Undergoing construction in 1890, Copley Square Hotel opened its doors on July 4th, 1891, and offered 300 single and en-suite guest rooms, featuring private parlors and baths. The first hotel in Boston's Back Bay, the seven-story property merged several architectural traditions, including the designs and building styles of the Italian Renaissance and Beax Arts.
The Saunders Family, owners of the biggest chain of family-owned Boston properties, owned and oversaw the operation of the hotel throughout this period. The hotel now offered 143 guest rooms, enhanced to highlight its fashionable décor and stately legacy.
In 2008, the hotel closed to undergo a $14 million property-wide renovation. In January of 2009, it re-opened and was reimagined as a fashionable, modern boutique hotel.
Finely built and widely popular, Copley Square Hotel hosted social, political and business groups every week for events, and served as the election headquarters for President William McKinley. The property also welcomed several celebrities of the day, from Babe Ruth and Billie Holiday to Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington.
The hotel closed its doors for many years until sometime in the early 1940's, when it again became an iconic destination for distinguished guests. Due to its close proximity to Fenway Park, it was a desirable destination for major league ball players, as well as political figures and businessmen.
1964 - 2000
The hotel's legendary Hungarian restaurant, the famed Café Budapest, was housed downstairs, and blended acclaimed cuisine with an atmosphere that highlighted its Old-World tradition and stately elegance.
On the cusp of celebrating its 125th birthday in July 2016, the modern Copley Square Hotel is a reimagined icon, undergoing renovations to its lobby, common areas and event spaces that merge its historic charm with a presence of contemporary, urban luxury. Refreshed guestrooms complement the renovations, blending modern design with intuitive, boutique touches, unique to this storied property.