Copley Square Hotel
What We Love
- Prime location in the historic Back Bay neighborhood near Green and Orange T lines
- This city landmark dates back to 1891, but there are mod cons such as comforts of home like iPod docks and flat-screen TVs
- Fruity cocktails at minibar lounge
What To Know
- Starting at 205 square feet, rooms range in size from small to average size
- Free WiFi
- Valet parking costs $46 per day
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Room Service
This city landmark in the desirable Back Bay neighborhood is quintessential Boston. The Fred Pope–designed hotel opened in 1891, and while its location remains choice more than a century later, rooms are modern and chic. Amid the dark palette of the lobby and surrealist paintings, red leather ottomans add a dose of personality that you won’t find at surrounding chain hotels.
Bed & Bath
The 143 guest rooms take a tamer approach than the lobby, sticking to soothing shades of rich chocolate and tan, although patterned rugs and curtains break the space out of the conservative hotel motif. They start at 205 square feet, and although on the small side, they’re part of Copley Place’s intimacy and appeal. All offer creature comforts of home like pillow-top mattresses, iPod docks and flat-screen TVs.
The hotel’s small size means that guests can mingle in the minibar, a low-key martini lounge where sharply dressed professionals relax with cocktails like the Grand Smash (Grand Marnier, mint and lemon), chickpea frites and an indie soundtrack. Below the lounge is Storyville, a former speakeasy-turned-jazz-club that’s hosted classic crooners like Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. It reinvented itself as a trendy dance club in 2011, returning to its red light district speakeasy roots.
In the Area
The best of Boston dining is within easy reach of the hotel. Romantic sidewalk cafés on Newbury Street, including lovely Piattini Wine Bar, are practically at your doorstep, and hot spots like the South End’s Restaurant Row and the North End’s Italian bistros are short T rides away. For retail therapy, head to Copley Place and the Prudential Tower where world-class stores include Armani and Zegna. Charming Newbury Street, just a few blocks over, is lined with a wider range of luxury boutiques; try Bobbles & Lace for locally designed party dresses and accessories.
How to Get There
This was our first visit to America and therefore our first experience of an American hotel; we were not impressed. The beds were small but quite frankly even if they had been bigger, the quality of sleep you get from external noise would still be terrible. The hotel is opposite a warehouse for a supermarket which started its deliveries at about 4.30am - reversing lorries beeping, banging, crashing, revving! The next night there was loud music coming from the hotel and drunk people literally screaming outside, cars picking up etc - horrendous!! There were no tea or coffee facilities in the room and no bar - just a soulless, empty shell of a room (which looked like it had once been a bar) where you had to eat breakfast as there was no room in the lobby area! Breakfast was odd - hard boiled eggs( but no toast), dry croissants, selection of cereal bars, hard pears, yoghurts and a selection of cakes ( although the cake was nice, I don’t want cake for breakfast!) At 5pm you could collect a small glass of free wine - sadly this did not make up for the rest of the stay. I cannot see how this is a four star hotel?! Staff were not overly welcoming , the first member of staff you see is a parking valet who was hunched over his station on his phone! Thank goodness Boston was a fabulous city but I suggest strongly that you look for a different hotel!
The room was very comfortable and clean. Continental breakfast daily which was very nice. The staff excellent with addressing any requests. A little pricey but that's Boston! Would stay again and recommend.
Free breakfast, clean room, great service, everything needed was there...Friendly staff, location was key between prudential and copley square... Indoor walkway nearby connecting prudential and copley area...One block away from supermarket and dick boats if thats your thing...