My daughter and I stayed here for four nights in April 2013 with an excellent Priceline rate.
First off, the staff. Every single employee we had contact with was friendly and helpful and seemed genuinely pleased to welcome us. Really. At front desk staff the evening we checked in - I can't remember her name, but the lovely woman who checked us in went out of her way to chat with my daughter and welcome her as well. During our stay, the bellhops, the housekeeping staff - everyone - was so lovely that coming back to the hotel really did feel like staying with friends.
We had a king superior room, smallish and not a great view, but very clean and generally well-appointed (the desk chair had clearly seen better days, but the mattress and pillows were comfy). The amenities of robes and towel warmer in the bathroom was a lovely 5* touch. Also, gotta say the motion-detector nightlight in the bathroom is brilliant. Just light enough to find your way, doesn't blind you, stays on long enough to get where you're going. Love it. Want one. The fridge in the room was great for us - no temptation of a minibar, and space to store kid snacks and leftovers. My only real complaint is that the windows were screwed shut, and it would have been nice to open even just an inch or so. The hvac was easy to control, but loud.
The location, just off Copley Square, was perfect for us. You're within walking distance of a ton (a ton!) of great restaurants, both on Newbury St., and on Tremont. The Flour bakery and cafe around the corner should not be missed-have the breakfast sandwich (you're welcome). Also easy to walk to a million sightseeing locations - the Public Gardens, the Common, about half of the Freedom Trail are all within a mile walk or so. Also, shopping ... for a little low-key retail therapy there is a Nordstrom Rack and Marshalls on Boylston a couple of blocks away, and of course there is high-end shopping on Newbury and in Copley Place.
We didn't eat at the hotel restaurants, but did order breakfast in the room and it was really good. The athletic center is tiny but did the job on a night when it was too late to run outside (though to be clear, this is a very safe neighborhood, i just wasn't up for it). If running is your thing, head over to the Esplanade and run along the Charles, or along Commonwealth Ave., or just through the neighborhoods. I'm a little biased because I grew up there, but it's an awesome running city.
So ... love the staff, would stay there again, a great stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It's not often that a hotel embodies all that a city stands for, but the Loews Boston is just that place. Housed in the stately limestone building that was once home to the Boston Police Headquarters, our recently renovated boutique property is-like the city of Boston itself-a unique and unforgettable blend of historic charm, urbane sophistication and authentic New England hospitality. Our exclusive Back Bay location, which is ideally situated between three of Boston's hottest neighborhoods-the South End, the Theater District and the Back Bay-puts you in the heart of all that Boston has to offer, with everything you want to see or experience, including the shopping on Newbury Street, just moments away. If you are in town for an event at one of Boston's many colleges and universities, we offer effortless access to the campuses of Boston University, Boston College, Harvard, Northeastern, Emerson and Tufts Medical School, to name just a few. Our 225 spacious guestrooms, two luxury suites and an expansive Presidential Suite have been freshly renovated and bring you the ultimate in modern convenience and comfort. And our recently updated 1,024-square-foot Harrison Room-with its vaulted, 20-foot cathedral ceilings and crystal chandelier-is an unparalleled event space and the perfect location for your next intimate gathering. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Back Bay Hotel
- Hotel Back Bay
- Jurys Hotel Boston
- Jurys Boston Hotel