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
My son and I visited Boston for the first time on a Texas Ranger's destination. The staff were very friendly and helpful, especially Nick who went above and beyond to advise us on what to see and do in Boston. The room was great with a view of the ball park.
My son and I traveled to Boston to catch our first ever Red Sox game. Hotel Commonwealth was an awesome choice. Walked literally two blocks and you are at Fenway! The hotel itself is excellent. Rooms were large, modern, and very comfortable. The bathroom was renovated with a walkin shower with rain head. Front desk service was excellent! I highly recommend it in every way.
**The rating provided has to do with their customer service more than anything else. The room itself was excellent.**
We booked this hotel through hotwire's deal thing so we didn't know what hotel we were getting but everyone's review of this the hotel was really good so we were looking forward to our stay.
We stayed 2 nights but not consecutively. The first night's stay was fine. We didn't have any issues except trying to get into the hotel. They had locked their doors which I understand since we were checking in around 3AM in the morning. Once we called the hotel number they opened the door and let us in.
The second night we stayed, when they had cleaned the room, they had forgotten large towels. We had to call them twice before someone came up with towels. Other than that, the stay was fine.
So the reason why we're leaving a poor rating is because they charged us $6 for a bottle of water we didn't drink and $118 for long distance charges. My wife called the hotel 3 times to get this resolved. The first time, the person said he couldn't help and said someone would call back. No call back. The second time she called, she was put on hold and then disconnected. Finally, the third person was able to take care of it immediately and as of today, the charges have been refunded.
Make sure you watch your credit card bill carefully after you get back.
Wish I’d known these things prior to booking. We asked if we could leave the car an extra 2 hours (on a Sunday!) for Sox game and they wanted another $20!! No thanks. Parked 6 blocks away on Newbury st. for free. Apparently you can ask at check in for a Keurig. How about just offering it??
Stayed here for a Fenway game. 5 minute walk was wonderful. Beds were comfortable. Staff was very friendly. Toilet kept flushing itself in our room but seemed to be fixed after we mentioned it to front desk. Paid a lot for a night here and an extra $100 was added to the bill. ($53 for Parking, 3 different types of taxes). Keep that in mind when looking for a good price downtown.