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The Boston Marriott Copley Place:
Shelter in the Heart of the City

Where it is: Back Bay

The Boston Marriott Copley Place is cradled in the center of the Back Bay neighborhood and might not be the the first choice for shy, retiring types. If you are a Garbo sort who wants to be alone or a groundhog in January, go elsewhere, because this the busiest of the Marriott hotels Boston has to offer.

If, on the other hand, you want immediate access to Boston's most in-demand business, shopping, and cultural institutions; common spaces humming with conviviality and relaxed energy; great food and wine available on-site; and of course, lovely, serene rooms, the Marriott Copley Place should be at the top of your list of mid-priced Boston hotels.


A guest room at the Boston Marriott Copley Place A guest room at the Boston Marriott Copley Place

This Marriott isn't just in Back Bay, Boston's most elegant, central neighborhood: it joins Copley Place and the Prudential Center complex together. If Boston tourism were Iron Man's body (work with me here), the Marriott would be where the arc reactor is.


A guest room at the Boston Marriott Copley Place A guest room at the Boston Marriott Copley Place

This location between the two sites not only provides Marriott guests with protected, indoor access to the endless array of shops and dining in the Shops at the Prudential Center (Ann Taylor, Club Monaco, Legal Seafoods, etc.) and the more exclusive shops at Copley Place (Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Tumi, etc.) Marriott guests also enjoy indoor access to Hynes Convention Center.

Plus it's only a 15- to 20-minute walk to the heart of Downtown/the Financial District. Grab a coffee on your way out at the Starbucks Café tucked next to the hotel sports bar, Champion's, facing the mall's pedestrian walkway. Did I mention this is the best located of the Marriott hotels in Boston?

So if you're visiting Boston in mid-February and you haven't quite gotten the hang of our refreshingly “brisk” New England winter weather, it is entirely possible to work, eat, shop, and otherwise engage yourself to your heart's content, all without ever exposing yourself to the harsh winter elements.


Presidential Suite at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Presidential Suite at the Boston Marriott Copley Place

If it's lovely out, or the winter weather is mild/you've got some flinty New Englander in you, Newbury Street shopping is only a few feet away, as are the dining and additional shopping options on Boylston. The Boston Common is a 15-minute walk away

Guest rooms at the Boston Marriott Copley Hotel are comfortably decorated in a style that is a mix between modern (rugs, bed coverings) and traditional (desks, window coverings, etc.). Recently furbished rooms, which are the exception, not the rule, have a more spa-like feel. All come with 27" HDTVs (37" in the suites), desks, in-room refrigerators, and wireless access (for a daily charge, about $13 per day at last check), and 24-hour room service.


Presidential Suite workspace at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Presidential Suite workspace at the Boston Marriott Copley Place

Higher floor rooms provide spectacular views of the city. Members of Marriott's reward status program, particularly Gold and Platinum members, can expect preferential (though not guaranteed) access to high-floor and corner rooms. Rewards members also get access to concierge level rooms with a complimentary breakfast and an honor bar in the evenings.

If you feel like a unwinding in some buzzy energy and maybe watching a few minutes of one of Boston's top-shelf sports teams, you can hit Champion's Bar & Grill, a unique feature among Boston Marriott hotels. Boston takes sports bars more seriously than any city I know of, and Champion's, a sleek, modern interpretation on the Marriott's second floor, is the daddy of them all.


Champion's Bar & Grill at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Champion's Bar & Grill at the Boston Marriott Copley Place

Because of its (1) soaring architectural space, (2) location next to the pedestrian thoroughfare that each day carries thousands of shoppers between Copley Place and Prudential Center, and (3) possession of the largest HD projection television – 12'x24' – I have ever laid eyes on, the Boston Marriott's Champion's is often packed to near capacity.

Serving a Boston-inflected (try the award-winning clam chowder) American bar menu that includes both comfort and health-conscious food, Champion's seems to always have at least two-thirds of its 250 public seats filled. There are an additional two private dining rooms that seat 60 each, and one semi-private room for up to 20 guests.


The Connexion Lounge at the Boston Marriott Copley Place The Connexion Lounge at the Boston Marriott Copley Place

If you're craving a drink or a bite in a space that's a little more quiet and little less packed with people, Connexion Lounge offers highlights from the Champion's menu, including 18 wines by the glass, as well as wi-fi access in a space filled with sofas and overstuffed chairs. It's a popular spot for guests to drop in after work for a drink.

At last check, parking fees were $44 per day: insanely expensive . . . yet totally average for parking in an urban center.


Indoor pool at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Indoor pool at the Boston Marriott Copley Place

There is no smoking at the hotel and, not surprisingly for a mid-priced hotel of this size – over 1,100 rooms – companion animals are not allowed. At the start (or the end) of a day spent working, visiting, drinking and eating, get the blood pumping at the hotel's updated fitness center and swimming pool.

Boston Marriott Copley Place
110 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02116; 617-236-5800
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