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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...more
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All reviews newbury street charles river beautiful area of boston mass ave boston public library prudential center great neighborhood high end shopping trinity church old south church copley place great place to walk walk around fenway park public gardens beacon hill public transportation
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The old brownstone buildings are so typically ‘Boston’. Plenty of shopping from the huge mall at the Provincial Tower to the more exclusive shops in the surrounding streets.

Thank SarahB1957
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Back Bay at sunset (or sunrise) is absolutely gorgeous and a great place to just relax and enjoy the views.

Thank martimam
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in Back Bay and so glad we did as it’s close to all shopping as in the small boutiques on Newbury sytreet and the shopping malls at Copley Square and Prudential . As for restaurants there are heaps of choices from very expensive...More

Thank Rose S
Reviewed 1 week ago

A very walking friendly city -- public transport easy to negotiate (T) stayed just outside the Theatre district one block from the common. The Godfrey Hotel was one of the best I've stayed in, although the staff in the attached café were not particularly welcoming...More

Thank Diane S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stroll Newbury Street, Boyleston Street and Commonwealth Avenue to fully enjoy the Back Bay area. Sites you can enjoy along the way are The PRU (Prudential Building), the John Hancock Building, Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library. Architecture, Culture and Nature to enjoy depending...More

Thank bbbob84
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our hotel was located in Back Bay, and I am so glad I chose this location. We were lucky enough to have a room with a view of the river. It is a lovely, safe area with a bit of everything. Plenty of shops, restaurants...More

Thank Laura G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Boston Public Library, Chruch, Copley square, shops and restaurants. Newberry street where the posh shops are also a few blocks away.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came in for dinner with a group of colleagues after work. The food was good. I had the seafood chowder with sourdough bread, it was just ok. Then they brought out the side dishes of mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus and fried Brussels sprouts-they were served...More

Thank bayareaeducator
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy to get to by subway or the Hop on Hop bus. There is plenty to see that is of historic value plus there is shopping centres to brouse in.

Thank char5656
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed a slow stroll around the Back Bay area, including Commonwealth Ave and Copley Square. Great range of building styles to see, easy for pedestrians and friendly locals, all good

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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
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stewart c
June 16, 2018|
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Response from sorr826 | Reviewed this property |
There are parking garages all over downtown Boston. Depends on where you want to go. I know the mall at Copley place has parking and you can take the train and or the bus to downtown Boston from there or enjoy the Back... More
April 12, 2016|
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Response from JoeP2794 | Reviewed this property |
This year the Back Bay route is very short. On Commonwealth Ave from Mass Ave to Hereford right on Hereford to Boylston and then on to the finish line. You wont be able to get close to the finish line so I suggest either on... More