Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston
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
- Parking On Site
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
I’d promised my 11 year old granddaughter I’d take her on a vacation after her fifth grade school year. Flying to Boston and staying at the Fairmont Copley with her is a far cry from the vacation I took with my grandmother to Miami on a Greyhound bus to stay with relatives. We are loving everything here, especially the opulent lobby and public rooms. Just steps away from top architectural and artistic masterpieces in the Boston Public Library and Trinity Church, two and a half blocks to Boston Commons and Public Gardens, the same distance in the other direction to Prudential Tower, and superb shopping all around, make it a great location. All the staff is very cordial and accommodating. And Carly and semi-retired Gracie Copley are icing on the cake!
Wonderful venue in a fabulous location! I'm frequently there for work events and the moment you pull up to valet you are received with a smile (and sometimes adorable Carly Copley their canine ambassador!). I often have the pleasure of working with their sales team on events and Alice, Alica, Lindsey and team are top notch! Don't forget to visit the Oak bar if you're there for any meal of the day as the food and service are perfect!
My experience over the past 16 years with the Fairmont Copley Plaza has been nothing but positive. I adore the entire catering team, staff and over all professionalism of this iconic venue. The standards of excellence is always at the forefront of every event when working at the Fairmont. Not to mention the iconic ballroom and over all feel of the Copley. It is a photographers dream. Such a magical experience each and every time I am there.
The epitome of elegance and sophistication, exceeding all details on wedding weekend.
Alice Fay is superb, somehow arranging a secret photo op with our client's favorite traveler, Christopher the Pig!
The wedding and reception took place at the hotel and everything was perfect. Beautiful setting and fabulous food. My room was very nice. Very comfortable and neat. Not small and a beautiful bathroom. I would stay there again!