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
Super pro to this hotel is the staff. From the valet watching our rental car for 10 min while we ran our bags up to check in, to the front desk staff who went out of their way to do anything & everything to make our stay enjoyable - I can’t recommend this hotel enough. Location is excellent - right in the middle of Kenmore Square. Easy subway ride from anywhere in the city. Made a reservation at Eastern Standard which is literally attached to the hotel & it was one of the best meals of our trip. We were upgraded to a Fenway room overlooking the ballpark. Spacious rooms with all the amenities you would expect. We can’t wait to come back!
Loved the location being walking distance to food and shopping on Newbury and Fenway Park.
Clean room with big bathroom was impressive. We appreciated the quiet atmosphere with friendly staff during our stay.
I love this hotel! It's that simple. The staff is very hospitable and the rooms are amazing. I love the fact they are in the heart of Fenway and Kenmore. The train is footsteps away and the buses are across the street.
The room is spacious and comfortable. Screens in the bedroom and living space are nice when there are multiple people in the room. The workout facility is clean, yet small. It's great for a treadmill session.
I truly recommend this hotel when staying in Boston.
We came to Boston for medical appointments and the staff at this hotel could not have been more accommodating, attentive and kind. They gave us a quiet room on the 5th floor and wished us well every day when we left for appointments. We called the night before we arrived and they were able to accommodate a 9 a.m. check-in so we could get into the room and gather what we needed for the day. The room temperature was easy to regulate and the bed was extremely comfortable. Extra pillows were provided quickly on request. Both restaurants in the hotel were good which was important since we didn't want to have to travel far to eat well. We will be back - hopefully next time for some fun!
This hotel had an easy check-in, friendly staff, and very nice rooms. We stayed in the executive suite which I recommend. This is the perfect hotel for baseball fans. Classy baseball touches throughout and walking distance to Fenway. The only minor complaint would be the $25 amenity fee they tag on for each day you stay. If I return to Boston this is the hotel I would choose again.