on July 15, 2013
We are spending two nights in Boston and have chosen the Fairmont Copley. We love the location at Copley Square - facing a small park with a fountain. It is convenient to so much - restaurants, sidewalk cafes, shopping mall at Prudential Center, boutique shops along Newbury Street, Boston Public Library across the street and public transportation - the "T" just around the corner. This is a historic hotel as many Fairmonts are. Since it is an old building, it is difficult to change the size of the rooms and windows and although the hotel is very well maintained, don't expect the light , spaciousness and floor to ceiling windows that are common to newly built hotels. The service is superb - the staff is friendly, cordial, knowledgeable and want to do all that they can to make your stay memorable. The 6 story building has a wing dedicated to meeting rooms. The hotel is pet friendly - Dog house at the entrance, crystal water bowls in the foyer and near the front desk Since we are return guests, we request a room overlooking the street - the courtyard rooms are more quiet but face another wing of the building on about 30 feet away - not much privacy and not a view that you expect. We were given the option for an upgrade to a larger room facing the courtyard but we declined. Our room is small but well appointed - luxury fabrics for draperies and spread in soothing colors of blue, gray and silver. The flat screen TV is built into a nook in the wall. The one chair provided is rather stiff and uncomfortable, but there is a pad on the window ledge making it inviting to sit and look out for a few minutes at a time. A coffee maker, fuly stocked minibar, safe, iron and board, hair dryer and robe are among the in-room amenities and umbrellas are provided in the lobby on rainy days. The marble bath is relatively spacious for the size room. The pedestal sink provides eye appeal but robs counter space and vanity storage. No hook is provided for either the robe or hairdryer. Shower head and water temperature and pressure are great. This room is well equipped for use of electronics - the desk is large with multiple outlets and even the nightstands have a docking station and outlets - no need to crawl behind the headboard. The desk drawer even had a packet of cables of all sort for sale at $15 each. What I missed most was storage space. Only one deep drawer in each nightstand, no dresser and our bags had to be stored under the desk because the safe took up the floor space in the closet. A couple of recommendations - Join the Fairmont President's Club on line - benefit is free Wi-Fi rather than a $12.95/day fee. The recently introduced Fairmont credit card has lots of perks - complimentary hotel stays with breakfast and access to soome airport lounges - well worth the $95/year fee. Enjoy your stay when you visit Boston - we certainly will be back.
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