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Back Bay

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Back Bay
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Address: Boston, MA
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

This tony neighborhood--one of the two most expensive residential areas in...

This tony neighborhood--one of the two most expensive residential areas in Boston--started as a bay. The bay was filled in during the 19th century to create the area now known by the name Back Bay. The area is known for its Victorian brownstones, the Boston Public Library, shopping, office high rises and upscale hotels.

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Lovely streets and architecture

The Back Bay area of Boston is lovely and quiet, with lots of great architecture and trees. My friends and I stayed at Copley House for a few days.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Peggy M
Albany, New York
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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Back Bay area of Boston is lovely and quiet, with lots of great architecture and trees. My friends and I stayed at Copley House for a few days.

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Champaign, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Not a cheap place to stay, but the location can not be beat. From our hotel you were within two miles of great sight seeing, excellent shopping and food.

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Bilbao, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Centrally located, not as expensive as the downtown with fantastic places for dining and shopping! Boston is not a huge city so having accommodation in Back Bay is a good idea.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in a boutique hotel on Commonwealth in the heart of the back bay. We are all runners and ran 2 blocks to a waterfront trail along the Charles River every morning. It was an oasis for people who want to exercise with beautiful views. It was completely safe even really early in the morning. There are so many... More 

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san diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were pleasantly surprised with how central we were to all that Boston has to offer. We stayed at the Lenox less than half a block from Newbury street, from Boson Public Library, Great Resturants, 15 minute walk to Fenway Park, 5 minutes to the Public Gardens

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent 5 nights in Back Bay area and it was very central to all the places and activities we went to. Taxi ride from airport to Loews Boston hotel $25 plus tip Walked to Fenway was nice and scenic. Walked past the Brownstones. Another walk to the harbor to catch the Boston Fast Ferry to Cape Cod.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Back Bay in Boston is a great place to walk around and see all the beautiful homes. Stop along the Esplanade and see the Hatch Shell where the Boston Pops perform their July 4 show!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This wonderful neighbourhood is one of the best surviving concentrations of luxury housing stretching all the way from the 1870s or 1880s to the present. Commonwealth avenue is breathtaking -- of course a well planned street, but the houses! Fabulous.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Back bay is the most beautiful neighborhood in Boston, together with Beacon hill. The buildings are gorgeous, and you can appreciate them in the quiet Beacon and Malborough streets, the grand Commonwealth Boulevard with its statues, or soing some shopping at the trendy Newbury street. Don't forget to make a stop at Copley square and visit the Trinity chirch and... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family of 12 met from 3 separate states for 4 days in Boston in June. This is the best place in town. It is right on the Green Line Subway, shopping on Newbury Street, Duck Boat Tours and On and Off tours on Hutchington. Stars grocery store for snack and fresh food. You can get anyway in town from... More 

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Back Bay
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.