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What We Love

  • Signed lithographs by Matisse, Picasso and Chagall in the lobby lounge
  • Carly Copley, the friendly resident canine ambassador
  • Eight themed mini-suites, tributes to Boston’s iconic institutions like The Freedom Trail and Boston Public Library
  • A 3,000-square-foot rooftop health club

What To Know

  • Request an in-room Swedish or deep tissue massage, thanks to the hotel’s recent partnership with on-demand service, Zeel
  • Fairmont Gold members are treated to a complimentary continental breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres at the private lounge
  • Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property
  • Babysitting services are available for an additional charge

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

Historic 1912 Back Bay grande dame facing Copley square, with nipped-and-tucked interiors and superior service

The Lowdown

If this Beantown landmark bears even the slightest resemblance to New York’s Plaza Hotel, it’s no coincidence: both early 20th-century masterpieces were designed by architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, who had a penchant for French and Venetian Renaissance flourishes. In celebration of the hotel’s centennial in 2012, a $20 million renovation overhauled the 383 guest rooms to include mod cons like USB ports and Keurig coffee makers and transformed the property’s iconic old-school cocktail lair, The Oak Room, into an up-to-date industrially-themed bistro (the 83-foot copper-topped bar is especially striking) while swapping its previous raw bar with fresh, farm-to-table fare. Fortunately, certain trademark adornments, like trompe l’oeil paintings on the gilded ceilings above the 5,000-square-foot lobby and period antiques, still remain. Also intact is the Fairmont’s signature, over-the-top service: guests can rent BMW bikes, concierges regularly set up dog walks with the resident pet for those missing their canine companions, and, upon request, mornings can be kick-started with rooftop yoga at the state-of-the-art gym.

In the Area

Situated in Copley Plaza (a 15-minute drive from Logan Airport), just a block from Amtrak’s Acela Back Bay Station, this hotel makes a serious case for a weekend getaway. Once you’re here, browse the boutiques on nearby Newbury Street, wander the cobblestoned alleys of Beacon Hill, or picnic at Boston Common. For families, the Fairmont regularly offers packages that include tickets to the Boston Children’s Museum and the New England Aquarium. On Sundays, be sure to check out SoWa Vintage Market, less than a mile from the hotel, and sift through mid-century modern knick-knacks and flapper dresses until you find a treasure that calls your name.

How to Get There

Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston
138 Saint James Ave
Boston, MA 02116 United States

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 3505 Reviews
Fairmont hotel Copley Plaza Boston
Reviewed 21 hours ago

The hotel was a heritage hotel very centrally located with beautiful interiors.there was an old world charm about it,it seemed one was walking into a palace.the staff was very courteous and we were looking forward to our stay till we entered the room.
I had a major problem with our beds.it was soooo narrow and very high.for short people it’s impossible to climb on it! I had to ask for a roll away bed which was not that comfortable.they should have at least queen beds where two persons can sleep.they should also keep step stools so that one can get on and off the bed easily

Beautiful Hotel, Wonderful Staff!
Reviewed 22 hours ago

The Fairmont Copley Plaza is one of the most iconic Boston hotels. Whether having your wedding or nonprofit event here the history and beauty of this hotel is unparalleled! Our nonprofit continues to return for their annual gala year after year because of the hotel's elegance, service and amazing staff. Lyndsay and her banquet managers Haley and Emily are extremely professional, attentive and made our event run so smoothly.

A Gem in BeanTown.
Reviewed 1 day ago

Having stayed in other hotels in Boston this was our first time at the Fairmont Copley and we will definitely be back. It was extremely convenient from the train, friendly staff in all areas, beautifully restored lobby and common areas, spacious and comfortable rooms. Conveniently located with easy walk to almost all the attractions.

Elegance in Time with 5 Star service
Reviewed 2 days ago

I had the wonderful pleasure of staying this week in the Boston Symphony Orchestra suite on the Gold Floor. The room was so spacious with an entrance, bedroom and bath on the left and the large living room on the right. The room had a work desk, couch, comfortable chairs, a corner table and couch, mini bar with large counter, old fireplace with large TV above and the couch pulled out into a bed.

The King size bed was a dream to sleep in and turn down service with your slippers and bottle water was welcoming in the evening to come back to. Not to mention the comfy white robes that hung in the bathroom. Order room service, who needs to go anywhere.

The bathroom, as all the other rooms, all looked out over the plaza with great views of the Trinity Church, Old Church and the Boston Library. The hotel is right next to Boylston Street which has great shopping and many nice restaurants.

When you enter the hotel you are made to feel at home with a sweet greeting from Carley the hotel black lab. You stroll through the Peacock Hall lined in large mirrors and beautiful Italian tiled floors. This hotel built in 1912 is so full of history. Ask the front desk for a print out of it. It is amazing the events that have taken place at this historical hotel.

I love the Grand Ballroom (took a peak they were setting up for a wedding). The staircases, artwork and halls make this such a unique property. It sets you back in time and you can picture the formal affairs that were held here. Right out of a movie.

I highly recommend staying on the Gold Floor as the concierge lounge is full or snacks throughout the day, evening canapé and full breakfast in the morning. The latte machine came in handy in the afternoon too.

The location is so perfect! We were able to walk to the Red Sox game in about 15 minutes, took in the Freedom Trail, a visit to Boston Commons and event a stop at the famous CHEERS Bar. All so close in walking distance.

Look for the double PP around the doors, and wood work. They represent the hotel and its sister property The Plaza in NYC. The same architect designed them. This property is a historical elegant hotel with 5 * service. Everyone was friendly, gracious and helpful.
Staying at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Boston was such a delight. I highly recommend a visit, one not to be missed!

Noisy, small rooms, but old time charm
Reviewed 3 days ago

The decor of the hotel will remind you of what this place must have been like 75 years ago. The elevators required room keys. Nothing wrong with that if only it would work consistently. Rooms are rather small and the corridor noise pervasive. Service was rather slow.