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Hotel Commonwealth
Ranked #8 of 83 Hotels in Boston
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TravelingBig
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“Another wonderful stay”
Reviewed 16 February 2009

My love and I enjoyed another wonderful stay at the Hotel Commonwealth. We booked a standard room, but was upgraded to a Fenway deluxe room. It was beautiful!!! The service is amazing. Patrick at the concierge desk was ABSOLUTELY the best person we've meet at the hotel thus far. Amilia at the front desk was amazing as well! Can't wait to go back in May.

  • Liked — Free internet in the rooms
  • Disliked — NOTHING!!
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2009

This is a great hotel. Great service and VERY clean. Large room and nice views. Great if you want to see a ball game. Be careful of the taxi cost to hannover st...$40!!! Close to Newberry St and shopping. Part of the SLH chain. I alomst always book SLH when I can.

  • Liked — It was very clean and nice decor
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 January 2009

The Hotel Commonwealth is a fantastic hotel. The staff were wonderful from check-in throught to checkout.
My partner and I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights in December 2008. Our room itself (one of the Commonwealth Rooms) was very lovely - huge comfortable bed, separate sitting area with couches and a second flat screen panel TV and DVD player, great bathroom with separate toilet. It was really a mini-suite and was a very comfortable place to relax.
The location was great - there is an underground station right below the building. The hotel is right on Commonwealth Avenue, and strolling abck from the city centre took us only about 20 minutes. The are some great take out restaurants right across the road, and the hotel is only a couple of blocks away from the cosmopolitan Newbury St.
The staff were very helpful - even accommodating our need for a late check out - , and the included breakfast was great (a great system where instead of the usual hotel breakfast room, we were given a voucher for the attached restaurant, which was also great).
The really impressives service, though, came when we arrived home a week later and found we had left some items behind in our room. The housekeeping manager responded promptly, with an itemised list of what they had found, and made arrrangments to post the items to us, keeping us informed of the progress along the way.
I can't say enough good things about this hotel - I highly recommend it!

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2008

This was our 4th stay at the Commonwealth in the past year and we find no reason to try anywhere else. A new hotel, it sits right on Kenmore Square and is one block from Fenway Park and at the east end of the Boston University campus. There is a subway station below the hotel/square and we walk to all parts of the Back Bay, including Newberry Street (about 4 blocks away). Since we have a child attending BU, it is a perfect location for us. Also great if you are going to Fenway Park. Otherwise, there may be better located hotels to Boston in general.
However, the Commonwealth is extremely clean and upscale with an excellent staff. The rooms either overlook Fenway Park or Kenmore Square. Not much of a Fenway view (the back of the green monster and some seats) and it also overlooks the parking lot and freeway. The Kenmore rooms are a little larger but also cost more. Also, if you need two queens, they tend to be the Fenway rooms. Having stayed in both, I actually think the Fenway rooms are preferable if price matters to you. The rooms are all well decorated and the beds are very comfortable.
Hotel amenities are very good. Internet access is easy, maid service and turndown service with great sweet wafers on your pillow were flawless. The gym is small but looks brand new. Room service is excellent and prompt. The front desk staff is very helpful and the dinner recommendations have been excellent. There are two highly rated restaurants in the hotel but we have not tried them.
They have a parking lot in back for your car, a rental car counter in the hotel, the subway/bus station in front and we have never had to wait for the doorman to get us a cab. The umbrellas by the front door have come in handy as well.
If you have a need to be in this area of Boston (or Boston in general), this is a near new, upscale hotel that we highly recommend.

  • Liked — Richard Brown at the front desk!
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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West Long Branch, nj
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 November 2008

My husband and I spent a wonderful weekend there. The room and bathroom were spacious and very well appointed. The bed was very comfortable and the linens lovely. There was quite a bit of noise going on at the street level the night we arrived but we didn't hear any of it in the room.
The staff was friendly and very efficient with the exception of one young woman at the front desk. She was very sweet but completely incompetent and as a result we waited in our room for our car for 40 minutes when it had been pulled up within 5 minutes. There were a couple of other mishaps involving the same girl.
It is within easy walking distance of the Newberry Street shops and restaurants.

  • Liked — Hard to say
  • Disliked — Front desk
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2008

Let me start by saying, I spend about 100 nights a year at hotels around the country and the world. And I have to say with all honesty, Hotel Commonwealth is one of the best I've stayed at in several years. It is almost perfect. We'll get the thing that makes it a slight notch less than perfect out of the way first. The location is not perfect (unless you are going to a Red Sox game, in which case, it is perfect). It is near Boston University and Fenway Park, but not much else is around. Still, the neighborhood is safe and active and it is literally right next to the "T" station, which makes getting around town easy.

The hotel itself is perfect, in my opinion. The staff is absolutely the best, the rooms are beyond comfortable (with a great, soft bed, huge room, huge bathroom and a great layout). The layout is the best. My king room had a large bathroom (spotless) and a semi-private sitting room and desk. The desk is large and well laid out and the sitting room makes you feel like you are in a suite. As a business traveler, I appreciated that the hotel didn't nick you for $20 for wireless internet (like may of the "luxury" chain hotels do).

What can I say? It exceeded all my expectations. When I return to Boston, I will certainly stay at the Commonwealth. I sincerely wish all hotels were just like this.

  • Liked — room layout
  • Disliked — location
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled on business
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New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2008

Travel a good amount for business, including to Boston and Cambridge. The Commonwealth is now my new top choice.

The location is great. Kenmore Square is very active, and an easy walk to Fenway, Longwood Medical campus, etc.

The extras are also great. Take advantage of their complimentary car service within 3 miles of the hotel. That does not get you to Logan, but does get you through most of downtown (including South Station). The staff was very friendly and accomodating.

More importantly the room is perfect. Clean. Very comfortable work area. Free wireless internet. Nice views. Good water pressure in the shower.

But most important -- the sleep. Comfortable bed. Quiet room. Easily able to set the "right temperature". Room was not too dry. A good night's sleep. (Getting the right temperature in a room is under-rated. It is diffficult to find a hotel room where you can set the temp, have the room keep the temp, have it keep the temp without making a ton of noise, and do so without creating a room so dry you worry about brush fires. The Commonwealth got it all right.)

  • Liked — Quality room = Quality sleep
  • Disliked — Find a staircase as soon as you walk in (but there is an elevator around the corner if you have bags)
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled on business
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Property: Hotel Commonwealth
Address: 500 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215-2606
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Region: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > Fenway / Kenmore
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Boston
#4 Romantic Hotel in Boston
#5 Family Hotel in Boston
#6 Luxury Hotel in Boston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hotel Commonwealth 4.5*
Number of rooms: 245
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A thoughtful reimagining of what a Boston hotel can be, Hotel Commonwealth unhinges luxury from its traditional definition to bring guests urban vibrance and the ultimate in unscripted hospitality, right in Kenmore Square. That our stylish spot flanks Boston's beloved Fenway Park shines bright on its list of perks, as does being in easy embrace of the city's prominent academic, medical, technology areas. Offering notably ample guestrooms, an authentic "of-service" culture, and food so good even the locals are loyal, our hotel has distinguished itself as a Boston favorite. Newly conceived interiors remain faithful to the hotel's legendary welcoming feel, blending effortless style with considered comforts to create a relaxed urban destination. The result? A refreshingly real hotel where travel smart professionals and knowing influentials converge for inspiration and the unbridled joy of getting it right. This is Hotel Commonwealth. ... more   less 
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