Explore the Best of Downtown Boston Attractions

Whether you’re interested in the city’s vibrant culinary scene, famous museums or cultural landmarks, The Eliot Hotel’s prestigious Back Bay address is perfect for discovering the top downtown Boston attractions. 

Our historic Neo-Georgian property is situated on Commonwealth Avenue, a famous downtown boulevard that was modeled after the iconic Champs-Elysees in Paris. Our neighborhood is known for its thriving financial district, restaurants and shops.

In addition to our proximity to Downtown Boston, as well as the trendy shopping and dining and the historic Copley Square, The Eliot Hotel is ideally located for those visiting some of the city's premier educational institutions. Within one mile of our boutique hotel are Berklee College of Music, Northeastern University and Boston University. And with a short drive, you’ll find yourself at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the oldest university in the US, Harvard University.

 No matter what brings you to Boston, you’ll never be far at The Eliot Hotel.

Located just steps from the Copley Square shopping mall and Newbury Street shopping strip, The Eliot Hotel provides unprecedented access to the best boutiques in the city. Catch a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, take a stroll along the banks of the Charles River or visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – all within 5 minutes of our boutique hotel.

Whatever your pleasures are, they are all within reach at The Eliot.


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The Hatch Memorial Shell on the Esplanade

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The Edward A. Hatch Memorial Shell is an outdoor concert venue on the Charles River Esplanade in the Back Bay section of Boston, Massachusetts. From the Boston Pop's Fourth of July Concert to Free Concerts throughout the Summer, the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade is a wonderful place to catch a live show.

Commonwealth Avenue Mall

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Part of the Emerald Necklace, the Commonwealth Avenue Mall became the spine of the elegant new Back Bay neighborhood and the crucial green link between the Public Garden and Frederick Law Olmsted's park system when it was developed in the mid-19th Century.

Today, the Mall is a lovely space for a stroll.

Boston University

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Boston University is a leading private research institution with two primary campuses in the heart of Boston and programs around the world.

Boston Common

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The starting point of the Freedom Trail, Boston Common is the oldest park in the country. The park is almost 50 acres in size. Today, Boston Common is the anchor for the Emerald Necklace, a system of connected parks that winds through many of Boston's neighborhoods. The "Common" has been used for many different purposes throughout its long history. Until 1830, cattle grazed the Common, and until 1817, public hangings took place here. British troops camped on Boston Common prior to the Revolution and left from here to face colonial resistance at Lexington and Concord in April, 1775. Celebrities, including Martin Luther King Jr., Pope John Paul II, and Gloria Steinem (advocate of the feminist revolution), have given speeches at the Common. 

New England Aquarium

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The New England Aquarium has been a leader in ocean exploration and conservations since its opening in 1969. Combining education and entertainment, the aquarium’s 187,000-gallon tank is home to many species as well as a living coral reef. Link

Boston Childrens Museum

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Boston Children’s Museum (3 miles) 308 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210 (617) 426-6500 For over 100 years, Boston Children’s Museum has been engaging children in experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills and spark a lifelong love of learning. The museum’s exhibits emphasize hands-on learning, using play as a tool to spark the curiosity and imagination of children. Museum exhibits focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health and the arts.

Institute of Contemporary Art

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Institute of Contemporary Art (2.6 miles) 100 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02110 (617) 478-3103 The Institute of Contemporary Art has been exhibiting modern art since its founding in 1936. The museum houses a permanent exhibit of major works by modern artists, as well as visiting exhibitions throughout the year. The museum’s waterfront location and dramatic architecture are also an attraction to visitors.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (1 mile) 280 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115 (617) 566-1401 Isabella Stewart Gardner, an American art collector, philanthropist and patron of the arts, founded this museum in 1903. Designed after a 15th-century Venetian palace, the museum contains over 2,500 pieces of art, many collected personally by Ms. Gardner, as well as a beautiful garden courtyard.

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1 mile) 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 (617) 267-9300 The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is one of the most comprehensive museums in the world, with a collection that includes over 450,000 pieces. It features art from Ancient Egypt, as well as historic and contemporary masterpieces from Europe and America. The MFA also showcases traveling exhibitions. In 2010, the Art of the Americas Wing opened with four floors of American art through the ages.

Museum of Science

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Museum of Science (2.5 miles) 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114 (617) 723-2500 Founded in 1830, the Museum of Science features over 400 interactive exhibits, as well as daily live presentations. The museum is also home to over 100 live animals, a planetarium and an IMAX theater

Fenway Park

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Fenway Park (0.6 miles) 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215 (877) 733-7699 As the home field of the Red Sox, Fenway Park is easily the most well known landmark in Boston. Catch a game while you’re in town, or take an hour-long tour of this historic baseball field dating back to 1912.

Newbury Street

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Newbury Street (0.3 miles) Located just a 5-minute walk from the hotel, Newbury Street is one of the most popular shopping and dining strips in downtown Boston. Eight blocks of charming 19th century buildings are home to stylish boutiques, sidewalk cafes, art galleries, restaurants, bars and more.

TD Garden Sports Arena

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TD Garden Sports Arena (2 miles) 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114 (617) 624-1050 TD Garden hosts 200 public events and welcomes over 3 million guests annually. Concerts, sports games, ice shows and wrestling matches are just a few of the regular happenings at TD Garden. View their online calendar to see what’s happening during your visit to Boston.

Hynes Convention Center

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Hynes Convention Center (0.3 miles) 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02115 (617) 954-2000 Located just two blocks from The Eliot Hotel, Hynes Convention Center features five exhibit halls, 38 meeting rooms, a ballroom and 4,000-seat auditorium. Hynes is a popular venue for college graduations, expos, concerts and more. View their online calendar to see what’s happening during your visit.


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MIT (1 mile)

77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139 (617) 253-1000

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of the leading universities and research institutions in the world. Founded in 1861, MIT’s 168-acre campus has over 11,000 students. Go on a weekday tour, visit the MIT Museum or view their online calendar to see what events are scheduled while you’re in town

Longwood Medical Area

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Longwood Medical Area (1.5 miles) 375 Longwood Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02215 (617) 632-2310 Conveniently located just 7 minutes from The Eliot Hotel, Boston’s prestigious Longwood Medical Area is strongly affiliated with Harvard Medical School and attracts patients from all over the world.

Northeastern University

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Northeastern University (1 mile) 360 Huntington Ave., Boston, Massachusetts 02115 (617) 373-2000 There’s always a reason to visit Northeastern University, whether it be a free lecture or a Huskies sporting event. Go on a campus tour or view the university event calendar to learn more.

Faneuil Hall

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Faneuil Hall (3 miles) 1 Faneuil Hall Square, Boston, MA 02109 Dating back to the 1700s, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a charming shopping and dining area next to the waterfront. It hosts dozens of local festivals and events throughout the year, including a Halloween Pet Parade and Summer Concert Series. Stroll the cobblestone streets to the sound of live musicians, or watch the acrobatics of Boston’s best street performers.

Copley Place

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Copley Place (0.8 miles) 100 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116 (617) 262-6600 This high-end shopping mall is home to the top designer stores in Boston, including Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co., Jimmy Choo, Armani Exchange, Louis Vuitton, Emporio Armani and Christian Dior. When you’ve finished shopping, you can stroll over to Copley Square to see 19th century buildings like Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library, or view the tallest building in New England, John Hancock Tower.

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370 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215