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Copley Square Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   47 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)   |  
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Ranked #31 of 77 Hotels in Boston
Melbourne, Australia
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
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“Hurricane haven”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

I was unfortunate to be in Boston during Hurricane Sandy but fortunate to be in The Copley Square Hotel as it happened!
This is a stylish, well priced hotel offering free wi-fi in all areas (unlike almost everywhere else I stayed), freshly renovated, immaculate rooms and public areas in a magnificent old building and genuinely friendly and helpful staff. There was some scaffoldiif on the exterior of the building but it made no difference at all to our visit. I read other reviewers had issues with small rooms - this was not my experience but we had paid for an upgrade in advance.
As we couldn't go outside for 2 days during the storm we used more of the hotel facilities than I perhaps would have done otherwise. They offer a happy hour every night that turned into quite a party under the circumstances and 15% off any meals consumed in the dining room. Breakfast was excellent - one of the best I had in Boston, offering typical American (eggs, pancakes, bacon and maple syrup) through to more familiar and lighter options.
We were locked in by the storm so we had to stay in for dinner and I'm glad we did. Although the restaurant is basically a burger joint the food was delicious - fresh salad ingredients, choice of meats (breed and provenance detailed on the menu and by the staff) made to order, excellent hand cut fries... Everything you could ask for in a great burger really! The staff were delightful and the room very private and spacious with lots of comfortable nooks and banquettes. After dinner we cleared the table, ordered another bottle of wine and played scrabble all night (they have lots of wooden board games available). All in all an excellent experience under what were pretty trying circumstances.
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012 via mobile

Rooms very small. Started with queen. Had to upgrade to king in order to have adequate space for two. Bathrooms size tiny. Bed, linens excellent. Towels also very good . Location good. Close to shopping and short walk to T.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Hotel in under construction, but who cares! The building is beautiful and in an amazing location to visit Boston! First room wasn't to my liking, two guys visiting the city and only one medium size bed in a small room. They comped us to a beautiful room with a King size bed, they clearly warned us it was above the bar and might be loud. We were in Boston to party so I knew we'd be getting home after the bar closed anyways! Overall great stay! The girl who checked us in Friday night was awesome and so was the guy who helped us out Sunday morning!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Southern California
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

My boyfriend have stayed here twice for New Year's Eve festivities. This hotel is in a perfect spot if you're new to Boston and want to see the sights. It's centrally located and easy to get to. When we stay, we just walk to wherever we need to go.

If you're going to New Year's like us, the parade goes right past the hotel. The ice sculpture contest is just out the front door and across the street. It gets a little crowded and crazy, but it's a fun crowd and we didn't mind.

The hotel staff are unfailingly polite and helpful. The rooms are lovely and well furnished and supplied. I liked the historic fixtures in the bathroom.

It's not cheap, but it the level of elegance and location make it worth the money.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Laporte, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Loved our stay at the Copley Square Hotel! Extremely friendly staff, room was good-sized, super clean and comfortable! Lobby ambiance is lovely - decor is tasteful with understated elegance.

Loved the complimentary coffee in the morning and the "Wine Down" every afternoon! Nice touches and greatly appreciated!

Would stay again! Location can't be beat - a 2 min walk to the T.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Rosa, California
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

This hotel is in a fabulously handy spot. Quiet, despite central location. The staff were extremely professional, friendly and helpful. The rooms carefully considered...as a female traveler I often find hotels lack skirt hangers, or full mirrors. Copley Square has it all.
My favorite is finding windows that OPEN! There is nothing better than sleeping with fresh air.
This hotel was clearly appointed with everyone in mind. A fairly fierce critic, was delighted by how much was so very right.
Note. During Hurricane Sandy, flights were cancelled, and the staff was completely competent and gracious, helping me with an extended stay. Wouldn't even think of staying elsewhere next Boston trip.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

The hotel has just completed extensive interior renovations and will be finisihed with the exterior before long. While the charming touches of what was the old hotel have been replaced with modern touches and furniture, the welcoming staff went above and beyond to be helpful and kind. My travelling partners and I checked in the night before Hurricane Sandy was to hit, so they were all very helpful in assisting us with printing docs from computers, etc.

The rooms are very sleek, allbeit small - the bathrooms are too tight as are the closets, but it works beautifully for a short stay. The lighting was good and there was ample space on the desk to work, but not much room to move about.

We were able to greatly enjoy complimentary coffee service in the lobby in the morning as well as a newspaper delivered to our doors. The beds, linens and pillows were what we all would like to enjoy at home -

This is a wonderful hotel, a bit lacking in some of the charm of yesteryear, but worth a stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 47 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > Back Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#22 Luxury Hotel in Boston
#28 Business Hotel in Boston
#31 Romantic Hotel in Boston
#45 Family 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):
Newly Renovated with $18 Million Dollars. The Copley Square Hotel is in the heart of Boston's fashionable Back Bay and minutes from Boston's Logan Airport. Enjoy the many well known attractions that are steps away; Prudential Center, Trinity Church, Newbury street with its street lined cafes, restaurants and world class shops, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Public Library and Hynes Convention Center. ... more   less 
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