Not one to rush to the giant chain hotels but preferring to stay in the more intimate boutique hotels, I simply had no choice this past weekend when I accompanied my husband on a recent business trip to Boston.
Our trip consisted of a long weekend stay in Boston--Friday to Monday with his conference taking place at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel.
I must admit the stay at the hotel was much better than I was expecting. This hotel is huge with 38 floors and a massive facility to accommodate a myriad of conferences and conventions. But yet I did not feel overwhelmed. The hotel is located in Boston's Back Bay area---not in the historic North district but an area with great shopping, dinning, Fenway Park, green space, as well as historic churches, and Copley Square
The hotel feeds easily into two very nice upscale malls---one does not need to even venture outside in the elements in order to explore the malls and connecting eating establishments--which I imagine in the winter in Boston would be great.
We stayed on the 24th floor in a room with a king sized bed. The room and bathroom were exceptionally clean. The room however is small yet comfortable. The view was tremendous with a sweeping view of the south side of the city but the windows, on the outside, were so spotted and dirty, it truly detracted from the view---however I imagine cleaning windows on the 24th floor is no easy feat.
We did get a little hot at night, while sleeping--however our floor was quiet and being on the 24th floor we were not bothered by any street noise.
The hotel does have a pool and fitness center but I never ventured to take a peek.
We did not eat any of our meals at the hotel so I cannot comment on that.
However the hotel is in easy walking distance to many great eating places as well as walking distance to Fenway Park as well as a block or two from the finish line to the Boston Marathon.
Check-in was a breeze as was the express checkout. Taxis are alway ready and waiting and thee is covered valet parking. We actually took a cab in from Logan Airport which was about a 15 minute drive. I understand that the city bus system is a viable means of transportation from the airport as well.
The city's Trolley Tours stop at the hotel making for a great way to see the city as it is a hop on hop off tour--tickets may even be purchased in the hotel's lobby.
Also Boston's famous Duck Boat Tours is located very near to the hotel. Both tour rides offer informative as well as entertaining ways in which to help explore the new as well as the colonial old Boston.
The only glitch with the hotel is the elevator service. When a convention is not taking place or some other massive event is not converging on the hotel, the elevators are probably relatively timely---however for our weekend it was a time consuming process of getting to and from one's room in a timely manner. Two sets of elevators ran from the lobby to floor 26---the other set ran from floors 27--38. Imagine an elevator jammed packed with people packed in like sardines while the elevator stops literally on almost all 25 floors as folks on all levels, who are pushing the buttons, were wanting to move at the same time.
Other than the elevators--the stay was really good. The staff was great, the facilities clean airy and modern all within a vibrant section of time---A very good place to stay in order to visit a wonderful American city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A standout among other hotels in Copley Square, award-winning Boston Marriott Copley Place is centrally located in the Back Bay district of the city. Just minutes from historic Trinity Church and Boston Common, our downtown Boston hotel’s location is perfect for business, weekend and leisure travel to Massachusetts. Local shopping destinations include the stylish boutiques of Newbury Street, Copley Place Mall, and the Shops at Prudential Center, while nearby sporting venues make it easy to cheer on favorite teams at Fenway Park or TD Bank Garden. Guests are pampered with upscale amenities and on-site services including Champions sports bar and restaurant, valet parking, car rental and tour desk. Featuring 70,000 square feet of flexible, high-tech event space, our hotel is ideal for Boston conventions, business meetings and social events. ... more less
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