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... row behind business class. This means I can stretch my legs all the way out and not reach the wall in front of me. Groovy. The girl next to me has passed out and I can traipse in and out of my seat as much as I want and do pirouettes as I go and still not touch her. I have
spent a good deal of time down the back yacking with the flight attendants. One of them was born in Adelaide. Raised in Scotland. Lives ...
Yesterday a couple of whales were right next to the ship which
totally interrupted trivia.
This morning everyone on board including crew had to go through US
immigration. While the queue was long it was pretty quick, half hour in total.
Boston was great. Did the hop on hop off trolley. First a whole lap
then stopped at Cheers (which has changed its’ name from Bull & ...
... man. Really jolly and loud.
Arrived in Boston as usual too hungry and too hot. Sorted the food and then walked down to the hostel- May sound cruel but taxis are for wooses and from now on it is practically all car (except Chicago).
Wednesday was free entry to Museum of art so went there from 6-830pm. All agreed NO MORE MUSEUMS.
Lovely meal in Chinatown. Not as good as Mr Chows and of course Ruth had egg fried rice!
... where the shuttle was and didn't have my Charlie card!) in order to make it back in time for the hostel's visit to the Boston Fine Arts Museum. The first section I headed into was (surprise, surprise!) a jewellery exhibition! The first thing I came across was an ancient hair accessory which was make from conch shell. Kerma inhabitants slid strands of hair near the scalp through a narrow notch creating a pony tail effect. In the warm and sweaty climate it was good to have ...
After our 20 mile bike ride in Cape Cod, we headed North to Boston. Met up with Millie around 8. Some people have parallel parking skills, some don't. Millie does, so she got to park the passat. Parallel parking in Boston left a really nice license plate screw indentation on the brand new car's back bumper. Did I already mention that we don't like people from Massachusetts?
We informed Millie of our obvious misfortune in the people we had already met in ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Commonwealth Boston
For its price category, THE COMMONWEALTH was an extremely comfortable stay. The staff was attententive and friendly, assisting us with directions, maps, and restaurant reservations.
The location of the hotel in Kenmore Square put us walking distance to Boston University (where my daughter had orientation) and still close enough to the city's action.
I would definitely stay there again.
Ultimate Fenway hotel!
Great new hotel and superb location for a trip to Fenway. Stayed here this past weekend , in town for Phillies- Red Sox. Get a "Fenway Room", looking at the Green Monster - two block walk to the ballpark. The rooms are very well furnished, with very comfortable beds, and a roomy bath. The hotel also has FREE wireless net access. Highly recommended.
Excellent hotel, outstanding rooms
My wife and I stayed here for a week in late May, 2004 while we were between homes. (We live in Cambridge.) We stayed in a Commonwealth Room, and it was a flat-out fabulous room. The room is very large, w/a large separate sitting area separated from the sleeping area by a heavy curtain, and a luxurious (large, again) bathroom with a separate w/c (a very nice touch). In addition to the size and the standard luxurious amenities, e.g., excellent toiletries, 2 large TVs, direct-dial phones in each room, the room had nice details such as small lights positioned in the archway-like structure that separates the sleeping and sitting areas and another small light focused on a decorate vase in the entryway.
All of the hotel staff -- front desk, turndown service, doormen, bellmen -- were extremely courteous and professional. We didn't use the exercise room but I got a look at it and it was small but well-equipped for its size. The food at Great Bay (the adjoining restaurant) was quite good, though the service was spotty.
For the price we paid (we booked thru the hotel), I can't imagine a better value in Boston. Irrespective of price, this was one of the best hotel stays I've had anywhere. Not the absolute best but certainly among the best.
We'll hopefully be here again soon, for a getaway-without-kids-and-dog weekend.
Loved the Hotel Commonwealth
Stayed at the Hotel Commonwealth for one night in April, 2004. Quite impressed. Room was large and beautiful with so many amenities. I had stayed at the Westin Copley Sq the evening before and even their "heavenly" beds did not compare to the comfort of the beds at the Hotel Commonwealth. The linens were first class and amazingly soft. The staff was gracious and helpful. The room was clean and new. While it is about a 20 minute walk to the "rest" of Boston, there is a subway stop right out front as well. Also, the 20 minute walk is down beautiful Commonwealth avenue, so it is not a hardship in the least. Prices were reasonable for the Boston area, with parking included in my package. Note that traffic gets heavy around the hotel when there are games at Fenway and you may have to work around that in your departure times. All in all, a small hotel to rival the large chains...a "secret" that eventually won't be so secret.
First-class. Highly recommended.
What a refresh antidote to boring chain hotels. This new hotel is first-class; a very large, very comfortable, very well-designed room (as good as I've stayed in in the US); friendly staff; a truly superb restaurant.
OK, so it's a few blocks from the centre of the city (but it's perfect if you're visting Boston Uni or going to a baseball game at the nearby stadium).
One slightly odd point - the hotel lifts always seemed to be full of students. One of them told us that the Univeristy didn't have enough rooms for its first-year students so had accommodated some of them at this hotel. My student life was never that luxurious...!
I stayed at the Hotel Commonwealth last week while visiting Boston University (which lies just across the road). The hotel is just steps away from the Kenmore stop on the Green line which makes getting around very easy. The rooms are exceptional-large, spotless and as a bonus for baseball fans, many over look Fenway Park. To make your stay comfortable the rooms include dvd players, free high speed internet and lovely amenities. Also the staff are only too willing to help with any problem, recommendation etc. I cant recommend this hotel highly enough.
On the same trip, I also stayed at the Wyndham and I can tell you the Hotel Commonwealth is a superior property is virtually every regard.
Love this hotel
My wife and I had tickets for a Red Sox game in October and were lucky enough to stay at the Hotel Commonwealth. From the moment you walk in, you are pampered by the friendly staff. The rooms were wonderful with very nice touches (wonderful bathrobes and soap products that I was able to buy in the hotel). The staff was very knowledgeable about the area and were very gracious.
We'll be coming back this winter for another weekend of pampering and
Loved the Hotel Commonwealth
We just returned from a 3 night stay at the Hotel Commonwealth and had an excellent time. The rooms are very spacious and immaculate. My 13 year old son loved waking up every morning and opening the drapes and seeing Fenway Park from our 5th floor window. What a view! It is only a 5 minute walk to the Park. If you are planning on going to a Redsox's game then this is where you want to stay. But it is also very convienent to the rest of Boston with Kenmore Station right outside the front door. The staff was also very efficient and friendly. Thank you, Hotel Commonwealth, for a great first trip to Boston!!!
Wonderful Place, great staff!
We had the good fortune of reserving a room at the Commonwealth Hotel in Boston for a short stay last week. My wife, two young children and I thoroughly enjoyed this place. The rooms are spacious and very clean.
The location is great, particularly if you have plans to include a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, though the hotel is central to all of downtown Boston. The staff were just great, very helpful and always pleasant!
Although we had made other plans during our brief stay, the restaurant is supposed to be superb. We plan to return to stay the next time we pass through that part of the country.
The Commonwealth - Great place to stay
We were guests the first week they opened. Great boutique hotel with large, well appointed rooms. Great Back Bay loaction is wonderful and convenient to the Commons, Newbury St., the universities, medical centers, shopping, ...and one block from Fenway. Not all the kinks were worked out that first, but the staff made up for the "inconveniences" with effort and enthusiasm......a good sign for the future. We will be back.