We recently spent a short, close-to-home vacation at the hip and historic Copley Square Hotel after snagging a promotional rate for a Saturday evening. Following a speedy check-in with a pleasant “intuition specialist” in a lobby with subdued lighting and dark, trendy colors, I commented to my husband that we just weren’t hip enough to stay here!
The trendy color scheme continued through the corridors, which also offered some interesting photos of the hotel throughout its 118-year history, to our “Boutique Queen” room. This well-appointed room was quite small (though not unexpected for a downtown hotel), but was efficiently arranged to maximize space. It had a generous closet and very comfy bed. We weren’t disturbed by interior or exterior noise. The bathroom had a terrific shower and other up-to-date fixtures, though it also offered some history: The wallpaper included the Longfellow poem, Paul Revere’s Ride! A tall person might have difficulty with the modern-style elongated toilet in this long, narrow bathroom as there was little room between my knees and the opposing wall once seated. I’d guess there are other bathroom configurations (based on a look at the fire escape floor plan), so if you have long legs, it may be worth asking about this.
We stopped in at the “Wine Down,” a nightly, hour-long gathering in the lobby area with complimentary wine. There were a number of young, trendy folks befitting the surroundings, but as we looked more closely, we realized that there were several families and some not-so-hip (and more historic!) older folks like us. The staff treated all in a friendly, courteous manner. In fact, in all our interactions with the “intuition specialists” they were always friendly, despite being saddled with this pretentious (IMHO) title.
The hotel is in a great location in Boston’s Back Bay section. The Copley (green line) and Back Bay (orange line; also Amtrak) “T” stops are just a short distance away. It’s also an easy walk to the Public Garden, Trinity Church, the Prudential Center, the Charles River Esplanade, and Boston’s South End. I was pleased to note that a visit to the South End was included in the listing of events and suggested activities that was delivered to our room and would encourage visitors to enjoy the South End’s great restaurants and have a look at its traditional brownstone architecture.
Overall, this hip hotel in a historic area of Boston was a fine experience. With its comfortable rooms and helpful staff, I think it would provide an excellent base for visitors of all ages.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Copley Square
- Copley Square Boston