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This tony neighborhood--one of the two most expensive residential areas in Boston--started as a bay. The bay was filled in during the 19th century to create the area now known by the name Back Bay. The area is known for its Victorian brownstones...more
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

Lived in the area 25 years ago, we came back as a family touring colleges. We stayed at the large Marriott, and we walked all throughout back bay. It used to be a very up – scale, "hip"area. And it still is! Lovely residential, and...More

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Reviewed 10 November 2012

Back Bay has a pretty good night life, with lots of LGBT friendly areas to hang out. It's also near some of the best theaters and museums, and you can go walk by the water. Parking is hard to find, so if you are driving...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The trains were easy to negotiate making the Back Bay convenient to all of our destinations. It is difficult to find lodgings in the historic area -- making Back Bay the best best.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

went into Prudential Center and many stores to shop for anything you need inside. Saks 5th Avenue and Microsoft Store and Ralph Lauren Polo were some of our favorite stops

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Reviewed 1 week ago

You get a little tired looking at all the immensely expensive brownstone homes, but it is an attractive area. For really nice view, go over to the Charles River - you need to find one of the bridges over Storrow Drive to get there.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to hang around in Boston. It´s magical. You will find A LOT of trees, typical Boston streets and places where you can breathe fresh air.

Thank DarioSch
Reviewed 1 week ago

After a full day of meetings I look forwrad to heading out for a run around the Charles River. The skyline views are pretty in each direction. The path is well lit with plenty of people walking, running, or riding bikes. I always felt safe.

Thank 756scotts
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Boston's back bay is a nice walking tour. Great architecture and historic places to see here. Spend a few hours walking

Thank Erica R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this on a very relaxing harbor cruise at early evening, We did this prior to a great seafood dinner nearby.

Thank Don T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed in this area when we visited. Conveniently located to the Amtrak station with excellent to good hotels in the price range. Good restaurants and places to walk, but still within easy access to the bus selling city. A very good area to base...More

Thank JohnP122
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Back Bay is a neighborhood that preserves the feel and look of when the city started. Little brick houses with tons of trees. Lots of Cherry blossoms in the late spring. You can go visit Berklee College of Music, take a shopping or dining walk...More

Thank RosanS3
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We walked around Back Bay for fresh air after the transatlantic flight on a Sunday afternoon. The walk on the river/harbour front was nice (mind the cycle trails) - tranquil away from the traffic. The Newbury Street and shops/food areas/churches need further time to explore....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
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stewart c
16 June 2018|
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Response from sorr826 | Reviewed this property |
There are parking garages all over downtown Boston. Depends on where you want to go. I know the mall at Copley place has parking and you can take the train and or the bus to downtown Boston from there or enjoy the Back... More
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pvillejennie
13 April 2016|
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Response from JoeP2794 | Reviewed this property |
This year the Back Bay route is very short. On Commonwealth Ave from Mass Ave to Hereford right on Hereford to Boylston and then on to the finish line. You wont be able to get close to the finish line so I suggest either on... More
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