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Copley Square Hotel
Ranked #26 of 83 Hotels in Boston
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“Home from Home... if you are treated like a King at home”
Reviewed 16 June 2009

I have stayed at this hotel frequently in the past six months. I would love to keep this place my little secret home from home, but it really deserves to be shouted from the rooftops.

The location is perfect, regardless of your interests. This truly is the heart of the action in Boston: for business, you can travel downtown by cab or by metro in just a few minutes, and once your work day is done, the last place you want to be is in the business district where everything shuts down at night, when all of the fun stuff is in the Back Bay area around the hotel.

There is complimentary (real) high speed internet available via wifi: the speed or price of internet access is usually one of my key complaints about hotels (you either get zero speed and zero price or high speed for a high price), so this is very much appreciated.

In bad weather, you can simply cross the street to the Prudential and Copley Malls, where you can stroll indoors around all of the high end fashion stores and, if the weather is nice, Newbury Street is around the corner, with more boutique shopping and cafes where you can sit and people-watch: this is the place where everyone comes to show themselves off in Boston.

Some of the most popular tourist landmarks of Boston, such as the Hancock Tower, Copley Square, and the beautiful Boston Public Library as well as the huge Church of Christ, Scientist water display and the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Boston Pops) building are around the block, and the Boston Common and the beautiful Back Bay residential district are just a few minutes walk away. The Duck Tours (boats that drive around the city and then go on the Charles River which gives great views of the city) depart from one block away. That is in front of the Shaws Supermarket which is open 24 hours and makes for a convenient place to buy supplies (e.g., if you want to avoid the traditional $6 bottle of water in the room).

If the weather is nice, I highly recommend walking down Newbury to Boston Common, then through the Common to the left (where you will find the famous Cheers Bar on Beacon Street), and then come back up Commonwealth Avenue to Mass Ave, and then back down Newbury Street again; it's a beautiful part of the city... the hotel puts a daily memo in your room with local events and a weather forecast that is usually accurate, so you can plan your days activities.

If you want a really long walk or a jog/run, you can go up to Mass Ave bridge on Commonwealth to Mass Ave, then go across the Mass Ave bridge (as seen at the start of the movie "21") to MIT and then follow Memorial around to the Longfellow Bridge and back around through Charles Street and through the Common to Commonwealth again. The fitness center is equipped with free weights and running and cycling equipment if you get stuck in doors.

The Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Common and most major landmarks of Boston are only a few minutes away whether the valet service arranges a limo or cab service or if you prefer to go around the corner to the underground metro network (the "T") and take a couple of stops. Cabs run only a few bucks from here to just about anywhere (if you want to visit Harvard, it will cost you about $15 and you can be there in ten minutes taking Storrow Drive). The T costs $2 anywhere you go on the subway network, and you can get multi-passes called the Charlie Card that make it easier to jump on and off (you have to take the green line to the red line to go to Harvard, so it can take you 40 minutes or more).

If you arrange with at least a few hours notice, the staff can also get car service to pick you up or drop you off at the airport: pick up from the airport is more expensive, costing about 60 with tip, compared to about 30 by cab, but to the airport costs only 40, so almost the same as a cab.

Boston, like Manhattan (or London), is not a car-friendly city: you're better off leaving it at home and taking a cab. However, if you drive in, you can valet your car at the hotel for about the same price as parking it yourself (not cheap at about $40).

The food in the hotel restaurant Xhale is excellent, but I recommend going straight to the hotel bar, Minibar, where the food is also fantastic (the Kobe Mini Burgers are spectacular). Minibar is the hottest bar in town right now, the scene to be seen, particularly when the weather is nice and the terrace is open, and every time I go there the bar is buzzing with well dressed revelers and local celebrities keeping the place busy, even late into the night on the weekends. Both Minibar and Saint, the nightclub in the basement, always have a line outside, but you can skip that as a hotel guest.

The decor in the hotel is plush and modern, with a tasteful mix of soft toned wallpaper and dark wood furniture in the rooms. This is an old building and the stair case is particularly beautiful. I have read some complaints about the bathrooms, and I have had mixed luck there: some bathrooms are huge, and every bathroom has a bath-shower so they're not that bad, but sometimes they can feel almost comically small compared to the generous proportions of the bedrooms, which are very big by comparison to many hotels: you can request a big bathroom in your reservation... I had better luck with Deluxe class room, if that helps. There are also enormous two bedroom suites: I managed to throw a reception for friends and associates before going to an event, which worked out extremely well.

I also saw some complaints about the noise, so be aware that this is a city hotel: you can get rooms away from the bar and club at weekends if you prefer, but in general at night the area is really not very busy with traffic and I never had any problem sleeping, but if you are planning to sleep in during the day, be aware that this area is a hive of activity (see above).

The greatest asset of this hotel, however, is definitely the staff, who have such an amazing attitude and are always ready and willing to go the extra mile to make sure you feel like royalty every time you visit. I have seen the General Manager personally at the front desk late in the evenings to welcome guests and make sure that everything is running smoothly, and the whole operation runs like clockwork. It is one of the most pleasant and genuine staff atmospheres I have ever encountered (I have been travelling around the world constantly for the last ten years and have stayed in some lovely places, so I don't say that lightly: this is the first hotel that has ever moved me enough to want to write a positive hotel review).

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 12 June 2009

This is a gem in Boston's Back Bay. Built in 1891, closed for over 1 year for an $18M refurb, opened again in January 2009. Super attentive staff, they achieve their goal of treating you as a guest in their home. Only 2 blocks from the T (subway) Green Line- just 2 stops from Fenway Park (Red Sox). Saved $100 through Priceline.com by bidding for a 4 star. Very nice room with lots of the little touches and the bed was a dream to sleep on. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 11 June 2009

I booked a 3nts stay directly from the hotel website. The hotel offered a great rate if purchased in advance, which was not a problem. Upon arrival, I received a warm and happy greeting.

Before I booked this property I did my research. It was describe as a boutique style hotel, therefore I knew what to expect as far as room size was concerned. The bedding was superb with plenty of pillows to go around. Yes the bathroom was small but not enough to complain about. We as travelers need to understand most of our time is spent out doors and not in when visiting a new city.

I ordered room service for breakfast and dinner. Breakfast was ok but dinner was better. I also had breakfast in the restaurant which was pretty much the same.

The front desk was very helpful in advising me of several places to eat. All in walking distance. Catching a taxi at the hotel was never a problem. Yes you do cross a street, however it is small with no heavy traffic. Jaime, who is a bellman at the hotel, had taxis pull up front of the property. Overall I enjoyed my stay very much and I would gladly return again.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 June 2009

Took my wife their for a romantic weekend on her birthday. From the moment the valet opened the car doors, everyone on the staff was friendly, courteous and helpful. Special acknowledgement to Melissa for the great welcome and check-in and to Leslie who made our dinner reservations and helped us with directions. The hotel is crisp, clean and very recently renovated. The bed was very comfortable and the shower was the best I've had at a hotel, great pressure and plenty of hot water. My only gripe was the soap and shampoo.... orange?? Well, my wife liked it. Great hotel, great staff, great stay.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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denver
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Reviewed 8 June 2009

Totally renovated....new look, great service......same great location. As a former Bostonian, I'm amazed at it transformation.....will stay there again on future trips to Boston.

Ask for JP at front desk.......Jose the door man is Big Papi Ortiz's twin!!!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 June 2009

My husband and I planned a springtime visit to spend a long weekend with our daughter (MIT student). We took a cab from the airport but used the subway for our return after learning how easy and convenient it was from the hotel. Sooo easy to get anywhere you want on the subway. Good location for upscale restaurants as well as moderately priced ones within 5 min walk. Had breakfast at the hotel - generous portions and great coffee. Check in was as it should be - hassle free and the room was clean and very comfortable. Great beds, linens and pillows! If you like modern decor that is still warm and inviting you will love this place. Definitely not for lovers of the Victorian era. Cool bar on main floor. Will be returning for Graduation next year for sure.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 June 2009

We could only stay for a quick night, not enough time to explore all the hotel has to offer but this classic hotel has been totally re-born with new everything and was beautifully decorated. In contrast with the big-name chains, we were contacted before and after our stay and, while we were there, the service was genuinely enthusiastic, as though each employee partly owned the place, (and that's saying something!)

Beautifully located just off a corner of Boston's fabulous Copley Square, this hotel has the classic architecture of old Boston combined with the most modern amenities and rooms are quiet! (Big with us!)

Check it out! Stay for a night or two, at least! We'll be back!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
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Property: Copley Square Hotel
Address: 47 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116-5728
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Region: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > Back Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#16 Green Hotel in Boston
#18 Luxury Hotel in Boston
#38 Romantic Hotel in Boston
#41 Family Hotel in Boston
#42 Business Hotel in Boston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Copley Square Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 143
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcoming travelers since 1891, Copley Square Hotel is an iconic boutique hotel with a blend of historic charm and contemporary urban luxury. Nestled in Boston's historic Back Bay, our downtown Boston hotel offers an individualized, intuitive experience. Elegantly designed rooms boast the comforts of home with the indulgence of relaxation. ... more   less 
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