A Letter From Our Concierge
Situated on park-like Commonwealth Avenue, in Boston’s exclusive Back Bay district, our hotel is ideally located just steps to many of Boston’s resources. Among them is Newbury Street, considered one of the top 10 shopping streets in the US.
Known as the "Rodeo Drive of the East," it serves as Boston's representative of fashion and style, on par with the most exclusive districts of San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. The street is home to an eclectic mix of independent shops, trendy art galleries and high-end fashion and dining establishments. In some fields, the street reigns absolutely supreme. For those in the city's salon and hair style industry, there is no other location. As one stylist and salon owner declared, "You go off Newbury Street and you're a second-class citizen".
Newbury Street shows an individuality and uniqueness that is lacking in so many other commercial districts. Broad sidewalks, storefronts that extend into the sidewalk and street vendors all encourage a wide mix of people to traverse the street. Ultimately, Newbury Street embodies a rich urban and retail environment not often found in American cities. It is a destination certainly worth your further examination.
OPEN NEWBURY STREET IN AUGUST
Open Newbury Street will turn Newbury Street into a pedestrian-only walkway for three Sundays in August, (August 15, 22, and 29), from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. As Boston emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, Open Newbury Street provides exciting new opportunities for businesses to engage their customers on repurposed street space and allow pedestrians to enjoy the full width of this famous Boston Street. Newbury Street will be open to pedestrians and closed to motor vehicles from 10am to 8pm from Berkeley Street to Massachusetts Avenue.
Our entire staff is ready to help you realize a beautiful stay in Boston. For many, beauty includes art, and Boston certainly offers those interested in art some amazing opportunities, from world class museums to the Boston Design Center, to the many art galleries just around the corner on nearby Newbury Street.
In recent years, the SoWa Art + Design District has emerged in the lower South End neighborhood, adjacent to our Back Bay neighborhood. SoWa, derived from the shortening South of Washington, is a vibrant community of artist studios, contemporary art galleries, one-of-a-kind boutiques, design showrooms, restaurants, and entrepreneurs unified by a passion for creating and curating exceptional artwork, products and experiences.
Once known as a parcel of neglected warehouses, the SoWa Art + Design District has experienced a dramatic renaissance, blossoming into a renowned retail and arts community that includes the SoWa Vintage Market, the SoWa Open Market, and a fashionable residential neighborhood. Every Sunday from 11-4, the Vintage Market offers a marketplace of designer crafts, jewelry, and furnishings. The adjacent, award-winning Open Market is a collection of the region’s best artisan goods, fresh farm produce, specialty foods, craft brews and more.
On First Fridays, the First Friday of each month, and Second Sundays of each month, more than 200 local artists, in over 20 galleries within a two-block radius of the center, at 450-460 Harrison Avenue, open their studio doors to the public, providing an opportunity to view and purchase art, and to talk with the artists and designers. Many of the studios, of course, are also open throughout the week. For more detailed information, our front desk will be happy to provide you with a copy of the Sowa Art + Design District Guidebook.