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Back BayBoston

Parisian boulevards and elegant brownstones conjure a truly romantic atmosphere, perfect for strolling and window shopping.

Back Bay, now one of Boston’s most desirable neighborhoods, was once a large swamp. Here gorgeous townhouses and historical sites stand alongside some of the trendiest shopping in town, as well as two of the city’s tallest towers. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon visit to this modern, chic and walkable area.

As you walk around the area, notice how the layout makes sense. In 1856, Arthur Gilman proposed a neighborhood plan based on the French model, with a flat orientation and a logically ordered street grid. Names of cross-streets are in alphabetical order. Notice the wide tree-lined boulevards inspired by Georges-Eugène Haussmann’s then-recent renovation of Paris, and a variety of beautiful stone townhouses. Back Bay’s lovely streets are perfect for strolling, stopping occasionally to admire the architecture or chat with residents.

Explore the neighborhood by getting to know its two great walking streets. Newbury Street, once home to stables for the area’s houses, is now a shopping destination, with European-style boutiques and restaurants as well as the iconic music store, Newbury Comics. By contrast, Commonwealth Avenue is a grand boulevard in true Parisian style, lined with charming Victorian brownstones and street-side cafés.

The diverse flavors and styles of Back Bay and downtown Boston are proudly displayed at nearby Copley Square, the neighborhood’s small but lively plaza. Take a seat and look around at a real marvel of architectural coexistence. Admire the proud Trinity Church of 1877, then see it again sumptuously reflected in the mirrored glass of the giant John Hancock Tower. The nearby Boston Public Library announces Boston as the “Athens of America” with its magnificent façade. Copley is also home to a smart fountain and a twice-weekly farmers market.

Use the subway to easily access Back Bay. After your visit, continue exploring the city’s many attractions: The Boston Public Garden, the Charles River Esplanade and the Prudential Center are all just a short walk away. Alternatively, stay in the area to sample some of the finest eating and drinking Boston has to offer.

Top hotels in Back Bay

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Boston Park Plaza
Boston Park Plaza
4 out of 5
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £210 per night

Located in Back Bay, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Newbury Street, Boston Public Garden and Boston Common. Copley Place and Hynes Convention ...

4.1/5Very Good! (7,164 reviews)

"We were one of only a few patrons staying at the inn due to covid-19. I was packing my daughter up from her college dorm to take her home. We had to stay longer because of the time restrictions that I could be in her dorm. The staff was fantastic—from the reception desk to environmental services ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2020

Boston Park Plaza
Hilton Boston Back Bay
Hilton Boston Back Bay
4 out of 5
40 Dalton St, Boston, MA
The price is £189 per night

Located in Back Bay, this hotel is steps away from The Shops at Prudential Center and Hynes Convention Center. Berklee College of Music and Christian Science ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,228 reviews)

"staff very friendly and courteous onsite parking large lobby and bar area convenient walking distance to many shops and stores including trader joes"…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020

Hilton Boston Back Bay
Charlesmark Hotel
Charlesmark Hotel
3 out of 5
655 Boylston St, Boston, MA
The price is £141 per night

Located in Back Bay, this boutique hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Boston Common, Fenway Park and The Freedom Trail. Northeastern University and Boston Museum ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,618 reviews)

"Hotel was clean and cute, with a nice lounge bar/restaurant, a nice breakfast area (very simple breakfast) and fantastic location. Would definitely recommend and return for both business or leisure. Rooms are extremely small but clean. I do wish they would move away from disposable cups, plates and ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

Charlesmark Hotel
Copley Square Hotel
Copley Square Hotel
4 out of 5
47 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA

Located in Back Bay, this romantic hotel is steps away from Copley Place, Boston Public Library and Boston Marathon Finish Line. Copley Square and Newbury Street ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,161 reviews)

"Centrally based. Lovely room and breakfast buffet."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020

Copley Square Hotel
Copley House
Copley House
3 out of 5
239 W Newton St, Boston, MA

Located in Back Bay, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of The Shops at Prudential Center, Copley Place and Hynes Convention Center. Newbury Street and ...

3.9/5Good! (1,673 reviews)

"The facilities were clean except the hallways need to be vacuumed, mopped, and carpets steam cleaned."…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2020

Copley House
The Lenox Hotel Boston
The Lenox Hotel Boston
4.5 out of 5
61 Exeter Street, Boston, MA
The price is £203 per night

This family-friendly Boston hotel is located near the airport, steps away from Boston Marathon Finish Line, Newbury Street and Boston Public Library. Copley ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (2,323 reviews)

"Excellent atmosphere and facilities. Loved the restaurant - amazing food. The staff were great and always quick to help with anything you needed. Only tiny issue we had was a dodgy shower and safe not working but they fixdd these within 1hr of us arriving so cant really complain. Lovely hotel in ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

The Lenox Hotel Boston

Popular places to visit in Back Bay

Copley Place
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Copley Place

4/5(128 reviews)

With a visit to Copley Place, a favourite shopping spot in Boston, you can find the perfect gifts to bring home. Amble within the university campus or visit the notable monuments in this vibrant area.

Copley Square
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Copley Square

4/5(16 reviews)

Explore some of Boston’s finest buildings, educational and arts institutions, and shopping, or simply find a patch of grass and relax.

Newbury Street
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Newbury Street

4/5(21 reviews)

Stretching between Massachusetts Avenue and Boston Public Gardens, this upscale street is one of Boston’s most popular shopping and dining destinations.

Prudential Tower
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Prudential Tower

4/5(66 reviews)

No other building serves up finer views than this controversial and prominent landmark.

Boston Public Library
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Boston Public Library

4.5/5(30 reviews)

Boston Public Library is just one of the places to see in Boston, so why not enjoy the other things to explore during your travels? Amble around this vibrant area's university campus or experience its fascinating museums.

The Shops at Prudential Center
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The Shops at Prudential Center

With a visit to The Shops at Prudential Center, a favourite shopping spot in Boston, you can browse for souvenirs. Amble around this vibrant area's university campus or experience its acclaimed art galleries.

Top things to do in Back Bay

Boston Duck Tours: Land and Sea
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Boston Duck Tours: Land and Sea

88% of travellers recommend
£41
Per adult
Go Boston All-Inclusive: 45+ Attractions & Tours on 1 Pass
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Go Boston All-Inclusive: 45+ Attractions & Tours on 1 Pass

76% of travellers recommend
£53
Per adult
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Tickets
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Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Tickets

94% of travellers recommend
£26
Per adult
New England Aquarium Admission
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New England Aquarium Admission

84% of travellers recommend
£8
Per adult
Boston Sunset Cruise
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Boston Sunset Cruise

80% of travellers recommend
£30
Per adult
Boston to Martha's Vineyard with Optional Island Tour
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Boston to Martha's Vineyard with Optional Island Tour

88% of travellers recommend
£87
Per adult

Other areas in Boston

South End, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
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South End

4.5/5Wonderful!(27 area reviews)

South End is noteworthy for its cafes, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Calderwood Pavilion and Carson Beach.

South End
Theatre District featuring signage, a city and central business district

Theatre District

4/5Very Good!(9 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Theatre District, you might enjoy attractions like The Freedom Trail and Boch Center. You might also enjoy the neighbourhood's ample dining options before hopping on the metro at Chinatown Station to see more of the city.

Theatre District
Beacon Hill showing landscape views

Beacon Hill

5/5Exceptional!(3 area reviews)

Historical sites, shopping and restaurants are just a few things travellers like about Beacon Hill. Sights like The Freedom Trail and Downtown Crossing are spots to explore, and you can get around the greater Boston area at Charles-MGH Station.

Beacon Hill
Chinatown, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
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Chinatown

4.5/5Wonderful!(4 area reviews)

Theatres and historical sites are some noteworthy features of Chinatown. Make a stop by Wilbur Theatre while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Tufts Medical Center Station to get around town.

Chinatown
Kenmore Square featuring street scenes

Fenway–Kenmore

4.5/5Wonderful!(27 area reviews)

Art galleries, museums and historical sites highlight some notable features of Fenway–Kenmore. Make a stop by Fenway Park or Boston Museum of Fine Arts while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Museum of Fine Arts Station or Fenway Station to get around town.

Fenway–Kenmore
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Downtown Boston

4.5/5Wonderful!(94 area reviews)

Known for its must-see aquarium and captivating waterfront views, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Boston. Check out top attractions like Faneuil Hall Marketplace and New England Aquarium, and jump on the metro at State St. Station or Government Center Station to see more of the city.

Downtown Boston