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110th Anniversary of Fairmont Copley Plaza

Fairmont Copley Plaza opened its doors to guests for the first time 110 years ago on August 8, 1912, and quickly became the hub of Boston’s social and political life, business tycoons and special occasions of all types. Kings and princes have stayed at the hotel, along with countless presidents, royalty and Hollywood elite over the years, and our gilded ballrooms have been featured in many major films and series such as “Julia,” “Little Women,” “American Hustle,” and “Bride Wars.”

As one newspaper wrote in 1912: “The opening presented to Boston one of the most colorful and brilliant pictures the city has ever seen. It marked a new era in hotel-keeping, not only in Boston but in the entire country.

Fairmont Copley Plaza remains the epitome of elegance in Boston and we celebrate our rich history every day with guests. We invite you to virtually stroll down memory lane by browsing our collection of historic photos, menus and postcards below. Here’s to another 110 years and many more!


Starting Monday, August 8th through Monday, August 22nd, 2022 only, OAK Long Bar + Kitchen will serve a four-course “throwback” dinner menu honoring both the past and present, for $110 per person. Executive Chef Zaid Khan presents dishes that were served on our menus in the early to mid-1900s with his contemporary flair.

Guests will feast on modern versions of classic eats from the past like Waldorf salad and angel food cake (click to view menu). Plus, martini specials. Don’t miss out on this truly historic dining experience! Dinner Reservations highly recommended through Monday, August 22.

For a limited time, you can take advantage of OAK’s E-Gift Card sale: Buy $110, Get $25. Ends Monday, August 22. Click to purchase.

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instagram giveaways

To celebrate our big birthday, we have two big Instagram giveaways to reward our loyal fans on @fairmontcopley and @oaklbk.

Our very first guests in 1912 paid $3.50 for a room, and one lucky winner will pay the same. Visit @fairmontcopley’s Instagram starting Monday, August 8th to enter to win a 1-night luxury stay for just $3.50! Stay must be booked between December 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023 (subject to availability; blackout dates apply).
Visit @oaklbk’s Instagram on Monday, August 8th to enter to win a complimentary Throwback Birthday Dinner for two, including two four-course dinners and two martinis. Reservation must be booked by Monday, August 22, 2022.
Giveaways close on Wednesday, August 10 at 11:59pm ET. Good luck!

Vintage Menus

Copley Square Through the Years

Our Momentous Past

For more historic photos, click to view our history timeline!

Vintage Postcards

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