I was recently in Boston visiting family and decided to use my Fairmont Visa Free Night Certificates at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. The Fairmont Visa, issued by Chase, has a great signup bonus of two free nights and $100 toward breakfast at any Fairmont in the world. In addition, you get Premier status (the mid-level status in their loyalty program) while you hold the card. Premier status has various benefits including: a certificate for a suite upgrade, a certificate for a room upgrade, a certificate for a third night free with two paid nights, and certificates worth $50 for dining or use a the spa. The annual fee is waived for the first year, and you get the free night and breakfast certificates after spending $1000 in the first 3 months of holding the card.
I had initially planned to use these free night certificates at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui last August, but when the trip fell through, the certificates were burning a hole in my pocket. I decided to use the Fairmont Visa certificates at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston and to use a suite upgrade certificate while I was at it. All it took was a call to the Fairmont Hotels Reservation line, and I was booked in a one bedroom suite! I believe that the one bedroom suite was going for well over $600 per night the weekend I was there.
The Fairmont Copley Plaza has a beautiful lobby.
Check-in was smooth and quick .They pulled up my reservation and told me I was in a Signature One Bed Room Suite on the third floor. The Signature Suite is a category up from the standard suite, so I was already very pleased with the start of the stay. I then saw my room and was even more pleased. The suite was enormous–actually larger than my New York City apartment–and beautifully decorated. I could tell it had been renovated recently.
My suite had a name!
The suite had an entry foyer with a small table. To the left was the bedroom, to the right was the living room.
The bedroom was very spacious, with a full sized king bed, a large armoire for storage, a big-screen Samsung TV, and a sitting area.
The bathroom was accessible from the bedroom, and was quite modern with double sinks and a wonderful rain shower head. [Sorry, forgot to take pictures!]
The living room was quite large. There was a living area with a couch (that pulled-out into a very comfortable queen-sized bed), some armchairs, a fireplace (filled in) over which hung another big-screen TV. The living room also had an office area, with a desk and chair. Behind that was a the room’s mini-fridge/bar area.
There was even a small dining area.
There was a wonderful view of the Copley Park and the Trinity Church from both the bedroom and living room.
The service was excellent. For example I had some family members stay with me on one of the nights and we needed extra toiletries and towels. I called to request these, and not even two minutes later, we had what we needed.
During my stay, I had breakfast at the on-site restaurant, OAK Long Bar + Kitchen.
I was able to use one of the $25 dining certificates I got for being a Premier member, and I used all four of the Fairmont Breakfast certificates for brunch with my family the next day.
All in all, it was a great experience. At the end of the day, I got a $1300+ value out of the signup bonus. Not bad at all!