Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Commonwealth
500 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, Massachusetts, 02215, USA, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, USA See on Map Fodor's Choice
Luxury and service without pretense makes this hip spot a solid choice. Located in Kenmore Square just a few minutes from Fenway Park and Boston University, the Hotel Commonwealth is a great bet for those looking for elegant lodgings with proximity to the Fenway and Back Bay neighborhoods. The wildly accommodating staff is an added bonus.
YOU SHOULD KNOW On days the Red Sox play, Kenmore Square becomes an absolute mob scene, so prepared for crowds.
In 2015 the hotel completed a $50 million renovation and expansion that added 96 additional rooms, many of which overlook iconic Fenway Park. The spacious rooms feature contemporary prep schemes that enhance the urban luxe lodgings. Expect king- or queen-size beds with custom upholstered headboards, piled with down pillows and Italian linens. All rooms have large windows, separate work areas, and Flatpanel Smart TVs with Google Chromecast. In-room coffeemakers are available upon request.
If you're willing to splurge, check out the hotel's signature suites, which are all built around their own theme, like baseball or reading.
The bathrooms are quite modern, with a sliding barn door, spacious glass-enclosed shower, and Apotheke bath amenities. There are also luxury robes, and a hair dryer.
Furnished to perfection, the Hotel Commonwealth's lobby is tastefully filled with comfortable seating, a chic fireplace, and beautiful details like books and a gallery wall that make your stay feel like a luxurious home away from home. There's also a computer where guests can print boarding passes.
In-room spa services are available upon appointment.
There is a small, 24-hour gym onsite with cardio machines and free weights.
When it comes to hotel restaurants, the Hotel Commonwealth has a leg up on the others. Eastern Standard is a classic mainstay in Boston dining, serving up fresh, flavorful dishes. Island Creek Oyster Bar doesn't hide its fish shack roots, but offers top-of-the-line seafood that earns it high praise from diners and the national press alike.
The Hawthorne is the hotel's acclaimed cocktail bar, regularly named one of the best in the country. Eastern Standard also has a thriving bar scene with a great cocktail menu of its own.
There is a complimentary car service from 7:00AM – 9:00AM, Monday through Friday within a two mile radius of the hotel, but keep in mind that won't get you to Logan International Airport. With a location in Kenmore Square, guests at the Hotel Commonwealth can easily travel on foot, or by the MBTA's Green Line, which has a stop just a few steps away. There are also several bus stops right out front.
While the hotel's on-site restaurants are definitely acclaimed, there are several other wonderful spots in the area. Deuxave (7-minute walk) is a French-American fine dining restaurant with desserts that are works of art. There are also cheaper spots, like Trident Booksellers and Cafe (13-minute walk) for awesome coffee, sandwiches and salads.
For a classic British pub, head to Cornwall's (2-minute walk) right across the way in Kenmore Square. The House of Blues (8-minute walk) is a hotspot with live music right down the street from Fenway.
WHY WE LIKE IT
If you're a super Sox fan, the Hotel Commonwealth blends luxury with proximity to the ballpark. They're also extremely dog-friendly, and will even set up a massage for your pooch.