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Just as palatial as it was when it first opened in 1912, the storied 383-room Fairmont Copley Plaza remains as iconic to Boston as the Plaza is to New York City -- and no less grand, as they share the same architect. The lobby alone is 5,000 square feet, and has 21-foot-high gilded coffered ceilings. "Boston’s Grand Dame" has welcomed just about every U.S. president since Taft, celebrities from Frank Sinatra to Tom Cruise, and more than a few of the world's most powerful moguls.
These days the Fairmont Copley Plaza draws a wide range of guests, from conventioneers to college parents to Freedom Trail tourists. The OAK Long Bar + Kitchen restaurant have more extravagant impact than anything you'll find at Boston's other top luxury hotels -- the Ritz, the Four Seasons, and the Mandarin Oriental among them. And yet room rates here are reasonable, compared to those hotels, largely because the standard guest rooms are about half the size. In honor of its centennial in 2012, all rooms, the lobby and the restaurant were renovated., right on Copley Sqaure in the heart of , is as good as any in the city. And the palatial lobby and the romantic
Solid, but not as extensive as at other luxury hotels
Capped doormen rush to open doors and deliver luggage up to rooms, and staff warmly addresses you by your last name. But don't expect too many automatic freebies here. Turndown service and free newspapers and shoeshines are available only upon request.
Right on Copley Square, in the heart of upscale
The Fairmont is located at, a historic and picturesque town square in the heart of the tony neighborhood of . The 60-story, I.M.-Pei-designed , (dating back to the 19th century), and the stately all add to Copley Square's architectural splendor, and make it a lovely place to meet a friend, play boccie ball on the lawn, or have a picnic lunch (all of which both tourists and locals do regularly). The Hynes Convention Center is a short walk from the hotel, and so is much of the city's best shopping, along quaint and at the .
Chic and elegant -- but lower-category rooms are tiny
Starting at a mere 210 square feet, the Fairmont's Four Seasons and Mandarin Oriental, for example, are each around 400 square feet. But rooms here have a classic and refined look, with soft blue and white tones, and silver accents. Suites have a maroon palette. Connecting rooms, rollaways (for a fee), and cribs are all available upon request.(the cheapest room type) are much smaller than those at other luxury hotels in Boston -- the standard rooms at the
No pool, no spa; just an over-priced business center and an impressive gym
The Fairmont Copley's strength is not in its extra amenities.
All pets welcome, for a reasonable per day fee
The Fairmont is one of the few hotels to have it's own "canine ambassador" (a black Labrador named Catie Copley who was formerly trained as a guide dog). You'll find her luxuriating on her doggie bed in the palatial lobby six days a week, next to her personal business cards. Guests can even take her out for a walk; just make arrangements with the concierge.
Welcoming to families, but not all that convenient. Small standard rooms can't accomodate a rollaway bed.
The hotel makes attempts to reach out to children with its friendly hotel dog and , but be aware that the small standard rooms can only fit one queen-size bed (no room for a rollaway bed). This means that families will need to upgrade to a Room with two double-size beds (only enough room to sleep four, no room for a rollaway either).
Serving American bistro fare, the OAK Long Kitchen + Bar lives up to its predecessor's -- the Oak Room's == excellent reputation.
Dating back to 1912, this iconic 383-room Fairmont hotel in tony lobby in the city, a classic oak-paneled bar and restaurant, and top-tier service. But most of its guest rooms are much smaller than standard rooms at most other luxury hotels in Boston (almost half the size), and extras are pricey -- including Wi-Fi and valet parking.has the most opulent