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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Our family has been visiting the Hotel Commonwealth for close to 10 years now and have always had a lovely experience. However our most recent return left us feeling a little let down. We found our room to be run down and actually quite loud. We were located near a mechanical closet and the elevators. We could also hear the music from the bar downstairs into the hours of the morning which wasn’t pleasant. We’ve never experienced these issues so we were quite surprised, maybe we just ended up with a bad room. Hopefully they’ll pay a little bit more attention to detail in the future. When you’re paying close to $500/night for your room, you don’t anticipate these types of problems.
Photos below show state of our room, including carpets that needed a serious cleaning.
Dirty walls, stained bath tub, cracking frosting and holes in our sheets.
I have stayed at Hotel Commonwealth a number of times and have been consistently impressed. The last time I was there, personalized stationery was waiting on the bedside table alongside sweet treats; a unique and memorable touch.
The staff are unfailingly attentive and helpful, the food is delicious and varied (they easily accommodate special dietary needs), the meetings rooms are comfortable, and it is located in an unbeatable location.
You will not be disappointed!
Great Hotel to check out Boston and the Red Sox! Located right near the subway entrance to "hop" around town to check out all points of interest.
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