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New Allston hotel features local artists’ work throughout 117-room boutique

Studio Allston a product of conversion of 1960s building

Artist credit: Jason Woodside; photo by Darrin Hunter, courtesy Dyer Brown

The 117-room boutique hotel Studio Allston has opened at 1234 Soldiers Field Road in Allston, right along the Charles River.

The inn features an unusual and colorful concept: A thematic use of art from local creators that runs through its lobby, bar, meeting rooms, suites, and rooms.

The forces behind the concept—including developers the Davis Cos., Highgate, and Spot On Ventures as well as creative advisory firm Isenberg Projects—selected 12 contemporary artists to create murals in each guest room. Five of the hotel’s 10 guest suites were designed as “unique, immersive works of art,” according to a release.

Artist Credit: Ryan Arthurs; Photo by Darrin Hunter, courtesy Dyer Brown

Studio Allston is the product of a conversion of a building dating from the 1960s, and reflects ongoing changes in the area, not least those that Harvard is driving on its Boston land.

“We view the Studio Allston project as an exciting opportunity to make a meaningful, positive contribution to the continued evolution of Allston’s Western Avenue corridor, one of the most dynamic development markets in greater Boston,” Stephen Davis, an executive at the Davis Cos., said in the release.

The hotel plans to announce the addition of a restaurant this summer. Rooms at Studio Allston start at just under $200 a night for this coming Friday, June 22.