The brownstones that adorn the eight blocks of Boston's Newbury Street house an eclectic variety of galleries, boutiques, restaurants, spas and salons. This Back-Bay neighborhood springs into action in mid-morning, and remains vibrant throughout the day and late evening. A few smaller hotels and guest houses are located directly on Newbury Street, but there are an abundance of hotels within a five-block radius.
On Newbury Street
In the late 1800s, wealthy Back Bay residents journeyed the globe, accumulating treasures and works of art from every destination. Their purchases were enshrined within their homes, as a means of invoking the spirit of their adventure. When M. Sayeh opened the Jewel of Newbury Hotel, he decorated the rooms, lobby and hallways with treasures form his Eastern and Western travels. Breakfast is included in your room rate. The hotel also has a restaurant, whose chef blends the flavors of Algeria and Morocco. If you would prefer to be close to Boston's Public Garden, the Taj Boston, located at the corner of Arlington and Newbury Street, is across the street from the park. Some rooms even have views of the Swan Boats. The Jiva, the Taj's spa, offers a variety of Indian healing and beauty treatments.
Boston is a major conference and convention city. The Hynes Convention Center, located on Boylston Street, two blocks from Newbury, is a drawing point for event planners. The Back Bay Hilton, the Sheraton, the Boston Marriott Copley Place and the Westin Copley Place are within walking distance of the Hynes Convention Center and Newbury Street. These hotels have conference rooms and full-service business centers. It's tempting to save your hotel loyalty points for a stay at one of these hotels, but check your calendar before you plan your trip. Availability is limited during major conventions.
Boston prides itself on historic preservation, so it's not surprising that two, Newbury Street area hotels are members of Historic Hotels of America. The Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers, built in 1925 as the Statler Hotel, was the first to offer modern conveniences such as in-room radios. The Fairmont Copley Plaza, built in 1912, was named after the painter John Singleton Copley. While a $34 million renovation and restoration filled the guest rooms with modern amenities, the 5,000 square foot lobby still wows visitors with its gilded ceilings and period antiques.
The Newbury Street area has its share of off-beat boutique hotels. The Back Bay Hotel is an example. Located about three blocks south of Newbury Street on Stuart Street, this hotel was once the headquarters of the Boston Police Department. A water fall flows under the glass steps that lead to the marble-floored hotel lobby, where an Art Deco statue catches your eye. The rooms, in contrast, are ultra-modern, and filled with updated amenities. The Paris-inspired Elliot Hotel is another one of Boston's boutique lodging venues. The suites at this smoke-free hotel have flat-screen TVs, down comforters and designer throws. The Elliot Hotel has two restaurants. The Clio serves French food, and Un Sashimi bar serves Japanese food.