Hotel Commonwealth

500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, Massachusetts, 02215, United States

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  • Donna_in_India's Profile Photo

    Affordable Luxury!


    Booked a parlor suite for $229. Large room - nicely decorated - with bedroom separated from living room with curtain. Bedroom had wonderfully comfy king bed (great pillows and comforter), plenty of drawer space, large plasma TV and DVD player. Living room had 2 chairs, ottoman, table, desk and chair, 2nd plasma TV. Big & clean bathroom with bathtub, separate toilet, and all toiletries. Free wifi included.

    Great location. Close to Fenway and Longwood Medical Area. Walking distance to Convention Center, Prudential Center, and Newberry Street with all its shops, cafes, and restaurants. Steps to the Green Line, 7-11, McDonald’s, Dunkin Donuts. Next door or across the street to Barnes & Noble, Italian restaurant, Japanese restaurant, and Zagat’s #1 rated Indian Restaurant, The India Quality Restaurant.

    Staff and concierge all very nice and helpful. Would definitely stay here on any trip to Boston!

    Directions: Check hotel website

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    Expensive, but worth it.


    Have stayed in this hotel about five times in the past 3 years. The service is amazing, with free DVD rentals from the front desk and turndown service with cookies. Apple cider in the lobby at times as well. Rooms are incredibly spacious. Fenway rooms looks out to Fenway Park, and are smaller than the Commonwealth rooms which look out to Kenmore Square. The view will be much better out the Commonwealth rooms if they ever finish building that bus station. The commonwealth rooms are also great during baseball season for crowd watching. The hotel is right next to the Kenmore T stop, which makes travel very convenient. It's a great place to stay if you're a parent visiting a Boston U student.

    Unique Quality: dvds at the front desk, turndown service, Eastern Standard restaurant downstairs, great location near Fenway park, incredibly comforatble, professional staff

    Directions: Kenmore square, close to Fenway park and Boston University.

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Hotel Commonwealth - We would stay again!

by A TripAdvisor Member

We have just returned from 10 days in Boston staying at the Hotel Commonwealth - a hotel chosen primarily on the popularity index of Trip Advisor.

Without any doubt, the hotel lived up to its reputation and we would have no hesitation of staying here again and recommending it to others.

The trip was a holiday for my wife and I and our ten month old child, Charlie. Being Charlie's first vacation (and first trans-Atlantic flight) we wanted a hotel that would be flexible. Initially we were concerned that the Hotel Commonwealth might be too business orientated however this proved not to be the case.

The staff were a delight - friendly and very customer service orientated and not hovering and hankering after tips as we have found elsewhere - obviously we tipped as appropriate however we would now be bankrupt had we rewarded every gesture of assistance we received.

Front desk was excellent with special thanks to Robert and Michelle in assisting us locate a replacement sterilising unit for Charlie's feeding bottles following damage to ours in transit. Whilst an electric model could not be easily obtained, a unit for use in a microwave was. Thanks to Stacy who then supplied us with a kettle and microwave in our room for the duration of our stay.

Our room (Commonwealth variety) was spacious and very clean. We had a view over the Square to the front of the building where some building work is progressing - not particularly attractive at the moment however an artist's impression picture at Front Desk gives an indication that things will become much more pleasing on the eye in due course. The rear facing rooms overlook an Interstate highway and the baseball ground and have a far less appealing outlook.

Whilst we didn't use room service, there is a nightly turndown when artisan water and cookies are delivered which is a nice touch.

If the cookies don't kill the hunger cravings try the Eastern Standard Restaurant which is not a part of the hotel but is within its buildings. The food is excellent and again the service we experienced was superb. Raw bar, steaks and other specialities are to be recommended in a buzzing atmosphere that is not to be expected in a restaurant only open for a week!

Exiting the hotel, Newbury Street is only a five minute walk away and provides numerous shops and restaurants. The walk into Boston to the Common for instance is twenty minutes duration making a pleasant stroll - but this could be an issue for people wanting to be in the thick of it. That said, if you want a hotel that is reasonably priced and delivers exceptional quality the cost of a cab is well worth while.

Drinks in a Beautiful Setting

by garridogal about Great Bay

My friends stayed at the Hotel Commonwealth and it's just so beautiful there that we had to have a couple of drinks in the Great Bay restaurant and lounge. The setting was so beautiful that we had to come back for one more after going somewhere else for a bite to eat!

However.....I'd love to come back and try the seafood here. None

Fabulous Hotel!

by TripAdvisor Member gibby214

My wife and I stayed at the Hotel Commonwealth over this past weekend.

It is a truly wonderful hotel. We would go back in a minute, and will when we visit family. Staff was helpful, rooms were very nice and the restaurant was very, very good. Also, they don't call attention to it, but they have a nice bar area downstairs just off the front door.

I could not recommend the Hotel Commonwealth more highly.

Nice Hotel, Poor Location

by A TripAdvisor Member

I recently stayed at the Hotel Commonwealth on business. Although the service was good and the hotel is fine, the location was a disappointment. The nice shopping, convention center and quality restaurant are in a different neighborhood called Back Bay. Back Bay would have been a much nicer area to stay in.

In the future, I would rather stay in the centrally-located, more exciting location. Just because you are on a business trip doesn't mean you shouldn't be able to go out and enjoy the city!


by A TripAdvisor Member

Hotel Commonwealth was a decent place. Very convenient to Fenway Park, but view of the freeway was a disappointment. Moreover, the decor was a little weird.

Terrific stay!

by TripAdvisor Member shpap

I just returned with my husband and two sons from three nights at Hotel Commonwealth. The location was fine for us as we walked lots and also drove to oldest son's in Somerville. We lived in Boston before so know our way around both by car and by foot. When I made the reservations in April, I mentioned my son's Harvard graduation and the convenience of the Kenmore T stop to Harvard. Upon our arrival in the room, we received a personal note of congrats along with specific, individualized instructions on taking the T to Cambridge. What a nice touch.

Very nice hotel

by TripAdvisor Member nonamesforme

My daughter and I stayed at the Hotel Commonwealth at the end of May, 2005. We happened to overlap with commencement weekend for Boston U and several other schools, which stressed the check-in desk and also bumped the rates a bit--Be aware of college schedules when you book into Boston! This hotel is really convenient for BU!!!

The room was very nice, beds were outstandingly comfortable, bathrooms are spacious, Occitane amenities are great, tub is small and not at the same standard as the rest of the facility. Free bottled water and cookies with turndown service are nice touches. Rooms have DVD players and there is a list of movies available in the hotel. The Barnes and Noble across the street rents videos very reasonably (2nd floor).

Access to the MTA subway is incredibly convenient.

There is a very nice French restaurant in the next block on Commonwealth: Petit Robert Bistro. The hotel restaurant was also very nice. There is a coffee stand in the hotel--it's well intended, but you get more and more for your money across the street at the Barnes and Noble Starbucks.

Do not use the concierge for tickets to Fenway Park--you can do much better on the street, as there are crowds of people selling tickets just on the corner as you walk to the park. We were charged top dollar needlessly. Live and learn.

The downside for the hotel is the view (freeway or construction on Commonwealth), and perhaps the dinky tub. Otherwise, it is an excellent value and a comfortable and quite luxurious stop, by hotel standards.

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Nice Hotels

by bucgirl00

With my internet search for lodging in Boston, I am overwhelmed with all of the hotels to choose from. So far, I am leaning towards Jury's. So far the only plans we have are a Celtics game and going to the Boston Opera House. Any reason we should stay away from Jury's. Any other suggestions for a nice hotel there? THANKS.

Re: Nice Hotels

by Donna_in_India

Hi - We've stayed at the Hotel Commonwealth a couple of times - have gotten a good deal online both times - less than some of the lower end hotels. It's a very nice hotel - good walking location and also next door to a T-line stop (green line) and Fenway Park. Not sure how far it is from where you need to go. Happy Travels!

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by Robachu1

Jury's is a good choice.

The Commonwealth Hotel is a good one too.

Re: Nice Hotels

by alansm

While both hotels are nice, Jury's location wins hands-down. It's closer to everything you want to be near, except perhaps Fenway Park.

Re: Nice Hotels

by heywinks

Jury's is a great location, right near Copley. You can walk to Fenway from there though. Head towards Boylston St and walk along that street towards Fenway. It's not much further past Berklee School of Music. About a 10 min walk from Jury's.


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Address: 500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, Massachusetts, 02215, United States