Boston is gearing up for its first new hotel opening of 2012, and there's a lot of new hitting the scene at 200 Stuart St. Not since the Mandarin Oriental Boston opened in Back Bay has there been such buzz among hoteliers in the Bay State. While the opening date of The Revere hasn't been set (reps at the hotel still citing "spring" as the opening), the hotel is starting to unveil a few of its signature looks.
The Revere will overhaul the space that once was The Radisson and Stuart Street Playhouse, and introduce a newer, more modern hotel to the theater district. Rivaling the ambiance of its neighbor, the W Boston, The Revere will include 356 rooms, a new nightlife concept called the Emerald Lounge, and two entertainment venues - one for film, presentation, and live entertainment and the other for multipurpose setting for events.
The lobby of The Revere serves as its prologue, a sleek and sophisticated opening that sets the stage for the acts to follow. Taking center stage is a functional art piece inspired by the work of famed sculptor Richard Serra. This sculptural transition gracefully guides guests through the first floor lobby and serves as a majestic welcome to the hotel.
The hardwood entry way of the hotel's guestrooms allows room to move without being stuffed into the room. Each guestroom has an oversized desk, houndstooth chaise, and balcony offering providing views of Boston's skyline and the South End. Bathrooms are accompanied by local brand Skoah skin care.
In addition, The Revere will offer over 35,000 square feet of function space, including “The Gallery”, a unique and avant-garde “industrial chic” sixth floor meeting space featuring exposed brick reclaimed wood, and rustic metals. There are two internal meeting venues, “Theatre 1” and “Space 57” in the space formally inhabited by the Stuart St. Playhouse. The renovation includes a complete redesign of the existing venue, turning Theater 1 into a 225-seat theater complete with power sources at each seat. “Space 57 " is a 6,700 square foot blank canvas and multi-dimensional event space that has boasts 25-foot ceilings, a built-in 30 ‘x 12’ AV screen and can accommodate up to 1,000 guests.
The Emerald Lounge will be the hotel's entertainment venue catering to the after work professionals and weekend theater district crowd. The hotel is said to be creating some exclusive cocktails and finger-food menu.
What I'm most excited about with The Revere is its focus on local organizations and partnerships. The hotel is partnering with the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, offering senior fashion design students the opportunity to design all staff uniforms for the property. The Mass Art designs take form in eight different uniforms ranging from doorman, to front desk, to cocktail server. Photos of those uniforms to come soon!
Readers: What do you think of a hotel new in the Theater District?
Photo credit: Property renderings by interior design firm BBG-BBGM; guestroom photos by Eric Levin.
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