Square, and is also a short walk from any of our South End apartments. Check out 5 Horses Tavern the next time you stay with STRB.