The Park Plaza Hotel Boston is one of the landmarks of the city's historic Back Bay area. Located close to the oldest parks in the city, Boston Common and the Public Garden, the three-and-a-half star Boston Park Plaza is also conveniently near the world-famous Newbury Street, which boasts high-end shopping and restaurants. Many historic attractions are within walking distance and Arlington Station is just steps away, making it easy to get anywhere in the city.
The Park Plaza Hotel Boston opened in 1927 as The Statler Hotel. The site was originally beachfront property, but was later filled in to become the Back Bay area. The fourteen-story building became the tallest building in Boston when it was completed and was the largest independent hotel in New England for five decades. Originally, the hotel was designed to appeal to middle-class businessmen and travelers, setting it apart from many hotels at the time. The Boston Park Plaza was a leader among hotels in downtown Boston in installing modern conveniences such as guestroom radios, telephones, do-not-disturb signs, complimentary newspaper delivery, and mail and laundry chutes. Today the hotel is owned by the Starwood network of hotels and offers an elegant and comfortable experience with historic charm.
One of the most reasonably priced hotels in downtown Boston, the Park Plaza Hotel delivers a glimpse into past grandeur with its ornate historical décor and personal, friendly service. The lobby is reminiscent of a classical ballroom and evokes 1930s glamour with huge crystal chandeliers. The 941 smoke-free rooms offered by the hotel are comfortable with pillow-top mattresses and immaculate bathrooms, and they are decorated in a classical style befitting its long history. High-speed internet is available for a small fee, though boarding pass printing is available for free in the lobby. Hair-dryers, in-room movies, voicemail, an in-room safe and an iron with ironing board are included, and cribs can be requested. For additional luxury, booking a suite or a room on the Towers level offers additional perks such as a sitting area, fully stocked bar, and an outdoor terrace.
The Boston Park Plaza also offers nine restaurants and lounges on the property. The McCormick & Schmick's Restaurant serves up fresh Atlantic seafood, and for those in search of a more classic experience, afternoon tea is served by professional tea sommeliers in the elegant lobby of the hotel. In addition many restaurants are available in the nearby area, offering a variety of fare from sandwiches to upscale dining.
Guests who choose to stay at the Park Plaza Hotel Boston will find that due to the historical nature of the hotel, bathrooms are a little less spacious than modern hotels. The hotel has used a light touch with renovation, preferring to keep quaint details, like the small radiators and old tile in each bathroom, and deciding not to break down walls to enlarge the bathrooms. Nevertheless, the great service and interesting history of the Park Plaza make it one of the best and most reasonably priced hotels in downtown Boston.