Exploring Boston’s New Hotel Developments

Ed Greable Blogger June 2, 2018

Several new hotel developments are underway in Boston. Here is a look at just a few.

New Development Project Proposed for Over Massachusetts Turnpike

Samuels & Associates is proposing the addition of two new buildings over the Massachusetts Turnpike. According to the plans, the developer would construct a 237-foot office tower on Boylston Street along with a 150-foot building on Newbury Street that would be used for either housing or hotel rooms. If approved by the city, the buildings would be part of a two-story podium of retail and open space located along Mass. Ave.

Raffles Hotel to Bring Housing and Hotel Space to Back Bay

A new agreement between Saunders Hotel Group, Toronto-based AccorHotels and the Noannet Group may add more condos and hotel rooms to the Back Bay. With plans for construction to begin sometime this year, the 400-foot tower will be situated at the corner of Trinity Place and Stuart Street. Once complete, it will house 147 hotel rooms as well as 146 luxury condos.

Officially known as Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel & Residences, the 33-story building will be the first of its kind in North America. Like other Raffles hotels in places such as Singapore and Paris, the hotel will thematically represent the city in which it is located.

Construction Begins on New Hotel Complex in Seaport

Developers recently broke ground on a new hotel complex in the Seaport District at 660 Summer Street in Raymond L. Flynn Marine Industrial Park. Once complete, the 411-key complex will be boast two separate Hilton-branded hotels: a 245-room Hampton Inn and a 166-room Homewood Suites. The development, which is expected to be completed in the middle of 2020, is being developed by Intercontinental Real Estate Corp. and Harbinger Development.

Construction Underway for Fourth Largest Hotel in Boston

The $550 million Omni Boston Seaport Hotel has officially broken ground, with plans for the development calling for it to become the fourth largest hotel in the city. Located across from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on Summer Street, the hotel will bring 1,055 rooms to the area. The 21-story complex will also include 100,000 square feet of meeting and event space of its own. This space will include the largest hotel ballroom in the Seaport District.

Development of the project dates back to last year when the Massachusetts Port Authority designated a development team to build on a state-owned parcel of land with the goal of increasing the room count in the area. This team includes Omni Hotels & Resorts. Yet, six local nonprofits will also share in the profits made from the hotel. In addition, the project is expected to bring 700 to 1,000 permanent jobs to the area.

Finalization of the project is encountering one major issue, however, as money management giant Fidelity Investment is suing the developers over the name of the project. Fidelity already has a development called Seaport Hotel in the neighborhood that opened 20 years ago. Regardless of the final name the hotel development holds, the project is expected to be completed sometime in 2020.

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