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
My wife and I were fortunate enough to stay in the Library Suite. The room it self was awesome. Great design and functionality. The decor was perfect for the room. We had a fantastic stay. Also, I am aware of the restaurants are separate entities but they are also fantastic. Great location as well.
In the city for a meeting, my second stay here and just as impressed as the first time, very clean and comfortable! Very good value for the money.
Oversized rooms and the walk to Fenway was short and sweet.
...every time I stay in Boston I stay here... Awesome rooms-Awesome people- Awesome location!!! ...and they were very nice to me in an emergency situation when my husband was in the hospital for several weeks in 2016 and i had to stay in Boston. Honestly it feels like a second home...& Eastern Standard is the bomb.