3 Boston Hotels We’re Watching for 2015
It takes a long time for a hotel project to go from idea to groundbreaking, from construction to first check-in. So even as we luxuriate (hopefully) in new openings and exciting upgrades, we’re already looking into our crystal ball (AKA the Internet) for buzz on what’s coming down the pipeline. Herewith, we present the three Boston hotel openings in 2015 that have us most excited right now — and why.
1. Envoy Hotel
Why we’re excited: Because a hot neighborhood needs a hot hotel.
Nothing makes something sound less hip than using the word hip.” But if you’ll allow us to don our verbal Mom Jeans for a moment — Boston’s Fort Point is hip. It’s hot. It’s very “now,” a little sliver of a neighborhood bordering the Seaport that happens to be filled with some of the most buzz-worthy restaurants in recent years: from legendary chef Barbara Lynch’s fine dining flagship, Menton, to the self-professed “working man’s oyster bar” (if you’re a “working man” in finance, maybe) that is Row 34.
Now the transformation from industrial area to hot hospitality ‘hood is nearly complete, with word that the $70 million Envoy Hotel (a rendering shown here) will open in 2015 on Sleeper Street near the Barking Crab restaurant. The six-story property is an entry in Marriott’s luxury Autograph Collection which also includes Maine's upcoming Press Hotel. Expect 136 rooms, plans for a pedestrian plaza that will link to the Boston HarborWalk, a rooftop terrace with skyline and harbor views, and 4,000 square feet of space on the ground level for – what else? – restaurants. Hip.
2. Aloft Hotel Boston
Why we’re excited: Because the W Hotel brand’s more affordable little brother is finally coming to Boston.
Right now, you’d have to make like Paul Revere and ride to Lexington to find the only area outpost of Aloft, the equally contemporary but less expensive offshoot of the W. But when it opens in 2015, the Boston property will bring 330 rooms to a 5.6-acre parcel shared with its Starwood cousin, the eco-aware Element hotel. (Element will hold 180 rooms.) Located opposite the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, the nearly-$140 million development will yield an exciting new option for visitors; it also appears that ground-floor retail components may give locals a reason to swing by too.
3. Courtyard By Marriott Boston TD Garden
Why we’re excited: Because now we can crash upstairs after a Celtics game.
Pre-gaming should get a lot easier when the 210-room Courtyard Boston TD Garden opens in 2015. The property will be adjacent to the TD Garden, so fans of the Celtics and Bruins (and any of the rock gods and pop tarts that come for concerts) will have a very short walk from their hotel room, where pounding shots is free, to the arena, where it costs approximately a month’s worth of your health insurance premium to purchase one measly beer. (Not that we’re bitter.) There will be a second extended-stay property, TownPlace Suites by Marriott, and several shops and restaurants as part of the $165 development on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, where you no longer have to relieve yourself in the bushes because seriously, the bathroom is right upstairs now, Joe Sports.