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Denver, Colorado
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked this hotel for one night before a cruise after reading some favorable reviews on another site and was so disappointed to walk in and have to haul our luggage to a front desk with one person. The lobby had stained carpets and chairs plus there was no restaurant on site. When we got to our room, we found... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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256 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

In town for BU Parents Weekend and Head of The Charles. The town is booked. Found this place because all hotels boost their rates this weekend. GREAT Location...BUT...Although it was cheaper than most it's old, tired and not well maintained. Bathroom was a mess...water pressure in shower was weak. Bed was ok. Overall an average experience.

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Sydney, Australia
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29 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

Not clean, run down and generally shabby. I understand it was fully booked - probably with people like me who were unprepared to pay the high rates of the neighbouring hotels. the lift was out of action for a few hours and the staff are totally disinterested in providing any assistance for anything. on great thing was that on the... More 

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Jenison, Michigan
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75 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Our room overlooked a parking garage, not the best view, and the bathroom was small but you don't visit Boston to hang out in the room. Breakfast was served in a lovely sunny area, typical continental fare and hot items. The location is what makes this a great hotel. Walkable distance to restaurants, shopping the the commons and very close... More 

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Great Britain
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41 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Suited what I needed as I was out all day. My only gripe was the carpets are disgusting. I knew there was no wifi in the bedrooms so no surprise there, and I never found breakfast if there was any. A really nice diner called Flour round the corner was great though. With added wifi and new carpets this would... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016

We had a room on the 7th floor which although somewhat tired was clean and more than adequate for our needs. Although the bath was chipped we had hot water and clean towels and clean sheets. We had coffee making facilities and a flat screen television. Yes, although the hotel is tired ( it is to be demolished in 2... More 

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Welllington, New Zealand
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22 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

Booked this hotel for its central location. Few days before arriving, read the awful reviews here and we were concerned but too late to change accommodation. So we went in with the least expectation. We must be lucky, our room and bathroom were not as bad as some reviewers had. The furniture was old and scratchy, has seen better days... More 

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60 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

This hotel its terrible, old and dirty. Dont have wifi in rooms (only at lobby) I stayed for a one night and for sure i don't want to repeat. Smells old, moldy . Bed was clean no comfy at all but at least clean. Desk, night tables and tv armor are very old with scratches. Bathroom was disgusting, moldy, dirty.... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 2 October 2016

Will never return. This hotel should have been out of business a long time ago. To be fair, let me start with the positive. Clean bedding and towels; no signs of bedbugs. Has smoke detector and sprinklers.That's it. All else leaves a multitude to be desired. The entrance/facade is very difficult to find.Signage poor. Have to climb many steps up... More 

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Back Bay
Wander around this quintessential neighborhood in the heart of Boston for high-end shops, restaurants, and the feeling of city bustle. Its most identifiable skyscrapers, the Prudential Center and John Hancock Tower, are highlights of the city skyline. Visit Newbury street to explore unique and trendy boutiques – as well as every other kind of store imaginable – all housed in beautiful brownstone buildings. In nice weather, restaurant patio seating is packed with Bostonians and tourists alike soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the food. Commonwealth Ave offers a beautiful stroll down residential tree-lined streets. Keep walking towards the Charles River and enjoy a beautiful view by the water. In warmer months, people run and bike on paths running along the esplanade, and sail and kayak on the Charles River. Boylston street, also full of shops, bars, and restaurants, is the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Head towards Copley Square and check out the Boston Public Library, which is particularly beautiful from the Dartmouth street entrance.
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Our Downtown Boston hotel is centrally located in the historic Back Bay neighborhood, nestled right in the middle of everything that brings you to Boston. A block from the famed boutiques of Newbury Street, shopping at The Prudential Center and Copley Square, or a short walk to the Swan Pond in Boston Gardens and The Boston Commons, our location can’t be beat. Boston’s trendy South End restaurants and Historic trails surround us, insuring to keep you busy during your stay. If your visit to our Copley Plaza hotel only allows for business, we have 64 non smoking guest rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi in all of our public spaces. We feature great meeting space for groups of 5 to 500. If you require additional event space, we are a short jaunt to The Hynes Convention Center. Please feel free to contact any member of our sales team to assist in setting up your next meeting or event. We look forward to welcoming you to Boston and our ideally located Back Bay hotel. Please let us know if there is anything we can do prior to your arrival to ensure your stay with us is a comfortable one. The Boston Common Hotel and Conference Center, one might say … a common Hotel with uncommon service! ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Boston Common Hotel and Conference Center

Address: 40 Trinity Pl, Boston, MA 02116-5006 (Formerly John Hancock Hotel and Conference Center)
Region: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > Back Bay
Price Range: $140 - $275 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Boston Common Hotel and Conference Center 2*
Number of rooms: 64
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“8th floor has wifi”
 of 5 bubbles GillianClan44, 19 Oct 2016 | Read review
“We had a room on the 7th floor with 2 windows”
 of 5 bubbles Patsiegirl, 9 Oct 2016 | Read review
“ask for newly carpeted room if there should be one”
 of 5 bubbles balletuws, 1 Oct 2016 | Read review
“813 wifi worked but weak. 819 was too far away from reception, so it didn't work in there!!”
 of 5 bubbles DO901, 9 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Higher up for less traffic noise”
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