Staying in the Fairmont Gold at the Fairmont Copley Plaza is like vacationing in an old New England Back Bay mansion at the turn of the century, where the style rivals that to be found in Paris. Guests choose among the mansion’s several rooms to enjoy breakfast, snacks, and evening hors d’oeuvres. The drawing room features a roaring fireplace and board games, the library is stacked with classics and thick leather chairs, and there’s a comfortable den for meetings or visiting over breakfast. The serving pantry is always stocked with china and silverware, and pantry butlers deliver small meals throughout the day. Cocktail hour is resplendent with a rotation of smoked chicken and apple tarts, crab cakes, lobster rolls, crab claws, shrimp, sushi rolls, shrimp tempura, chicken wings, and won tons – and that’s just for starters.

138 St. James Ave.
617-267-5300
www.fairmont.com/copleyplaza/