Hotel Commonwealth

Rumors of Kenmore Square's rise are as greatly exaggerated as those of Hotel Commonwealth's fall. While Kenmore, a stone's throw from Fenway Park, is taking its time in "coming up," the Commonwealth lost none in recovering from its early hiccups. Yes, Bostonians hated its fiberglass, faux 19th-century façade so much it was redone at huge expense, only to be met with more pained sighs of disapproval. But inside, the spacious suites and rooms have a rustic, boutique elegance, along with superior technological conveniences. The lauded Radius Group runs the adjoining seafood restaurant and bar, Great Bay, while room service comes courtesy of Eastern Standard, a hip adjacent brasserie that's made waves on the city's dining scene. Good soundproofing and superbly comfortable, Italian linen-clad beds are further plus points.

Venue name: Hotel Commonwealth
Contact:
Address: 500 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston

Cross street: at Kenmore Square
Transport: Green line to Kenmore.
Price: Rates (incl breakfast) $199-$484 double.
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