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
A great hotel. Friendly helpful staff and great modern large bedrooms and bathrooms.
It was my birthday and I was left a complimentary bottle of wine to celebrate.
Great location for getting around Boston as the hotel is right next to the T. Also very close to Fenway Park Stadium. Would defintely stay here again.
Was just there for a conference at the hotel and an extra day to tour the city. The staff was the best I've seen in some time. From beginning to end. Extra shout out to Nick who went above and beyond with helping with directions/suggestions and phone issues!
The room was wonderful, and comfortable. Food for conference was tasty and well prepared! Definitely recommend this to anyone looking for customer service!
First time at Hotel Commonwealth. My wife and I loved it. Large rooms and all updated. Big bathroom and showers al updated as well. Great location and very friendly staff. We happened to be there on a night where they were hosting a wedding so although we were on the 4th floor we could clearly feel the music playing, but as I expected at 11pm, it was quiet. Great that the wedding could enjoy themselves and yet the hotel guests were not disturbed into the late hours. Connected to Eastern Standard and Island Creek Oyster makes it even better. It also doesn’t hurt that next door is Starbucks, 7-11, McDonald’s and a Wine Shop. What else would you need?
I stayed here for three nights during a business trip to Boston, the room was clean and well organized, staff was friendly and responsive to all my needs. Overall a very good place to stay at a convenient location.
I stayed here on November 26th and 27th. This hotel is in a great location and has great amenities. First of all the staff is great... The Hawthorne Bar down stairs reminds me of a speak easy and has the very best selection of Rums, Tequilas and Scotch. My new favorite bar in Boston. The Island Creek Oyster Bar which is attached to the Hotel also is great. This will be my new go to Hotel in Boston.