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Back Bay

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Back Bay
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Address: Boston, MA
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

This tony neighborhood--one of the two most expensive residential areas in...

This tony neighborhood--one of the two most expensive residential areas in Boston--started as a bay. The bay was filled in during the 19th century to create the area now known by the name Back Bay. The area is known for its Victorian brownstones, the Boston Public Library, shopping, office high rises and upscale hotels.

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Beautiful Neighbourhood

Back Bay made for a beautiful place to stay while visiting Boston for a conference. Tons of shops, bars, and restaurants in walking distance. Downtown, Fenway Park, and the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Annie M
Hamilton, Canada
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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Back Bay made for a beautiful place to stay while visiting Boston for a conference. Tons of shops, bars, and restaurants in walking distance. Downtown, Fenway Park, and the Conference Centre are also easily walkable! Close proximity to running and biking trails along the water.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really like the Back Bay area. We stay at the Boston Marriott Copley place, shop Newberry street and browse Copley square and Boylston street. Love all the choice of restaurants to eat.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed in this area and it was such a great choice! Lots of shopping and restaurants close by! Highly recommend!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

The Back Bay has exceptional character in the buildings and shops. Inviting atmosphere to anyone that graces its Streets.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

This area is SO walkable. Lots of different shops, Newbury street, Boylston, prudential towers shopping. Very safe area and lots of shopping variety. Trident bookstore is amazing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Lovely area, we came by train from NYC and found walking the best way to travel here. Newbury st close by and Back Bay restaurants and shops were are great.

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The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

This is a beautiful area of Boston, with tree-lined streets and brownstone residential buildings, and lots of great restaurants, bars and shops. And upscale stores can be found in the Prudential Center shops, or on Newbury Street, an iconic shopping area for the discerning buyer. And the famous Boston Commons is nearby, and is another "must see" attraction in Boston.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

if you go on winter you wont enjoy it, so try go on summer, nice place excelent view you will love it

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Summer fun, boating and enjoying all that Boston has to offer. A quiet stroll or loud events(street festival) this place has much to offer as a Bostonian community.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

We recently stayed in the Copley square hotel in back bay and we had a great time in this area .. There are plenty of good bars and restaurants ...there are excellent shopping choices , ranging from the very fancy prudential centre to the very hip and funky stores if Newbury street . It is also only two stops on... More 

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Back Bay
Wander around this quintessential neighborhood in the heart of Boston for high-end shops, restaurants, and the feeling of city bustle. Its most identifiable skyscrapers, the Prudential Center and John Hancock Tower, are highlights of the city skyline. Visit Newbury street to explore unique and trendy boutiques – as well as every other kind of store imaginable – all housed in beautiful brownstone buildings. In nice weather, restaurant patio seating is packed with Bostonians and tourists alike soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the food. Commonwealth Ave offers a beautiful stroll down residential tree-lined streets. Keep walking towards the Charles River and enjoy a beautiful view by the water. In warmer months, people run and bike on paths running along the esplanade, and sail and kayak on the Charles River. Boylston street, also full of shops, bars, and restaurants, is the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Head towards Copley Square and check out the Boston Public Library, which is particularly beautiful from the Dartmouth street entrance.
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