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Hotel openings, happenings in Boston

Posted by Melanie Nayer  March 16, 2014 07:01 PM

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Boston is about to be the center of the hospitality industry, thanks to an onset of hotels opening in the Hub this year. There are nearly two dozen new hotel projects planned in greater Boston, some recently opened, some soon to break ground, others still in the planning stages, with a potential for a maximum of 3,000 new hotel rooms in the next 2-3 years.

According to the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, more than half the rooms are planned for the South Boston Waterfront near the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center; the area south of North Station, TD Garden, and west of the North End will be the next neighborhood to be entirely transformed following Boston’s Big Dig and the completion of the Rose Kennedy Greenway parks. East Boston, Cambridge, MA and Chelsea, MA are also key areas of new hotel development.

Here's a look at a few of the new Boston hotels you can expect to see this year:

The Godfrey Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel with 243 rooms, a full service restaurant, retail space, a coffee shop and a 1,500 square-foot spa center, will be the next hotel to open in downtown Boston. The hotel is projected to open in late-2014 in as part of the “59 Temple Place” development downtown and will occupy the upper floors of the historic Blake Building at the intersection of Temple and Washington streets.

50-room Mirbeau Inn & Spa will open in Spring 2014 at the Pinehills Village Green in Plymouth, MA (about 8 miles from Cape Cod). The Inn will combine a luxury retreat with one of New England's premier golf experiences.

A 330-room Aloft hotel & a 180-room Element hotel will open on a 5.6-acre parcel on D Street opposite the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC). The $137.8 million project broke ground in December 2013 and will bring 510 new hotel rooms in close proximity to the BCEC, with the hotels set to open in 2015.

210-room Courtyard Boston TD Garden/North Station is slated to open in 2015 as part of the $165 million “Merano” development on the Beverly Street section of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, adjacent to TD Garden, near Boston’s North End. The project site, which features unobstructed views of Boston’s iconic Zakim Bridge and skyline, will also add shops and restaurants. Construction will begin in spring 2014.

Haymarket Square Hotel & Boston Public Market: Developers Normandy Real Estate Partners and Jones Lang LaSalle will build the mid-priced 180-room Haymarket Square Hotel. The Boston Public Market will include pushcart vendors, as well as the new indoor, year-round 28,000 square-foot Public Market, which is set to open in early 2015. The new market, located on the ground level of the hotel at 136 Blackstone Street, will showcase the best of seasonal New England foods, allowing consumers to buy directly from local farmers, fishermen, and wine makers. A temporary Boston Public Market will house 13-15 vendors starting in spring 2014.

The six-building redevelopment of the Government Center Garage will include 196 hotel rooms and will reconnect the West End to downtown and the new Market District.

A hotel has been approved as part of New Balance’s $500 million New Brighton Landing real estate development project in the Brighton section of Boston.

Boston-based Saunders Hotel Group has purchased the former John Hancock Hotel & Conference Center and plans to restore and convert it into an up-market boutique hotel. The project will include a 220-room hotel with meeting spaces, 142 residences, parking, and several restaurants.

The Loews Boston Hotel, once the headquarters of the Boston Police Department, is undergoing a $10 million renovation that is slated to be completed by April 2014. The renovated hotel will feature 225 renovated guest rooms, three updated suites with free Wi-Fi, six meeting rooms, designed to pay tribute to notable Boston police officers in a nod to the building’s history, a mini-ballroom with vaulted ceilings and reception capacity for up to 100 people, a new restaurant and a bar.

250 new hotel rooms will be part of the Christian Science Plaza expansion along Boston’s Avenue of the Arts. The plan includes wo towers next to Boston’s Christian Science Plaza; one tower will be 58 stories, containing a hotel, condos, stores and restaurants. The other tower will be approximately 28 stories and include 255 apartments and retail space. Construction will begin in 2014.

A 156-room select-service hotel with restaurant and retail space has been approved for the corner of West Broadway and Dorchester Ave. in South Boston. The property will cater to business travelers with its close proximity to downtown and convenient access to public transit. The hotel features include a roof-deck bar, fitness center, meeting rooms, and pool/lounge area.

A 100-room boutique hotel with convenient Red Line subway access to Boston is in development in Somerville, MA. Five development teams are vying for the rights to build a hotel on Day Street in bustling Davis Square in Somerville. Teeming with bars, restaurants, boutique shopping, and the historic Somerville Theatre, Davis Square is located near the campus of Tufts University and 2 miles from Harvard University.

Readers: Where do you want to see a hotel built in Boston?

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Melanie Nayer is a travel writer who spent many years in the newsroom before jetting off to see the world. Her goal is to bring readers the best insider information More »

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