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This post provides information about the best places to stay in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.

In addition to covering the most notable luxury hotels, this article also focuses on both mid-range and budget options.


Overview

Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood is a popular choice for travelers planning to visit the city, because it’s within walking distance of most notable and historic attractions.

To learn more about these attractions, read our post on things to do in Back Bay.

This post lists some of the best hotels in the area, including locations that are just a short walk from the following sites and landmarks:

All of the hotels listed below are at least 3 stars or better, and prices range from $113-$751 per night during the off-peak seasons.

The earlier you plan out and reserve your hotel, the lower the price will be!

If you’re planning to visit during a peak period (such as the spring or summer), you can expect prices to range from $349-$1,362 per night.

Yes, prices really can get that high, which is why it is especially important to plan ahead when it comes to getting a hotel in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.

In the sections below, we cover the best budget hotels, mid-range options, and the most luxury locations to stay in Back Bay. 

Boston Travel Tips and Hacks

We also have a section dedicated to the most popular locations mentioned by the travelers in our Boston Travel Tips Facebook group.

They often have a lot of great advice about which hotels are the most accommodating.

For even more details and suggestions, make sure to read our post covering where to stay in Boston.


Traveler’s Choice

These are the most highly rated hotels by travelers in our Facebook group, and we will include some of their thoughts on each location listed below.

These Back Bay hotels range from budget ($110-$150 per night) to luxury ($300 or more per night).

Prices are listed as low season/shoulder season/high season, with high season in bold.


The Lenox Hotel

61 Exeter Street | Rooms $215/$274/$425

The Lenox Hotel is a popular option recommended by many members of our Facebook group.

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According to group members, this is a “classic older hotel” which is “historic, beautiful, and in a wonderful location.”

They aren’t wrong either, as the Lenox is located just one block from the Prudential Center and 5 blocks from Boston Common.

If you’re looking for a central location which is closer to the city center, this is an excellent option to consider in the mid-range price point.


The Revere Hotel

200 Stuart Street | Rooms $189/$320/$450 *resort fee extra

Whenever anyone asks for advice about the best hotels in the Back Bay area, this is one of the names frequently mentioned by members of our Facebook group.

Many guests feel that this is a “great hotel and location,” indicating it is “walkable to everything.”

Some go so far as to suggest they’d walk to Fenway from here, but it’s worth noting that it would take about 20 minutes to do so.

According to one of our members, “The Revere is one of the best hotels I’ve stayed at in Boston. Convenient location and very well appointed.” 

The reason everyone raves about the location of this hotel is that it’s just north of Boston Common, which is pretty much the city center.

It’s also just 10 minutes from where some of our free Boston walking tours begin!


The Colonnade Hotel

120 Huntington Avenue | $199/$337/$425 *resort fee extra

If you’re looking for a hotel near Copley Place, this is one location that is frequently mentioned by our Facebook group members.

Guests report that the Colonnade is “fab and central,” indicating you don't need a car to get around.

Others note that they have an outdoor pool, which is definitely a nice amenity during the summer months.

The Colonnade Hotel is a 15-20 minute walk from both Fenway and Boston Common, so it is fair to say that it’s close to the city center.


The Westin Copley Place

10 Huntington Avenue | $215/$303/$418 *resort fee extra

As the name implies, this hotel is quite close to Copley Place, and it’s often recommended in our Facebook group as an excellent central option.

Guests have reported “the price was really good,” noting that it is “within a block” of Copley Place.

The general consensus seems to be that this location is closer to sites like Faneuil Hall, and might be better for tourists who are looking for a place to stay in the city center.


Sheraton Boston Hotel

39 Dalton Street | $143/$208/$387

This is perhaps one of the cheapest options recommended by our Facebook group, and it’s actually located right next to the Prudential Center.

Some visitors suggest this is the “best location” because of its proximity to notable sites like Fenway Park.

They also pointed out that the T line (metro) is right around the corner from this hotel, which means it should be easy and affordable to get around.

Other guests noted that it’s close to “higher end hotels” in the area, but is “moderately priced” in comparison.

While this is typically true, we should note that when there are big events in the area (conventions, concerts, etc.), prices can get as high as $1,000 a night!

This hotel is a great option if you’re not visiting during the peak season.

But, you might want to consider another location if there is a major event taking place during the period of your trip to Boston.


Budget Hotels

Even if you’re just looking for the most affordable hotels, that doesn’t mean you have to settle for less.

Each of the budget hotels on this list is $113-$144 per night, at least 3 stars, and offers a level of service that is comparable to the more expensive locations in Back Bay.

Prices are listed as low season/shoulder season/high season, with high season in bold.


Copley Square Hotel

47 Huntington Avenue | $113/$237/$353

This is a popular option because it is right across the street from Prudential Center.

It’s perhaps one of the most central locations between Fenway Park and Boston Commons.


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26 Chandler Street | $130/$181/$349

While it’s a bit further south from the city center than some of the other options on our list, it is still only a 10-15 minute walk from sites such as Boston Common and Prudential Center.


FOUND Hotel Boston

78 Charles Street South | $123/$220/$298

If you’re not too concerned about being directly in Back Bay, this option is actually a bit further east, but it’s even closer to Boston Common and the Theater District.


Boston Park Plaza

50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street | $144/$272/$354

This is another great option for anyone who isn’t dead set on staying directly in Back Bay, because it’s about a 5 minute walk from both Boston Common and Copley Square.

Hilton Boston Back Bay

50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street | $131/$242/$491

This hotel is on the western side of Prudential Center, putting you closer to locations like Fenway Park.

While prices are low in off-peak periods, they can be very high during peak seasons.


Mid-Range Hotels

If you don’t feel like taking a chance on a budget hotel, these mid-range options are all 3.5-4 star hotels with a price range from around $179-$269 per night.

Although they might be more expensive, they’re also usually a lot closer to notable attractions in the Back Bay area.

Prices are listed as low season/shoulder season/high season, with high season in bold.


The Verb Hotel

1271 Boylston Street | $179/$290/$395

This hotel is just one block from Fenway Park, making it an excellent location for any Boston Red Sox fans.

The only drawback of this spot is that it is a bit further from sites such as Boston Common and Prudential Center.


Hotel Commonwealth

500 Commonwealth Avenue | $209/$325/$406

If you’re looking for another alternative near Fenway Park, this hotel is just a few blocks from the ballpark.

The nice thing about this location is it’s right next to a T line stop on Commonwealth Avenue, making it easy to get around.


Fairmont Copley Plaza

138 Saint James Avenue | $269/$397/$450

Located right across the street from Copley Square and just a few blocks from Prudential Center, this is one of the most central hotels on our list.

It’s also one of the more expensive mid-range options, but if you’re visiting during off-peak seasons, you should be fine.


Hotel AKA Back Bay

154 Berkeley Street | $206/$319/$404

If you’re looking for a hotel a bit closer to Boston Common, this is an excellent option that won’t take you too far from the Prudential Center area, as it’s just a few blocks from Copley Square.


Luxury Hotels

If you’re looking for the best of the best, these hotels are some of the most expensive and luxurious in Boston’s Back Bay area.

You can expect prices to range from $320-$751, but you can also expect the best possible service and location.

Prices are listed as low season/shoulder season/high season, with high season in bold.

Mandarin Oriental Boston

776 Boylston Street | $751/$984/$1,042

This is one of the more upscale hotels in all of Boston, and it has a 5 star rating.

It’s located right across the street from Prudential Center, and it’s right down the street from Boston Common and the Public Garden.


The Newbury Boston

15 Arlington Street | $494/$575/$785

This hotel is located right across the street from the Boston Public Garden and a block from Boston Common, making it a desirable location to stay.

Although it’s a bit further from sites like Fenway Park, there is a T line stop just a block away.


Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street

One Dalton Street | $700/$996/$1,362

This 5 star hotel is one of the best in the city, and it’s also located right across the street from Prudential Center.

While it’s obviously a nice place to stay, it’s worth noting that this location is closer to Fenway Park and a bit further from other sites in the city center.


The Eliot Hotel

370 Commonwealth Avenue | $320/$402/$530

If you’re looking for a less expensive luxury hotel, this is an excellent option located right along Commonwealth Avenue between Fenway Park and Prudential Center.

Since this hotel is also right on Massachusetts Avenue, it’s an excellent spot for anyone planning to cross the bridge to Cambridge.


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Updated: November 21st, 2022
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