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It’s All There in Copley Square

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It’s All There in Copley Square

Known as Art Square until 1883, Copley Square was Boston’s original center for educational and cultural institutions, a reflection of the city’s progressive aspirations.

With Magellan’s carefully curated selection of luxury hotels, there is no ‘bad’ place to stay in Boston. But for a tightly-packed short stay, the Copley Square area, in the Back Bay neighborhood, promises almost zero commute time to renowned art and architecture, restaurant experiences, shopping, professional sports events and leafy parks and streets ready for casual strolling. The T’s Green Line (metro) stop is on the square for quick and easy access to other popular neighborhoods.

Two properties particularly reflect the history and luxury of the area:

The Fairmont Copley Plaza
It’s no exaggeration to describe this property as drop-dead gorgeous. Built on the original site of the Museum of Fine Arts, its interior is a cultural institution unto itself. In addition to the museum-quality common areas, there are eight professionally curated suites that highlight unique aspects of Boston’s culture and history.

Copley Square Hotel
The Copley Square Hotel was built in 1891 making it the city’s second-oldest hotel in continuous operation and a magnet for the famous and well-to-do. Multi-million dollar renovations completed in 2009 updated it to a modern, boutique hotel.


There are three high-end shopping experiences within a few minutes’ walk:

Prudential Center – 75+ upscale stores and boutiques are housed in this indoor shopping mall under immense glass skylights and domes

Newbury Street – There are more than 150 freestanding shops along, or close to, glamorous Newbury Street, with an emphasis on luxury boutiques.

Copley Place – Copley Place stretches over 10 acres and is anchored by retail showstoppers such as Barney’s New York, Christian Dior, David Yurman, Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus, Salvatore Ferragamo and Tiffany & Co.

Boston Copley Square

Check with your hotel’s concierge for au courant dining options and reservations as well as seasonal music and live theater recommendations. See also ‘The Boston Public Library’ below.

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While hanging out in a library may not be your usual first choice, entering the main branch of the Boston Public Library is like entering Aladdin’s cave. Yes, there are rare books, maps and early Shakespearean folios, but there is also extraordinary architecture, art and reclusive, sun-soaked restful spaces.

The building is designed by noted New York starchitect Charles McKim of McKim, Mead & White fame. Galleries include the Chavannes Gallery, the Abbey Room, the Elliot Room, Bates Hall and the Sargent Gallery, filled with murals by the great English painter John Singer Sargent.

The library’s arches and ceilings of Guastavino tile rival any of the Guastavino projects found in New York City.

Arguably, the most delightful part of the building is the interior courtyard bounded by an arcaded promenade, designed after the arcade of the Cancelleria Palace in Rome. Pull up a chair and curl up with a book in the sun in this intimate, perfect garden. It will become the ‘secret’ space against which you will measure all others.

Need one last divine secret? The library’s Courtyard Restaurant offers lunch every day of the week (a la carte) and High Tea service from Wednesday through Saturday for $35 per person. High tea includes all the delicious dainties one expects and would be a highlight on any day of the week or an exquisite surprise for a special person in your life.

Free, daily one-hour architectural tours are an excellent introduction to the building and its collections.

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The Boston Red Sox @Fenway Park

To get there: Take any ‘D’ train on the T Green Line from Copley Square and get off at the next station, ‘Fenway.’ Or take a 20-minute (1.1 mile) walk to the park.

The Boston Celtics & Boston Bruins @TD Garden

To get there: 8 minutes (1.7 miles) by taxi; less than 20 minutes (6 stops) on the T Green Line from Copley Square and get off at ‘North Station.’ Or take a 35-minute (1.6 mile) walk to the stadium.

Our Luxury Hotel Consultants Recommend:

Fairmont Copley Plaza - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Since its opening in 1912, The Fairmont Copley Plaza has maintained its status as one of Boston’s most elegant hotels. The stately lobby with 21-foot high gilded ceilings, ornate chandeliers, and stunning marble floors is fit for royalty. It is no wonder this historic landmark has been the backdrop for many glamorous Hollywood films.

Mandarin Oriental, Boston - Magellan Luxury Hotels

The Mandarin Oriental Boston defines modern-day hotel luxury. The signature blend of Asian-inspired design and authentic Bostonian style creates a classy and elegant space. Dedication to service, fine-dining options, and award-winning facilities make the Mandarin Oriental Boston one of Boylston Street’s most sophisticated residents.

Copley Square Hotel - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Copley Square Hotel was the very first hotel in Boston’s most sought-after neighborhood, Back Bay. This 120-year old hotel offers historical significance coupled with a hip boutique hotel vibe. An independent spirit, Copley Square Hotel is the ideal choice for travelers looking for something a little bit different.

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