Back Bay, MA

Boston
Back Bay featuring a city, heritage architecture and street scenes

Parisian boulevards and elegant brownstones conjure a truly romantic atmosphere, perfect for strolling and window shopping.

Back Bay, now one of Boston’s most desirable neighborhoods, was once a large swamp. Here gorgeous townhouses and historical sites stand alongside some of the trendiest shopping in town, as well as two of the city’s tallest towers. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon visit to this modern, chic and walkable area.

As you walk around the area, notice how the layout makes sense. In 1856, Arthur Gilman proposed a neighborhood plan based on the French model, with a flat orientation and a logically ordered street grid. Names of cross-streets are in alphabetical order. Notice the wide tree-lined boulevards inspired by Georges-Eugène Haussmann’s then-recent renovation of Paris, and a variety of beautiful stone townhouses. Back Bay’s lovely streets are perfect for strolling, stopping occasionally to admire the architecture or chat with residents.

Explore the neighborhood by getting to know its two great walking streets. Newbury Street, once home to stables for the area’s houses, is now a shopping destination, with European-style boutiques and restaurants as well as the iconic music store, Newbury Comics. By contrast, Commonwealth Avenue is a grand boulevard in true Parisian style, lined with charming Victorian brownstones and street-side cafés.

The diverse flavors and styles of Back Bay and downtown Boston are proudly displayed at nearby Copley Square, the neighborhood’s small but lively plaza. Take a seat and look around at a real marvel of architectural coexistence. Admire the proud Trinity Church of 1877, then see it again sumptuously reflected in the mirrored glass of the giant John Hancock Tower. The nearby Boston Public Library announces Boston as the “Athens of America” with its magnificent façade. Copley is also home to a smart fountain and a twice-weekly farmers market.

Use the subway to easily access Back Bay. After your visit, continue exploring the city’s many attractions: The Boston Public Garden, the Charles River Esplanade and the Prudential Center are all just a short walk away. Alternatively, stay in the area to sample some of the finest eating and drinking Boston has to offer.


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Copley Square Hotel
Copley Square Hotel
4 out of 5
47 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA, 02116
The price is $189 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star boutique hotel in Boston. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and valet parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (984 reviews)
"The staff were very helpful."

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Copley Square Hotel
Boston Park Plaza
Boston Park Plaza
4 out of 5
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA, 02116
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $220 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 4-star historic hotel in Boston. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and 3 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (3,491 reviews)
"Perfect location!"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Boston Park Plaza
Sheraton Boston, a Marriott Hotel
Sheraton Boston, a Marriott Hotel
4 out of 5
39 Dalton St, Boston, MA, 02199
The price is $218 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Boston. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,290 reviews)
"could walk to fenway park in 20 min; excellent hotel in every way as expected for the cost; only odd thing is no towel racks in the bathroom,"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Sheraton Boston, a Marriott Hotel
Loews Boston Hotel
Loews Boston Hotel
4 out of 5
154 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA, 02116
The price is $289 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Boston. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness center, and valet parking. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (970 reviews)
"Staff was very friendly and accommodating. The hotel was clean, quiet and had pleasant common areas. Our room was clean and tastefully decorated. The area surrounding the hotel was excellent for a relaxing stroll through Boston Commons, Beacon Hill and shopping on Newbury Street. Overall, excellent ..."

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Loews Boston Hotel
Boston Marriott Copley Place
Boston Marriott Copley Place
4 out of 5
110 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA, 02116
The price is $269 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Boston. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,155 reviews)
"Enjoyed our stay"

Reviewed on May 2, 2022

Boston Marriott Copley Place
Copley House
Copley House
3 out of 5
239 W Newton St, Boston, MA, 02116
Stay at this 3-star guesthouse in Boston. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a business center. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4/5 Very Good! (976 reviews)
"Copley House is in the Back Bay neighborhood which is a beautiful area. There is a mall with restaurants and useful shops just a block or so away. I stayed in a studio apartment which was very clean (they use some heavy chemicals) and very basic. It was comfortable but there weren't any luxuries. ..."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Copley House
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