Corcoran Jennison Hospitality, (CJH) has announced the completion of a multi-year, $8.6 million update to The DoubleTree by Hilton Boston‘s public spaces, guest rooms and suites. Centrally located in the heart of downtown Boston’s lively theatre district, with easy access to Tufts Medical Center, the MBTA Orange Line and just blocks from popular dining and entertainment options, this renovation adds new vigor to the property with subtle influences from nearby Chinatown – a culturally-rich center of Asian-American life in New England.
“Our focus for 2014 is improving the guest experience through three core pillars – Staff Hospitality, Being a Boston Enthusiast, and more notably, our Product Offering,” said Tony Franzone, general manager, DoubleTree by Hilton Boston-Downtown. “From our lobby entrance, to the details in each guest room, the redesign of our hotel brings an enhanced level of warmth and caring that guests have come to expect when staying with DoubleTree by Hilton.”
The first phase of the renovation began in August 2012 with a complete transformation of the upper and lower lobbies as well as the hotel’s main restaurant and bar. With the strategic placement of furniture and styling, these public spaces were expanded to promote the lobby as a multi-functional center of activity – from dining to computing, guest services to casual conversations.
Phase two continued in November 2013 and carried the same design vision to the guest rooms with a focus on simplicity, balance and connectivity. Each room features a black and white, multi-functional media wall with 37″ HDTV, desk area and chair with task lighting and easy access electrical outlets, coffee/tea making station, dresser drawers and built-in in-room safe as well as an illuminated artwork panel highlighting an abstract representation of the historical architectural and cultural heritage of the neighborhood. Free-standing C-tables provide flexible surfaces for work or play while settling in the chaise lounge or oversized chair. Newly refreshed guest baths offer an illuminated mirror providing excellent vanity lighting, and include the brand’s signature CITRON Honey & Coriander by Crabtree & Evelyn® Bath Products.
Linda Snyder, principal of Linda Snyder Associates, was contracted to bring the hotel’s design story to life during this multi-year project. Drawing inspiration from the local Asian community and the three core Feng Shui principles – Connectivity (Tao), Balance (Ying/Yang) and Vitality (Chi) – LSA transformed the hotel through light, pattern and color, creating a dynamic guest journey and convenient multi-functional spaces.