Hotels in Kenmore Square
There are two hotels in Kenmore Square, both of which stand out in terms of location, heritage, and class.
Marking the triangular intersection of Beacon Street and Brookline Ave at 645 Beacon Street — Hotel Buckminster dates back to 1897. With kosher ties to the Black Sox Scandal and the fixed 1919 World Series, the hotel certainly has some unconventional history to boast about.
It's said that in September of 1919, bookie Joseph "Sport" Sullivan and Chicago White Sox first baseman Arnold "Chick" Gandil met in one of the Buckminster's guest rooms to devise a plan to throw World Series games. An infamous crime in American history, the Black Sox Scandal resulted in the banishment of eight White Sox players — including Shoeless Joe Jackson — from Major League Baseball. The fixed series also led to the appointment of the first Commissioner of Baseball the following season.
Said to have historic, old-world charm, the Boston Hotel Buckminster houses 94 guest rooms — 24 of which are European-style suites with increased living space, separate parlours, and king-sized bedrooms. All guest rooms include a private bath with the option of one to three beds. The Buckminster also prides itself on being one of Boston's premier pet-friendly hotels.
The closest hotel to both Fenway Park and Boston University, the Buckminster serves as an easy overnight option for baseball fans in town to catch a game or BU parents and alumni in town to visit students and attend Boston University events.
The Hotel Buckminster maintains reasonable rates despite being a two-minute walk from the Kenmore T station and an easy ride to Copley Square and Downtown Boston on the Green Line. From economy options to Superior Suites, rooms there rent from under $100 to around $300 per night, depending on the season you're visiting Boston.
For a more upscale stay, Hotel Commonwealth is the obvious choice within the boundaries of Kenmore Square. Located — where else — but on Commonwealth Ave, the hotel offers 148 guest spaces ranging from economical Kenmore Rooms to luxurious Presidential Suites. Rates at Hotel Commonwealth also vary with the season, often falling within $200 to $300 per night.
As an added benefit to guests, Hotel Commonwealth provides valet parking, as well as game day parking when the Red Sox are playing.
Successful counterparts of the hotel include the Foundation Lounge for drinks and dancing or the Eastern Standard Restaurant — where you can dine al fresco if the New England weather permits. Guests taking in a Boston Red Sox game or visiting area schools like Boston University can take advantage of the Fenway Park and Explore Your School Packages that Hotel Commonwealth offers.
Literally steps from the Kenmore stop on the Green Line, this hotel offers the same easy access to museums, Newbury Street, Copley Square, and Faneuil Hall as the neighboring Hotel Buckminster.
The proximity of both hotels to Fenway Park is unbeatable. Walking from the Buckminster or Hotel Commonwealth, you can reach the edge of the park within five minutes — even in the all-too-typical Fenway crowds.