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The Reading Suite At Hotel Commonwealth Will Put You In An Introspective Mood

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  Site Where: 500 Commonwealth Avenue [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02215
August 7, 2012 at 9:19 AM | by | ()

Opened in 2003, the Hotel Commonwealth in Boston is credited by some as helping to revive the surrounding Kenmore Square neighborhood (its clean, cozy rooms and close proximity to Fenway are certainly a big part of its charm).

Our stay there back in 2010 proved a lot of fun, pampered as we were by the hotel's then-popular Girls In the City package. But for a different, mellower kind of indulgent experience, try cozying up in the hotel's one-of-a-kind Reading Suite, where guests can leaf through a 50+ collection of author-signed books, local magazines, newspapers, and an original letter by Arthur Conan Doyle (creator of Sherlock Holmes).

Of course, the hotel isn't about to throw all that literature your way without providing at least a few ways to get really, really comfortable while reading it all. And sure enough, the 600 sq ft, two-room suite comes with all the library-simulated trimmings: a Reading Nook beside a window overlooking Kenmore Square, an eight foot-long, hand-hewn wooden desk, brass reading lamps, and leather wingback chairs.

Need anything else to facilitate your quiet, contemplative weekend locked up feeding your brain? Then you might want to try an actual library.

What a library won't be able to provide are niceties like Italian linens, big luxurious pillows, a marble bathroom, and room service (which we tried, to great success, on our last stay there). And though those things aren't exactly necessary to a good reading experience, we also feel like the best part of a lazy day reading is dozing off. And that you most certainly can do here.

The Reading Suite goes for between $620-$720/night, depending on the season.

[Photo: John Bellenis]

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