Hotel Style
Aug 3, 2009

Hotel style: Copley Square Hotel

By: Lauren McPhillips
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Hotel Style
Aug 3, 2009

Hotel style: Copley Square Hotel

By: Lauren McPhillips
The hotel
Located in the Back Bay area of Boston and built in 1891, the Copley Square Hotel is a gorgeous historical hotel with modern pizzazz. With great nightlife and the fabulous shops and restaurants of fashionable Newbury St. just a few minutes walk away, the hotel is an ideal spot to stay if you’re looking to take on Boston by foot. The super-sleek boutique hotel recently underwent a massive year-long renovation that was planned with a $12.5 million budget, but turned into a $18 million dollar makeover. The result? 143 newly designed guest rooms that revel in comfort and beauty. And if you’re looking for a drink after a long day of exploring the city, check out the hotel’s on-site nightlife: the upscale Minibar martini lounge or the swanky Saint dance club.

The look
The Copley Square Hotel was designed with comfort in mind, but it definitely doesn’t skip out on the attractive aesthetics. The renovated interior was designed by California designer Susan Caruso, who brought the hotel into the 21st century while still maintaining the historical integrity of the building – the crown mouldings, ornate closet doors and door casings all stayed put throughout the renovations. In keeping with the historical and contemporary blend, the wallcoverings feature verses of a poem depicting Paul Revere’s ride through Boston, as well as scrolling text naming the boroughs and sights of the city.  

The rooms are decorated with a soothing champagne, cream, chocolate, taupe, and heather gray palette – a sumptuous environment to match the luxe bed linens and plush carpet. Heavy damask curtains block out all the noise from busy Huntington Ave. and let in no light when drawn after complimentary turn down service.

The inspiration
Though the hotel has always been the cream of the crop when it comes to hospitality in Boston, manager John Maibach says that the hotel is really making an effort to stand out with the new renovations. "We strive to make the Copley Square Hotel the luxury boutique hotel in Boston. The area we’re in is quite trendy, so we want to reflect that but also give off a small, intimate vibe, making it part of a community." Inspired by the intimate feel of the city, the Copley Square Hotel succeeds in making guests feel like a part of their world, whether it’s the ‘wine down’ wine tasting every late afternoon in the swank hotel lobby, or cosyness of the rooms.

 

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Although the bar at the Copley Square Hotel is called Minibar, there's nothing small about its fab design. Sectioned off into several private cul-de-sacs, Minibar recreates a comfortable setting similar to your own home. If you want to recreate this look in your home's wet bar or lounge area, include the following essentials:

1 White leather barstools or dining chairs

2 Curvy modern lightning that's bound to make a statement

3 Large black and white artwork or photography

4 White lacquered surfaces

5 Champagne toned drapes from ceiling-to-floor

lounge1-j.jpgRelaxing, but with a touch of glam, the hotel's lounge is the perfect spot to join other guests and hotel staff for the daily 'wine down' -- a wine sampling hour and mingle session. Bathed in warm neutrals, the lounge's design scheme could work in any room of you home, like a living room or great room. To recreate this look, include the following essentials:

1 A showstopper of a pendant light; for a similar look, try the Maskros pendant from IKEA's new PS Collection

2 A large-scale neutral rug with a splash of colour woven throughout

3 White ceramics for your bookcase

4 Mix up trad and mod with chairs like these -- traditional in form, but modern with the swooping armrest

5 A selection of florals in a large vase. If you don't have such a grand bookcase, put them on a side table, where they still capture attention without blocking views from across the coffee table

For more information or to book a reservation at Boston's Copley Square Hotel, call 800-225-7062 or visit the website at copleysquarehotel.com.

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