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Things to See and Do in the Area

Explore Our Exclusive Back Bay Neighborhood

Nestled in a prominent location, Hotel AKA Back Bay positions you at the crossroads of Back Bay, South End, and key city attractions.  

Formerly a saltwater bay, Back Bay in Boston has evolved into a bustling city center with residential charm. Initiated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the mid-1800s, it swiftly became a premier arts and cultural hub. Today, Back Bay stands as a coveted residential area, featuring landmarks like Copley Square, historic brownstones, upscale shopping, fine dining, and the scenic Charles River Esplanade. 


Explore Newbury Street, where you'll encounter an array of shopping options. From renowned luxury designer brands like Chanel, Valentino, and Ralph Lauren to upscale independent boutiques such as LIT, No Rest for Bridget, and Soodee. Indulge in a shopping spree at Copley Place, with 75 stores featuring additional luxury brands like Celine, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, and Fendi. Cross the connecting bridge to the Prudential Center and explore your favorite retail shops like Alo Yoga, Aritzia, Sephora, Saks Fifth Avenue, and so much more. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Faneuil Hall Marketplace, a top-rated Boston shopping destination with its 100+ stores, unique artisan pushcarts, and meticulously restored historic buildings. For an authentic Boston experience, wander through the cobblestone streets and brick sidewalks of Charles Street and Beacon Hill. This charming area offers a mix of boutiques, galleries, jewelry stores, and home accessory shops, complemented by historical sites and only the best photo opportunities. 

Local Dining

Back Bay has a captivating dining scene that mirrors its rich history. Whether you prefer charming morning cafes like Thinking Cup or Trident Booksellers or for a delightful lunch at Piattini, Parish, or Luke’s Lobster, there's a diverse range of options to explore. As evening falls, indulge in renowned culinary delights such as Grill 23, a bespoke steakhouse celebrated for its Grand Award-winning wine list. Experience a modern twist on Italian-Mediterranean cuisine at Sorellina, or embrace an authentic Bostonian experience with the freshest seafood offerings at Atlantic Fish Company. End your evening by heading to the North End for the best after-dinner Espresso Martinis at Caffé Vittoria and make a pitstop at Bova’s Bakery or Modern Pastry for a delightful pastry treat (or two). 

Arts & Culture

Discover Boston's cultural richness while staying at Hotel AKA Back Bay. From the historic Boston Cathedral to the captivating performances of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, one of America’s “Big Five” orchestras, you'll be immersed in a tapestry of experiences. Sports enthusiasts can visit Fenway Park, the oldest baseball stadium, steeped in tradition. Venture to View Boston and savor a 360° taste of the skyline – indulge in a sunset cocktail as you absorb breathtaking views across the cityscape.  

Ensure to allocate some time for gallery-hopping, the art galleries along Newbury Street in the Back Bay neighborhood should be your starting point. Explore establishments like Sitka Home Art Gallery, Gallery NAGA, DTR Modern Galleries, and more. These galleries, located in Victorian mansions along a 6-block stretch of Newbury Street, boast Boston's most extensive collection of artistic periods and styles. You'll encounter a wide range, from affordable art by emerging artists to museum-quality pieces by Old and New Masters. 


Hotel AKA Back Bay's exclusive location places you within easy reach of Boston’s famed academia, just minutes from universities such as Suffolk University, Boston University, Boston College, Berklee College of Music, Emerson, Harvard University, Tufts University, 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