New and renovated lodging properties will encourage tourism to the Bay State
BOSTON – April 7, 2014 –Half the fun of traveling to a new destination is where you stay. This is where you make your home away from home for a few days, maybe even a few weeks. Sometimes we seek out luxury in a five-star hotel to be waited on hand and foot. Sometimes we search for a cozy bed and breakfast to relax and curl up with a book. And sometimes we want to feel like we are “in the know,” spending our nights at the hottest new boutique hotel.
This year, Massachusetts will see at least 15 new boutique, luxury and chain properties pop up throughout the state. Many of the properties will be located near the South Boston Waterfront District (also known as the Innovation District) and the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.
Upcoming hotel build-outs scheduled for 2014 to 2016:
The Godfrey Hotel, Boston, MA
After opening the first Godfrey Hotel in Chicago, a second location will open in downtown Boston. This luxury boutique will have 243 rooms, a full service restaurant, retail space, coffee shop and spa. The hotel will open in early 2015 and will occupy the upper floors of the historic Blake Building. godfreyhotelboston.com
Aloft Hotel and Element Hotel, Boston, MA
A 330-room Aloft Hotel and a 180-room Element Hotel will open opposite the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC), in a $137.8 million project. This will bring 510 new hotel rooms in close proximity to the BCEC in 2015. The duplex will sit along D street and will be the brands’ debut in Boston proper for both hotels. starwoodhotels.com/alofthotels
40 Trinity Place, Boston, MA
The former John Hancock Hotel and Conference Center will be restored and converted to an up-market boutique hotel mid-2016. The project by Saunders Hotel Group will include a 227-room hotel with meeting spaces, 142 residences, parking and several restaurants. Wider sidewalks will be installed around the hotel.
M Theatre District Hotel, Boston, MA
Amherst Media Investors are planning a $66 million revival of the Theatre District Hotel, a 21-story boutique along with a three-story digital sign for Stuart and Tremont Streets. The 202-room hotel will open in 2016.
Porter Square Hotel, Cambridge, MA
Hay Creek Hotels will manage the Porter Square Hotel, a 65-room, upscale, independent, full-service hotel located in the heart of Porter Square in Cambridge. The hotel will feature a small restaurant located in the front of the hotel and will extend out to a patio. Behind the hotel, there will be a garden welcoming hotel guests and residents to the area. The hotel is scheduled to open in fall 2014. porterhotelcambridge.com
The Inn at Hastings Park, Lexington, MA
Just 15 miles outside Boston in historic Lexington, The Inn at Hastings Park opened in February and is a few footsteps from the Lexington Battle Green, a revered site where America’s fight for liberty began. The two guesthouses and barn are preserved historical buildings with individually decorated rooms, each with a unique color palette and design scheme. This boutique luxury inn offers guests a new standard in hospitality. innathastingspark.com
Haymarket Square Hotel, Boston, MA
This 8-story development will be adjacent to the Greenway’s North End Parks. With improved pedestrian access, ground floor retail and a 3,000 square foot meeting space, the development will transform the area into an active Market District in 2016.
The Verb Hotel, Boston, MA
The Howard Johnson Hotel in Fenway will receive a full makeover to become The Verb, a 94-room space with mid-century design. The developer behind the project promises to “meld the best of Boston’s past, with the vibrant, spirited culture of the modern-day Fenway neighborhood.”
Envoy Hotel, Boston, MA
The $70 million hotel in the heart of Boston’s Fort Point Channel/South Boston Waterfront District will be the neighborhood’s first boutique hotel. This 136-room, 6 story luxury “Autograph Collection” hotel by Marriott will include a rooftop terrace overlooking the Boston Harbor, a pedestrian plaza linking the property to the Boston Harborwalk and a rooftop terrace with commanding views of the downtown skyline. marriott.com
Courtyard Marriott, Boston, MA
This 210-room hotel is part of the $165 million “Merano” development on the Beverly section of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, adjacent to TD Garden. The development will also add more restaurants and shops to the Bulfinch Triangle neighborhood near Boston’s North End in 2016. marriott.com/courtyard
Outside Greater Boston
D. Hotel, Holyoke, MA
Formerly the Country Inn & Suites, The D. hotel offers 62 guest rooms with cozy décor and traditional business hotel amenities including free high-speed Wi-Fi internet service, complimentary breakfast, express check-in/check-out service, fitness center and laundry facility/service. This Holyoke property is linked to The Delaney House, one of the area’s finest dining establishments. There is also a shuttle service available to and from meeting sites throughout the region. stayatthed.com
Fairfield Inn & Suites, Northampton, MA
Mansour Ghalibaf, owner of the historic Hotel Northampton, will open a new Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites summer 2014. Adding 108 rooms to the region, the 55,000–square foot hotel is a $10 million project, providing easy access to Interstate-91 and walking distance to downtown Northampton. The hotel will feature a bright, modern lobby and smart, spacious guest rooms. The Fairfield Inn will also offer complimentary hot breakfast, a 24/7 market, indoor pool and fitness center. marriott.com
Nesbitt Inn, Nantucket, MA
The Nesbitt Inn, Nantucket’s oldest Inn, built in 1872 was recently purchased by Bruce Perceley, owner of 76 Main Street Inn and N. The Magazine. The inn will be historically restored with a new addition bringing the capacity to 28 units. The new Nesbitt Inn will open in the spring of 2014.
Mirbeau Inn & Spa, Plymouth, MA
The Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills in Plymouth is an elegant 50-room getaway designed in the style of a French Manor House. The new resort, designed to be the perfect destination for leisure or business, will include a 14,000-square foot Spa Mirbeau, a fine dining restaurant and a unique wine bar and bistro. Mirbeau will overlook the Village Green as well as the 18th hole of the Rees Jones Golf Course. It is scheduled to open in June 2014. mirbeau.com
The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) is the state agency dedicated to promoting Massachusetts as a leisure-travel destination. An integral part of the state’s economy, tourism generates close to $1 billion in state and local taxes and $16.9 billion in travel related expenditures, supporting 124,700 in-state jobs. massvacation.com
For more information, contact:
Lisa Simmons, Director of Communications
Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism
Molly Kravitz, Public Relations Manager
Mobile # 317-919-5252 ~ Office # 617-521-5431