Photograph courtesy of Dan Donahue 1980

 Boston-Park Plaza 57, Massachusetts
200 Stuart St


Many of Boston's Howard Johnson's Motor Lodges did not fit the traditional HoJo's mold, and 57 Park Plaza was mold breaker supreme. Open in the Fall of 1971, the Park Plaza Howard Johnson's later served as the model for the Howard Johnson Corporation when it desperately tried to position itself with more upscale hotels which were usually just Motor Lodges rebaged as Plaza Hotels.

Built on the site of the famous 57 Restaurant, the Motor Lodge retained the restaurant's management and staff which ran a new version of the 57 Restaurant located in the Motor Lodge. Guests also had the option of quick food in a traditional HJ Coffee Shop.

 Brochure courtesy of Dan Donahue circa 1970s
Brochure: "Every room, whether a single or a mini-suite, is spacious and sunny. Picture windows run floor to ceiling and open onto the only walk out balconies in town. Each of the 400 rooms is cheerfully decorated with wall-to-wall deep shag carpeting...A bedside console places room lights, color television, wake-up and message services at your fingertips."