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DoubleTree Hilton Boston Wraps Its $8.6 Million Facelift

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April 16, 2014 at 10:38 AM | by | ()

We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.

For a hotel located across the street from a hospital, you’d think that that the DoubleTree Hilton Boston would have had a facelift sooner. But this month the property announced the completion of an $8.6 million renovation that gave the 267 guest rooms a much needed new look. That's the "Before" picture above. Now brace yourself for the "After" shot below.

Ta-da! Now that the bandages are off, things look a lot brighter and considerably less mired in the Bush (Herbert Walker) years. The contemporized accommodations are functional and streamlined, and inspired by Feng Shui principles of “Connectivity (Tao), Balance (Ying/Yang) and Vitality (Chi)” according to a press statement about the redo.

The black and white rooms (you know, like a ying yang!) now boast media walls with 37” HDTVs, freestanding tables for a flexible work area, an illuminated panel of abstract art, and glossy white new bathrooms. No one’s going to confuse it with the lap of luxury, but it’s a really welcome, overdue update for a property that offers among the more affordable rates for its nice location near the Theater District, Chinatown, and other touristy attractions.

It also offers a suspiciously unobstructed view of the old Hancock Tower if this photo is to be believed. Frankly, we suspect a little fudging on that front, but hey – we’ll give it a pass since, as the nice new renovation shows, a little cosmetic alteration never hurt anybody.

UPDATE: The hotel is serious about their Hancock Tower and Back Bay views. Look at what they tweeted us:

[Photos: DoubleTree Boston Downtown/Facebook]

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