I left my heart at the Copley Square Hotel – Review & Photos of a Fantastic Hotel!.

By Posted in - Featured Post on May 4th, 2011

For two years, I have carried on a secret love affair. I’ve tried to fight it. It’s only lust, I would tell myself, but I wasn’t fooling anyone. Beth already knew. And now, I think it is time for me to come clean to everyone else.

I love boutique hotels. Yes, I love boutique hotels! God that feels good. One more time, I LOVE BOUTIQUE HOTELS!

How did this happen? Well, I’m glad you asked.

I flirted with boutiques for years, you know, brief visits–all very PG stuff. Then in September 2009, I had my first sleep over with a Silicon Valley boutique hotel. Its hallways glowed with lavender mood lighting, and the room was modern and oh so comfortable. I was hooked!

After that evening, my desire for boutiques burned heavy, but I squashed my feelings in the name of budget. If we wanted to make the most of our time in Europe, we would have to embrace the budget classics on any of our US travels–Circus Circus, Motel 6– as well as the numerous budget campgrounds we frequented in America, Iceland and Paris.

Fast forward to April 28, 2011.

As Beth and I walk into the chic lobby of Boston’s Copley Square Hotel, I realize my time with the Silicon Valley boutique was like a marvelous one-night stand: fun, but a bit shallow. You see that boutique was relatively new (less than 5 years-old), while the Copley Square Hotel has stood for more than 100 years on the corner of Huntington Avenue and Exeter Street in Boston’s Back Bay.

Opening on July 4, 1891, the Copley Square Hotel is a prominent landmark in the city’s history. The seven-story, 300-room building was the first hotel to appear in Boston’s famed Back Bay neighborhood. Known for its comfort and convenience, the Copley Square Hotel’s vitality brought in such luminaries as Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Ella Fiztgerald and Babe Ruth. In 2008, after an $18-million property-wide renovation, the Copley Square Hotel emerged as a hip, four-star luxury boutique ready to write the next chapter in the buildings storied history.

After hearing that we were coming into Boston to cover the North End Market Tour, the Copley Square Hotel invited us to stay in one of its Premiere Edge Rooms. With 250-degree views of Huntington Avenue, the light from the room’s handful of windows accentuates the hotel’s soothing colors to create a space that feels intuitively familiar. In my experience, historic hotel rooms have a tendency to be stuffy, cramped spaces but this is not the case at the Copley Square Hotel. In addition to a plush king size bed, the 340 square foot room (that’s just 10 feet shy of the entire size of the last apartment we called home in San Diego), features a stylish desk, 42-inch LCD TV and a chaise lounge.

From the moment Beth and I entered room 411, we felt invigorated. Beth bounced around the room opening windows and taking photographs. I sat at the desk starring up at the storied Prudential Center while my computer connected to the hotel’s complimentary WiFi. For years, I’ve complained about the lack of free Internet in hotels, so this was a real treat for me. Couple that with a complimentary wine hour, and it is easy to see why the Copley Square Hotel is a modern traveler’s dream.

And while amenities and stylish rooms are nice, what really makes a hotel grand is its staff, and in that regard, the 143-room Copley Square Hotel is a palace. General Manager John Maibach and his crew’s dedication to customer service is exceptional. From my first phone conversation with Chris Nelson, Director of Revenue Management, to my final interaction with the valet, the staff genuinely cared about our individual needs.

Note from Beth: Pardon the interruption but I have to chime in. Randy wrote an incredible review but I felt the need to add my own two cents. Staying at this hotel was a dream! We loved every minute of it. First of all they had a complimentary wine tasting in the lobby which was awesome! To top it off they really treated us like royalty. Upon arrival they sent up a complimentary bottle of wine and a delicious fruit plate – perfect! The location is also killer – it’s right near the Boston Public Library and there are plenty of T stops near the hotel (The T is Boston’s public subway system). You can get to anywhere in Boston in about 15 minutes. I put together some photos of our stay there to give you a better idea of how beautiful & luxe the hotel is. If you’re looking for an intimate & friendly boutique hotel in Boston you can’t go wrong with the Copley Square Hotel.

Editors note: The Copley Square Hotel provided our room free; however, the views expressed in this post our entirely our own.

*Please remember all photos on this website, unless otherwise noted, are copyrighted and property of BeersandBeans.com, NarikosNest.com & Bethany Salvon. Please do not use them without my permission. If you want to use one of them please contact me first because I do love to share and I would be flattered. Thanks!

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  • Samantha -

    May 4, 2011 at 3:46 am

    I love this hotel. I used to live down the street from it and dreamed of staying there. I am glad I could live vicariously through you. These photos are absolutely gorgeous!


    • Bethany -

      May 4, 2011 at 7:50 pm

      That’s so crazy you used to live right down there. That’s such a fun area!

  • Victoria -

    May 4, 2011 at 10:11 am

    The photos are beautiful! I too would be ruined if I’d stayed here!

  • jasmine jean -

    May 4, 2011 at 11:51 am

    all of your photos are amazing as ever…but my favorite is randy with his smug little grin, reclining back on brown leather, cute boyish blue suitcase between his knees…..like “auh……we Made it.” hahahaha.

    • Bethany -

      May 4, 2011 at 7:51 pm

      haha… he was quite pleased with himself. He looked so cute I had to take a shot but we both laughed about it. Then i thought he looked so cute i had to include it 🙂@jasmine jean,

  • jasmine jean -

    May 4, 2011 at 11:53 am

    did i mention these are awesome photos! ??? and also….that i’m SOOOOoOooOOoo jealous. 🙂 i want to stay at a hotel like THAT.

  • Leigh -

    May 4, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    A fun post to read and it looks like a great place to stay!! I love boutique hotels too.

    • Bethany -

      May 4, 2011 at 7:52 pm

      Thanks Leigh 🙂 Glad you liked it…@Leigh,

  • Sarah Wu -

    May 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Such a beautiful photo essay for the Copley Hotel. Love the room so much, I want to sleep there already. It also feel very warm and welcoming. You’re beautiful photos will make more people want to stay at their hotels.

    • Bethany -

      May 4, 2011 at 7:52 pm

      Awww. Thanks Sarah – that is such a nice compliment!@Sarah Wu,

  • Raymond -

    May 4, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Love the cool mirror shots! Swanky looking digs for sure. Wish I was there… 🙂

    • Bethany -

      May 4, 2011 at 7:53 pm

      Thanks Raymond. We were psyched too. 🙂@Raymond,

  • Morgan -

    May 5, 2011 at 8:50 am

    What a great place. It is always nice to stay in historic hotels, that have upgraded to modern decor… The service looks amazing, which also never hurts.

    • Bethany -

      May 5, 2011 at 6:33 pm

      Yup, the service was def. top notch! Thanks for commenting 🙂 @Morgan,

  • Andreas -

    May 5, 2011 at 9:36 am

    It looks absolutely incredible! Hope you enjoyed the luxury!!

    • Bethany -

      May 9, 2011 at 8:41 pm

      Oh we did – it was awesome 🙂 @Andreas,

  • Jack – eyeflare travel -

    May 8, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Gorgeous hotel, I’d be very happy to stay there myself. Unfortunately a bit out of my price range unless it was a quite special occasion. From your write up, sounds like there are quite a few other hotels that could learn from Copley Square.

    • Bethany -

      May 8, 2011 at 9:51 am

      Hi Jack – thanks for commenting. Yup, it’d be perfect for a special occasion and their service is top notch 🙂@Jack – eyeflare travel,

  • Diane -

    May 9, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Ok guys, when I come to visit you in Boston- this is where I want to stay! 🙂

    • Bethany -

      May 9, 2011 at 8:41 pm

      Yeah! That’s a great idea 🙂 @Diane,

  • Natalie T. -

    August 21, 2011 at 3:42 am

    Cute! I like how you captured the whole hotel and not just the room. Those little leather stools are wicked. Nice symmetry there.

    • Bethany -

      August 23, 2011 at 11:56 am

      Thanks Natalie – they had a lot of really nice details in that hotel. @Natalie T.,

  • toronto luxuary hotel -

    November 22, 2011 at 3:26 am

    Shared a really nice hotel and i think if i got a chance to stay over there then definitely i got a chance for high living standard.

  • Christy -

    April 4, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Wow. Really great photos of this place! I think this is one of my favorites so far.