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Rating: 4.35

Address: 500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA, 02215

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    Comments (104):

    1. Kathleen T.
    A bit pricey, but like they say, you pay for what you get.  At Hotel Commonwealth, the staff, food and everything else is outstanding.  Right at the heart of Kenmore Square it is a great place to go to to experience the true Boston.

    28/07/05 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    2. Nick D.
    From the warm wet towel presented to me at check-in to the pristine room with king-size bed, my experience with Hotel Commonwealth was absolutely perfect. And at $189/night via Expedia, it is a great deal in Boston. I will definitely try to stay there again.

    28/11/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    3. Steve D.
    An extraordinary hotel. If you are going to be in Boston and want to stay in a beautiful environment with a home-like quality that is also a classy business hotel, look no further. We have stayed at the HC many times since it opened (around late 2003) and it is fantastic. From the gorgeous fresh-cut flowers in the lobby, to the elegant rooms (get a room overlooking Kenmore Square), to the lush bathrobes, the HC is a winner. It's right around the corner from Fenway Park (our city shrine) and so makes it a perfect place to stay if you are going to a ballgame. The rooms are nicely appointed and the suites are large, with a beautiful curtain to separate the living area from the bedroom if one of you wants to sleep earlier than the other.  I like the food of the Eastern Standard (street-level hotel restaurant), which is the kitchen for room service in the hotel. Nothing too upscale, just good basic food done well, which so many eateries fail to figure out. You will remember your time at HC and will return. It can be found in the magazine "Small Luxury Hotels of the World", which also has a website.

    26/02/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    4. mark k.
    Have not stayed here but have eaten at Eastern Standard  (liked it).  My question is this: what is going on with the lobby?  

    It looks like Mary Todd Lincoln hired Bobby Trendy and this was the aftermath.  Pre-Civil War meets Warhol -- quite off-beat.

    01/07/08 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    5. Dorian G.
    I told my husband that I wished we lived outside the Boston area so that we could come to Boston to stay here. It was definitely one of the nicest hotels I've ever stayed in.

    The standard rooms are extremely spacious, loaded with lots of goodies like L'Occitane toiletries and chocolate-dipped biscuits in the room upon check-in. The bed linens were crisp and clean, and not stiff and starchy like hotel linens usually are. The room is also decorated in a very classic way...its not too formal, not too traditional, not too modern....just comfortable. Kudos on the giant leather armchair and ottoman that my husband enjoyed taking a nap in.

    The staff were cordial and courteous, though we didn't encounter them too much since we were only here for one night for New Years Eve.

    Oh, bonus points for a AAA discount on the reservation!

    08/01/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    6. zulu d.
    An almost perfect Boston hotel. I come here every 6 months for work reasons, and it has come to feel like a home from home.

    11/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    7. Elizabeth S.
    I just checked out of another hotel that I had to book last night because the Commonwealth was full.  I was supposed to stay at the other hotel for 2 more nights, but couldn't knowing that the Commonwealth was available.

    This place is wonderful.  A great location. Near Fenway Park, Boston Univ, and next door to the T and bus station. Service is excellent. Everything is neat and clean.

    07/06/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    8. Anita B.
    I absolutely adored this hotel. No, it isn't cheap, but you're not there to get Motel 6 accomodations. In my mind, the cost is well worth it. Located right in the heart of Kenmore Square and within about 2 blocks of Fenway Park.

    The T stops right under the hotel and so it's really easy to get in to Copley and the like. If you don't want to take the T, the hotel provides (or at least they did provide...) complimentary car service in the house Mercedes. Dan was awesome and he took us whereever we needed to go, whether it was shopping, to the church for a wedding... they even took us back to the airport for free. It was so appreciated.

    This will be my home base any time Im in Boston.

    02/03/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    9. Maddy W.
    We stayed here because of it's proximity to Fenway Park and loved thie hotel more than we were expecting! Staff was very pleasant, room (Fenway room - view of Fenway Park) was on the larger size and very modern, and we couldn't beat the location. Going back this summer, hoping to try the food there as we didn't have time during our last visit:-)

    10/04/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    10. Laura A.
    this hotel is pretty great. i would never be able to afford it in "real life", but luckily for me my boyfriend won a $400 gift certificate last year so we were able to stay this weekend (warning: $400 does not even afford you two nights here especially with taxes etc...and we waited a year to reserve a room until we saw the cheapest rates they offered!). all in all it was a great experience. it has a very gracious and old fashioned feel to it without being snobby/elitist and making you feel uncomfortable. they upgraded our room to a suite, which was very nice (although i wonder who needs 2 tvs in a 300 foot space? i watched sitcoms while my boyfriend watched mad money just because i could, but it felt ridiculous). the bathroom was great and the l'occitane products were nice, if a little stank (the shampoo was wayyy too flowery).

    there were a few nice touches during our stay -- my boyfriend bought me flowers, so i asked if they could bring me up a vase and the dude who brought it up made sure to call me by my name, which was cute. the turn down service was really nice and the chocolatey treat was pretty tasty (although the service was erratic - we received it one night we were there, but not the other). they brought you the paper, even on sunday (which meant the giant sunday globe). free dvd and playstation game lending library. and having eastern standard downstairs was great of course (especially since i hate most of the dining choices in kenmore, with the exception of ES and india quality!). nice plush robes.

    on the negative side, the sheets didn't feel as amazing and luxurious as i expected, and i was disappointed at the price of the breakfast (we ordered a small pot of coffee in our room that ended up costing us $12). having 24 hour eastern standard room service is pretty sweet, though, if you can afford it. i guess if you're staying at the hotel you probably can since the room we stayed in usually goes for like $400 to $600 a night. for $400 a night i'd always expect a doorman to be opening the door for me and front desk staff to be there constantly, but they weren't.

    19/11/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    11. lorna s.
    I checked into the Hotel Commonwealth late at night. The hotel had been given
    notice 8 months ago that I would need to have completely synthetic bedding in
    the room, because I am allergic to feather and down, etc. I had also called and
    spoken to the General Manager a few days before arriving. He promised me that
    all my requirements would be addressed. When I checked into the room late that  night, I was shocked to find that the pillows and bedding were not synthetic,
    but feather filled. I called down to the front desk, and they told me that even
    he mattress was feather filled. I was shocked and left the room immediately. I
    had life threatening asthma as a child, caused by feather pillows. As a medical
    person I am absolutely appalled that the hotel could neglect something this
    serious. When I went back to the front desk, they offered to change out the room
    that was now filled with feather and allergens. I refused to stay in that room.
    The manager at the front desk was smirking. Apparently, the fact that something like this was cause for amusement.  I left for a 5 star hotel after
    making a few calls. When I called a few days later to speak to the person that I
    had booked the hotel room through, she was also smirking on the telephone.
    Apparently, it was a big joke that they had messed up in such a big way. I
    called the General Manager. He insulted my intelligence by insisting that the
    room had indeed had synthetic bedding in it. I know the difference between
    synthetic and feather filled bedding. I found his attitude extremely dishonest.
    For those of you that do not know, feather filled bedding contains dust mite
    which is an allergen. It is the filthiest type of bedding that one can use,
    especially in a hotel setting where many people use it.  For people giving this hotel 5 stars, I do wonder what types of hotels they normally stay at.  Staying at a hotel is an experience. This hotel was old and dated, besides the awful service that I experienced. I hardly think they would deserve 5 objective stars.

    28/11/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    12. Peter K.
    The L'Occitane products in the bathroom are a nice touch. Staff are extremely nice and always willing to serve. Only reason why I am giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is that because they make such a strong effort to serve, it often gets in the way of taking care of customers promptly. I had a few experiences where I had to wait for someone to help me because they were going out of their way to help the person ahead of me. They should either get more staff so they can make sure everyone gets a full service experience, or they should just try to serve people more promptly for the sake of others.

    06/08/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    13. Robin D.
    Nice hotel very close to Fenway Park and within walking distance to good restaurants. This is the place to stay when taking in a Red Sox game especially if you have young children. The staff was friendly and helpful. You can't beat this hotel for convenience!

    28/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    14. happygirl H.
    Got to Boston super grumpy and tired after a horrendous AA flight. Checked into another hotel far away from where I wanted to be (Berklee), which I had reserved through expedia and therefore couldn't change  (grrrr! don't get me started), so I was even grumpier when I started looking around for a hotel in Back Bay I could move to. But by luck and thanks to Yelp, I found the Commonwealth and they made everything better. Excellent location; friendly,  helpful and knowledgeable staff, really comfortable and pretty room, easy reservation and check in process, and across the street from coffee and books! I got the room for $220 including Boston's exorbitant various hotel taxes, which is about $100 cheaper than similar hotels. I lost my grump-on!

    17/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    15. Alison C.
    I stayed at the Hotel Commonwealth twice recently for business and was very impressed.  From the moment we first pulled up to the valet parking attendant, we were blown away by the friendly and professional service.  We entered the gorgeous foyer and climbed the split staircase into the lobby.  The hotel was decked out in classy colonial furnishings that give off an air of sophistication and style.   During my first stay, I enjoyed a Commonwealth room, which a view of the major street of the same name.  This suite was on sale at the time and priced the same as the smaller guest rooms.  The main room had a large king-sized bed, huge closet, flat-screen TV, mini-bar, etc.  Then, there was a massive lounge area with desk, second flat-screen, and comfortable chairs.  They offered a huge number of cable channels, including 3 different HBOs.  And the large marble bathroom was spectacular, with a separate toilet area off to the side.  

    On my second stay I entered my smaller room to find that my bed did not look made.  The decorative pillows were stacked on a neighboring chair and the bed pillows were all arranged on a 120 degree slant.  It looked as if they stopped mid-bedmaking.  I called the front desk and they sent someone right up.  The person agreed the bed was not made, and they switched me to a handicapped room across the hall.  When I saw the flat floor of the shower, I asked the bellhop if the bathroom was going to flood when I showered.  He said no and quickly left the room.  Well, he was wrong because it was like the Great Flood in there.  Also, there was no closet, but only a very low bar to hang clothes from.  My bathroom was relatively large, but the room was nothing special.  On my second night in the handicapped room I came back to find my bed had been made the same way it had been in the first room.  Apparently that is just the style they use sometimes.  So, basically, I could have enjoyed my original room if the bellhop had told me that in the first place.  

    In terms of amenities, the gym is decent, but pretty small.  It offers 2 treadmills, a stairmaster, 2 ellipticals, 1 bike, and some weights.  There are also two restaurants - the more casual Eastern Standard and the fancy Great Bay seafood house.  The Foundation Room Lounge is supposedly popular on Wednesday evenings.

    I would definitely stay here again now that I understand their bed making style...

    31/07/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    16. mark v.
    I didn't even stay here and I gave this place 5 stars.

    As I began to approch the hotel looking for a place to lock my bike up I was greeted by the doorman/bell hop. I was immediately suspicious as I was expecting to be told to lock my bike elsewhere. He asked me if I was looking for parking and I told him I was. To my surprise he offered to valet my bike. I couldn't have been happier.

    We immediately went to Island Creek to enjoy a number of Oysters. This small act of kindness made my day.

    Thank you

    13/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    17. Kristin S.
    This is perhaps the nicest hotel I've ever stayed at, and I've stayed in a lot of hotels.  Some hotels are pseudo-luxurious and try too hard but don't get it right.  The Hotel Commonwealth gets it right.

    Everything on the inside is done to perfection.  All new and beautiful.  All the staff we encountered were extremely courteous and helpful.  Our room was huge and had a direct view of Fenway Park.  The free wi-fi was a bonus.  The fitness center was large and had good equipment.  The room service came right on time and was from the Eastern Standard which I was already a fan of from when I lived in Boston.  We didn't get it, but they have complimentary DVDs and PlayStation games if you are in your room and get bored.  They even use their own van service with a flat rate to get you to the airport.  

    Absolutely superb.

    BTW, I think my experience was so far superior to other reviewers because I stayed for NYE and wasn't there during Red Sox season!

    08/01/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    18. Erick S.
    I spent several days here for a work event, eating their food and enjoying the accommodations.

    As a hotel, Commonwealth offers amenities you'd expect from a larger chain, with the personal touches and luxury of a smaller boutique.  The rooms are clean and neatly decorated - flat screen tv's and comfortable beds.  Some rooms have an additional "living room" separated with a large curtain that can be opened to create one large space, or closed to create a quiet environment to watch TV while others sleep.  Because of it's incredible location in the heart of Fenway, there are various options for food and entertainment.  Two fantastic restaurants are directly attached to the hotel itself, not to mention the myriad restaurants, bars and fast-food joints nearby.  For entertainment, Landsdowne street provides lots of concert venues and bars, and of course, Fenway Park!  Within walking (or a QUICK cab) distance is the Prudential mall, Boylston street and Newbury street - destination sites for shopping, eating and drinking!

    The only downside is that on days when there are games at Fenway Park, the sidewalk can get a little difficult to navigate, since the subway station entrance/exit is located under the hotel (which is also an added benefit of its location).

    19/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    19. dan h.
    great location. just a 10 minute walk to the newbury shopping street.  we walked there often for breakfast, shopping, and even checked out the local day-spas - which there are a ton.  i underestimated just how many stores there would be on newbury street.  i think there was a solid mile and more of shops of all sorts.  high-end like giorgio armani and ralph lauren, low-end used bookstores, yogurt shops, cafes, basically anything a shopaholic could dream of. the hotel room was well decorated, the turn-down service was a complimentary plus, the restaurant in the hotel was excellent. the concierge gave us great information about the freedom trail tour, local day-spas, as well as what clubs and restaurants we'd like to visit while we're there.  42 bucks per night to store your car is probalby not worth it. we should have just given our car back to budget because we didn't use it at all once we arrived from plymouth into boston. the only downside was the lack of a spa on the premises but i can see why. there are sooo many right down the street in on newbury.  great place. there are so many good places to stay in boston that i doubt we'll go here if we return but i'm tempted. it was very nice. nothing really to complain about. i'm torn to give it 4 or 5 stars. only thing that would motivate a 4 star was the fact that nothing was surprisingly, amazingly, blowing me away trendy/cool/innovative.  but on the other hand, nothing was less than stellar either. a 4.6 stars rounded to five.

    07/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    20. Blake D.
    I stayed at the Hotel Commonwealth in one of their Commonwealth Rooms for three nights this past weekend on business. I don't know why they call it a room as it's almost, if not, a suite!  It's over 500 sq/ft, has a small sitting room, and has every amenity (plus more!).  I thought the use of L'occitane products was an especially nice touch.

    The hotel restaurant, Eastern Standard, is definitely on the higher quality end of hotel restaurants.  I found their breakfast to be especially delicious, even though they're "known" for their seafood entrees at dinner.

    The staff was very attentive and warm, always greeting you when you entered and exited the hotel.  The door man could have been a bit more attentive.  The doorman could have been a bit more attentive though.

    Be sure to try the coffee stand on weekday mornings, it's tasty.

    16/04/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    21. Lindsay D.
    I love the Hotel Commonwealth.

    I've stayed here a few times with my mom when she's come up to visit. And also years ago before I moved to the city permanently. Also, my parents frequently (about once a year) stay here and I'm pretty sure it's their favorite hotel in the city, and they've tested many.

    The hotel is beautifully decorated and smells fantastic (haha, weird, I know). The beds are super comfy and they give you L'Occitane products in the bathroom- awesome!

    The cookies they give you for turn-down service are amazing- definitely eat them. I would absolutely recommend this hotel to anyone.

    11/06/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    22. Rick W.
    I rate bars entirely on their minibar, and this one sucks. No champagne. One nip of bourbon. Crap beers. And it's one of those automated ones that chrages you if you wiggle things.

    Great juice selection for the morning though.

    29/09/08 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    23. Emily C.
    I really enjoyed my stay at this hotel (but I may be biased since I didn't have to pay for it).  The service is impeccable.  You call down to the front desk from your room and they greet you "Mr./Miss Last Name"  My only tiff was that I had a friend come visit me at the hotel, at the door man wouldn't let him in because I suppose he thought my friend looked like riff raff or something.  That was upsetting.  

    The rooms are beautiful.  I was in a one-king room with a couch and a desk.  There is free wireless and the bed was super comfortable with more pillows that you could ever need (and I like to sleep with a lot of pillows).  They also have complimentary coffee and tea in the lobby, and a DVD library should you want to watch a movie.

    07/03/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    24. Tom N.
    I recently stayed here with my wife to celebrate our anniversary.  This place is incredible.  When Carli, at the front desk found out it was our anniversary, she upgraded us to a nicer room and had wine and choclates waiting, along with a nice note about our anniversary.  I have stayed in many nice hotels (Ritz, Four Seasons, etc.) but this has the most personable service of any of them. It is also attached to two excellent restaurants, Island Creek Oyster Bar and the Hawthorne, also with stellar service.  Can't say enough good things about the Commonwealth- we will definitely be back.

    31/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    25. Jacob E.
    The staff of the hotel was extremely courteous and helpful, saying "hello" and "welcome back" whenever I walked in.  But it was the room itself that really blew me away.  The double queen room was huge, with tall ceilings, and every part of it was comfortable, especially the beds.  My friends and I had a great stay, and I would highly recommend it for anyone staying in that area of Boston.

    The chocolate cookies that were left after the turn-down service were the perfect touch, too.

    29/03/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    26. Erin B.
    This is a great hotel! The lobby smells amazing the they have the best products for the guests in the rooms. The staff was so accommodating and friendly. I will definitely stay here again!

    23/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    27. Curtis M.
    Absolutely the best service I ever received.

    We informed the staff we were celebrating our friends bachelor party and they upgraded our room twice to a junior suite!  The room was gorgeous with an amazing bed and a sound system called "George" you can connect your ipod to and party.  We checked out the fitness room and were impressed with the amount of equipment they had.

    The service only gets better as that night we received a complimentary bucket of beer and nuts with a personalized letter to our friend.  I could not ask for a better experience!

    19/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    28. Danielle Y.
    By far, my favorite hotel in Boston!

    Since having had two kids in the last few years, it is no longer acceptable (or spacious enough) for us to crash at friends places in town.

    The Hotel Commonwealth is the finest and most affordable hotel in the city. I have stayed at the Commonwealth many, many  times in the past few years and have been impressed by the continuance of their high standards.

    The rooms are generously sized and always immaculate. We often stay with our two toddler girls. We always have a room that is big enough to accommodate a portable crib and a pull-out couch. This room also offers a curtain to separate it from our sleeping area. The hotel also welcomes its  younger guests with a Johnson & Johnson gift set of baby wash, baby powder, baby lotion & a teddy bear.

    Each room offers internet services and a few books of area-interest to read.  

    We have booked rooms at other area hotels following concerts or Sox games, but have never been as impressed as we have been with the Hotel Commonwealth.

    30/10/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    29. Stephanie R.
    Love, love, love this hotel!  I stayed here for the third time last weekend and it was as charming as usual!  Hotel Commonwealth is a boutique hotel that is classic old school with a modern, updated feel.  The service is right up there with The Ritz Carlton ("Good evening Miss ____") where everyone greets you by name as you walk throughout the hotel and all of the staff are personable and warm.  The rooms are large and roomy and are outfitted with dreamy beds (plush mattresses, Frette linens) and an ample bathroom complete with L'Occitane products and thick towels.  The water pressure is amazing!  Wireless internet is free (nice for a change!) and they give you a chocolate covered biscuit (English for cookie) with your turndown service.  

    I was tempted to book elsewhere for a slightly lower price, but am glad that I stuck to my guns and remained loyal to Hotel Commonwealth.  My diligent research paid off as I learned that the rooms here are a good 100+ sq ft larger than The Jurys or Colonnade.  

    Had tea and dessert at the restaurant where the service was just as good as in the hotel.

    Location is awesome: within a nice stroll's distance to Newbury Street shops.

    02/06/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    30. Callan C.
    Well located, gorgeous hotel in Kenmore square.  The T is right underneath the building and Newbury St is a short walk away.  The river is close by, which is convenient if you want to walk in the park or go for a run.  There are some quality dining options nearby.  The staff is very friendly and the rooms are well appointed.  Beds are comfortable and the rooms had a few special touches, such as some Boston/New England themed books to peruse and a convenient cell phone charging dock.  The bathroom is clean, large and upgraded.  Plenty of thick towels and high end toiletries.  I really enjoyed my stay here and found it easy to get to the various areas of the city I needed to be.  It is a little off the main areas (if you are there for tourist reasons), with the exception of Fenway.  Price is pricey but you do get a high level of comfort.

    16/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    31. Insun M.
    I stayed here with my mom and sister for a visit to Boston and we were all very impressed.

    Everything I have to say about this place is has already been highly praised by other reviewers so I won't reiterate. But I will say that now my mom compares all hotels to HC =)

    03/04/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    32. Sharon C.
    Can't wait to go back. I love boutique hotels and this one did not disappoint. Upon arrival, I was greeted by a friendly and helpful doorman and walked into an aromatic and beautiful lobby. Jeff greeted me at check-in and offered me a cup of hot chocolate. The service was outstanding, the room was huge, bed comfortable and it's a perfect location. I loved the in-house iPhone charger, the thick towels, good lighting (so many hotel rooms are dark & dreary) and comfortable sitting area. I can't remember the last time I had turn down service with gourmet chocolates.

    21/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    33. Mike D.
    Spotless room and great service. The staff here are exceptional. Nice lobby, access to a great restaurant next door and an overall excellent value.  Will return.

    25/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    34. Susan S.
    Loved this property! The staff was attentive and excellent. The rooms were spacious and nicely appointed. Location was perfect for us--right in the heart of Kenmore Square. One of my favorite places to stay in Boston.

    16/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    35. Alexander R.
    I am a fan of this place.  The rooms are really beautifully appointed, rich decor throughout the hotel gives the feeling of a far grander hotel than its size.  It's location is ideal if your in town for the Red Sox.  Quick and easy walk to Fenway.  The only catch is that it is pricey.  But if you've got it, this hotel's a great spot at which to spend it!

    20/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    36. Damien S.
    Day One - Sox game and valet was beeeeeat. 45 min wait because of the Fenway runover and construction on Comm Ave. I had a room - isn't the customer always right? Upgraded to a suite BONUS! Turndown service gave a B&B feel, boasting chocolate cookies and sweet tunes from the preset jazz channel. Do they scent the linens? There was something going on that made me want to sleep forever.

    Day Two - Awoken by the chambermaid in spite of the Peace and Quiet sign I had swinging. The for-real wake up call was not automated and the woman's voice was cheerful. She followed up fifteen minutes later (just like Mom used to!), which is good because I always go back to sleep. The mini bottles in the shower were L'Occitane. Doesn't resonate with me but I guess it's a respected name in the bath sundries world. My hair smelled like a tree. These little things made for nice touches.

    Eastern Standard (restaurant) and The Foundation (lounge) get different grades for the experience overall. The hotel is rightfully pricey with its key location and quaint luxuries. Unfortunately, nothing really stood out and it fades in to the pack of four star establishments.

    Word to your bretheren. D-Lish

    03/08/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    37. Elizabeth B.
    The nicest hotel I've ever stayed in.

    My stay was a pleasant experience from start to finish. I checked in, and they called me Ms. B---- the whole time. There was a bellman to take my stuff up to my room. (Can you tell I don't stay in nice hotels very often?) Everyone was warm and welcoming and service-oriented without being snobbish or hoity toity about it.

    The room was lovely, and huge. My only "complaint" about it was that all the pillows were feather. Not so much a complaint as something I am not used to (I tend to require more support than feather pillows provide). The bed itself was perfection. Also? Wider than I am tall. I went to inquire about a local drugstore because there was no conditioner in the room, and they instead handed me conditioner. (As a previous reviewer mentioned, the pressure in the shower is a bit... much. But the temperature was great.)

    Room service was fabulous. I kept meaning to try out the actual restaurant, but who needs it when they'll bring a fabulous and hot breakfast right to your door?

    Overall it was a fabulous experience and I would recommend this place to absolutely anyone who would be willing to pay for it, and I would try to convince a good number of people to suck it up if they weren't willing to do so.

    A tip: for a real luxury, talk to the concierge and book yourself an in-room massage. You will not be disappointed. There's nothing quite like having the massage of your life and not having to do anything to get yourself anywhere directly afterwards, except get up off the MT's table and flop into bed.

    So congrats Hotel Commonwealth, you get my first ever 5 star review.

    04/03/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    38. Susie C.
    This is my favorite hotel in Boston. It's on the smaller side and has a luxurious, boutique feel (without being pretentious), which is a refreshing change from the generic, towering hotels that are all over the city.

    The service is outstanding, and their hotel restaurant is delicious (Eastern Standard). They have great special event space for meetings, and they have a killer DVD collection at the front desk. The rooms are huge and comfy.

    It can be pricey, but if you're looking to splurge, this is a great place to do it.

    19/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    39. T C.
    Quality place......very very clean.  You can tell they work overtime to keep the place looking perfect.  Great location with T stop next to the building, walking distance to Fenway, Museum of Fine Art and Starbucks.  Friendly and helpful staff.

    07/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    40. Jef S.
    Superb from start to finish! I've stayed in a LOT of hotels in my time (and worked in them) and the Commonwealth is definitely on my top three list. We were upgraded to junior suite for our anniversary. The room was huuuuuuuuuuge and comfortable. The shower came equipped with good toiletries, comfy bathrobes, and my favorite kind of massage shower (so much water pressure that it could strip old paint from wood). The suite curtains off with comfortable seating and a cool view of either Kenmore or Fenway.  HD TV/DVDs! Feather pillows! Good concierge! Conditioner that smells like vanilla-almond! Need I go on?

    The only funny bit was getting woken up at 1am by an incessant beeping noise. After some fumbling, it turned out that the digital room phone (cordless) was out of batteries, no doubt disconnected by a careless cleaner.  I can excuse it, though.  

    4.93 stars! Staff was very friendly and ultra cool. Oh yeah...a night's stay here costs a pretty penny, but you definitely get what you pay for.

    22/05/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    41. EricaLynn J.
    A gorgeous, snazzy, upscale hotel... but to warn you, your wallet has seen better days!

    The rooms are immaculate, and you really do get what you pay for.  Chocolates on your pillow, the freshest and most comfortable linens, beautiful bathrooms with large shower stalls - excellent water pressure and multi-setting shower massagers!   Freebies also include L'Occitane shampoo and conditioner, soap, lotion, and other goodies.  

    You'll feel safe, cared for, and doted on during your stay there.  Luxury is hard to come by sometimes in a big city, even by the big name chains.  Hotel Commonwealth will put any qualms or fears you have about an expensive hotel stay to rest:  if you're going to spend the money, spend it right and spend it there.

    08/06/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    42. Chris L.
    Excellent hotel, in a most convenient location right on Commonwealth just a few steps away from Fenway. We were greeted by a very courteous and professional staff who took our luggage directly from our cars and up to check-in, and eventually our rooms. The building itself is quite old, but it's still pretty roomy and has a ton of character. Very comfy beds, nice view of the ballpark in the Fenway rooms. As others have noticed, yes the water pressure is like a small cannon. Also quite convenient is the house restaurant, Eastern Standard Kitchen (see my other reviews) which was a fabtastic little spot. Highly recommended...

    29/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    43. Jill F.
    Walking into Hotel Commonwealth transports you to a very beautiful place off of the crazy touristy area of Kenmore. It is an oasis in the city.
    Convenient to Boston, Cambridge, Fenway...Red Sox. Best two bars and restaurants below (ICO and Eastern Standard) Nicely decorated rooms. Beautiful bathrooms with good lighting. Nice views.

    Selling point? "Fresh" products in the bathroom. Can we just talk about my mini Spa while taking an awesome shower? If you must...sell a girl with expensive products. It will always work.

    P.S. The bathrooms in the lobby are open to customers of the restaurants...and they are very nice! They are OCD girl approved.

    07/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    44. Amanda H.
    For a luxury hotel, it isn't all that.  Even though we live in Brookline, my husband and I decided to spend two nights at Hotel Commonwealth after our wedding, because we love Eastern Standard, and because we wanted some good sleep and to not have to share the bed with cats for a change.

    First: we ordered a cheese plate to be waiting in our room after our check in the first night, since we were a little afraid we wouldn't get to eat much at the wedding.  Since it was around $18, I was figuring we'd probably get around three decent chunks-- nothing too big, but a good and fatty snack.
    The cheese plate was one SMALL wedge or brie, some pinenuts in honey, and a half bottle of red wine.  I actually laughed at it.  It was ridiculous.  Luckily, the in-room mini bar had pringles to supplement our snacking.

    Second: the internet is free for the first day, pay for after that.  I sort of expect wifi to be standard at all decent hotels these days.  The internet is also horribly SLOW.  Being the nerd I am, while we were scarfing our pringles I spent a very frustrating time trying to get onto facebook so that I could update our statuses and my new name.  The next day when I was "napping", I actually gave up trying to look at wedding pics friends had posted because it was so slow.

    Another sad, though not super important point, is that there's no in hotel spa, not even a hot tub or steam room.  I mean, that's a very very small thing, but I guess its something I do expect the fancy places to have.  The conceriege was awesome though-- when I asked him, he started reccomending places on Newbury (which I said I wasn't interested in, since I really didn't want to leave the hotel), and ended up sending me a bottle of wine, which he totally didn't have to do, but which I really appreciated.  

    Also sneaky: in addition to the regular freebie shower stuff in the bathroom, there is a plate of other showery type stuff.  One would assume it isn't free, and indeed there is a price list, if you look for it, but it isn't obviously noticeable, and it is waaaay overpriced.  I could see someone naive or drunk grabbing the sugar deodorant before realizing its over $10.

    So now you're probably wondering what I liked about the place.

    The bed and the pillows were SUPER comfy.  I could have slept in them forever, but I didn't because they made me feel shockingly well rested! (and then an hour later, my lack of sleep caught up with me and I went all tired-face during brunch.)   The room were were in was also huge, and had a bed area separated from a sort of work and lounge area with a couch, desk, and chairs by a curtain.  This was awesome, because I was tired the second night, and my husband pulled the curtain so that I could fall asleep, and he could do things at his computer on the other side without keeping me up.  The couch was also super comfy and made a nice lounging place so I didn't have to hang out soley on the bed which is a HUGE feature to me.

    The room also had two flat screen tvs, one for watching from the bed, and one for watching from the couch.  We didn't use either, but I figure that's a pretty good feature if you're into tv or have dvds you want to watch!

    I also just really liked the aesthetic of the room.  It was very old fashioned and lovely, with cute green cabinets and nice details.

    21/03/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    45. Meredith O.
    This hotel is amazing. Great view of Boston from wherever your room is...walking distance to Fenway and many other great restaurants and neighborhood gathering spots. Can't wait to get back.

    07/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    46. Aaron S.
    Okay, so you might say it is crazy to post a review 3 days BEFORE I check in, but every time I plan a stay at this place I get excited.  Rooms are beautiful, bathrooms well appointed (OK, so the tub is too small....I can live with that for a night), but the highlight is location.  It is near Fenway Park.  It is near Island Creek Oyster Bar, arguably the best seafood in the city.  It is near Fenway Park.  Eastern Standard is right there for cocktails and good food (though I will be there Saturday and miss my favorite nightly special).  It is near Fenway Park.  My alma mater, Boston University, is right outside the door.  It is near Fenway Park.   Fin's Sushi is across the street.  Did I mention it is near Fenway Park?  From the welcome back greeting every time I visit to the congenial and always perfect service, this is one of my favorite hotels.  Looking forward to drinks after the Red Sox win on Saturday night and a lovely stay at my favorite Boston hotel!

    23/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    47. Eugene N.
    Had an absolutely good experience at this place. Booked the Fenway view with a clear shot at Fenway park. Every time I walked back into the hotel, I was greeted despite dressing like a slob.

    Location is perfect, right next to the subway station where I needed to go every morning, for work and right in the heart of back bay. Only complaint is after a Red Sox game, the street gets packed! But, that's not their fault. It's a more upscale hotel, but it's a great and comfortable place to stay.

    03/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    48. Elizabeth W.
    Wonderful hotel! Clean room, great view, and accommodating staff. It was our favorite hotel in Boston... we stayed in 3 different ones (we follow the bargain). We got a great rate by making our reservation the day of.

    17/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    49. H M.
    Comfortable bed, free upgrade to to a junior suite, lemon water in the lobby, helpful friendly staff, beautiful fancy hotel. Close to Newbury street, Fenway park. About $25 cab ride from the airport.  Highly recommend.

    27/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    50. Katie H.
    I'm a student at BU and look forward to my mini vacation at Hotel Commonwealth when my family from Chicago comes to visit. We LOVE it here. I live 5 minutes away, but when I'm at Hotel Commonwealth I feel like I'm on a wonderful vacation.

    The service is outstanding. We had leftovers and they sent a mini fridge just for us to store it in. Forgot my toothbrush..no problem, they send a "dental kit" right up. We love to borrow a DVD and cuddle up in their incredible beds at night. We actually went to the Four Seasons for afternoon tea and I was dismayed to see nobody opening the door and greeting me as they do at Hotel Commonwealth. I mean everyone is so nice and friendly. They have a "business center" with 2 massive computers and free printing. It is also attached to two restaurants and a frozen yogurt place. You won't go hungry.

    The rooms are beautiful and I don't know how they keep it so quiet. We had a room looking out on to Fenway with a highway right below and couldn't hear a thing! They're really nicely sized and bathrooms are, too. Sure you can't take a luxurious bath since it's just a normal sized bath but who really wants to sit where thousands of other naked butts have sat anyways?

    Thank you Hotel Commonwealth for providing the best service and experience for my family every year.

    18/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    51. Jenn S.
    Luxury indeed!!

    We were lucky enough to stay at the Hotel Commonwealth this past weekend and we were NOT disappointed. From the gorgeous and HUGE room to the amazing (although a BIT too strong shower) to the impeccable service, HC rocks!! And I agree with past reviews - the chocolate biscuits are wonderful!

    I love, LOVE the Fresh bath products and the fact that they have a complimentary DVD library (this seems to be the new trend).

    I can't rave enough about how magnificent the staff was and how much more special they made our stay.

    We ordered in breakfast room service from Eastern Standard - good, although not ultra hot, but hey, that's room service, right? We definitely felt as if we were staying at home - not at a hotel.

    08/02/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    52. Karen P.
    Loved it. Booked it for a red sox game and location to Fenway was fantastic.  Starbucks and the T right outside the hotel.  Room was spotless, quiet and staff was super friendly.

    03/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    53. Jim C.
    I'm surprised that so many people loved this hotel. At $420 a room, I was expecting a Four Seasons experience. The hotel is nice but only one step above a common Hilton. The lobby is nothing special and the rooms only average with average furnishings. The bathroom is a total disappointment. The shower bathtub is literally like the kind you find in a Hampton Inn.

    If this hotel cost $200 a room/night, I would give this 4-5 stars for being exceptional within its category but at +$400 a night I would say it is one of the more banal I have frequented. As to location, I would say it's in a little more downscale neighborhood being right next to Fenway Park. The neighborhood is fun but doesn't feel opulent like where the Four Seasons is or even NIne Zero.

    At this price, I wouldn't be back.

    27/01/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    54. Dorothy W.
    Each time I have stayed here, I have become more of a devotee. My rooms have all been perfectly beautiful, clean beyond description and filled with all kinds of sweet treats. The beds are so comfortable- I always sleep well here, like a spoiled princess. The staff is completely professional. You do not get the same kind of treatment at most Boston hotels.

    The Hotel Commonwealth went over the top for me a year ago when a family member was graduating from college. I have to mention this brief experience as it shows how amazing they are.

    We were not staying there on that particular weekend, but we were having dinner at Eastern Standard next door. (Fantastic restaurant  affiliated with The Hotel Commonwealth.) When we started our family dinner, the weather was just perfect. When we came out of the restaurant at about 10 p.m, it was pouring rain. The Red Sox game had finished and Kenmore Square was just insane. Massive crowds of people, all looking for cabs. I was with my elderly parents and my dad can hardly walk. We went to the doorman at The Hotel Commonwealth, hoping his ability to grab a cab quickly would be helpful. At this point, the traffic was just crazy and the rain was almost painful as it drenched all of us. The doorman was being assaulted from every angle, as lots of people like us were looking for cabs. Here's what he did for us.

    He looked at me and said, "Just a minute." (Note that he had no idea who I was or that I had been at the hotel's restaurant.)

    He came  back out and said, "Wait here. I am getting our driver to bring you back to your hotel."

    In about three minutes, a gorgeous white Mercedes pulled up. The driver and the doorman helped my parents into the car. The driver knew all of the shortcuts back to our hotel in Copley Square. When we got to our hotel, he refused to charge us anything. Obviously, we gave him a big tip.

    This is the kind of service you can expect from the people at The Hotel Commonwealth.

    03/10/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    55. Stefanie H.
    Fantastic hotel!  I was here for work back in early 2009, and despite sleep deprivation and the general chaos that goes along with giving presentations, I enjoyed every moment here.  If it were up to me, I'm not sure I would pay their prices to stay again (It was almost $500/night when I stayed), but if the price were a little lower, I wouldn't hesitate.  

    Hotel Commonwealth's lobby is spacious, bright, and exceedingly comfortable as a place to hang out and talk business.  The upstairs meeting facilities were also of the highest quality - we had no issues with wifi or furniture or any of the other little things that can be problematic when you have specific business needs.

    The room was nothing fancy, but it was polished, perfectly clean, and stylish.  It had a classic look but a very contemporary feel.  It also rated very well on the extra chair - you know, that chair that just sits off to the side in your hotel room?  It was exactly the kind of chair you'd want to sink into after a long day of walking or doing business stuff.

    18/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    56. Nicole V.
    Dear Hotel Commonwealth,

    I just wanted to extend my gratitude to you.  Sure I have never slept in one of your beds, but you have housed the 'rents multiple times now.  After a particularly horrible experience at the Park Plaza my mother refuses to stay anywhere but with you.  Her feelings of comfort and safety amount to her happiness, so for that, the entire family thanks you.

    Even my city-fearing family can take on Boston with your location.  Should they be leaning towards my favorite oyster place in town, we walk out the door and go right to ICOB.  Should they be feeling up to multiple beverages, we go left to ESK.  Should they be feeling adventurous we can walk to Newbury in under 10mins.  Even if they decide to slum it like us common folk, the T is right there.

    All this with your comfortable hotel beds would surely win you four stars, but the fifth star (and clearly the most important) is the details.  Though the bathrooms are shared by the restaurants and open to the public, they are always well stocked and kept immaculately clean.  The lobby boasts about 10 different types of chairs with staff that smiles as my sister inevitably tries out each one each time.  The bathroom products are phenomenal and I thank you for not judging me as I swipe them from my parent's room each time.  The cookies left at the turn down service really seal in the 5.5 stars.

    Keep up the good work and good location, Hotel Commonwealth.  When the 'rents come to town I inevitably get spoiled and well fed.

    Thanks again.

    Sincerely yours,
    Nicole V

    P.S. I hope it's cool with you that I continue to bring people through your lobby and show off the photography section.  It makes me feel like a true local.

    28/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    57. Joey I.
    Fantastic hotel!

    Loved my stay here. So close to the T and Fenway - I would definitely go back and stay here again. The rooms are new, clean and fresh.  The bathroom is massive and tons of towels. The shower head is powerful - which I love.  Rooms smell nice and don't have that musty hotel stank.  Awesome view of Fenway from the Fenway rooms.  I was totally blown away on how nice the place was!

    OMG - what a fantastic hotel. I was over the top about staying there. Would definitely go back gladly!!

    14/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    58. C M.
    I'm a big fan of the Hotel Commonwealth - I've used them both personally (stayed over this weekend when in town!) and professionally (planned meetings here while I was working up in Boston), and the level of service and attention to detail has spoiled me a bit!

    Just about every staff member is willing to go out of their way to make sure your needs are met, and always seem happy to be there (not sure if they pump extra oxygen in or something, but I've seriously never come across a disgruntled employee). The meeting rooms are always super clean and generally well-kept (no worn carpets, tattered tablecloths, etc.), and the food options for meetings were always pretty high quality and delicious.

    And don't get me started on the beds! I would've grabbed a pen and written down every single brand involved in creating that sleeping masterpiece if I hadn't already been told that some of the styles were exclusive to the hotel :)

    Rooms are usually well-laid out, with black-out curtains and heavy windows to shade you from the sometimes obnoxious Sox fans roaming the streets after a game (particularly after a loss!), and the Sugar bath products they provide always leave me smelling nice and fresh!

    This is generally my go-to hotel when schlepping up to Boston - it is on the pricy side, but you get what you pay for, and at HC, I'd say you get a lot!

    26/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    59. Stefano M.
    Clean and the Rooms are quite big. It s a little bit expensive like every hotel in the usa

    26/07/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    60. Megan R.
    Hotel Commonwealth was great!!
    I bought tickets to a show at Boston's House Of Blues and wanted something close and convenient. Hotel Commonwealth, although a bit pricey, was my best option. I booked online and hoped for the best.
    Three months later when we went for our trip, we were super happy that we were able to find the hotel very easily from the interstate, and also that it was right in the center of a bustling Kenmore Square! The T line was right outside the hotel, and we were surrounded by shops and restaurants.
    The hotel has a valet service for under $50 for guests. The valets and the doormen were so nice and so helpful! One gentleman, Freddy, gave us directions everywhere we walked to, and also hinted us to a GREAT breakfast place a few blocks away.
    The front desk was just as accommodating, and gave us a free upgrade to a junior suite. Our room was sparkling clean, spacious, and had a stellar city view. (Note for the ladies: The soaps and shampoo brand that they had available in the bathrooms was unbelievable! Awesome quality!)
    The Hotel Commonwealth has two of Bostons best restaurants surrounding it, Eastern Standard Kitchen on one side, and Island Creek Oyster Bar on the other. There is no way a foodie could be disappointed. Historic Newbury street is 3 blocks away, with shopping and boutiques and cafes OH MY!!
    We spent only one night in Boston at the Commonwealth, and when we go back, this will be where we return to. Look no father, this place has it all!!

    12/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    61. Jill G.
    The thing that made my stay at this hotel most amazing was the two restaurants that it is connected to, Eastern Standard and Island Creek Oyster Bar. These restaurants are definitely hot-spots in the area. They have amazing foods, and unique drinks. The oyster bar was particularly special and gave me a big taste of Boston! I recommend this hotel AND these restaurants! The service at the hotel was excellent- nothing to complain about! Great place to stay if you are in town for a Sox game.

    14/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    62. Ann P.
    Love this hotel..the lobby is comfortable but ornate. Fabulous spot for an overnight.

    12/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    63. Eva M.
    The hotel is in an OK location.  The worst service, and too small bathrooms.  For such a charming city this is a disgrace.  

    The bathroom is terrible.  There is no counter space. And the tub is so shallow, nothing fun you can do in there.  

    The room phone did not work and after I tell the front desk, they say oh well the other phone works, just use that phone by the desk.  That is terrible service.  

    Then I am visiting from out of town so I expect to get some help/information as to what tours are good.  Nope, nothing of the sort.  I ask Corey at the front desk if she has ever heard of any ghost tours or other good tours in Boston, she just looks at me as if I had asked her to explain the theory of relativity to me.  Then even worse, she shows no incentive or motivation to look anything up or try and find any suggestions.  She is LAZY.  So sad as the hotel is by Boston University my alma mater.   I have never had such poor and rude service in my life.  The next day the manager was around and whoever was at the front desk that day actually gave a little effort.  

    The doormen very extremely helpful with T or metro information.

    Next time I will be trying the Omni, Kimpton, or bigger chain.

    10/12/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    64. David D.
    Great hotel. Would have gotten 5 stars, but the room service breakfast was terrible. Go out to eat.

    28/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    65. Lauren L.
    I had a great experience at Hotel Commonwealth. The front desk was very friendly and helpful upon checking in. They even helped me with the key card activated elevator.(Sometimes I shouldn't operate machinery on my own.)

    Upon getting into my room, I realized that they have upgraded me to a suite, which was so lovely of them. The room was spacious with a separate living area, appointed with a full desk and seating area. I appreciated the attention to detail with extras like Boston themed books and magazines, and the Malin + Goetz bath products.

    I enjoyed the access to Eastern Standard room service and my meal was prompt and well-executed. I especially enjoyed the mac & cheese with guanciale. The texture of the ham was a great addition to the creamy cheeses.

    I would definitely recommend Hotel Commonwealth to others!

    21/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    66. Joe T.
    Went into our stay here blindfolded. My GF did all of the planning for our NYE Boston trip. This was entirely unusual for me as a type a vacation planner like myself.

    All I knew was that we were getting a decent hotel in Boston at a great rate for NYE ($200). It was a cool boutique hotel right off the T that reminded me of one of our stays in San Francisco. Everyone was extremely pleasant and helpful off the bat.

    We were able to get into our rooms before noon (NICE) and upgrade to a Junior Suite for an additional $20 (SCORE). The room was big, very big for a city like Boston. It almost reminded me of rooms at the Venetian in Vegas. Very nicely decorated, very large bathroom, multiple tvs, and a view of the famous Citgo sign.

    The front desk provided us with free bottled water whenever we needed it, complimentary turn down service, and they even took my GF's jacket to the laundry room to dry and brought it back to us in time to go out.  

    It's not the most luxurious hotel in the world, but everything was very nice and classy without being pretentious or over the top. Loved the liquor/wine store and Dunkin Donuts adjacent too. We will be back!

    03/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    67. K G.
    This hotel is magnificent! From the moment you pull up to the hotel you are attended to. The staff here are incredibly friendly and helpful and were all to willing to help in anyway they could.

    I liked the fact that you couldn't access the guest room levels of the hotel without a room key and that there was security at the hotel at all times.

    I stayed in a Fenway room facing the park and the room was lovely. The bathroom was spacious with nicely appointed details and all the basics (Shampoo, lotion, etc.) The bed was very comfortable with amazing pillows I wish I could have taken home with me.

    The 24 hour room service from Eastern Standard is a huge plus. The food is delicious and delivered in a very short time.

    There are many shops located within the area as it's close to Boston University and it's a great area to walk around in. This is a place to stay when visiting the city.

    The only minor issue would be there was a point where there was some music playing, I believe maybe from the bar downstairs, but nothing you couldn't sleep through.

    10/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    68. Mathey W.
    Comfortable, almost luxury level hotel Ina very convenient location in Boston. It's just steps from Fenway Park and the Charles river and minutes of walking to MIT. Newbury St is a short metro ride away.
    The hotel is clean, the rooms are very spacious. The service staff however could be a little more attentive to the guests needs.

    10/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    69. Al D.
    Spent 4 nights in their 3rd floor "Reading Room" executive suite. Pretty, nicley appointed suite. Great king bed with comfy linens. Room is nicely decorated too with lieterature-related theme.Comfy leather lounge chairs, reading lamps, complimentary use of a Nook e-reader, and a well-stocked library of autographed first edition books really do make this a great spot for reading. But the location is so great we found it hard to stay put. Fenway Park, Boylston Street, Shops at Prudential, and Boston Common are all very walkable if you like to stroll like we do. Free Wi-fi.

    Staff knows their business. Front desk, room service, valet parking, concierge all delivered with apparent ease and lack of fussiness. Example: early Saturday morning, I asked when the concierge desk opened which wasn't for an hour. But the desk clerk asked if he could help me, and when I told him we wanted to watch the Liverpool v. Arsenal soccer match he knew exactly the place. He even called to make sure they would be showing that game and when we got there the barman made sure we got a good seat.

    The only cons: Bathroom disappointed slightly, about on par with a nicer Embassy Suites, but toiletries were top end. Lots of noise from Commonwealth Ave made sleeping a bit harder than we expected. The usual car horns, sirens and other city noises which are part of city like but aren't an issue at Ritz-Carlton or Taj Hotel in Boston. .

    I really debated whether to rate this 4 or 5 stars due to the noise issue and the lack of bathroom wow-factor compared to Ritz Carlton, but the staff is so competent and the little extras like the Keurig and Nook provided in the room won the day. Not to mention, the suite is about $300 less than its counterpart at R-C. Plus free wi-fi! I don't give out very many 5 star ratings but Hotel Commonwealth earned every one of them. This is our new home base in Boston.

    15/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    70. Melissa M.
    I'm going to keep this short and sweet...I absolutely adore this hotel. I always stay here when I attend concerts at Fenway. Although I only live 6 miles from Fenway Park, there's nothing like walking out after a great show, heading to Eastern Standard for drinks, going upstairs to bed, waking up the next morning and going back to Eastern Standard for an amazing breakfast. Any other way would just be wrong.
    The hotel itself is a boutique hotel. The service is fantastic. I really love the rooms. They are spacious, clean and well decorated. Some rooms offer a nice view of the park. Because this hotel is on the smaller size, the rooms do tend to fill up pretty quickly when there is a big event in the area so if you are planning on making a reservation, don't wait til last minute.
    See, short and sweet.

    11/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    71. Cathy S.
    I travel a lot and stay in a lot of hotels and I have to say I LOVE Hotel Commonwealth.

    The service was exceptional across the board. The doorman was always present to warmly greet us, hail us a cab, open our car door or grab a suitcase. We never had to wait for assistance at the front desk, and when we did speak to them we were initially unnerved by how pleasant and accommodating they always were.  Can we have a late checkout?  Sure, what time do you want to stay to? Can I buy a stamp please?  No, let me mail the letter for you using our postage machine- no charge. Can you change this large bill?  Sure, what denominations do you want? They also gave us bottles of water for our room every time they saw us.

    The housekeeping staff were outstanding as well. They were as silent as ninjas. When we had the "Do Not Disturb" on our door, they maintained an area of quiet around our room in the morning which we greatly appreciated. They did a great job cleaning our room and were always very pleasant and friendly when we encountered them in the hallway.

    The room was quiet, good sized and nicely appointed. Free Wifi and a nice large desk made it easy work in. The bathroom was large and they provided Fresh brand toiletries which were really nice. Although their shower head was awesome and provided a lot of instant hot water and water pressure, if you are a bath person you may be disappointed because they only had a standard sized tub when they had the space to put in a much larger one (boo- hoo, yes I do realize it is a first world problem but it is still worth noting).

    Proximity to the T green line and a major bus hub could not be better, literally right outside the front door. Fenway Park is about a block away. Arguably one of the nicest seafood restaurants in Boston, Island Creek Oyster Bar,  is in the main floor lobby. There is some excellent shopping to be had just a few blocks away.

    I would not hesitate to stay here again and would highly recommend it.

    21/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    72. Rikki D.
    This hotel is the best I have been to! This hotel has two restaurants attached to it, both of them are really good. After you get to your room about 20 minutes after they call and see how you are doing, I think that makes the guests feel more comfy. The front desk employees are very helpful and friendly! The beds and pillows are more than comfortable. In the hotel room there is a TV, mini fridge, and a safe. As well as a Google tablet to find out about attractions, restaurants, hotel info, house keeping, boarding passes, transportation, maps, and directions. Next time I come to Boston I am most definitely going to try and stay here for as long as possible.

    25/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    73. Barry T.
    Very accommodating staff and nice rooms here.

    Also the location is a few blocks from Newbury street which is the shopping (and food) Mecca in Boston, and its just seconds away from the subway station (or bus interchange) which makes it easy to get to any part of the city - useful when its cold outside where you want to spend as little time as possible outdoors.

    And also right next to Fenway Park so you can stay out late for some post-game drinks at Eastern Standard when the sox win (you are a sox fan right?! Otherwise go back to NYC hahaha)

    12/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    74. Deborah C.
    Brand new room, facing Fenway Park.  Very clean, nice size and a 50 inch flat screen television.  Centrally located with direct access to the "T".  I would definitely book again for future trip to Boston.

    28/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    75. Danielle C.
    I hope you take the time to read my letter to management about my recent experience with this hotel, and if you are ever in Boston, stay here!!!  Please read below:

    Dear Adam,

    I am writing this letter to you today to let you know about my recent experience at your hotel on April 9th, 2014.  I specifically want to let you know about two of your employees who showed me the smallest bit of kindness, but to me, at that moment, granted me the ability to share a moment and a memory in my life that I will never forget.  To truly understand what Tim Crowley and Yohanes Ferede did for me, I need to give you a little bit of back story.  

    I live in Washington State, and my daughter lives up in New Hampshire, attending school at Plymouth State University.  Needless to say, I only get to see her once a year, if we are lucky.  My daughter and I are very close, and the time that we get to spend together is cherished deeply since we don't get to see each other often.  

    About a month ago, her boyfriend sent me an email about her birthday on the 10th.  Her boyfriend offered to pay for half of my plane ticket if I could come out and be here for her birthday, he said it would mean the world to her if I could be there for her.  When I read that email, my heart was overwhelmed with emotion.  What a kid, what a kid!  

    So a plan was hatched!  I was able to get the time off from work and I thought how awesome would it be if I could surprise her at a Red Sox game!!  I took a redeye flight in from Portland, Oregon to Boston Tuesday night and got into Logan at 7:30 AM.  I couldn't check a bag or a suitcase since I would be in Boston by myself until the game started at 4:00.  Rolling a suitcase around town and three different transfers on the T would be difficult!  So, I decided I would bring a large backpack that would be easy enough to transport around.  Normally, bringing in a backpack wouldn't have been a problem in Fenway, but I also had to unexpectedly bring along my work laptop due to a deadline I had to meet on Tuesday night.  I couldn't bring both my laptop and my purse & backpack to the ballpark.

    I was told that The UPS store or Fedex stores will sometimes check in a bag for you for a small fee, so once I got to Fenway, I started making my way to find either one of these two stores. I didn't know if this was true or not, hoping it was.....Not being familiar with area, I just started walking and figured someone along the way would know where the stores were.  I made my way down Comm Ave, I saw your doormen at the Hotel.  I stopped and asked them if they knew were either one of these two stores were, and neither of them did, but they went inside and asked your employee, Tim Crowley.  I proceeded to tell him my story of the plan to surprise my daughter for her birthday at the game, and he said that I could check in my backpack and laptop case for me while I was at the game.

    I couldn't believe it.  I was so grateful, I wasn't even a guest at your hotel, and he offered to help me.  I didn't know what I was going to do if I couldn't find either store, or if they said no.  I couldn't bring both bags in and I couldn't leave a backpack lying around!!!  He told me that once the game was over to get my bags from Yohanes.  I told them that I was going to write you and let you know about how GREAT they are, and they were more concerned about posting a positive review on tripadvisor.com , rather than taking any credit for what they did for me.  Wow.  

    I have to say that you are very lucky to have two great employees - and these two not only represented your hotel, but also represent the GREAT people of Boston and the State of Massachusetts.  

    Because of your two employees, I was able to give my daughter the absolute surprise of her life!  The look on her face when she saw me come up to her seat at Fenway was priceless.  Nothing could replace this special moment in both of our lives.  

    So thank you again, and please thank Tim and Yohanes for giving me this priceless gift.

    Danielle Clark

    12/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    76. Nicole B.
    Nothing but the best money can buy! Hounds tooth on turquoise? Check!

    04/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    77. Mary B.
    "Five Star across the board"
    I hosted my daughters baby shower in the "Gallery" in Hotel Commonwealth. Kelly Shea, event planner, handled every detail well above my expectations. Service, food, staff, rooms, and cost was amazing. My family of 12 that was staying at the hotel could not of been happier. We now have beautiful memory's of my daughter, Amber's, baby shower. Eastern Standard staff was the best service I have ever seen and the food was to die for. I am back home in Detroit now and wish i was back in the comfort of Hotel Commonwealth for just one more day, with the staff that i adore. Five Stars across the board. Thank You to Hotel Commonwealth. We Love You! Mary B.

    16/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    78. Kishan M.
    Horrible experience, and the hotel failed to take advantage of the service recovery opportunity!  There are better hotels, in Boston, that want your business - do not stay here!

    22/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    79. Zoe P.
    Am I a total spoiled brat? (Do not answer that.) I feel like I've had a more luxe stay at generic business suites.

    Staying here was literally A-OK, but left me with the feeling that the Hotel Commonwealth is maybe going through some hard times. I hate being squeezed just because their business plan didn't work out and that's how this felt, in the end.

    We were told we had to pay extra for a suite to get a king bed, even though it was pretty clear that the hotel was near empty. They were hosting some sort of weird BU cocktail party in the tiny foyer. They charge (too much) for coffee. We couldn't get our room warm enough. The desk chair had a lumpy cushion with broken springs.

    There was some good stuff: the room we got was large, attractive and very, very quiet. No street noise, no neighbors. The room service breakfast was copious and delicious, two things you don't expect from a room service breakfast. The bed was divine.

    But I wouldn't stay here again and if this is the best hotel in Boston, I'm going to have to plan my last minute romantic getaways elsewhere. Which is inconvenient, since I live here.

    09/01/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    80. Lillian C.
    This is a great hotel if you want to stay near Kenmore/Fenway/BU. It's literally RIGHT NEXT to the Kenmore T stop which is super convenient if you want take the Green line or buses.

    The hotel is definitely a boutique hotel and the service is impeccable. The rooms are clean and pretty spacious. They also have a great view of Fenway Park! They have free wifi in the rooms and they do turn down service.

    The two restaurants connected to the hotel (Eastern Standard and Island Creek Oyster Bar) are SO GOOD. They are MUST TRYs if you are in the area or if you stay at the hotel. The location of the hotel is also pretty convenient for late night deliveries since it's not too far from restaurants that stay open later into the night.

    One thing that I did notice was that they weren't too proactive at hailing cabs for us... but we did go in the colder months and that may have been why? Otherwise I had a great experience there and would def recommend them!

    25/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    81. Deirdre C.
    We booked 11 guest rooms, including 2 suites for our wedding the last weekend of June. We also hosted a Sunday brunch at the hotel.
    While I did not have the opportunity to experience the other rooms in our block, I did stay in the Luxury Suite and the aesthetics of the room are very pleasing. It is newly renovated and has wood floors, high ceilings, a sitting area, a dining area, a pool table, a separate bedroom/bathroom, and...terrible acoustics. I'm talking ZERO sound-proofing.

    Following our rehearsal dinner, we invited a few family members up to our suite to catch up and play some pool before the wedding the next day. We wanted to enjoy some innocent fun among a group of adults...no music, no dancing, no yelling...just talking and playing pool. After all, what is the point of having an enormous suite with a pool table if you can't enjoy it with some family and friends?

    Not more than five minutes into our small get-together, an employee (who I later learned was the "night auditor") and a valet attendant knocked on the door under the guise that they were looking for someone who forgot to leave his car keys with the valet. It is baffling to me that they should have come to MY room looking for this individual, as he was a guest who was not on the room reservation. How is it that the night auditor would have known he would be in MY room? This was clearly an attempt to "scope out" what we were doing, despite not having done anything wrong, rather than trying to professionally handle the valet situation. If the night auditor was professional, he would have called the room or the cell phone of that person to address the issue.

    Not being aware of any issues, we continued chatting and playing pool. We did notice that the acoustics in the room seemed to amplify the sound of talking, but we assumed that the room was properly constructed with sound-proofing material and that we weren't bothering other guests. We did not feel that we were being disrespectful.

    About 20 minutes later, at 12:30 a.m., we received another knock at the door. It was the night auditor yet again, accompanied by a security guard. He informed us that he received noise complaints and demanded that every guest who was not "registered to the room" leave the suite immediately. So, the night before my wedding, I had to abruptly kick out some of our bridal party and our family, including our parents. No warning. No request to reduce the noise. In fact, the night auditor stood at our door to monitor the exits and looked into our room to ensure that everyone left. We willingly complied, as we didn't want to cause an issue, but we were upset and embarrassed.

    Approximately 45 minutes after all of our guests left and as one of my bridesmaids and I were getting ready for bed, we received another knock at the door. After 45 minutes of relative silence (my bridesmaid and I were literally whispering for fear making additional noise) the night auditor had the GALL to knock on our door to tell us that he received additional noise complaints and that we had to keep it down or else further action would need to be taken. I immediately burst into tears. I explained that I didn't understand why he came back to check on our room and notify us of a clearly construed noise complaint. A professional employee would have realized that the noise complaint was unfounded when he came to the room and heard literally ZERO noise. Instead, he took the unprofessional approach and disturbed me the night before my wedding, bringing me to tears and causing unnecessary stress.

    I was so upset that I called my now husband and asked him to come up to deal with the situation. We explained how upset and disappointed we were with how we had been treated, especially after they came back to the room when it was just my bridesmaid and I. The night auditor was defensive, interrupting us as we explained our disappointment and frustration. We were so upset that we were compelled to check out of the hotel that very night, but decided against it because we didn't want to abandon our family and bridal party.

    When it was all said and done, I was a bride on my wedding night unable to enjoy a relaxing evening in my suite - with guests or even ALONE - without being harassed by the hotel staff.

    I was so looking forward to creating wonderful memories of our wedding weekend at the Hotel Commonwealth and creating new ones by staying at the hotel for future anniversaries, but instead I left extremely upset and disappointed. I will never again stay at the Hotel Commonwealth and will be taking my business to The Liberty Hotel on subsequent stays in Boston. They have lost a customer for life.

    I will note that we were in contact with the assistant manager of the hotel who comped one of the room nights for our disappointing and, more accurately, upsetting experience. A nice gesture, but this will not change my opinion of the hotel or make me want to stay there ever again.

    14/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    82. Lauren M.
    Pricy but worth the money. Great location on Kenmore Square- perfect if you're visiting Boston U or going to a Sox game. Walkable to Newbury Street (great shopping). Very convenient T stop, too, if you don't feel like walking.

    14/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    83. Craig D.
    I have to say one of the best hotels we have stayed at.  From valet to check out the experience was classy and professional.   We arrived for an overnight anniversary getaway and we were told we were upgraded because it was our special day.  Room was spacious and beautiful overlooking Kenmore square.  Within a few minutes of checking in to our room ...a knock on the door.  Room service was outside with a bottle of iced champagne and truffles. Also a personalized card wishing us a happy 23rd anniversary.   First class all the way.   Will stay here again.  Restaurants and speak easy were top notch.
    Highly recommend.   Will be back

    24/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    84. J F.
    We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights. The reason I am giving this place a 1 star is due to their customer service and overall experience. Each room has an industrial size fire alarm. On the 3rd night, the loudest fire alarms you have ever heard went off very, very early in the morning almost giving my husband and I a heart attack (apparently, some jerk off pulled the alarm). Then the alarms continues to go off 4 more times throughout the morning- not cool at all when you are just trying to get some rest. Then when I talked to the front desk about what they were going to do to remedy the situation, they were less than sympathetic. They did not offer any compensation, apologies or show concern whatsoever. I would not choose this hotel if you are looking for a nice place to stay in Boston to relax :( Quite unfortunate to leave town on that note.

    P.S They are connected to an Oyster restaurant next door which makes the entire lobby and elevators smell like dead fish :( ewwwwww

    17/08/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    85. Jennifer M.
    I'm conflicted about this review because overall the hotel is obviously lovely.  We really liked the location of the hotel and the general atmosphere. It's a classy place that feels luxurious.  We had an insane dinner at Island Creek Oyster Bar, great cocktails at the Hawthorne, and a fabulous brunch at Eastern Standard. Excellent service at all three places.

    Unfortunately the hotel room was a disaster:

    Both televisions didn't work.
    The tablet provided for us to order room service, etc., wasn't configured so was unusable.
    The iPod station was missing the remote so was unusable.
    There was no mini fridge in the room.
    When we asked for two cots to be brought up, they only brought one.
    When we asked for four glasses to be brought up, they only brought up two--and one was dirty!  

    The kicker is that we paid $90 extra for an upgraded executive room when we checked in. Some upgrade. Rather than an "upgraded" room we felt like we'd been stuck with an out of date room they didn't use very often.  Honestly, in retrospect, the upgrade option feels a bit like a scam--as another reviewer has mentioned as well.

    The front desk wasn't very concerned about our experience and didn't apologize for the various inconveniences when made aware of them.  For example, when we told them the televisions weren't working (they worked the first night and then switched off while we were watching them) the front desk guy said casually, with no apology, "oh yeah, you have to push the button on the top to get them to turn on again." Excuse me? At these rates I expect working televisions that don't require some secret trick to turn them on. When we told the front desk about the missing iPod remote they said they were phasing the iPod station out anyway--as if that's some excuse for having non-working technology in a guest room. When we asked why our friends had a fridge and we didn't, they said they were phasing those out.

    Perhaps because my boyfriend is a travel writer and travels alot with PR companies as a guest of various hotels we're used to much better service and attention from hotel staff.  We suspect because we booked on Hotwire for this trip the staff may have been less concerned about our experience.

    Very disappointing for the rates we paid and not acceptable for a 4.5 star hotel.  We've stayed across town at the Liberty Hotel before which was absolutely amazing. We'll be back there next time rather than this place, unfortunately.

    15/04/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    86. Margaret M.
    I really wish I could give this hotel a better review - because I feel like it does deserve a solid 4-4.5 stars....but I just can't.

    Why you ask? Well...

    I called the hotel the day of our arrival at around 1:30pm to see if we could check in early at around 2pm and was pleasantly surprised when I was told 'Yes, we have your room ready & you are welcome to check in at any time.' Based on this we opted to check in first, freshen up and then go to lunch. We arrived at the hotel, just after 2pm, and were warmly greeted by valet and brought our belongings inside only to find out that 'no...I'm sorry your room isn't ready.' Really? That's weird because I just called 35 minutes ago and was told it was ready.

    Now, by this time valet has already gone and parked our car, we have already brought all of our stuff in and were planning on being able to get into our room...so it was rather disappointing to learn this was not the case. I explained this scenario to the person at the front desk, who didn't really seem to care, and was told that I could still check in now....but only if I wanted to upgrade our room and pay an additional $20. Again...really? Come on. Your staff told me our room was ready, wouldn't it be better customer service to apologize for the obvious miscommunication and upgrade us to the room? The room is obviously not sold and most likely won't be since it's already 2pm, so why wouldn't you just off a complimentary upgrade and just let us check in? In the scheme of things it would have cost the hotel nothing and would have made our stay, and customer service experience, a solid 5 star.

    Now, let me be clear that I am well aware early check in is not guaranteed. However, if I call and you tell me my room is ready and that I can check in at anytime I expect it to still be ready when I get there OR I expect a phone call to let me know it's not. Seems rather simple to me.

    So, needless to say that put a pretty bad taste in my mouth and overshadowed my entire stay. Call me petty, call it childish...but I hold grudges. Sorry.

    (well...not really)

    Aside from this snafu - the hotel is beautiful, the rooms are well appointed and the fitness center is excellent. I enjoyed the cozy bed, plush robes, large bathroom, awesome shower & views of the city. Plus the location is excellent; right across the street from the T and walking distance to Fenway, Newbury Street and is adjacent to two phenomenal restaurants Eastern Standard & Island Creek Oyster Bar.

    I may come back if I found a great deal, but I definitely won't be looking to stay a this hotel again on my own.

    Again, this rating is based solely on my first impression, but don't let that sway you because it may have just been an off day. Most of the other reviews for this spot are stellar...which, I guess, is why I just expected more.

    24/10/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    87. Sue M.
    I'm not sure where to begin... we pulled up early to the hotel as we still needed to drop off our car at the airport.  Wanting to just check in our bags and take off, the doorman suggested we try to check in despite the fact it was several hours prior to check in time.

    The staff greeted us as though we were royalty.  Friendly smiles and accommodating gestures put us into a room right away.  Offering us many suggestions about town, we decided to run up to our room, get settled before we headed back out.  

    As we walked into our room, the first thing that struck me was the view of Fenway Park.  Holy cow, did this receptionist do this on purpose because I couldn't hide my enthusiasm about Red Sox playing game 2 tonight against Detroit.  The room was beautiful.  The beds, indescribable.  The pillows were perfect, like resting my head of fluffly ducks.  I thought I was in heaven.  The shower pressure... I felt as though I died and went to heaven.  

    We walked back downstairs and the kind Concierge, Nick, asked if we needed anything before we headed out.  We asked for a couple of suggestions of nearby colleges to tour and then I decided what the heack ... "Do you have any tickets for tonight's game"?  He quickly looked in his handy computer and low and behold... We are going to the SOX game for ACLS championship ... game 2.  He got us tickets for 90.00 each and I thought I needed to be pinched... I cannot describe my excitement.  

    And so we walked from our hotel to the Game and the rest was history.  Papi hitting a Grand Slam when the score was 5-1..... history in the making.  Sox win it and we leave happier than ever expected.  What a game.  

    This hotel is awesome.
    Location - superb
    Staff - professional and friendly
    Cleanliness - spotless... no bed bugs in these beds.

    It's worth every penny.

    14/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    88. Elizabeth A.
    Can't say enough positive things about this place and ALL staff we interacted with here-- from the valet to housekeeping, right down to all three adjoining restaurant/lounges.... What a phenomenal weekend! Polished, professional, without the pretentious zeal I had feared.

    I had booked a standard king, Fenway room through Jetsetter for my boyfriend's birthday weekend, and when we arrived we found out we'd been mysteriously upgraded to a private suite, jacuzzi and all. As it turns out the "upgraded" room was not on the Fenway side of the hotel, but that quickly became the least of our worries when we saw where we'd be spending our weekend.

    Highly, HIGHLY recommend this hotel if you are planning to be in the area!

    24/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    89. Lisa M.
    My brother and I stayed here for our cousin's wedding this weekend. We loved staying here. Great location and easy to get to all of the places we needed to get to for the wedding events (Cambridge, Art Museum, Four Seasons). We also took a tour of Fenway on the afternoon we arrived, and we able to get information from the front desk about the Fenway tours before we went.
    Upon our checkin the bellhop offered to get us a Keurig with coffee and tea. I was so happy having a Keurig available to make quick good coffee after late wedding events. On Saturday morning, it was pouring. We didn't want to go outside, so went to brunch at the Eastern Standard Grill - which is right in the hotel. The food and service there were both great, and not very expensive.
    I will definitely stay here again next time I am in Boston.

    14/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    90. Tim H.
    Comfy accommodations and great restaurants, but what really makes this hotel stand out is the customer service. Definitely top notch. The property is ideally located right off the green line T, next to the I-90 and walking distance to Fenway and BU.

    I was a little disappointed in the amenities offered for health and fitness. The workout room was tiny and depressing and lack of a pool and hot tub for my long stay was frustrating.

    20/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    91. Rachael B.
    I booked a room for tonight, 01/27/15 and unfortunately #blizzard2015 and the travel ban prevented me from getting into the city to actually stay at the hotel. I requested a refund and even though it was the day of they fully issued the refund without penalty, and without argument. Excellent and professional business. I will definitely book with them again in the future when I need a room in the Kenmore area. Thank you!

    27/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    92. Nicole S.
    A lovely and comfy hotel.

    Since we would only be in Boston for one night so we decided to select a surprise Hotwire deal in the Back Bay district.  We lucked out with Hotel Commonwealth and I only wished we were able to enjoy the hotel for more than one night.

    After a long and cold day of exploring, we checked into the hotel.  I was checked in by two friendly gentlemen.  We were given complimentary bottles of water and given recommended dining options.  We were told that they house the best seafood restaurant in Boston, Island Creek Oyster Bar (delicious by the way).

    Our room was nice and roomy.  There was plenty of room for two queen beds, a chair and ottoman, a desk and chair, and dresser.  Bathrooms were big as well with plenty of counter and shelf space.  Out the window was *drumroll* a view of Fenway Park.  

    *About a 5 minute walk to Fenway Park & House of Blues
    *Complimentary night turndown service
    *Located next to green line transit which will bring you downtown and to South Station
    *7 eleven next door for snacks or drinks

    17/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    93. Danielle D.
    I recently stayed at the Hotel Commonwealth and I would say we had a great experience. The staff was very friendly, the restaurant is delicious, and the location is so convenient to visit BU, go shopping on Newbury St, go anywhere on the Green Line T or visit Fenway.The room was much bigger than I expected and the beds were very comfy. The wifi was free and worked well. There was a mini fridge in the room which was helpful. I would say our only "complaint" is that we had a do not disturb on the door and housekeeping still knocked. And it is pricey - but i really do think in this case that you are getting what you pay for as we had a pleasant experience.

    17/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    94. Ali C.
    I love this hotel. From the location to the service to the hotel itself, it has never failed my family and I. If you're going to a Red Sox game, STAY here. It's within VERY VERY close walking distance to the stadium and you can even stay in a "Fenway Room" overlooking the stadium which is pretty cool. The staff is wonderful - front desk, valet, etc., just friendly and helpful. The hotel itself is beautiful - charming and modern all at the same time. The rooms? Enormous and comfortable. The only downside which I've seen in other reviews? The walls are paper thin. You can hear the TV loud and clear in the room next to you, but hey, I'm a New Yorker, I hear more than that outside my window at night. Top notch!

    26/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    95. Darcy W.
    Truly the best hotel in Boston!

    The minute you walk in to the hotel you will know why...

    Actually I should start with the valet and bellman. I probably have been here four times and Tim always remembers me. He always has a smile, quick to grab you a cab, or simply point you in the right direction.

    Check in is friendly and efficient. The lobby is gorgeous and classy. The rooms are large, clean, and extremely comfortable. At a decent price too. (Gotta remember Boston is not cheap).

    The Commonwealth is centrally located... I love the view of Fenway Park. It is also attached to 2 restaurants - Eastern Standard and Island Creek Oyster Bar you have got to go to both!

    Really all of my stays here have been wonderful! I can't wait to go back!

    06/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    96. Chris B.
    I worked for TripAdvisor for a bit, and Hotel Commonwealth is very often used as an example when discussing website ideas... so I was very excited to actually stay there (on my own money). My take: a top notch 4 out of 5 star hotel, exactly what Hyatt and Marriott and Hilton are supposed to be but often aren't. I also got a great deal from a last minute hotel booking site (saving nearly 50%).

    Also attended two conferences here for business, and thought it was a great location both times. Food maybe not the best for a conference, but that's probably a reflection of our budget.

    20/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    97. Kerri W.
    Stayed her for my boyfriends 50th.  The place is very very nice and I would definitely stay here again!  We had the Commonwealth Room and the only downside was the view - we had a very of Commonwealth Ave.  It had a king size bed and a sitting area, which came in handy as we had a couple of drinks and watched some of the Red Sox game before heading out to his surprise b-day bash!  Room was very clean and hotel staff were very nice!

    19/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    98. Chris M.
    Good lord this place is amazing.  

    The company I work for in Boston had a late holiday weekend for us and many of us stayed here.  The staff are really friendly and helpful, more than I've come to expect at Holiday Inn or Hilton.  Not saying their service is poor, but this was just at another level.

    I had a suite with living room and bedroom overlooking the city area.  The bed was perfect and seemed very new.  The location is close to everything and one street over from the Fenway Hard Rock where we had our party.

    I'm not sure how much a room is and I don't wan to look. I'm only hoping that we have a lather rinse repeat for next year.  The Eastern Standard and Island Creek Oyster bar are connected to this hotel.  My only complaint is I had to settle for Uber burger because Wahlburger was too far (kidding)

    28/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    99. Lannie L.
    We purchased a Groupon deal for a night in a Fenway room (double queen) and were sad it was only a single night!

    The hotel concierge was very warm and friendly and did a fantastic job in being accommodating and treating us well.  When we got to our room, the first reaction was of shock at how spacious it was.  Given that it's a small hotel tucked away in Kenmore, we were pleased with the size of the room and view (especially as we were offered to upgrade to a bigger room when we checked-in but declined).
    The furnishings and decor are charming - I loved the armoire with the TV inside (a little small for our taste but it's ok).  The room was clean, sheets were fresh - everything was lovely!
    Bathroom was clean and fully stocked with everything we needed - I love magnified vanity mirrors and dream of installing my own one day.

    The main level is fun to explore with interesting art pieces and a hallway with entrances to various shops (including Eastern Standard and Zinga).  Such a convenient location and a wonderful stay!

    19/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    100. Elizabeth L.
    Stylish hotel with lovely rooms and great staff! Wonderful restaurants too! Great location in Kenmore Square with easy access to public transportation.  Very accommodating valet staff.  I would stay here again.
    Liz L.

    12/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    101. Kira W.
    Hotel Commonwealth, you were amazing.

    I picked up this room on Priceline at a discounted rate because Red Sox were away. It was a BEAUTIFUL hotel.

    You'll almost be forced to use the valet service ($46 with in and out priv.), parking is a drag on Com Ave., but, no worries, they're very nice. We had them running all over the place because we kept forgetting stuff in our car. I admit, we were the kind of guests that Valets hate. Usually we are much more organized than this, but this was our third hotel in five days due to a crazy busy trip agenda.

    We arrived just about an hour and a half early and the very friendly hotel staff checked us in, no problem. We went up to our room to ditch our luggage and found a beautiful double room with fuzzy bathrobes and boutique decor that we could enjoy while looking right at Fenway.

    There were some great touches in the room, actually, including two luggage holders and a tablet for viewing weather, news, and ordering room service.  Somehow we had a toothbrush casualty, so we used the tablet to order another toothbrush and some toiletries. The tablet reported the ETA of the items to our door. Wonderful!

    We also ordered a coffee maker off the menu, and what was delivered? A Keurig on a tray with an assortment of kcups!

    The beds were also very comfortable with extra fluffy blankets and a variety of pillows - one for every type of guest.

    I think the nicest thing (besides the Valets) about this hotel was that they let us keep our 3 suitcases and 3 backpacks at the hotel after we checked out. We wanted to take a tour of Boston and they held onto our luggage so that we didn't have to drag it around our tour. About three hours later we retrieved our luggage and our vehicle despite the fact that we had checked out already and it was after check out time. I thought that was really nice.

    One thing to mention is that there would be absolutely no way we would stay here during an event because it's in such a nice area. It would be way too expensive or completely booked. It was really a great location with Fenway about a ten minute walk, a Dunkin, Starbucks, and several other restaurants all on the same block. Copley Square, Boylston Street; MIT; and the Pru are just about a 10-15 minute walk and if you want to go to Quincy Market, there is a train stop right next to the hotel as well.

    I highly recommend checking this place out scoping hotels.com and priceline for the Fenway Suite.

    10/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    102. Jennifer S.
    Huge fan.

    Preface: I booked through TripAdvisor after seeing great reviews which, as it turns out Jetsetter handles the reservation from there (which I wish I'd known prior because as a UPROMISE member, rewards are available through certain vendors and not others). So essentially, I may have lost a possible 2% cash bonus. That is a TripAdvisor flaw, and I'm not mad at Hotel Commonwealth for that.

    However, I did choose a Fenway view room. After a two hour commute from the cape, rush hour traffic, and an awkward valet drop off, I was grateful for the complimentary upgrade to a Junior Suite. Though like a kid in a candy store I adored people-watching from the 5th floor and the insane proximity to the iconic CITGO sign, the view was Comm Ave, not Fenway. Still not mad.

    Jeff at the front desk was awesome. Name recognition for dayyyyysss. When I told him we were celebrating and didn't see an ice bucket, he had one sent up. He called back to confirm we'd received it. We hadn't. Finally it was delivered and our bellman came back with a champagne bucket to boot.

    I'd wanted sushi for dinner so Jeff suggested Fins across the street. But we ended up eating after the show at Eastern Standard. The scene was YOUNG. I'm 33 and felt like one of the oldest people in the joint. My salad was delicious; my friend's steak, so-so. By no means are we sommeliers but we sent back the pinot noir. A $9 bottle of Smoking Loon is better than what they were offering. The alternative, a Cab (which I can't even understand why she offered us this?) wasn't much better. Perhaps I should have stuck with whiskey??

    Absolutely the single-most redeeming quality about Eastern Standard is the in-room dining BREAKFAST that we ordered the next morning. Best sausage I've ever tasted. Legit. Makes up for the late night wine snafu.

    I slept like a BABY. Like when you sleep so well you forget where you are. It was just SILENT. I forgot that I was above one of the busiest streets in the 10th-largest metropolitan area in America. Overall I was wishing I had more nights to spend.

    Valet pickup again, more awkward than the drop off but ours won major points back when he complimented my car.  I'm sure that any delay was at least half our fault for changing our minds 3 times. Truly, we just didn't want to leave.

    03/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    103. Vicki C.
    Hotel Commonwealth served as a home base for my Boston adventure. Every staff member that I interacted with provided me with excellent service, they made me feel welcome.

    The inner artist in me needed to explore this fine city without feeling like a sheep. I arrived early, dropped my bag off, and was offered some insight that helped me map out my day. And what a day it was...

    After 9 hours of exploration I checked in and was disappointed in the room. Commonwealth is expanding and my view was of a rooftop and construction. They were unwilling to put me on the other side of the sold out hotel.

    I enjoyed some down time in my room by taking a bath with a glass of cabernet. The bed was so comforting that I was tempted to order room service but the party gal in me kicked in with a little help from my friend Cabernet. I got dolled up and ready to rock the town!

    The observant night shift sent me to to Sonsie, their recommendation was on point, I loved it! The entire day and evening were spectacular and I cuddled into the luxurious bed in need of sleep to fuel my ambitions plans forthcoming.

    Commonwealth had alternate plans for my night, the construction lights across the way were brightly shining into my room all freaking night. Minus 1.5 stars for those damn lights!!! Yes, I could pull my blackout curtains, but I want to wake up with the sun and get adjusted to the daylight on my terms. Blackout curtains were not in my plan, but at 4:30 am I had a change of heart. Pulling those babies shut let me eek a little more sleep out of the night. Just when I was happy again a maid knocked on my door at 8 am and woke me up again. Come on, some of us are still on west coast time.. That was the end of my restful bliss, an uncalled for annoyance that i do not understand. I was checked in and that cost Commonwealth a star.

    After much deliberation, I am giving them a weak 3 stars because I LOVED my trip to Boston despite my lack of sleep!

    18/05/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    104. Dana M.
    Fantastic room for the price.  Stayed an extra night just for that reason.  Fantastic service.  It's within walking distance of anything you could want to do.  The only minus is parking.

    14/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0