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 of four stayed midweek and had a marvelous time. The view of Fenway that Keith made happen was exactly what our crew was hoping for! The staff are kind, helpful, and knowledgeable of activities fit for all ages. The room was quiet and spacious, and the beds were exactly what our tired legs needed after all-day walkabouts! I love the green initiatives and rewards for choosing to “go green”. Kenmore Square was a perfect spot for our family with easy access to the T station beneath and Fenway around the corner. We enjoyed breakfast at Eastern Standard and dinners in the surrounding area. We will be booking another stay here for our next Boston excursion. You spoiled us, and we are hooked.
Easy to find. Public transportation readily available. Two great restaurants attached. Walking distance to many bars and restaurants. Room was clean, spacious, and stylish. Staff was friendly and helpful. Fun part of town.
The hotel is situated at mile marker 25 of the Boston Marathon. You literally can watch the race from the lobby, your room, the Eastern Standard Restaurant, the Hawthorne Bar and or the Oyster Bar all within the hotel. At 7AM the morning of the race there were over 50 Boston Police Officers in the lobby prepping for the race, talk about feeling safe and reassured! It was our first marathon and the hotel staff were great especially concierge Nick MacDonald who gave us all kinds of help for the race and the Bosox game we attended. Hotel was pricey but the location was prime and the accruements were excellent. The folks at the Commonwealth put together a good package for the marathoners and their families plus they even gave out personalized certificates for each of the runners which was very very classy. We’ll be back next year!
We stayed during the Boston Marathon. Hotel was very busy but the service at the front desk couldn’t have been better. The room was very nice and the bed and furniture was comfortable. My only complaint is that the walls were a little thin because we could hear our neighbors on one side. There were charging stations for phones and computers which were very handy..
Hotel is perfectly placed for Marathon watching and great restaurants on both sides of the hotel. Quick walk to Newbury Street for shopping. While not bad it definitely isn’t luxurious. Our room had a terrible view( if you can call it that!) we actually had to keep the blinds closed. I think we got the non updated room. Definitely ask for a Commonwealth street view on a high floor. Price gouging for the marathon, but we expected that.