First opened in 1891, the Copley Square Hotel is rich with history, welcoming guests like Babe Ruth, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday. Though it's not a celebrity enclave these days, the historic property has undergone renovations, moving it into the 21st century as a reliable mainstay with small rooms, but a prime location in Copley Square.
Due to its historic past, rooms are quite small at the hotel. However, they have been modernized, with LCD TV's, comfortable beds, and desks to get some work done.
YOU SHOULD KNOW To maximize your Zs, get a room in the back of the hotel, preferably high up, where traffic noise—and the rowdy partying that goes down below—isn't so audible.
Bathrooms are notoriously small at this historic property, and don't have much counter space. A lone traveler might not mind, but families or couples might find it extremely cramped.
The lobby is comfortable, with plenty of cushy chairs and sofas if you're looking to escape the hectic pace of the nightclub downstairs. The hotel hosts a nightly "Wine Down" from 5 to 6pm with beer and wine, and a "Morning Power Hour" from 6 to 7, when jogging maps, granola bars, and bottled water are available.
Coffee and tea are available in the lobby every morning.
The on-site fitness center has cardio machines, TRX cables, stability equipment, and free weights.
Xhale is the hotel's breakfast restaurant, which also provides in-room dining throughout the day and night.
Minibar is a sleek cocktail spot, where you'll spot both locals and tourists lounging on couches and drinking cocktails. You can also order light bites at the bar. Downstairs is the subterranean nightclub Storyville, filled with thumping beats and club-goers dancing the night away.
The hotel's location right in Copley Square is its greatest asset, allowing guests to travel almost anywhere on foot. There's also several T stops in the area, including Back Bay Station on the Orange Line, and Copley station on the Green Line.
A great spot in Copley Square for sushi is Douzo (5-minute walk). Those looking for a classic, high-end steak and seafood restaurant should head around down the street to Grill 23 (9-minute walk). For great sandwiches and a fun patio for people watching on Boylston Street, head to Parish Cafe (10-minute walk).
For a bustling singles scene, Lolita Back Bay (4-minute walk) is just down the street. For a classic beer and bar food spot, head to Clerys (6-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Copley Square Hotel provides a bit more reasonably priced option than some of the other luxe properties in the area, without feeling too chain-y.