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John Hancock Tower

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Address: John Hancock Building, 200 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116
Phone Number: 617-572-6420
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This striking I.M. Pei edifice, famous for its beauty and infamous for...

This striking I.M. Pei edifice, famous for its beauty and infamous for falling glass panes, is Boston's tallest building. After terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the popular 60th-floor observatory was permanently closed due to security concerns.

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Nice building but not open for public visit

The building is impressive and offers nice views of the city if you can access the inside somehow. On the outside it is glass and you can take nice pictures including the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Cambridge, Massachusetts

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If you want to see Chicago by night or by day go to the Hancock building. Signature rooms is on the 96 floor and this place will leave you gasping for me. Every time I visit Chicago it's a must. You feel You have Chicago in your hands just astonishing views. Food is fine to nibble on and it's basic.... More 

Thank Mastetson
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The building is impressive and offers nice views of the city if you can access the inside somehow. On the outside it is glass and you can take nice pictures including the Prudential or parts of Copley square. It is nice to walk around the area in warm days.

Thank Danuza
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

I caught the world cup 3rd4th placing match here in July 2014 - really nice grand views. Cocktails were delicious, did not try the food. Relaxing way to spend the afternoon when you want to get away from the crowds.

Thank vancat7
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

there is an observation deck and we went up the tower to see it. the view from up there is great depending on the day

Thank kevin m
Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Views from the top of the John Hancock building are incredible - we went to the bar and were able to grab a seat looking out over the city. After visiting Chicago, a frequent visitor shared the tip that enjoying the views from the bar (in the evening) is a great tourist tip - versus paying for the same view... More 

Thank Manatee5
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

Well, at that height the view can't be anything but fantastic. However, would I have hit myself for not visiting the one and only chance I have, don't think so some how. But there were lots of other people there who all appeared to think it was fantastic. Got to make your own mind up on this one.

Thank Peter S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

Worth the few dollars to go to the top. Went just before Thanksgiving and Christmas was already being set up for. The pine smell, lights, colors and music. A movie was being shot at the viewing area on top. Totally cool to see. The view from that height was spectacular at night!! Very romantic.

Thank Bill H
Palm City, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 via mobile

True that the view is spectacular, especially on a clear day, however, $29 per person seemed like a steep fee. We spent about an hour gazing out the massive windows, but I still thought it was overpriced. 5 star for the view, 1 star for the price, hence, the 3 star review.

Thank Patricia316
Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

I didn't go the the Observatory. I went directly to the Signature Lounge and it was fantastic. The views are great! There was a queue in the sunset but I think this is the best hour to go there. Girls, don't forget to go to the female restroom: it has fantastic views as well!!

Thank Karla C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Have done the Signature Lounge previously and just did the Observatory with kids. Observatory is expensive at about $30 for adults and $20 for kids. Views are amazing from all four sides. Not sure my 6 and 8 year old kids really knew to appreciate. Obviously, the view is the lure. No comfortable place to sit and relax, although there... More 

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Wander around this quintessential neighborhood in the heart of Boston for high-end shops, restaurants, and the feeling of city bustle. Its most identifiable skyscrapers, the Prudential Center and John Hancock Tower, are highlights of the city skyline. Visit Newbury street to explore unique and trendy boutiques – as well as every other kind of store imaginable – all housed in beautiful brownstone buildings. In nice weather, restaurant patio seating is packed with Bostonians and tourists alike soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the food. Commonwealth Ave offers a beautiful stroll down residential tree-lined streets. Keep walking towards the Charles River and enjoy a beautiful view by the water. In warmer months, people run and bike on paths running along the esplanade, and sail and kayak on the Charles River. Boylston street, also full of shops, bars, and restaurants, is the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Head towards Copley Square and check out the Boston Public Library, which is particularly beautiful from the Dartmouth street entrance.