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Boston’s Waterfront Continues to Evolve

March 26, 2014 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Boston’s waterfront has a long tradition of history and innovation.

From the famous Boston Tea Party in 1773 to the home of the oldest commissioned warship in the Navy, the USS Constitution, the waterfront of Boston is one of the liveliest and continually changing areas of the city.  And now, new developments to Boston’s Waterfront District once again have made the harbor home to a variety of activities and events that satisfy all interests.

The 25-acre Seaport Square development will offer 6.35 million square feet of residential, office, retail and potentially four new hotels, totaling 1,000 rooms and 850,000 square feet of hotel and civic/cultural space.  Seaport Square will also contain several new parks, which will add to Boston’s impressive array of 21st century urban green spaces that include the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the new Armenian Heritage Park.

Home to three landmark hotels known as the Waterfront Collection, Boston Harbor is an ideal location to hold meetings and events when you’re in Boston. The Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center Boston offers 120,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, theatre-style seating for 7,000, and two 5,000-square-foot ballrooms. The Renaissance Boston Waterfront contains 450 rooms, 21 meeting rooms and 20,736 square feet of total meeting space. Finally, the Westin Boston Waterfront includes 793 guest rooms, 22 meeting spaces, and 15,001 square feet of total meeting space.

Attached to the Westin Waterfront, the award winning Boston Convention & Exhibition Center is New England’s largest convention center with 516,000 square feet contiguous exhibit space, 84 fully configurable meeting rooms with 160,000 square feet of space and a 40,020 square foot ballroom.

The waterfront neighborhood’s first boutique hotel, a new 120-room, $40 million Marriott Residence Inn Seaport will open on Congress Street this summer. In addition, a $50 million, 135-room luxury “Autograph Collection” hotel by Marriott will also open in the neighborhood. Plans for the hotel include a rooftop terrace overlooking the Boston Harbor and a pedestrian plaza linking the property to the Boston Harborwalk.  A 330-room Aloft hotel and a 180-room Element hotel will open opposite the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, bringing 510 new rooms near the BCEC.  Additional hotel projects have been approved for Pier 4, Fan Pier and other waterfront neighborhoods.

Boston’s Waterfront Neighborhood is also home to restaurants by Boston celebrity chefs and the options keep growing, not only for dining, but also for special events.  Celebrity chef Ming Tsai of Blue Ginger and Iron Chef has opened a new Asian gastro pub in South Boston called Blue Dragon.   Legal Harborside offers 20,000 square feet, comprising three floors on Boston Harbor.  Empire is a 14,000 square foot boutique Asian restaurant and lounge, just steps from the BCCEC and can accommodate groups up to 650 people in private dining space.   And Smith and Wolensky’s waterfront location on Atlantic Avenue offers 10,000 square feet of space for private events with unique rooms such as, Patriots Corner, among others, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the waterfront and Boston Tea Party Museum.

Along the harbor, you’ll find the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Moakley Courthouse, both of which offer views of the harbor and city from their glass covered atriums, perfect for evening receptions and gala dinners.  Just steps away, the Intercontinental Hotel and the Boston Harbor Hotel offer waterfront and city views for their guests.  And in June, the new Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum opened, with replicas of three tall ships, interactive exhibits, and special event space, so that historic night in Boston Harbor can be relived over two centuries later.

This vibrant city has it all. Whether it’s great dining, world class shopping, or the vibrant arts and cultural community, it’s easy to see why Boston is the ideal place for any meeting or event.  And the award winning team at the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau can help you with all of your planning. From assisting you with putting together your RFP to sending it out directly to hotels, attractions, transportation companies and more than 1,200 members, the sales and convention services departments will ensure that all of your planning needs are met.


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