Hotel Commonwealth Review

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1419 Family Reviews
500 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston MA 02215
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Editor’s Review of Hotel Commonwealth

Occupying nearly half of Boston's Kenmore Square is the luxury Hotel Commonwealth, a hotel property that opened in 2003 just steps from famed Fenway Park and Newbury Street. I wasn't sure the hotel welcomed families, but after hearing about its "Hotel for Kids Package," I decided to book a room during a stay to visit friends. The kids "oohed" and "aahed" their way through the oversized lobby filled with seating areas that meant to invite lounging but instead became an instant playground to my tots. No matter, the hotel staff was all smiles.

But it was the kids who were all smiles after being treated like royalty with the kids' package. Upon entering our oversized room, twin plush teddy bears, outfitted in red Hotel Commonwealth
... more t-shirts, rested beside two bags of goodies. Inside, sunglasses, blow up baseball bat and baseball (perfect for in-room entertainment without fear of destruction), a Curious George book (smartly, each child got a different title), flashlight for reading after the lights go out, and LL Bean red fleece, leather-footed slippers sized just for them. As the kids rifled through their bags, a knock at the door announced room service. Cookies and tall glasses of milk arrived to ensure story time would be complete. (We visited in March, but please call the hotel to find out if they are extending this package and making it a regular feature... I think they should!)

An extra perk for mom and dad who drive in? Overnight parking is complimentary with the package. less
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  • The Hotel for Kids Package
  • Steps from Fenway Park and Newbury Street
  • Oversized rooms
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    • Cribs
    • DVD Player
    • Refrigerator
    • Pool
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    Rooms

    Nearly 150 luxury -- and oversized -- rooms are available. Choose from 350-square-foot Kenmore rooms, 470-square-foot Fenway rooms facing the ballpark, or 515-square-foot Commonwealth rooms lining Commonwealth Avenue. A 1,500-square-foot Presidential Suite is also available, featuring an 18-person parlor/dining room, should you require such space. A new baseball-themed suite opened in 2010, for those diehard Sox fans.

    Frette linens, down comforters and pillows, custom-design furniture, leather-topped European writing desks and marble bathrooms all scream "upscale." Rooms feature flat-screen televisions, free Internet, an iPod player and DVD player. Staying in a suite, I was surprised the DVD was attached to the TV at the foot of the bed and not the TV in the sitting area; it meant the kids had to lay in bed to watch a video instead of gathering on the couch.

    Our suite with king-sized bed and sleeper sofa had a thick, upholestry-style curtain separating the sleeping areas, meaning parents don't have to sit in the dark when kids go to sleep. Two flat-screen TVs also allow for mom and dad to catch the news at breakfast while kids watch the Disney Channel. Rooms are oversized with plenty of room for the kids to run around.

    Cribs or roll-away beds available. One perk I liked was the hotel's security included elevators that only worked with keys, so only hotel guests can get into the hallways. Rooms come with standard mini bar, refrigerator and bottled water and snacks, but scattered about at kid-level, I had to chase the little ones around and explain what could and could not be touched.

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