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“Boston post-WS win”
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Hotel Commonwealth
Ranked #8 of 83 Hotels in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Philadelphia
1 review
“Boston post-WS win”
Reviewed November 8, 2013

Everyone in Boston was in a good mood when we arrived after the Red Sox won the World Series. The hotel had cute baseball-related touches (the wall behind the reception desk was painted to resemble a scoreboard from the Series) - but maybe those are there all the time. Having a T stop a few feet from the front door was a plus. Ate at both restaurants. Breakfast choices are pretty limited at Eastern Standard and the dinner menu would be a nightmare for anyone who doesn't eat meat in both the appetizer and main course of a meal but maybe that's what Bostonians like - the place was hopping at dinner. Island Creek Oyster was more sophisticated and great for those who like raw bars (raw seafood, that is). Luckily a nearby manager intervened when a hostess insisted at 5:30 p.m. that I (a table of 1) could not be seated for dinner before 10 p.m. One expects that a hotel restaurant will make an effort to accommodate hotel guests, and I'm glad that she did. If you want to avoid this sort of thing, though, reserve a table before you arrive. Hotel staff were very congenial. Housekeeping forgot to leave a robe one day, shampoo & soap the next day, but more importantly the rooms were very clean. Stayed in a room that faced Fenway & the freeway and heard absolutely no noise. Nice.

Room Tip: The Fenway rooms are large & comfortable.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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FOManagerHC, Manager at Hotel Commonwealth, responded to this review, December 14, 2013
Dear traveler7030,

You chose a great time to visit Boston. I'm glad you enjoyed the work of the art students that we hired to paint a homage to the World Series in Kenmore Square. The lobby was truly a work of art and captured the championship spirit. Thank you for your review.

Best Regards,

Shane McWeeny
Director of Operations
smcweeny@hotelcommonwealth.com
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Poole, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

We had a junior suite third floor at the front of the hotel. The room was a good size, good quality furnishings and comfy bed. It was also quiet despite being next to a busy street.
Two very good bars, one with a restaurant that serves food of equal quality. The staff and service were excellent in both.
Possible down sides for some maybe that it is a fair walk or quick taxi ride to the city centre. However, there is a train station right outside. Pleasant walk though through a leafy suburb.
Also some gym equipment needs updating, particularly the bikes.

Room Tip: No swimming pool, pressed by mistake and could not erase!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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FOManagerHC, Manager at Hotel Commonwealth, responded to this review, December 14, 2013
Dear Rootsey,

Thank you for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed a quite night during your recent stay in our commonwealth junior suite. We hope to have you return soon.

Best Regards,

Shane McWeeny
Director of operations
smcweeny@hotelcommonwealth.com
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

My husband and I and two teenage children arrived at the hotel on the afternoon of the final of the World Series of baseball in which the Red Sox were playing at home at their ground right opposite the hotel. Inevitably there were huge numbers of spectators milling around which was an exciting start to our stay. The hotel is a bit out of the centre of Boston but there is a T stop right next door so travelling is easy. The hotel entrance hall and communal areas are very dated in terms of decor but clean and tidy. Our bedroom (junior suite I think) and bathroom was very spacious and spotlessly clean and looked out directly into Fenway Park. Despite this we never heard any noise either from the match or from the interstate which runs directly along the back of the hotel so there was no problem with sleeping, especially as the beds were very comfortable. A complete lack of hot water was dealt with quickly after a phone call to reception and the arrival of a plumber who spent some time identifying and sorting the problem. The reception staff were all very pleasant and helpful, with one exception mentioned below, The Eastern Standard is the hotel's restaurant and whilst there was no problem at breakfast, it was almost impossible to get a table for an evening meal. The staff said they would phone me when one became available but they never did. A couple of days before our departure we asked a receptionist to book us a cab for a 5.30 am pick up to the airport and mentioned that we would require a car with plenty of space as we had a large luggage item. We were told that they could not do this and the only way we could get a car to the airport would be to go out on the road on the morning of departure and flag down a taxi, but he did not really think there would be too many around at that time in the morning and we might have trouble getting the size required!. Astonished at this response we explained that we really needed to be sure we would get a cab as we had a flight to catch but he was adamant he could not order a cab for us. We inquired about a private car hire but he dismissed this as being too expensive and would not pursue this option further! In the end we booked a cab ourselves very easily by phone; it turned up on time, it was the size we had stipulated and it got us to the airport in plenty of time. The mystery of the receptionist's refusal to book us a cab remains and unfortunately marred our stay to some extent, as did the erroneous addition to our bill of a bottle of champagne from the mini bar. Why do hotels think they can get away with doing this? It is blatant dishonesty. In summary, the hotel was OK but I am not sure why it is rated quite so highly by other reviewers.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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FOManagerHC, Manager at Hotel Commonwealth, responded to this review, December 14, 2013
Dear mummylongestlegs,

Thank you very much for your detailed review. I appreciate the recognition of our dedication to uncompromising levels of cleanliness. I apologize for the inadequate assistance with transportation. I will work with the front office on our communication to assure we can avoid this in the future. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you need any assistance.

Warm Regards,

Shane McWeeny
Director of Operations
smcweeny@hotelcommonwealth.com
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

Stayed 3 days on vacation; superb boutique hotel with very friendly staff and service; elegant rooms with very comfy beds. Two nice restaurants on the premises and most everything with easy access on subway with station beneath the building. Lots of good restaurants in Back Bay nearby. We happened to be there the last game of the World Series and it's right next to Fenway. Had a blast! Expensive but you get what you pay for.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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FOManagerHC, Manager at Hotel Commonwealth, responded to this review, December 14, 2013
Dear TroutFisher14,

We truly appreciate the feedback from your recent vacation. You chose an incredible time to stay at Hotel Commonwealth. The last game of the 2013 World Series proved to be a momentous and historic night for the city of Boston.

Warm Regards,

Shane McWeeny
Director of Operations
smcweeny@hotelcommonwealth.com
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Ely, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

Stayed for four nights with my daughter on a trip up the East Coast. This was the best hotel of the entire holiday. Located in the Back Bay Area overlooking Fenway Park baseball stadium and right next to Kenmore station on the MBTA so easy access to everywhere in Boston (and beyond - we had a great trip out to Salem). Good restaurants attached to the hotel (Eastern Standard and Island Creek Oyster Bar). Excellent staff.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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FOManagerHC, Manager at Hotel Commonwealth, responded to this review, December 14, 2013
Dear NewHampshireMay,

Thank you very much for the feedback and review. I am thrilled you enjoyed Island Creek Oyster Bar.I would be happy to add a Keurig coffee maker to your profile. This will allow us to have one ready for you in your room upon arrival. Please contact me directly at your earliest convenience.

Best Regards,

Shane McWeeny
Director of Operations
smcweeny@hotelcommonwealth.com
617-532-5055
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New Hampshire
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

This is an excellent small hotel with almost all the ammenities. There is no coffee maker if that matters to you, but they give you a coupon for Starbucks next door. The room was large and clean and had excellent work space. All of the staff were fantastic. The hotel is right over the Kenmore MBTA Station (Green Line B,C, and D). If you want to be in Central Boston this is a great spot. The Oyster restaurant in the hotel is excellent from my own experience and I understand the other hotel retaurant is very good too.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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FOManagerHC, Manager at Hotel Commonwealth, responded to this review, November 28, 2013
Dear NewHampshireMay,

Thank you for providing feedback about your stay. I am thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us. We do offer complimentary coffee makers upon request. Please contact me so I can add this note to your profile. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best,

Shane McWeeny
Director of Operations
Smcweeny@hotelcommonwealth.com
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

Spent 4 nights at the Commonwealth for city break. Being right next door to Fenway Park during World ( why do they call it that??!!) Series featuring Red Sox not ideal but it certainly created some atmosphere!! Very convenient location for the T and getting into City centre. Found the tourist trolley bus a great way of getting around initially and seeing/understanding the history. Hotel service excellent , all very helpful and obliging. Good breakfasts at Eastern Standard but equally a Starbucks next door is great if you want better coffee and less food!! Not cheap by any means but its an excellent hotel and you get very well looked after.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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FOManagerHC, Manager at Hotel Commonwealth, responded to this review, November 28, 2013
Dear blueexile,

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. I am happy that you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to see you again the next time you are in Boston.

Warm regards,

Shane McWeeny
Director of Operations
Smcweeny@hotelcommonwealth.com
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Property: Hotel Commonwealth
Address: 500 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215-2606
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > Fenway / Kenmore
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Boston
#4 Romantic Hotel in Boston
#5 Family Hotel in Boston
#6 Luxury Hotel in Boston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hotel Commonwealth 4.5*
Number of rooms: 245
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A thoughtful reimagining of what a Boston hotel can be, Hotel Commonwealth unhinges luxury from its traditional definition to bring guests urban vibrance and the ultimate in unscripted hospitality, right in Kenmore Square. That our stylish spot flanks Boston's beloved Fenway Park shines bright on its list of perks, as does being in easy embrace of the city's prominent academic, medical, technology areas. Offering notably ample guestrooms, an authentic "of-service" culture, and food so good even the locals are loyal, our hotel has distinguished itself as a Boston favorite. Newly conceived interiors remain faithful to the hotel's legendary welcoming feel, blending effortless style with considered comforts to create a relaxed urban destination. The result? A refreshingly real hotel where travel smart professionals and knowing influentials converge for inspiration and the unbridled joy of getting it right. This is Hotel Commonwealth. ... more   less 
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