International Guest House
Your Home Away from Home in the Heart of Boston
Finding the perfect place in Boston is hard. We are here to bring you a sense of home, comfort, and family. Stay at our unique place for domestic and international students, professionals, and vacationers.
What are your Housing needs?
Fully furnished maintained single and shared rooms; most rooms have private bathrooms. Many of our guests enjoy sharing a room, and we can help you find a suitable roommate. We will do so if you need to change your room at no charge. Your complete satisfaction is our priority.
All rooms are appointed with beds, linens, dressers, desks, refrigerators, and air conditioners during the summer months. Our staff consists of an in-house maintenance and cleaning crew who ensure rooms are well maintained and welcoming.
Your full satisfaction is our promise.
Who we Serve
We provide tailored accommodations for a range of clients, combining a strategic location with comprehensive housing services for an unparalleled stay in Boston.
Who are we?
International Guesthouse is a second-generation, family-owned business continuously operating in one of Boston’s most sought-after and prestigious neighborhoods since 1985. We pride ourselves in providing full service when the price includes all quality housing for individuals seeking a safe and comfortable place to call home, either short-term or long-term, focusing on cleanliness and security.
Why choose us?
We are an international community in the most literal sense. As former international students, we have first-hand experience and understanding of what staying and studying in a different country or city truly means. We embrace an international and domestic community of people who come to Boston with ambition and curiosity. International guesthouse aims to build and support a society based on cultural diversity, education, and a professional life. We are here to remove your worries about your stay so you can focus on your studies and work or enjoy Boston and its surroundings as a vacationer. You will not feel alone or foreign at the international guest house.
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Join Hundreds of
"Partnering with International Guest House has transformed our student housing experience. Their seamless integration of comfortable living spaces and top-notch room and board facilities has been a game-changer for our institution. It's a relief knowing our students and visiting faculty have a safe and comfortable place to stay"
"Absolutely loved my time here! This isn't just a place to sleep; it's a whole Boston experience wrapped into one. The location is perfect, right in the heart of the city, and the blend of modern amenities with historical charm is just spot-on. It felt like I was exploring Boston from a local's viewpoint, which made my trip one for the books. Highly recommend!"
"My journey of learning English got much better when I was staying here. Mixing of different cultures and staff who are friendly make a place where I can study well and also enjoy Boston"
THINGS TO DO
In Charming New England
Nestled in the Victorian brownstone homes of the Back Bay neighborhood, International Guest house is the ideal place base for exploring “America’s walking city. Top attractions of Boston are just steps away.
- Victorian Brownstones: The Back Bay is renowned for its iconic rows of brownstone homes. With their ornate facades, intricate wrought ironwork, and grand bay windows, these Victorian-era treasures provide a scenic and historic ambiance, making every walk a delightful journey through time.
- Proximity to Attractions: From the International Guest House, the city’s top attractions are merely a short stroll away. Dive into history at the Freedom Trail, where 16 significant historic sites await. Explore the bustling stalls of Quincy Market or take in the serene views of the Charles River Esplanade.
Newbury Street: Known as one of the premier shopping destinations in Boston, Newbury Street offers a blend of historic charm and modern sophistication. Stretching for eight blocks in the city’s Back Bay district, the street is lined with:
Boutiques & Brands: From high-end designer boutiques like Chanel and Burberry to more accessible brands and unique independent stores, there’s something for every shopper. Whether you’re in search of fashion, jewelry, art, or home decor, you’ll find it here.
Dining: Amidst the shopping, take a break at one of the many cafes, restaurants, or sweet shops that dot the street. Whether you’re in the mood for a gourmet meal, a quick bite, or a delicious pastry, Newbury Street has it all.
Architecture: The brownstone buildings themselves are a sight to behold, showcasing a blend of Victorian-era architecture and modern storefronts. As you walk, notice the beautifully preserved facades and decorative details.
Public Garden: A short walk from International Guest House, the Boston Public Garden is the nation’s first public botanical garden. It offers:
Swan Boats: Enjoy a leisurely ride on the iconic Swan Boats, which have been operating since the 1870s.
Flora & Fauna: Wander amidst the beautifully manicured flower beds, vibrant blooms, and elegant statues. Various species of birds call the garden home, making it a peaceful oasis in the heart of the city.
Beacon Hill: This historic neighborhood nearby IGH is known for its narrow, gas-lit streets and federal-style rowhouses. It evokes a bygone era and offers:
Acorn Street: Often dubbed the most photographed street in the U.S., its cobblestone path and historic homes make for a picturesque setting.
History: Delve into Boston’s past by visiting one of its many historic landmarks or taking a guided walking tour.
State House: Dominating the skyline with its gilded dome, the Massachusetts State House within walking distance of IGH is a testament to both the city’s rich history and its importance in American governance.
Tours: Many visitors take advantage of guided tours, where they can learn about the building’s architecture, art, and the legislative process.
Views: From its steps, enjoy sweeping views of the Boston Common and beyond.
Charles River Esplanade: Nestled against the scenic backdrop of the Charles River, the Esplanade is a beloved green space in Boston. Whether you’re seeking a brief respite from urban life or an entire day of outdoor fun, this park provides an array of activities to fit every mood and preference.
Sailing: The calm waters of the Charles River make it an ideal spot for sailing. Multiple boathouses along the Esplanade rent out sailboats and offer lessons for both beginners and seasoned sailors.
Boston Duck Tour: Experience Boston from both land and water with the famous Duck Tours. These amphibious vehicles provide a unique sightseeing experience, giving you historical insights as you drive around the city and then splash into the river.
Biking: Paved pathways stretch the entire length of the Esplanade, offering a serene environment for cyclists. If you didn’t bring your own, there are several bike rental stations along the way.
Running: For those who love to keep up their fitness routines, the Esplanade’s paths provide an idyllic setting for a jog, with the Boston skyline on one side and the tranquil river on the other.
Group Sports: With various open spaces and sports facilities, it’s common to find locals engaging in games of soccer, frisbee, or volleyball. Join in or simply enjoy as a spectator!
Recreation Areas: Apart from active pursuits, the Esplanade is dotted with playgrounds, picnic spots, and sunbathing areas, ensuring that everyone, from families to solo visitors, has a place to relax and enjoy.
Events & Performances: Throughout the year, the Esplanade hosts various cultural and recreational events. From concerts at the Hatch Shell to fitness classes and food festivals, there’s always something happening.
Esplanade.org: For a comprehensive guide to activities, events, and facilities, the official website offers maps, schedules, and more. Dive deep to plan your visit and ensure you make the most of your time at this urban oasis.
Copley Square: Situated nearby IGH in the heart of Boston’s historic Back Bay district, Copley Square is a bustling hub of culture, history, and modernity. Within its bounds and immediate vicinity, visitors can find:
Old South Church: This stunning piece of Gothic Revival architecture is not just a sight to behold but is steeped in American history. Designated a National Historic Landmark, the church has played a significant role in events like the Boston Tea Party. It’s not only an active place of worship but also offers guided tours that delve deep into its rich past.
Hancock Tower: Officially known as the John Hancock Tower, this iconic skyscraper is the tallest building in New England. Its sleek, mirror-like facade reflects the city’s skyline, creating a mesmerizing visual experience. While primarily an office building, its architectural brilliance can be appreciated from both inside and out.
Boston Public Library: Founded in 1848, the Boston Public Library is one of the oldest and most significant public libraries in the United States. Beyond its vast collection of books and manuscripts, the library is an architectural marvel. Highlights include Bates Hall with its soaring coffered ceiling and the courtyard, a serene oasis in the city. They often host exhibitions, readings, and other cultural events, making it a dynamic space for knowledge and community.
Other Institutions: Copley Square is dotted with a number of other institutions and statues, including the beautiful Trinity Church and a statue of John Singleton Copley, the square’s namesake. Each corner of the square holds its own story and significance, waiting to be explored.
Public Transportation: For those looking to venture further or to other parts of the city, Copley Square is a major transportation hub. The Copley MBTA station provides access to the Green Line, connecting visitors to various points of interest in Boston. For schedules, routes, and more information, travelers can visit MBTA’s official website.
Copley Square effortlessly blends the past and the present, offering visitors a chance to immerse themselves in Boston’s rich tapestry of history, culture, and urban life. Whether you’re browsing through ancient manuscripts at the library, admiring the city’s skyline from beneath the Hancock Tower, or hopping on the T to your next destination, Copley Square is an essential Boston experience.
Often referred to as the “Athens of America”, Boston’s rich tapestry of higher education is unrivaled in its density and diversity. Indeed, with more students per square foot than any other city in the Western Hemisphere, the city pulses with academic vitality and youthful energy. Here’s what makes Boston such a special place for students:
Prestigious Institutions: Home to renowned universities like Harvard, MIT, Boston University, and many others, Boston stands at the forefront of academic research, innovation, and education.
Campus Culture: Beyond the classrooms, the campuses come alive with a multitude of student-run organizations, events, and activities. From sports games to theatre productions, there’s always something happening.
Learning Opportunities: Beyond traditional classes, students in Boston benefit from countless internships, research opportunities, and collaborations that the city and its vast network of institutions offer.
Diverse Student Body: Boston’s institutions attract scholars from all corners of the globe. This melting pot of cultures, backgrounds, and ideas fosters a vibrant and inclusive community where everyone can find their niche.
City as a Campus: The city itself becomes an extended campus for students. Whether it’s historical tours related to coursework, visiting local startups for entrepreneurial insights, or attending seminars and lectures, the city offers myriad ways to learn outside of a traditional classroom setting.
Student Discounts & Amenities: Given the significant student population, many local businesses and attractions offer student discounts. From museums to restaurants, being a student in Boston has its perks!
For students new to Boston or those considering studying there, The Student Guide To Boston provides an invaluable resource. It offers insights into neighborhoods, housing options, local attractions, and tips to make the most of your time in the city. Interested readers can delve deeper by visiting The Student Guide To Boston.
Boston’s academic life offers an unparalleled blend of opportunities, experiences, and traditions. Whether you’re a prospective student or just visiting, it’s hard not to be inspired by the city’s intellectual ambiance.
Boston’s Back Bay, known for its iconic brownstones, upscale boutiques, and historic landmarks, is also a central hub for transportation, serviced extensively by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). Navigating the city from this neighborhood is convenient and efficient, thanks to a myriad of transit options:
- Boston Logan Airport Proximity: Located conveniently close, Boston Logan International Airport is just a 20-minute drive away from Back Bay, offering easy access for both domestic and international travelers.
- Back Bay Station: One of the primary transit centers in the area, Back Bay Station serves both the MBTA Commuter Rail and the Orange Line. It’s a critical junction for those traveling to and from the suburbs and other parts of the city.
- Green Line: The Arlington, Copley, and Hynes Convention Center stations on the Green Line offer quick subway access to various parts of Boston, including the Fenway, downtown, and the waterfront.
- Bus Service: Numerous bus routes run through Back Bay, connecting residents and visitors to surrounding neighborhoods and beyond. Buses are a great way to reach areas not directly accessed by the subway system.
- The Commuter Rail: For those venturing outside of Boston, the Commuter Rail at Back Bay Station provides access to destinations further afield, including Worcester, Framingham, and Providence.
- Bicycling & Walking Paths: The MBTA also supports alternative modes of transport. The scenic Southwest Corridor Path, which runs parallel to the Orange Line, offers pedestrians and cyclists a green, serene route connecting the Back Bay to other parts of the city.
- Accessibility: All MBTA stations in and around Back Bay are equipped to cater to riders of all abilities, ensuring that everyone can move around the city with ease.
To plan your journey, check schedules, or get more detailed information on routes and fares, the MBTA’s official website is an indispensable tool. Interested individuals can explore more at MBTA.com.
Take A Look Around
Our gallery captures the essence of staying at the International Guest House in the heart of Boston.