Fairmont Copley Plaza

Boston's grand dame hotel
Fairmont Copley Plaza, often referred to as Boston’s grand dame hotel, is easily recognizable by its red awnings and sprawling red carpet at the front doors.

Inside those doors, you'll find everyone from Boston locals to film crews and international guests roaming the lobby. Thanks to the hotel's ornate architecture and design, the regal builing is consistently seen in movies, remains a popular power-lunch spot and is a local favorite among Bostonians wanting a little luxury at the end of the day.

The hotel celebrated its centennial in 2012, and to honor 100 years, it gave itself a $20 million renovation, which included refreshed guest rooms and a more modern lobby and dining experience. But it still retained much of its centuries-old charm. Don't miss the new fitness center and spa area, located on the luxury hotel's top floor.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Fairmont Copley Plaza is one of Boston’s oldest and most iconic hotels.
  • This stately hotel is adorned with marble and oak accents, with the seating areas decorated in plum, blue and red décor. Mirrors and crystal chandeliers provide a trendy touch, taking this historic hotel into a more modern era.
  • In the midst of centuries-old architecture and grand staircases, you’ll also have a comfortable stay in newly designed plum-and-blue-colored rooms with more contemporary accents like black-and-white drawings, LCD TVs, in-room coffee makers and more.
  • The 3,000-square-foot fitness center, located on the roof of the luxury hotel offers floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of Boston’s Back Bay.
  • Nesting in the heart of the city in Copley Square, the charming hotel is just steps from some of the area's best shopping, restaurants and nightlife.
Things to Know
  • Located in historic Copley Square, the famed hotel is directly across the street from Trinity Church and next door to the mirrored John Hancock building. The Boston Public Library, the Prudential Center and the trendy shops of Newbury Street are also a few steps away.
  • There’s no bad time to visit Boston or Fairmont Copley Plaza. The summer months are filled with festivals, outdoor concerts and open-air markets, while the winter is perfect for snow birds who love to ski and ice skate.
  • The famed OAK Bar is no longer, but the OAK Long Bar + Kitchen is now open and boasts one of the city's most talked-about night scenes.
The Rooms
  • Fairmont Copley Plaza has 383 guest rooms, including 17 suites.
  • Custom black-and-white sketches of Boston can be found in all accommodations.
  • There are various room types to choose from at Fairmont Copley Plaza. Deluxe Rooms are 360 to 400 square feet and feature an interior courtyard or city view.
  • Signature Rooms measure 375 square feet and overlook Copley Square park.
  • The 410-square-foot Junior Suites look out over the interior courtyard, and they have a separate sitting area, while the Boston hotel's One-Bedroom Suites — the most spacious of the rooms — are designed to mirror a traditional local town home, with cathedral ceilings, decorative fireplaces and marble touches throughout the spaces.
The Restaurant
  • Oak Long Bar + Kitchen is Fairmont Copley Plaza’s signature restaurant.
  • The menu is farm-to-table American brasserie, featuring everything from gourmet burgers (like the wagyu burger à la poutine with truffle cheese curd sauce, porchetta and a fried egg on a sesame bun) to charcuterie plates, fresh salads, steaks and fish.
  • Seafood lovers will appreciate the restaurant’s oyster selection, and cocktail aficionados won’t be disappointed in the restaurant’s carefully crafted martinis and extensive wine list.
  • Oak Long Bar + Kitchen is open for breakfast and dinner every day, lunch Monday through Saturday and brunch every Sunday.
  • If you want a mid-afternoon snack, the Boston restaurant offers a light menu from 3 to 5 p.m. every day with items such as a wild boar sausage flatbread with broccoli rabe, ricotta and San Marzano tomatoes.
Getting There
138 St. James Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02116
BOS (12-18 min)  
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