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Back BayBoston

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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Boston Park Plaza
Boston Park Plaza
4 out of 5
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $129 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in Back Bay, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Newbury Street, Boston Public Garden, and Boston Common. Copley Place and Hynes Convention ...

4.1/5Very Good! (5,269 reviews)

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Reviewed on Nov 2, 2020

Boston Park Plaza
Loews Boston Hotel
Loews Boston Hotel
4 out of 5
154 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA
The price is $139 per night from Nov 27 to Nov 28

Located in Back Bay, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of John Hancock Tower and Newbury Street. Copley Square and Copley Place are also within 10 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (981 reviews)

"We loved everything about our stay! The room was lovely and very very comfortable. Everything was clean. Proper Covid precautions were in place. The staff was all friendly and helpful. The location was perfect. We enjoyed our stay so much and will definitely be back"…"

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2020

Loews Boston Hotel
Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston
Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston
4.5 out of 5
138 Saint James Ave, Boston, MA
The price is $113 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 11

Located in Back Bay, this luxury hotel is steps from John Hancock Tower, Copley Square, and Boston Public Library. Copley Place and Boston Marathon Finish Line ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (963 reviews)

"Even though this is a beautiful and historic building, what makes this hotel exquisite is the staff. The service is sublime and the friendliness of the staff is heartwarming. I look forward to my future stays."…"

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2020

Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston
The Colonnade Hotel Back Bay
The Colonnade Hotel Back Bay
4 out of 5
120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA
The price is $146 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Located in Back Bay, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Northeastern University, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and Boston Common. Boston University and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,386 reviews)

"Friendly and helpful staff, great location, very modern furnishings"…"

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2020

The Colonnade Hotel Back Bay
Boston Marriott Copley Place
Boston Marriott Copley Place
4 out of 5
110 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA
The price is $101 per night from Nov 27 to Nov 28

Located in Back Bay, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Copley Place, Prudential Tower, and Boston Marathon Finish Line. Copley Square and Hynes Convention ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,354 reviews)

"This hotel is beautiful and our room had a beautiful view! plenty of resturants around to eat at! parking was right outside"…"

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2020

Boston Marriott Copley Place
The Lenox Hotel Boston
The Lenox Hotel Boston
4.5 out of 5
61 Exeter Street, Boston, MA
The price is $175 per night from Nov 27 to Nov 28

This family-friendly Boston hotel is located near the airport, steps from Boston Marathon Finish Line, Newbury Street, and Boston Public Library. Copley Place ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (974 reviews)

"Amazing staff and service! All so friendly and just a beautiful cozy atmosphere."…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

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