88 Exeter was built in 1890 and opened its doors as Exeter Chambers in 1891. The Industrial Revolution was underway and there were not enough young men to manage the people and processes of the industry. Businesses encouraged entrepreneurs to find ways to entice young men into the cities and off the rural farms. Exeter Chambers was built to serve as a home away from home for young men with big dreams.
The style of Exeter Chambers, with its spacious receiving rooms and ample bedrooms, was truly a coveted address. Each apartment had two restrooms with claw-foot tub, elegant marble floors and individual fireplaces with intricately hand-carved mantels of solid wood. Floor-to ceiling windows, often with curved bays and window seats, allowed the residents of Exeter Chambers to peer down to the bustling streets below. Hand-cast wrought iron railings framed each room with European flavor and charm.
The young men of Exeter Chambers had a good thing going, but the socially elite of Boston soon found out their treasure and affluent young families, young women of status and newly married couples setting up housekeeping all brought their dreams to Exeter Chambers. 88 Exeter St. was an address of status being listed as a prestigious residence in the famed blue book of Boston in 1900.
In May 2004 the Courtyard by Marriott, Copley Square opened its doors. The Exeter Chambers is now a preferred boutique hotel offering 81 attractive guest rooms and suites designed for ultimate relaxation and comfort, with oversized windows, plush sofa chairs, and a range of unexpected amenities designed with our guests needs in mind.
Upon entering 88 Exeter St. a kaleidoscope of color greets every guest. The arched stained glass window stands preserved as a symbol of over 100 years of hospitality…creating a beautiful haven for residents and their guests. The stained glass work of art was rescued from the original building where it once served as an ornate entryway greeting into an 1891 house of dreams.