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“Excellent hotel, good location”
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Colonnade Hotel
Ranked #17 of 83 Hotels in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Oxford, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
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“Excellent hotel, good location”
Reviewed January 6, 2014

I stayed at the Colonnade for five nights whilst at a conference. The conference was held at the Marriott Copley Place, a 2 minute walk away, but the Colonnade was not as expensive, whilst being of the same standard and offering some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the conference.

My double room on the 9th floor had a king sized bed and six very comfy pillows to disappear into, and there was a table and chairs, which was an unexpected surprise. There was a big flatscreen tv, coffee maker and plenty of floor space.The bathroom was well stocked and the shower was powerful. It was also a nice touch for a newspaper to be left outside the door on weekdays.

The staff were all very pleasant and if I'd been there in the spring/summer I would have checked out the rooftop pool. As mentioned, the Colonnade is just a hop away from the Marriot Copley Place, Copley Plaza mall, Prudential Center mall and Shaw's supermarket, and is directly opposite The Cheesecake Factory. It also has a subway stop right outside, and it's a leisurely stroll across to Boston Common. On a day of sightseeing after the conference, we walked to the Common, then followed the Freedom Trail over into central Boston and across to Bunker Hill, then hopped on the subway over to Harvard before heading back.

The only downsides would be that the main light in the room was quite dim, meaning that you had to put on the desk lamp, bedside lamps and reading lamps to get enough light in the evening. My room was also next to the lift, so I could hear people coming back late at night, as well as the lift music drifting in. I also disliked having to pay for the expensive wifi (around $15/day if I remember, but I bought a 3 day pass for $39, I think it was), which I feel should be included as it is in European hotels, but I know that most American hotels charge for this.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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ColonnadeBoston, Manager at Colonnade Hotel, responded to this review, January 25, 2014
Dear Madeleine M ,

Thank you for your feedback. I’m thrilled you enjoyed all of the amenities we have to offer. I’m happy our staff was so accommodating and you were able to enjoy some peace and quiet after your conference. We do have a number of options for free wireless internet. Please reach out to me at your earliest convenience to have your profile updated. Thank you. bcomeau@colonnadehotel.com
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

This was a last minute trip for New Year and we were very pleased with the stay. The hotel is in a good location with easy access to the 'T' subway and for both Copley Plaza shopping and the Prudential shopping mall. The room was of a good size and well equipped with a coffee machine, safe and dvd player. Bathroom was of a reasonable size and was also very clean like the main room. All of the staff were excellent, in particular all of those working the concierge desk who gave great advice including restaurants in the local area. Easy access to Newbury street shopping also makes this a great location. Initially wi-fi access was not included but this was rectified after arrival. The bar was good, if not a little quiet in the evening but again had good service from the employees. Would recommend for families and couples alike.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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ColonnadeBoston, Manager at Colonnade Hotel, responded to this review, January 25, 2014
Dear Wellssimon,

We appreciate you taking the time to post a review. Our location certainly cannot be beat when exploring our great city. Thank you for your compliments about our Concierge team and our restaurant. We take great pride in the level of service we are able to provide. Please come back and see us again.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

Our travel agent selected the Colonnade Hotel for our first visit to Boston and we were delighted with the choice. The location of the hotel to major attractions either by walking or catching the Orange Line was fantastic and the helpful service from Jerry the "real" concierge was greatly appreciated and made our visit more memorable.

Room Tip: We stayed on the 10th floor with views across to the Back Bay which we very much enjoyed.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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ColonnadeBoston, Manager at Colonnade Hotel, responded to this review, January 25, 2014
Dear B2B1994 ,

Thank you for your comments! I'm glad our Concierge team was able to provide such a high level of service for you. Please come back and see us again soon!
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Agawam, Massachusetts
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

We spent New Year's Eve in Boston with our 4 teenagers. This location was perfect for walking to First Night activities and catching the T for the Bruins game. The front desk was very helpful in guiding us to places around town since this was out first visit. It was also nice to have a Shaws supermarket across the street for some last minute snacks for the kids.
We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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ColonnadeBoston, Manager at Colonnade Hotel, responded to this review, January 25, 2014
Dear Patjontims ,

Thank you for your wonderful comments. I'm Happy you enjoyed our location and our staff made such an impression on you. We pride ourselves with the level of service we are able to provide to all of our guests. Please come back and see us again!
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West Springfield, Massachusetts
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

We took a last minute weekend in Boston the weekend before Christmas to see the Tran Siberian Orchestra at the Garden (outstanding!!). After looking at several hotels, we decided on The Colonnade. They had a great package that includes breakfast and parking. The very close proximity to the "T" was incredibly convenient. The staff at the Colonnade were great - very friendly, very well informed and helpful. Breakfast at Brasserie Jo was excellent. Special shout-out to the late Sunday night bartender. We hadn't eaten before the TSO concert, and we're starving (and thirsty) when we got back to the hotel. He was able to get us some food just as the kitchen was closing, and his drinks were excellent. Overall, very very nice experience.

Room Tip: Ask for a Prudential view.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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ColonnadeBoston, Manager at Colonnade Hotel, responded to this review, January 25, 2014
Dear jds4,

Thank you very much for your compliments of our staff. We all take great pride in the level of service we are able to provide. I'm thrilled you found our location to be ideal for your time in Boston. We hope to see you again soon.
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

I stayed here with my wife on our honeymoon and this is the second time we have stayed at this hotel.

The staff are very helpful and extremely accomodating especially when we wanted to move to a different room, we wanted to stay in the same room we had stayed in on our last visit and they were able to arrange this for us after our first nights stay as unfortuately it was occupied, we were so delighted to get the same room again although there wasnt much wrong with the room we were in anyway.

The room was great, it was a good sized room and the bed was awesome the bathrooms arent the biggest but the shower is good and another rubber duck for the colonnade collection we have at home.

The hotel is in a good location very close to shops & restaurants and also has the T stop right outside.

The door staff were always friendly and helpful especially Norman who made our long stay worthwhile and was a pleasure to talk to.

When we go back to Boston we will definately stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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ColonnadeBoston, Manager at Colonnade Hotel, responded to this review, January 22, 2014
Dear Brizz L ,

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We appreciate your compliments of Norman, he’s a large part of our success here and a valued member of our team. Please come back and visit us soon!
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Reviewed December 22, 2013

We stayed here for four nights back in July, our first visit to Boston. I'd booked a premier luxe double and had asked for a high floor. We did have views of the Prudential centre which were good.

The room to be honest was comfortable but rather small for three, the bathroom was adequate but also small. Wifi was included which is always helpful.

One downside was that the rooftop pool was closed for two of our four evenings due to private functions. This always really annoys me and it made things worse as I'd booked this hotel purely because it had the pool. I did mention this to reception on checkout and they kindly removed a breakfast charge from our bill. However I would have preferred use of the pool!

A special mention to Rachael in reservations who was extremely helpful. She also left a couple of duck 'quack' whistles in our room as she knew we had booked a Duck Tour! A nice touch, thank you.

Room Tip: High floor room for the views.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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ColonnadeBoston, Manager at Colonnade Hotel, responded to this review, January 22, 2014
Dear Noonfish,

Thank you for your feedback. I’m happy to read your positive comments about the hotel however I am very sorry that the Roof Top Pool was closed for a portion of your four night stay. We thoroughly communicate the times of operation to all of our guests. Please come back and visit us this summer.
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Property: Colonnade Hotel
Address: 120 Huntington Avenue, Back Bay, Boston, MA 02116-5730
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > Back Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Business Hotel in Boston
#12 Luxury Hotel in Boston
#16 Family Hotel in Boston
#21 Romantic Hotel in Boston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Colonnade Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 285
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Colonnade Hotel has provided thoughtful hospitality to Boston visitors and residents for more than 40 years. A dynamic Back Bay landmark whose opening launched the neighborhood's renaissance in the early seventies, The Colonnade is home to the city's only outdoor Roof Top Pool and the award-winning Parisian-style restaurant, Brasserie JO. The property boasts 285 sophisticated guest rooms, including nine luxury suites. Ideally located, The Colonnade is in close proximity to Newbury Street, The Shops at Prudential Center, Hynes Convention Center, Northeastern and many of Boston's finest museums, galleries, and iconic sites including Symphony Hall and Fenway Park. The Colonnade Hotel is a member of the Preferred Hotel's LIFESTYLE collection. Preferred Hotels represents over 650 of the world's finest luxury hotels and resorts with an extensive global collection in more than 85 countries. ... more   less 
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