Copley Plaza Hotel
Back Bay District
The Fairmont Copley Plaza is a luxurious hotel located in Copley Square. The building was constructed in 1912, and has accommodated many famous guests including Presidents, head of states, movie stars, and philanthropists. The hotel is architecturally attractive, with a stone facade and distinctive street level awnings, and blends well with the Boston Public Library McKim building situated across the street.
The hotel features 383 elegant guestrooms and suites. Room amenities include cordless phone, alarm clock radio, lcd TVs with dvd and movie rental, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, in-room safe, mini bar, and wireless internet access. A baby crib, or adjoining rooms (if available), may be requested at time of check-in. The hotel has extensive guest services including the arrangement of sightseeing tours, bike or boat tours, spa and athletic services, or even in-season golf outings. Pets are allowed—a rare accommodation in downtown Boston—but please contact the hotel directly about current policy.
Concerning meeting or function space, the Copley Plaza offers a grand ballroom, and several large majestic meeting rooms. There is a Presidential suite and a State suite. The entrance hallway has been nicknamed Peacock Alley for many years, and features a 21-foot high gilded coffered ceiling with matching Empire-style crystal chandeliers. The Oak Bar resembles a British Officer's club with wood paneling, large mirrors, and an ornate ceiling. The adjacent Oak Room is an award-winning steak house.
Of obscure interest about the hotel is that it is located where the original Museum of Fine Arts building stood in Copley Square. There are two elaborate stone lions that flank the hotel's entrance that once stood in front of a building on Boylston Street where One Exeter Plaza now stands. The hotel was named in honor of famous American artist John Singleton Copley (1738-1815), who painted many portraits and historical subjects. Another interesting feature of the hotel is that it possesses a mascot named Catie Copley, a black Labrador Retriever that guests can walk after prior arrangement. The dog has a renown family-friendly reputation, and has been called a Canine Ambassador.
The Fairmont Copley Plaza is located in the heart of the Back Bay District. Copley Place and the Boston Public Library are located across Dartmouth Street. Trinity Church and the park in Copley Square are right across St. James Avenue. The fashionable Newbury Street shopping area is only two blocks north on Dartmouth Street. Just to west is the Prudential Center, Prudential Skywalk, Hynes Convention Center, and historic Fenway Park. To the east is the Public Garden, Cheers Beacon Hill, and Boston Common.
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Fairmont Copley Plaza
138 Saint James Avenue
Boston, MA 02116