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Boston's Legendary Dive Nightclub is Transformed into a New Suite at Hotel Commonwealth

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September 3, 2014 at 12:13 PM | by | ()

The Rathskeller Suite at Hotel Commonwealth is chock full of memorabilia from the cellar of the grungy music club The Rat - minus the grunge

Hotel Commonwealth in Boston’s historic Back Bay may seem like just one of many luxury accommodations to choose from (and it is) but it does have a rather uncommon legacy. The hotel was once the site of a legendary nightclub that rocked Boston from the mid-1970s to late 1990s before it was demolished in 2000. This was The Rathskeller, aka The Rat, and what better way to commemorate this famous musical haunt than by dedicating a hotel suite in its honor?

One doesn’t have to be a Bostonite to appreciate the stellar list of musicians that took to the stage at The Rat. Performing acts spanned the rock spectrum, from Blondie, The B52s, Talking Heads to The Ramones, Metallica, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Not to mention, local boys Aerosmith.

By far one of the most progessive bands to come out of the late 1970s and go into The Rat are the Talking Heads

One of many notable features in the Rathskeller Suite include this set of keyboards, decorated with various souvenirs of the day. Credit: Boston Globe

The Rathskeller Suite at Hotel Commonwealth was created by interior designer David Ashen of New York based Dash Design and former club owner Jim Harold. The icing on the cake in the detailing of this suite may well have come from fans of The Rat itself.

This framed artwork featuring a history of stickers is part of the mirror that was behind the club's bar

We are told this little suitcase contains some audio equipment used at the Rat, but what we really want to know is, who left the suitcase behind? Credit: Boston Globe

The hotel solicited donations of the Rat memorabilia to be featured in the suite. Other notable items in the suite reportedly include a guitar donated by The Dropkick Murphys, a fully stocked iPod playing music from the bands that took the stage, a sticker-covered dressing room mirror, and sorted items left behind by band members. That alone is worth the price of admission.

All memorabilia aside, basic amenities in the room, if you can find them, include HDTV and DVD/CD, charging station, safe, iron, custom Rat robes (unconfirmed but a cool idea,) Malin + Goetz toiletries, and free WiFi. Last but not least, a window in the suite provides a street view to the former club entrance, offering memories of those of us who were there and fantasies to those who were not.

The hotel confirmed that the Rat Suite is now available to rent, though the rates seem to be somewhat vague, ranging from about $500 to $1,000 a night. The hotel also unveiled two other signature suites--The Terrier Suite and The Loft Suite--and are working on their Fenway Park Suite which will overlook the ballpark's Green Monster.

[Photos via Hotel Commonwealth and Boston Globe]

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