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Better Than Being A House Guest

Posted by Jim Botticelli  October 19, 2013 12:25 PM

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Looking at Copley Square Hotel in the early 60's. Prudential contruction underway far left
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"Do not disturb signs should be written in the language of the hotel maids." ... Tim Bedore

The Copley Square Hotel was built and opened in 1891 at the corner of Huntington & Exeter. As the second oldest of the city's hotels, it had the distinction at the time of being one of the finest first-class hotels in the city. Its location was at the edge of the most aristocratic part of Back Bay, making it one of the most desirable places at which to stop. The hotel was convenient for the railroad stations, trading centers, places of amusement and the electric car service. The hotel (or house as it was called at the time) originally had 300 elegantly furnished rooms, single and suite, with private parlors and baths. The original proprietors were F.S. Risteen & Co. and the total cost to open the hotel was $300,000.
                            Rendering courtesy of Saunders Hotel Group

The hotel served as election headquarters for President William McKinley and hosted celebrities and sports legends like Babe Ruth, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington. Most recently, in its lower lobby, the former Cafe Budapest, it was host for the filming of scenes in the 1992 comedy movie "HouseSitter" starring Goldie Hawn and Steve Martin.
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On January 24, 2008, the Copley Square Hotel closed for a multi-million dollar property-wide renovation, emerging in January 2009 as a contemporary, luxury boutique hotel. The extensive project included thorough remodeling of all accommodations, as well as the lobby, restaurant, and Mini-Bar, formerly Domani and the Original Sports Saloon. A one night stay costs $329 according to

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Jim Botticelli, a 1976 Northeastern University graduate, is a retired Boston Public Schools teacher. In college, he drove a cab and learned the city's cow paths. An avid collector of More »

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