Bertram Inn & Samuel Sewall Inn

Bertram Inn & Samuel Sewall Inn — ca. 1.5 km from Boston University conference rooms (walk or easy streetcar travel)

The Bertram Inn and the Sewall Inn, under joint management and across the street from one another, are attractive and comfortable bed and breakfasts with ample historic charm.  Both inns were originally private mansions, the Sewall built in 1886, the Bertram in 1907, and have admirably preserved the style of their respective eras. Each has 14 rooms, almost all with in-room private bathrooms. Both offer a hot breakfast each morning, as well as complimentary wireless internet and cable TV. The Bertram Inn has a somewhat larger common space as well as more rooms at lower and mid-range prices, while the Sewall has a greater number of top-tier rooms and offers a more private atmosphere; but overall they are very similar. As the inns are adjacent, conference attendees will find it easy to mingle informally between the two if they wish.

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Since the number of rooms is small, we recommend that you book as soon as possible if you would like to stay here. These rooms will sell out very fast, also because we have been advised that other groups have expressed interest in the same September weekend.  Please note that neither building has an elevator; the Sewall Inn has one or two ground-floor rooms suitable for guests with restricted mobility (please inquire); the Bertram does not.

Both inns have the same three-tier pricing structure, with tiers based on room size. To obtain the discounted rates listed here (which do not include the 11.7% hotel tax), you must mention the “Rilke Conference” when booking. Prices are for one or two people per room; additional people in the same room will incur a $20-per-person fee.

  • STANDARD rooms have one queen-sized bed (152x203cm) or, in a few cases, a full-sized bed (137x191cm). Rate: $149/Sun.-Thu. night; $169/Fri.-Sat. night.
  • DELUXE rooms are slightly larger, have one queen-sized bed, and generally have
    a desk and a reading chair as well. There is also one deluxe room in
    each inn that offers 2 queen-sized beds. Rate: $169/Sun.-Thu. night; $189/ Fri.-Sat.  night.
  • JUNIOR SUITES are large rooms (not true suites), with one queen- or king-sized (193x203cm) bed, a desk, and typically a pull-out sofa or two reading chairs. Rate: $189/Sun.-Thu. night; $209/ Fri.-Sat. night.

Each room is unique, and further details are available on the inns’ websites and . If you have special requests, please inquire.


Bertram Inn: 92 Sewall Ave., Brookline, MA 02446 For reservations, visit the website, call (617) 566-2234, or email

Sewall Inn: 143 Saint Paul St., Brookline, MA 02446 For reservations, visit the website, call (888) 713-2566 or (617) 713-0123, or email