A Boston original since 1927

History

Our historic Boston hotel is part of the fabric of our city.

Construction on the Boston Park Plaza Hotel began in 1925. E.M. Statler, a visionary in hospitality and business, opened the hotel on March 10, 1927 as “The Statler Hotel.” For five decades, it was the largest independent hotel in New England and eighth largest hotel in the world.

Statler chose the address for its “location, location, location.” Where the hotel now stands was once beachfront property where British troops landed to embark for the Battle of Lexington. The bay was later filled in to form what is now known as Boston's Back Bay.

Boston Park Plaza has been a destination for Presidents since it opened, and all but two US Presidents in that time have stayed here.

A HOTEL

Boston Park Plaza was the first to introduce many new and modern hotel conveniences

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Radios in Every Room

 It was the first hotel to put radios in every guestroom. These radios would tune into programs brought to the hotel by the rooftop broadcasting station of the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company.

A City Within A City

On the hotel’s roof was a penthouse with two floors for service functions, including a print shop for the production of menus and incidental house literature, a carpenter shop and an upholsterers shop. A house physician had an office and hospital on the Hotel’s 14th floor.  At regular hours employees could consult with him; emergency cases were handled at all hours. In the Hotel’s basement level, was housed the largest barbershop in New England.

Every Day Conveniences in Every Room

The historic Boston hotel was first to provide guestrooms with built-in closets, private, individual bathrooms, and reading lamps over the beds.

Largest Hotel in New England

With its, originally, 1,300 guestrooms, the Boston Statler (our old hotel name) was the largest independent hotel in all of New England for five decades and 8th largest hotel in the World. The entire third floor was devoted to the living and dining quarters of the Hotel staff.

Guest Conveniences

Mail chutes on each floor were first seen at this hotel and it was also the first to provide overnight, in-house laundry service for guests. “Servidor” compartments in guestroom doors allowed guests to send out and retrieve laundry without being disturbed during their stay in Boston.

Presidential Favorite

Boston Park Plaza has been a destination for Presidents since it opened, and all but two US Presidents in that time have stayed here.

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