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Copley Square
Vacation Travel Guide

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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Hyatt Regency Boston
Hyatt Regency Boston
4 out of 5
One Avenue De Lafayette, Boston, MA
The price is $95 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in Downtown Boston, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Boston Opera House and The Freedom Trail. Boston Common and Orpheum Theater are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,780 reviews)

"Best location!!! Within walking distance to everything downtown has so offer and the T"…"

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2020

Hyatt Regency Boston
Boston Park Plaza
Boston Park Plaza
4 out of 5
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA
The price is $125 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4

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! (5,241 reviews)

"Hotel is in a safe and nice area. Close to the park. We stayed for Thanksgiving so no restaurants were open nearby. The hotel has a restaurant but the service is NOT comparable to what you paid for the hotel. I ordered a burger and asked to add cranberry sauce on the side, since they had that for ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2020

Boston Park Plaza
Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston
Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston
4.5 out of 5
138 Saint James Ave, Boston, MA
The price is $151 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

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! (964 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
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Reviews of Copley Square

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 18, 2019

Marathon finish area. Great organization. Thank you Boston!!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 14, 2019

Pay attention to holidays! For instance, we start setting up for Marathon Monday a week or so in advance; traffic gets worse accordingly so ditch the car and enjoy walking around the area (which you should do anyway ;^) )

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 13, 2019

Mary Baker Eddy Library with the Mappararium is very close and worth a look.

1/5 - Terrible

Tom

Mar 25, 2019

Bums everywhere. Dirty, the city should be embarrassed.

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Best Lodging Options Near Copley Square

Hyatt Regency Boston
Hyatt Regency Boston
4 out of 5
One Avenue De Lafayette, Boston, MA
The price is $95 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
Hyatt Regency Boston
Boston Park Plaza
Boston Park Plaza
4 out of 5
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA
The price is $125 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4
Boston Park Plaza
Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston
Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston
4.5 out of 5
138 Saint James Ave, Boston, MA
The price is $151 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5
Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston
Loews Boston Hotel
Loews Boston Hotel
4 out of 5
154 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA
The price is $139 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5
Loews Boston Hotel
The Westin Copley Place, Boston, a Marriott Hotel
The Westin Copley Place, Boston, a Marriott Hotel
4 out of 5
10 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA
The price is $104 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21
The Westin Copley Place, Boston, a Marriott Hotel
The Revolution Hotel
The Revolution Hotel
3.5 out of 5
40 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA
The price is $92 per night from Dec 30 to Dec 31
The Revolution Hotel
citizenM Boston North Station
citizenM Boston North Station
4 out of 5
80-120 Causeway Street, Boston, MA
The price is $109 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
citizenM Boston North Station
Revere Hotel Boston Common
Revere Hotel Boston Common
4 out of 5
200 Stuart St, Boston, MA
The price is $111 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5
Revere Hotel Boston Common
InterContinental Boston
InterContinental Boston
5 out of 5
510 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA
The price is $169 per night from Dec 29 to Dec 30
InterContinental Boston
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.