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South End’s Revolution Hotel aiming for younger travelers, creative types

There will be Aerosmith artwork—but also low room rates

Rendering via Mount Vernon Company

A 164-room boutique hotel set to open later this year at 40 Berkeley Street in the South End will aim to attract younger travelers and creative types.

That is according to its developer, Mount Vernon Company, which is converting the former site of both a YWCA and a hostel into what it’s calling the Revolution Hotel. Provenance Hotels will operate the inn.

The Revolution is expected to draw on Boston’s creative past to in turn draw those younger sojourners and creatives. How? Per The Globe’s Tim Logan, “through an array of interior exhibits and art to be installed throughout the mid-rise building ... Early images show rooms decorated with paintings by historic Boston artists, overlaid with the titles of songs by Boston music legends such as Aerosmith and Donna Summer.”

The conversion of the former Y-slash-hostel also involves a revamp of the property’s courtyard so it can host an indoor-outdoor restaurant. The building’s basement will become a co-working space by day and a bar by night.

In the end, the likeliest draw for younger guests might be the Revolution’s planned rates: Rooms are expected to start at about $150 a night, lower than the typical charge for boutiques near downtown.