After spending an evening in Boston’s iconic Fairmont Copley Plaza it’s impossible for me to deny that Boston is a city brimming with charm, history, culture, remarkable cuisine and character. An air of sophistication that invites you in and surprises you at every corner. We were greeted with champagne and were spoiled enough to have a private tour of the building explaining the incredible history.
From the moment you step into the Fairmont Copley Plaza your eyes are immediately drawn to the soaring ceilings, all exquisitely maintained. The original architecture is still remarkably intact and brings you back to a time or prohibition, grandiose galas, Gatsby style detailing. The gilded ceilings and hand laid mosaic tile, Italian marble columns and Waterford crystal chandeliers are everywhere. Craftsmanship you wouldn’t find anywhere this day in age. I felt as though I was walking through history time… and it was incredible.
As we were guided down the ‘Peacock Alley’ it was explained to us the this is where the Bostonian Socialiates would soar into balls wearing the exquisite, extravagant gowns that would trail along… as you can imagine a peacocks feathers relaxed, flowing across the marble hallway. My imagination was overflowing with excitement at the ideas of what had taken place in this exact location. “Enjoying an age when everyone knew the waltz, and tea dances were the tradition.”
While we were making our way through the 5,000 square foot lobby we were able go gain a peek into the Venetian room. An extravagant room with opulent crystal lights, and dazzling mirrored walls. We were told that during the prohibition era there are specific mirrors would open as a window and close, secretly serving as a hidden bar.
After you drop your bags in one of the Fairmont’s classic appointed rooms I noticed every door knob had the original PP brand left by the architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, also the architect of the New York Plaza Hotel, sister hotel to the Boston Copley Plaza. head down to Oak Long Bar + Kitchen. Sip a hand crafted cocktail. Sample a farm to table American menu featuring local ingredients and purveyors. While relaxing with a drink enjoy the ambiance of the 30ft ceilings, the fireplace behind the bar, and the cozy booths representative of an old extravagant cigar lounge.
Video by Shannon Shipman.
All of these palatial features drew the most debonair of patrons such as Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, and John F. Kennedy. In fact, it was JFK’s grandfather, John “Honey-Fitz” Fitzgerald, cut the ribbon when the hotel first opened in 1910. He was also the Mayor of Boston at the time! This is truly an experience not to be missed.
For more information on the Fairmont Copley Plaza History you can take an Art and Architecture tour.
Special thanks to the Fairmont Copley Boston for hosting a stay-cation for Shannon from Sunny Coastlines
and Laura from The Brit In Boston.