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Prudential Tower

No other building serves up finer views than this controversial and prominent landmark.

One of the city’s top attractions, the Prudential Tower is by no means the most elegant building in Boston. Its boxy but bold 1960s design is conspicuous in this city laced with historic architecture, and has been the subject of many debates. There’s no arguing, though, that “The Pru” offers excellent views from the city’s highest public observation point. The Skywalk Observatory on the 50th floor has far-reaching views of greater Boston and beyond.

At the time of completion, The Pru was the tallest building in Boston. Although hard to believe now, it was the tallest building in the world outside of New York City. Today, it’s not even among the tallest fifty buildings in the U.S. In fact, it lost its title as Boston’s highest after a rival insurance company built the John Hancock Tower in the 1970s.

Ride the elevator to the Skywalk Observatory for a 360-degree panorama of the city. A state-of-the-art audio tour brings the views to life. It details Boston’s many historic and cultural attractions. Watch day turn to night as the sun drops and the lights of the city begin to twinkle. The observatory is open daily. Although, be sure to call ahead as it’s occasionally closed for private functions.

For an unforgettable dining experience, ride to the 52nd floor to the Top of the Hub Restaurant and Lounge. Order an expertly made martini at the bar before you are ushered to your window-side table. Closer to earth, explore the many eateries and stores on the lower floors and in the adjoining mall.  

The Prudential Building 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. The Pru is open daily. 


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Lodging Near Prudential Tower

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$113
Boston Park Plaza

Boston Park Plaza

50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston
4.1
of 5, from 1,906 reviews
4.0 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.

$108
Sheraton Boston Hotel

Sheraton Boston Hotel

39 Dalton St, Boston
4.2
of 5, from 3,426 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This hotel in Boston's historic Back Bay provides indoor access to the Hynes Convention Center, the Prudential Center, Copley Place malls, numerous shops and restaurants, as well as a subway station.

$166
Revere Hotel Boston Common

Revere Hotel Boston Common

200 Stuart St, Boston
4.4
of 5, from 4,105 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.

$143
The Colonnade Hotel Back Bay

The Colonnade Hotel Back Bay

120 Huntington Avenue, Boston
4.4
of 5, from 1,875 reviews
4.0 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.

$139
The Westin Copley Place, Boston

The Westin Copley Place, Boston

10 Huntington Ave, Boston
4.4
of 5, from 2,640 reviews
4.0 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.

$114
Copley Square Hotel

Copley Square Hotel

47 Huntington Ave, Boston
4.2
of 5, from 2,025 reviews
4.0 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.

$195
Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston

Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston

138 Saint James Ave, Boston
4.5
of 5, from 1,380 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Boston's historic Back Bay, Fairmont Copley Plaza lies in the heart of the city's entertainment and shopping districts and alongside the Boston Public Library, Trinity Church, and Hancock Tower in Copley Square.

$143
Boston Marriott Copley Place

Boston Marriott Copley Place

110 Huntington Ave, Boston
4.3
of 5, from 1,895 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.