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Copley Square

Explore some of Boston’s finest buildings, educational and arts institutions, and shopping, or simply find a patch of grass and relax.

Head to the heart of Boston’s upscale Back Bay neighborhood to Copley Square. This small green space surrounded by architectural treasures, some of which date back more than a century, is the perfect place to take a break. In the warmer months, mingle with local families and office workers cooling off by the impressive Copley Square Fountain. Or, time your visit with the bi-weekly farmers’ market, which draws hundreds of foodies.

Originally called Arts Square, the park was renamed in 1883 after the painter John Singleton Copley. The area’s must-see buildings include the Old South Church built in 1873 and Trinity Church built in 1877. Trinity Church is renowned for its Romanesque Revival architecture. Look for the unique exterior staircase on the Boylston Street side of the church and the extensive murals inside. 

The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel stands on the former site of the Museum of Fine Arts. Step inside this Beaux Arts-styled gem and marvel at the gilded entrance hall known as Peacock Alley. Be sure to check out Boston Public Library, the first free-lending library in America. Built in 1895, this Italian Renaissance-style beauty features fabulous murals, vaulted ceilings, and a peaceful courtyard and fountain.  

A newer addition to Copley Square is the imposing John Hancock Tower. Strikingly modern, the contemporary architecture of the tower sits in stark contrast to its surroundings. This is the tallest building in Boston at 60 stories, and offers some spectacular views. (For another bird’s-eye view of Boston, head instead to Prudential Tower at 800 Boylston Street.)

In nearby Copley Place, it’s easy to spend a few hours browsing the more than 70 stores in Boston’s most popular upscale mall. Copley Square is also the finishing point for the famous Boston Marathon, held annually on Patriots’ Day, the third Monday in April.

Copley Square is located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, and there’s a major subway stop there. Parking can be hard to find, so it’s best to come by subway or bus.


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Lodging Near Copley Square

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$110
Boston Park Plaza

Boston Park Plaza

50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston
4.1
of 5, from 2,045 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in historic Back Bay, this hotel just completed a $100 million dollar renovation, and is 3 miles from Logan International Airport and 200 yards from the Boston Common and Public Garden. The hotel is easily accessible to Newbury Street shopping.

$151
The Colonnade Hotel Back Bay

The Colonnade Hotel Back Bay

120 Huntington Avenue, Boston
4.4
of 5, from 1,881 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This 285-room Boston hotel is next to Copley Place shopping, 1 block from the Hynes Convention Center, 4 blocks from the Theater District, and 1 mile from Fenway Park.

$119
Boston Omni Parker House Hotel

Boston Omni Parker House Hotel

60 School St, Boston
4.3
of 5, from 4,509 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located on Freedom Trail in downtown Boston, this hotel is 3 blocks from Quincy Market, 2 from the State House and Boston Common, and adjacent to the Financial District. The hotel is 10 minutes from Logan International Airport by car and 20 minutes by train for only USD 2 each way.

$132
Revere Hotel Boston Common

Revere Hotel Boston Common

200 Stuart St, Boston
4.4
of 5, from 4,190 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

The Revere Hotel is at the edge of the Theatre District, 1 block from the Arlington "T" Station and 2 blocks from Boston Common and the Public Garden.

$127
Boston Marriott Copley Place

Boston Marriott Copley Place

110 Huntington Ave, Boston
4.3
of 5, from 1,906 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This 38-story Boston hotel is adjacent to 2 malls and a convention center, forming 3 climate-controlled blocks of shops and restaurants; within a half-mile of major businesses.

$112
Copley Square Hotel

Copley Square Hotel

47 Huntington Ave, Boston
4.2
of 5, from 2,017 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Boston's fashionable and historic Back Bay is the setting for this fully renovated boutique hotel on Copley Square. Newbury Street shops are 2 blocks away, and both Boston Common and Fenway Park are within 1 mile. Hynes Convention Center is also nearby.

$145
The Westin Copley Place, Boston

The Westin Copley Place, Boston

10 Huntington Ave, Boston
4.4
of 5, from 2,698 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This hotel is centrally located in the heart of Copley Square, within walking distance of Hynes Convention Center and the fashionable restaurants, boutiques, and shopping at Copley Place Mall.

$195
The Lenox Hotel Boston

The Lenox Hotel Boston

61 Exeter Street, Boston
4.7
of 5, from 2,205 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Opened in 1900, this environmentally-friendly Boston hotel is in the historic Back Bay neighborhood, steps from shopping, museums, and Fenway Park. Newbury Street, the Prudential Center, and Hynes Convention Center are within 3 blocks.