At Hotel Commonwealth, you can expect more than artfully friendly service and generous amenities. Our exceptional team of local insiders are always available to make your stay extraordinary with recommendations for the best hidden gems near the hotel. Just think of us as your personal guide to Boston – starting right here in Kenmore Square.
Fenway Park is more than just of home of the Boston Red Sox, it’s one of the city’s most famous landmarks. No visit to the city is truly complete without catching a game, concert, or tour of this incredible ballpark. Luckily, Hotel Commonwealth is just steps from Fenway Park and even offers views of the Green Monster from several rooms and suites. After all, we are the official hotel of the Boston Red Sox.
Take a lovely stroll down historic Commonwealth Avenue and you’ll find two of Boston’s most iconic sites, the Public Garden and Boston Common. The Public Garden dates back to 1837 and is actually America’s very first botanical garden. Today, visitors can still marvel at the colorful and unusual plants, just as the Victorians once did, as well as explore the adjacent lagoon in a Swan Boat. Originally founded in 1634, Boston Common has also seen its fair share of American history and embodies the country’s founding principles of free speech and public assembly. Hotel Commonwealth guests enjoy direct access to Boston Common and the Public Garden on the Green Line.
Boston is where America truly began, and the best way to visit the historic sites that led to the Revolutionary War is to walk along Boston’s iconic Freedom Trail. This well marked, 2.5-mile path will take you past the churches, museums, meetinghouses, and even a ship, each an authentic and preserved reminder of our nation’s rich history. Led by 18th-century costumed Freedom Trail Players®, Freedom Trail tours feature professional actors who will tell the tales of the brave patriots and heroic acts of the American Revolution. In addition to the Freedom Trail, you can also take advantage of the Trolley Tours that let you hop on and off at specific historic sites, or enjoy a seated romp through the streets (and waterways) of Boston on a Duck Tour.
Located just one mile from the hotel, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a true Boston treasure. The museum originally grew from Gardner’s personal collection, which included more than 2,500 paintings, sculptures, textiles, drawings, ceramics, illuminated manuscripts, rare books and other artistic objects. Even the museum itself is a work of art, and designed to evoke a 15th century Venetian Palace, complete with a magnificent courtyard. Along with an exceptional permanent collection, this world-class museum boasts a series of music programs and traveling exhibitions that include contemporary and historic works.
Known as “Boston’s most enchanting street,” Hotel Commonwealth is a short walk to Newbury Street’s upscale shopping and popular restaurants, which can also be reached via the Green Line. From clothing and art galleries to beauty salons and nightlife, you’ll find it all on Newbury Street.
The Charles Esplanade
Located just a short walk from the hotel you’ll find a three-mile path known as the Charles Esplanade, which winds along the Boston side of the Charles River (Cambridge is located on the opposite bank). During Spring and Summer, you can watch the sailboats cruise up and down the river, as well as take in a picture-perfect sunset. We suggest starting your stroll near the Museum of Science at Monsignor O’Brien Highway and Storrow Drive.
Live Music at House of Blues
Hotel Commonwealth is just steps from the famous House of Blues, which regularly showcases local, national and international acts from Flogging Molly to the Streetlight Manifesto. Check out their concert calendar for upcoming shows that coincide with your stay. If possible, try to make it to their legendary Gospel Brunch, featuring incredible live music and equally impressive brunch fare.
Known as the Little Italy of Boston, the North End is the place to go for great pizza, handcrafted gelatos and more. It’s also one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, and features three stops on the Freedom Trail, including Paul Revere’s House. If you go, be sure to try out the incredible pies at Regina Pizza. When it comes to dessert, visitors can take part in one of Boston’s most famous culinary rivalries – Mike’s Pastry vs. Modern Pastry. Mike’s Pastry is a must for every tourist, but the locals will tell you to visit Modern Pastry first. Luckily, these two establishments are across the street from each other, so you can easily try both and name your own victor. Hotel Commonwealth guests enjoy direct access to the North End on the Green Line.
This famous indoor marketplace is the perfect place to pick up locally sourced goodies from Boston’s best purveyors. From local farmers and fisherman to entrepreneurs serving up their own cheese, breads, and prepared foods, you’ll find exactly what you’re craving. There’s also a 3,200-square-foot demonstration kitchen that offers hand-on demos, lectures, and other community events.
This historic indoor/outdoor shopping and dining destination is a true Boston institution. The oldest Tavern in America is located here (Bell in Hand Tavern – est. 1795), along with more modern offerings like the Quincy Marketplace, which is brimming with street performers, fun shops, and great restaurants. The Cheers bar is also here, but please note that this is a secondary location – the original Cheers is in Beacon Hill. You can get to Faneuil Hall directly from the hotel on the Green Line.