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Boston’s Mandarin Oriental hotel undergoing major renovations

The swanky lodge in Back Bay aims to keep up with the hospitality Joneses with a revamp of its guest rooms and suites

Two dogs on a city sidewalk just outside the revolving front door of a swanky hotel. Boston Globe via Getty Images

Add another Boston-area hotel project to the mix.

The Mandarin Oriental, Boston, at 776 Boylston Street in Back Bay has launched a four-month, $15 million renovation of all of its guest rooms and suites as well as the hotel’s 10,000 square feet of event space. The hotel will remain open during the work.

The move—announced February 11 and expected to wrap in April—is “designed to re-confirm the hotel’s position as the premier luxury hotel in the city,” according to a release. (Below are mockups of what the hotel’s Premier Suite will look like.) New York-based Champalimaud Design is overseeing the work, which joins a slew of hotel projects in the egion, many on the higher-end.

Rendering of a spacious hotel suite with furniture. Warren Patterson for Mandarin Oriental, Boston
Rendering of a spacious bathroom with a large counter and a tub.

These include the development of a Raffles-branded hotel at 40 Trinity Place, also in Back Bay; 907 Main, the first boutique hotel in Cambridge’s Central Square; the 391-room One Kenmore Square in Boston’s Kenmore; the Newbury Boston, a redo of the old Taj, again in Back Bay; and the Onyx’s proposed expansion in downtown Boston.

The projects come as—and probably because—the Boston hospitality market continues to hum along, with high room and occupancy rates. A report from CBRE Hotels out in December 2019 predicted solid growth for both in the first half of the 2020s. Stay tuned.