Famous Boston hotels played host to the highbrow and the infamous, politicians and performers. Located mainly in historic areas of the city, they offer luxury accommodations and upscale amenities. The Copley, Park Plaza and Parker House are in the Historic Hotels of America group. Reservations made through the group’s website benefit the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The Fairmont Copley Plaza
A 5,000-square-foot lobby decorated with antiques and gilded ceilings welcomes guests at the AAA four-diamond Fairmont Copley Plaza. Built in 1912, the Copley has an exclusive hotel within the hotel. A private reception area, exclusive rooms and a team of employees cater to guests on the fourth floor. Themed suites pay homage to the Boston Symphony, the Museum of Science and Boston’s Freedom Trail. The hotel’s restaurant serves steaks and seafood, and the bar offers a selection of signature martinis.
Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
The Boston Park Plaza, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, opened in 1927 as the Statler Hotel. Rooms on the Towers Level, located on the 15th floor, and accessible only by special key and a private elevator, have Servidors built into the guest-room door. Guests place their laundry in the Servidor, an original hotel feature, and an employee comes to collect it and launder it. The hotel has a barbershop and beauty salon, nine restaurants and lounges and offers 24-hour room service. Afternoon tea is served daily.
Omni Parker House
The Omni Parker House is the oldest continuously operating hotel in the US. Opened in 1855, the hotel has hosted every president since Ulysses S. Grant. John F. Kennedy proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier at table 40 at Parker’s Restaurant and held his bachelor party at the hotel. The Omni offers guests a Get Fit option, with rooms set up for in-room workouts and healthy dining choices. Omni Kids get a backpack filled with books and activities.
The Liberty Hotel
Designed to house Boston’s criminals and completed in 1851, the Liberty Hotel building ceased operations as a jail in 1990. Redevelopment as a hotel began in 2001. The hotel counts among its guests luminaries like Mick Jagger, Bruce Willis and and the business magnate Sir Richard Branson. The lobby, dominated by the former prison’s 90-foot atrium, is the core of the hotel. A landscaped courtyard replaced the inmate’s exercise yard. Rooms and suites have the original large windows with city views and range in size from 400-to-800 square feet. Chef Lydia Shire oversees Scampo, the hotel’s Italian restaurant, a favorite with Boston Celtics players.
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