Hotel chain citizenM out of Amsterdam is opening its first Boston outpost—and third in the United States—on August 5. The long-anticipated inn is part of the under-construction Hub on Causeway development on and around TD Garden.
Designed by Gensler out of its Boston office and Amsterdam-based Concrete, the 272-room hotel will be right above North Station and will feature pod-like rooms spread over eight floors. Each will have modern technological amenities such as iPad room controls for lights, temperature, television, and blinds and Skype call rates.
The main entrance will be on the ground-floor on Causeway Street, which will lead to what the brand describes as one-minute self-service kiosks. From there guests—and the general public—can go four levels to a “signature living room” featuring artwork, books, designer furniture, and 24-7 food and drinks. There will also be an outdoor terrace off the living room with ping-ping tables and more designer furniture.
The brand also says its new hotel will be connected to TD Garden.
CitizenM launched in 2008 with a location at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. Its first U.S. location opened in New York City in 2014, with another following in Gotham four years later.
The brand bills itself around the idea of “affordable luxury for the people”—or what it describes as higher-end hotel finishes and vibes without the hefty price tag. Rooms at the North Station location start at $254 a night, which is either average or just below average for Boston hotels, depending on the statistics cited.
The hotel will open in a particularly strong regional hospitality market. The nightly occupancy rate for Boston and Cambridge hotels was nearly 76 percent by the end of 2018, and has hovered around that percentage for several years now.
Plus, the region remains a fertile one for hospitality investors and developers (probably because of that consistently high demand). There have been major hotel sales, including of the Mandarin Oriental and the Hotel Commonwealth, and major openings and renovations, including of the Langham and the Taj Boston, in recent years.
There are also numerous hotels under development in the region, adding thousands of rooms. The biggest is a 1,055-key inn from Omni Hotels & Resorts and its partners across from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in the Seaport District.