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Things to See and Do in the Area

Explore Our Exclusive Back Bay Neighborhood

Hotel AKA Back Bay’s exclusive location places you in the gateway between Back Bay, South End and key city attractions. 


A cosmopolitan city center with a residential feel, the Back Bay neighborhood in Boston was in fact a small saltwater bay up until the mid-1800’s when the Commonwealth of Massachusetts began to fill it to create a new neighborhood. It soon developed into a leading arts and cultural center. Today, Back Bay’s legacy as one of Boston’s most desirable places to live continues – showcasing Copley Square, historic brownstones, upscale shopping, fine dining and the Charles River Esplanade.

Arts & Culture

The Back Bay neighborhood is brimming with unique cultural experiences and opportunities to explore the Boston landscape and history. Must-see architectural landmarks include the Old South Church, the famed Trinity Church, and the Gibson House, a National Historic Landmark built in 1860. The Mapparium is a modern marvel to explore – a three-story stained glass globe located inside the Mary Baker Eddy Library. Enjoy classical music by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, one of America’s “Big Five” orchestras, and, of course, to join in an authentic Bostonian pastime, take in a game at Fenway Park.


From the luxury brands and top retailers of Newbury Street to Boylston Street, the Prudential Center, and the acclaimed Trident Booksellers & Café, Back Bay is full of shopping opportunities. Copley Place is a multi-story center with over 75 stores including Stuart Weitzman, Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus and Tiffany & Co., while the nearby Copley Square Farmers Market is the largest farmers market in Boston. Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a festival marketplace with over 70 local and nationally-recognized shops. Smaller boutiques like Lipstick and Bobble and Lace are just waiting to be discovered, along with Bodega, a world-famous sneaker shop hidden behind a convenience store facade.

Dining & Nightlife

Back Bay features a dining scene as interesting as its history, with favorites like Sonsie, an open sidewalk cafe and European lounge with a 24-year history of delicious international cuisine. Grill 23 & Bar has been offering delicious, mouth-watering steaks, and is a favorite for power lunches or date nights. Explore specialty offerings like a beer selection with over 100 choices at the tiny Bukowski Tavern or Jonquil’s Bakery’s beautiful geometric desserts created using a 3D printer. Parish Cafe is yet another Back Bay treasure, with a lineup of high-concept sandwiches created by different Boston chefs.


AKA Back Bay Boston’s exclusive location places you within easy reach of Boston’s famed academia, just minutes from universities such as Fisher College, New England ConservatoryBoston University, Boston College, Berklee College of Music, Emerson, Tufts Medical School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Northeastern University.


If you’re coming to Boston on business, companies including SalesForce, Wayfair, Ernst & Young, Deloitte and Kirkland have headquarters in Back Bay. After a day at the office, the area’s many restaurants and attractions make it easy to unwind and absorb the best of Boston culture.

Local Activities and Points of Interest

Hotel AKA Back Bay
154 Berkeley Street, Massachusetts, 02116, USA
Phone: 617.266.7200


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