Hotel Commonwealth, just steps from Fenway Park, counts on Red Sox fans to help fill its 149 rooms. After the Sox’ disappointing season last year, general manager Adam Sperling was a bit wary about the prospects for 2013 summer crowd.
But the team’s surprising run to the top of the American League East helped bring in more fans and last-minute bookings. “Looking back,” said Sperling, “we did the typical strong summer business.”
The resurgence of the Red Sox was among the welcome developments contributing to a solid summer tourism season that began slowly under the shadow of the Marathon bombings, but ultimately gave way to filled hotel rooms, busy restaurants, and even record attendance at summer favorites like local zoos and harbor cruises. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.