What We Love
- Kenmore Square/Back Bay location minutes from Fenway Park
- Part of a complex with shopping and a T station across the street
- Huge rooms by Boston standards
What To Know
- Eastern Standard can be sceney on weekend nights
- Location in Kenmore Square is a little busier than some Boston hotels
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Hotel Commonwealth feels very much like the city that surrounds it, with a classic American style that blends the traditional and the modern. The lobby and public spaces feel a bit like a colonial mansion, with ornate carpeting, large antique-style furnishings and a staff that’s eager to help. But it’s the integration of the modern — a happening lounge/restaurant, WiFi everywhere, easy access to the T — that makes the hotel such a popular choice in this part of town.
Bed and Bath
The integration of proper Bostonian style continues in the 149 spacious guestrooms and suites, where classic furnishings including armoires and brass lamps are mixed with such modern amenities as 48-inch Smart TVs and even a PlayStation 2 (by request). Each room has a selection of books by Massachusetts area writers, as well as a DVD player to take advantage of the hotel’s 200-title library. The marble bathrooms have luxe extras including plush Frette robes and Malin + Goetz brand toiletries.
The hotel’s Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks is one of the neighborhood’s most acclaimed eateries (and on weekend nights, one of its busiest lounge scenes); it offers a mix of European and New England favorites, including mussels and frog’s leg ragout. Or, head to Island Creek Oyster Bar to tuck into some of the city’s freshest seafood. You’ll also find a smattering of boutiques and a small fitness center.
In the Area
The property is across the street from the historic icon that Bostonians admire most (yes, Fenway Park); you can’t leave without catching a game or at least touring the Green Monster. Explore the historic sites of Boston’s colonial past on the Freedom Trail, with helpful painted walkways that wind around the city’s famed locations. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, which houses vast, varied and revered art collections from the far reaches of the globe. And check out the shops and cafés lining Newbury Street.
How to Get There
Right next to the T, Fenway, BU, Berklee and Boston Conservatory. Could not be more centrally located. Staff was extremely pleasant and helpful. Associated bar was a bit pricey and "too" upscale for a menu touting oysters (which growing up in Maryland, always seemed more blue-collar versus gastronomic to me), but atmosphere was very nice nonetheless. The waiter took the "gourmet" angle on the oysters just one step beyond farcical. Hotel Restaurant was outstanding and service was great, and again pricey, but well worth the cost. Only complaint: a $25 per night "resort fee" that entitled you to a coffee/espresso drink and a pastry, allowed you to take the "travel sized" shampoo and conditioner from your bathroom, gave you a free small bottle of water, and shuttle service within two miles of the hotel. I would have rather been charged $25 less, and then paid for those item ala carte, or just had the fee and amenities included with my room. The fee was odd, and not nearly worth the services "offered", and then not really used. Overall, great stay, great people, great place. Fully recommend.
We stayed at this hotel to visit a near by medical facility. However the Hotel is conveniently located next to the train and great restaurants and shopping. We loved, loved, loved it! and will definitely visit again.
The staff was amazing Kudos to the Front desk person Adam, the Concierge Nick McDonald and The Valet Park person I’m sorry for not remembering your name but he’s tall and he’s from California thank you for the help. The amazing massage therapist Glenda!!! She came out in the middle of a snow storm.. that’s dedicated service Thankyou! I would highly recommend her. Her massages are worth the stay.
This hotel was very clean our room was a bit dated probably because we got purchased it from on of those non refundable online hotel outlets so we had no view or fan vent in bathroom so if you have hair that frizz beware and if you have Asthma be cautious the air vent in our room was not very clean. Also they have a a $25 a day hotel recreation fee??? That I thought is a stretch in these times when income is so sparse you don’t want to charge customers for things that don’t add value. ( thats why I took off a point for the dusty vents and $25 fee) PS my son really enjoyed the scent of your lobby and wants to know what if it’s fabreeze or aromatic?
My parents had stayed here previously and enjoyed the hotel so I was happy when I had the opportunity to stay there for business. For once a hotel where the comforter was nice and thick! Seriously though, the staff was warm and welcoming, the morning lattes a lovely treat, and the whole establishment couldn’t have been a cozier place to work during the snowstorm.
Absolutely first rate, personal service. Understated elegance trendy enough for those who follow trends, but appealing to a more old school traditionalist such as myself. I met some co-workers and a big name brand hotel for drinks later that night, and the first thing I noticed was a sign pointing to "Elite Check-in" At this place everybody feels elite. Very quiet rooms, top shelf linens, excellent beds.
My 60th. Wonderful place. No one knew it was my birthday but treated like a queen the entire time! Valet, front desk, Eastern Standard bartenders and breakfast staff. Fun to “eavesdrop “ at breakfast to conversations that are life altering to the participants, but a different perspective now we are out of rat race. One day, kids, none of it will matter!