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Hotel Developments Abound Throughout Boston

March 24, 2014 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

As Boston welcomes springtime of 2014, hotel development across the city is surging to dramatic levels. Already voted a top-ten U.S. travel destination by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, hotel investment in the Hub continues to boom.

“Currently, there are nearly two-dozen new hotel projects planned in greater Boston, some already under construction, some soon to break ground, and others are still in the planning stages,” said Patrick B. Moscaritolo, President & CEO, Greater Boston Convention  & Visitors Bureau.  “These new hotels include a rich mixture of locations and price ranges, from boutique properties to extended stay facilities. More than half of the planned rooms are located in the Seaport District and there is the potential for 2,700 new hotel rooms 152818_num458716_168x168in the next 3 to 4 years,” Moscaritolo added.

Close to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC), the 25-acre Seaport Square development will provide 6.35 million square feet of space for up to four new hotels, in addition to residential, office, and retail space. Upon completion, the project will include 539,900 square feet of residential and hotel space, a 248,000-square-foot hotel complex, and a 418,000-square-foot retail and hotel complex. In addition, Seaport Square will contain several new parks, preserving views of the harbor while adding to the city’s green spaces.

In the luxury market, a 135-room, 6-story $50M luxury “Autograph Collection” hotel by Marriott will open on the Fort Point Channel. Catering to the many travelers looking for high-end accommodations in Boston, the hotel will include a rooftop terrace overlooking the Boston Harbor and a pedestrian plaza linking the property to the Boston Harborwalk. Like all of Marriott’s “Autograph Collection” hotels, the new development will possess its own identity, matching the high-end, fast-paced lifestyle of the surrounding district.

Major renovations are also occurring across the city.  Kenmore Square’s luxurious Hotel Commonwealth has filed plans for an expansion to be built over the property’s parking lot.  This expansion will double the hotel’s currently meeting space and house approximately 94 additional guest rooms, a 63% increase over the existing 149-room layout.

In addition to renovations, new properties like Courtyard by Marriott South Boston and the Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Needham are being developed across the Greater Boston area. In Somerville, a new 100-room boutique hotel will take advantage of the area’s bars, restaurants, shopping, universities, and culture. And in Cambridge, Hay Creek Hotels has been selected to manage the Porter Square Hotel, a 65 room, upscale, independent, full-service hotel located in the heart of Cambridge at Porter Square.  Additionally, the hotel will feature a small restaurant located in front of the hotel that will extend out to a patio on the sidewalk of Massachusetts Avenue.  Along the backside of the hotel there will be a garden welcoming hotel guests and residents in the area.  Soon to enter the construction phase, the new hotel was the product of an extensive, community-based design process that takes advantage of the area and Hay Creek’s management expertise.

All these new properties fill or expand nearly all sectors of the Boston hotel market, providing travelers with countless lodging options. Boston, already a hub for tourism, commerce, business and more, is expected to find new popularity with the completion of these developments.

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