Back Bay
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Back Bay showing a city, street scenes and heritage architecture

Parisian boulevards and elegant brownstones conjure a truly romantic atmosphere, perfect for strolling and window shopping.

Back Bay, now one of Boston’s most desirable neighborhoods, was once a large swamp. Here gorgeous townhouses and historical sites stand alongside some of the trendiest shopping in town, as well as two of the city’s tallest towers. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon visit to this modern, chic and walkable area.

As you walk around the area, notice how the layout makes sense. In 1856, Arthur Gilman proposed a neighborhood plan based on the French model, with a flat orientation and a logically ordered street grid. Names of cross-streets are in alphabetical order. Notice the wide tree-lined boulevards inspired by Georges-Eugène Haussmann’s then-recent renovation of Paris, and a variety of beautiful stone townhouses. Back Bay’s lovely streets are perfect for strolling, stopping occasionally to admire the architecture or chat with residents.

Explore the neighborhood by getting to know its two great walking streets. Newbury Street, once home to stables for the area’s houses, is now a shopping destination, with European-style boutiques and restaurants as well as the iconic music store, Newbury Comics. By contrast, Commonwealth Avenue is a grand boulevard in true Parisian style, lined with charming Victorian brownstones and street-side cafés.

The diverse flavors and styles of Back Bay and downtown Boston are proudly displayed at nearby Copley Square, the neighborhood’s small but lively plaza. Take a seat and look around at a real marvel of architectural coexistence. Admire the proud Trinity Church of 1877, then see it again sumptuously reflected in the mirrored glass of the giant John Hancock Tower. The nearby Boston Public Library announces Boston as the “Athens of America” with its magnificent façade. Copley is also home to a smart fountain and a twice-weekly farmers market.

Use the subway to easily access Back Bay. After your visit, continue exploring the city’s many attractions: The Boston Public Garden, the Charles River Esplanade and the Prudential Center are all just a short walk away. Alternatively, stay in the area to sample some of the finest eating and drinking Boston has to offer.


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Loews Boston Hotel
Loews Boston Hotel
4 out of 5
154 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA
The price is €179 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Located in Back Bay, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of John Hancock Tower and Newbury Street. Copley Square and Copley Place are also within 10 ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (960 reviews)
"The location and rooms were great. The reservation system wasn’t working at check in requiring an extra trip to the desk rear evening. No place on site to get coffee. An extra $50 for incidentals was initially placed on my card, reversed at checkout- seems high given hotel had my card and aside from ..."

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2021

Loews Boston Hotel
Boston Park Plaza
Boston Park Plaza
4 out of 5
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €191 per night from 28 Jun to 28 Jun
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! (4,747 reviews)
"Phenomenal service with great location."

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2021

Boston Park Plaza
The Colonnade Hotel Back Bay
The Colonnade Hotel Back Bay
4 out of 5
120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA
The price is €187 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Located in Back Bay, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Northeastern University, Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Boston Common. Boston University and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,181 reviews)
"I genuinely enjoyed the time that I spent at The Collanade. The property is beautiful and the staff was very friendly and helpful. There's a Cheescake Factory/Mall directly across and some restaurants and cafe's closeby. The only downfalls would be the parking garage is too small. Not enough spaces ..."

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2021

The Colonnade Hotel Back Bay
Boston Marriott Copley Place
Boston Marriott Copley Place
4 out of 5
110 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA
The price is €201 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Located in Back Bay, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Copley Place, Prudential Tower and Boston Marathon Finish Line. Copley Square and Hynes Convention ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,279 reviews)
"The room was very spacious, clean, and the view was AMAZING! The customer service was the best as well."

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2021

Boston Marriott Copley Place
Hilton Boston Back Bay
Hilton Boston Back Bay
4 out of 5
40 Dalton St, Boston, MA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €183 per night from 28 Jun to 28 Jun
Located in Back Bay, this hotel is steps away from The Shops at Prudential Center and Hynes Convention Center. Berklee College of Music and Christian Science ...
4.1/5Very Good! (931 reviews)
"I didn't like the price of parking. I thought it was excessive,"

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2021

Hilton Boston Back Bay
The Lenox Hotel Boston
The Lenox Hotel Boston
4.5 out of 5
61 Exeter Street, Boston, MA
The price is €228 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
This family-friendly Boston hotel is located near the airport, steps away from Boston Marathon Finish Line, Newbury Street and Boston Public Library. Copley ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (965 reviews)
"great location"

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2021

The Lenox Hotel Boston
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