The Fairmont Copley Plaza Boston Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Back Bay, Boston, Massachusetts

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Pros

  • Beautiful and historic 383-room luxury hotel features elegant decor throughout
  • Central location in Boston’s Copley Square
  • Rooms are spacious by Boston standards, with marble bathrooms
  • Fairmont Gold floor includes free breakfast, snacks, and Wi-Fi
  • OAK restaurant has been beautifully restored, and offers tasty food and a lively bar
  • 24-hour room service
  • Pet-friendly, with two resident dogs

Cons

  • Fee for Wi-Fi in standard rooms
  • Fee for valet or self parking
  • Lower level rooms could experience noise

Bottom Line

Perfect for business or leisure travelers, as well as those seeking to host a special event, The Fairmont Copley Plaza is a grand, historic hotel, centrally located in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay. All rooms are elegant and stylish, and there's a new, modern fitness center and the beautifully restored OAK Long Bar & Kitchen restaurant. Striking a nice balance between maintaining the building’s history and offering contemporary decor and amenities, this hotel is luxurious, sophisticated, and convenient to both Copley Square and downtown Boston.

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 Scene

Opulent and inviting

With high ceilings, restored mosaic tile flooring, and shades of gold, bronze, and white, the lobby at the Fairmont Copley Plaza is spacious and welcoming. Entrances from several streets all lead to the large front desk, with concierge and valet stands beside it. The lobby opens right into entrances for the ball room and several meeting rooms, as well as a small business center, and on the other side are entrances to the gift shop and restaurant. A seating area with jewel-toned couches and armchairs is nearby, thoughtfully arranged to allow guests some privacy, and elevators and staircases are close by as well.

 Location

Right in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay

Directly across from Copley Square, the hotel is easy to spot with its grand facade and bright red awnings. The Copley Square T stop is one block away, giving guests convenient and easy access to the rest of the city, and a number of popular areas are a short walk away, including the Prudential Center, Newbury Street, the Charles River, Trinity Church, and the Boston Public Library. The surrounding area is safe, clean, and well-lit at night.

 Rooms

Spacious rooms with art deco flair

While this property is over 100 years old, all guest rooms are up-to-date with a contemporary, elegant feel. A variety of rooms are available to suit all types of travelers, from smaller standard rooms to spacious suites and Fairmont Gold level rooms with extra amenities. Although the traditional rooms have more space than one might expect of a historic hotel, guests that prefer extra room should consider a deluxe room, junior suite, or one of seventeen well-appointed specialty suites, each with a different theme from landmarks and events in Boston. Gold Club rooms are also available, and feature free Wi-Fi, private check-in, and a lounge that offers free breakfast, a small business center, a library, and free snacks. All rooms feature views of the inner courtyard or the city, and include mini-fridges, coffeemakers, and marble bathrooms. Due to the central location in a busy part of the city, lower level rooms could experience some noise.

 Features

Large fitness center, restaurant, and club level with concierge

Although the Fairmont Copley Plaza may not have quite as many amenities on the property as other nearby luxury hotels, the features that it does have are modern and convenient. The large top-floor fitness center was added in 2012 and includes separate areas for cardio, weight training, and aerobics, all with city views. Ballrooms and meeting rooms are available for conferences, weddings, and special events, and the OAK Long Bar Kitchen & Restaurant features local ingredients and modern American cuisine, as well as 24-hour room service. Guests on the Fairmont Gold level can enjoy a private check-in area, free breakfast and Wi-Fi, a library with books and DVDs, and their own business center, in addition to the small business center on the ground floor.

 Bottom Line

Perfect for business or leisure travelers, as well as those seeking to host a special event, The Fairmont Copley Plaza is a grand, historic hotel, centrally located in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay. All rooms are elegant and stylish, and there's a new, modern fitness center and the beautifully restored OAK Long Bar & Kitchen restaurant. Striking a nice balance between maintaining the building’s history and offering contemporary decor and amenities, this hotel is luxurious, sophisticated, and convenient to both Copley Square and downtown Boston.

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Address

  • 138 St. James Avenue, Boston, MA, 02116

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Boston Fairmont
  • Fairmont Boston
  • Fairmont Copley Plaza Boston

Room Types

  • Boston Public Library Suite
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra & Boston Pops Suites
  • Catie Copley Suite
  • Deluxe Room
  • Fairmont Gold Room
  • Fairmont Room
  • Freedom Trail Suite
  • John F. Kennedy Library and Museum Suite
  • Moderate Room
  • Museum of Fine Arts Suite
  • Museum of Science Suite
  • One Bedroom Corner Suite
  • One Bedroom Suite
  • Presidential Suite
  • Signature Copley Square Room
  • Signature Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 383
Pool: No
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Back Bay, Boston
Address: 138 St. James Avenue, Boston, MA, 02116
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