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New Boston hotels: Mapping the 8 most anticipated ones

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The Boston region’s building boom includes hotels. And some of these planned projects are more portentous than others, whether because of their locations or the complexes they will be a part of—or both.

Here are the most anticipated hotels in the Boston region as of February 2018. The octet here are set to add more than 2,200 rooms to a market of high occupancy and high rates.

Check inn (heh) later for updates.

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1. Arsenal Yards’ Hampton Inn and Suites

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485 Arsenal St
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 923-9944
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Watertown’s massive Arsenal Yards project will include a Hampton Inn and Suites with approximately 145 rooms, according to developers Boylston Properties and the Wilder Companies.

It is part of a 1 million-square-foot expansion and redevelopment of the Arsenal Mall site, one of the biggest developers underway in the Boston region.

The project in total will include 350,000 square feet of retail and entertainment, including a 30,000-square-foot specialty grocery store. Arsenal Yards will also have 428 market-rate apartments and 75 affordable ones.

As for the hotel, Hilton will operate it and there will be retail space on the first floor. It is planned for the northwest corner of the property, along Arsenal Street and adjacent to a parking garage.

It’s supposed to open in spring 2019.

2. 907 Main Street

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907 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02139

PW Realty started construction in late 2017 on a five-story, 67-room boutique hotel at this Central Square location.

The hotel means the redevelopment of the four-story commercial building at the address now—that fifth-floor addition will provide space for a rooftop bar. The parking lot behind the old building will be turned into a courtyard as part of the redo.

The boutique’s planned spring 2019 opening will further the big changes afoot in Central Square. (It will also be part of a hotel mini-boom in Cambridge.)

PW Realty

3. 1241 Boylston Street

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1241 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215

An eight-story, 184-room hotel could replace the Shell gas station at 1241 Boylston Street in Fenway—a fast pitch down from Fenway Park’s Gate B.

South Carolina-based hospitality development and management firm OTO Development has an option to lease the 21,050-square-foot site. And that option is contingent upon securing permits for a hotel.

The city is still reviewing the plans, but should OTO move forward with a hotel, that inn would join several either already in the Fenway-Kenmore-Longwood area or planned. In fact, it would be the eighth in the immediate vicinity.

Not that that’s too many, given the demand: The area has one of the highest hotel occupancy rates in the region.

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4. South Bay development

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101 Allstate Rd
Dorchester, MA 02125

This 11-acre development under construction near the Andrew Square stop of the Red Line includes a 130-room hotel.

EDENS, the South Carolina-based shopping-center operator and developer, officially broke ground in August 2016 on the project adjacent to its South Bay plaza near the Andrew Square stop.

Along with the hotel, it’s due to include 475 apartments; 113,000 square feet of retail, including restaurants; a 12-screen AMC Theatre with Imax and AMC Prime Technology; 1,094 new parking spots; and community space for events such as farmers markets, craft shows, charity drives, and festivals.

5. 248 Dorchester Avenue

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248 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA 02127

The Boston Planning and Development Agency approved this 159-room, eight-story boutique hotel near the Red Line’s Broadway stop in mid-January.

The hotel’s design, which Boston architecture concern Utile Inc. is handling, will feature a so-called “floating” pavilion that would serve as a “beacon in the evenings.”

The hotel, which will replace a former rental car center and parking lots, will also have about 15,000 to 20,000 square feet of amenity space, including an outdoor deck and a restaurant. There will be parking for 64.

It is expected to be finished in late 2020.

6. 440 Summer Street

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440 Summer St
Boston, MA 02210

The Boston Planning and Development Agency in mid-December approved what will be one of the largest new hotels in Boston in ages: A 1,054-key Omni-brand inn across from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

The Massachusetts Port Authority’s board has already signed off on the project—Massport owns the land it’ll be on—so the BPDA’s green light meant that the hotel is pretty much a go.

And not a moment too soon. Boston’s hospitality market is notoriously tight, with high room and occupancy rates.

It’s particularly tight for those wishing to stay near the Convention and Exhibition Center. Such visitors often have to hoof it from much farther away.

Omni Hotels & Resorts expects to open the hotel in 2021. Above is a rendering of how it will look from the corner of World Trade Center Boulevard and Summer.

The inn, which is supposed to be done by spring 2021, is expected to include more than 100,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including the largest such block in the Seaport District.

The two-building complex will also have accouterments such as a fitness center, numerous dining options, and retail.

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7. Marine Wharf Hotel

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660 Summer St
Boston, MA 02210

The Boston Planning & Development Agency in late November approved the construction of a hotel complex at 660 Summer Street near the South Boston/Seaport District waterfront.

The 15-story Marine Wharf Hotel will actually be two inns in one: a 245-room Hampton Inn and a 166-room Homewood Suites (411 keys total).

The complex will include 19,300 square feet of amenities, including a fitness center, an indoor pool, and a 500-seat restaurant. There will also be 3,500 square feet of ground-floor retail.

Construction is expected to start by the middle of 2018 and take around two years. 

If the current hotel market in Boston is any indication, this new entry shall never be empty nor unable to charge high nightly rates.

8. 315 Northern Avenue

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315 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210

Developer Lincoln Property Co. and hospitality giant Hyatt are constructing a 304-unit apartment building and a 294-key hotel at 315 Northern Avenue in the Seaport District, across from the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion.

The board of the Massachusetts Port Authority, which owns the site, approved a long-term lease in mid-November that allows the two-building project to move forward.

The buildings will each be 12 stories and will be built on raised platforms, which will make room for as many as 450 parking spaces underneath. The project will also include nearly 20,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.

Altogether, it will surely enliven a site that is “now essentially a 2.5-acre parking lot,” per the Globe’s Jon Chesto and give pavilion attendees a ready option for the night.

Also, the November vote capped years of planning and changes for the site. Hyatt, for instance, dropped plans for extended-stay rooms as part of the development. The hotel will be a more traditional Hyatt Place instead.

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1. Arsenal Yards’ Hampton Inn and Suites

485 Arsenal St, Watertown, MA 02472

Watertown’s massive Arsenal Yards project will include a Hampton Inn and Suites with approximately 145 rooms, according to developers Boylston Properties and the Wilder Companies.

It is part of a 1 million-square-foot expansion and redevelopment of the Arsenal Mall site, one of the biggest developers underway in the Boston region.

The project in total will include 350,000 square feet of retail and entertainment, including a 30,000-square-foot specialty grocery store. Arsenal Yards will also have 428 market-rate apartments and 75 affordable ones.

As for the hotel, Hilton will operate it and there will be retail space on the first floor. It is planned for the northwest corner of the property, along Arsenal Street and adjacent to a parking garage.

It’s supposed to open in spring 2019.

485 Arsenal St
Watertown, MA 02472

2. 907 Main Street

907 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139
PW Realty

PW Realty started construction in late 2017 on a five-story, 67-room boutique hotel at this Central Square location.

The hotel means the redevelopment of the four-story commercial building at the address now—that fifth-floor addition will provide space for a rooftop bar. The parking lot behind the old building will be turned into a courtyard as part of the redo.

The boutique’s planned spring 2019 opening will further the big changes afoot in Central Square. (It will also be part of a hotel mini-boom in Cambridge.)

907 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02139

3. 1241 Boylston Street

1241 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215
Boston Herald

An eight-story, 184-room hotel could replace the Shell gas station at 1241 Boylston Street in Fenway—a fast pitch down from Fenway Park’s Gate B.

South Carolina-based hospitality development and management firm OTO Development has an option to lease the 21,050-square-foot site. And that option is contingent upon securing permits for a hotel.

The city is still reviewing the plans, but should OTO move forward with a hotel, that inn would join several either already in the Fenway-Kenmore-Longwood area or planned. In fact, it would be the eighth in the immediate vicinity.

Not that that’s too many, given the demand: The area has one of the highest hotel occupancy rates in the region.

1241 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215

4. South Bay development

101 Allstate Rd, Dorchester, MA 02125

This 11-acre development under construction near the Andrew Square stop of the Red Line includes a 130-room hotel.

EDENS, the South Carolina-based shopping-center operator and developer, officially broke ground in August 2016 on the project adjacent to its South Bay plaza near the Andrew Square stop.

Along with the hotel, it’s due to include 475 apartments; 113,000 square feet of retail, including restaurants; a 12-screen AMC Theatre with Imax and AMC Prime Technology; 1,094 new parking spots; and community space for events such as farmers markets, craft shows, charity drives, and festivals.

101 Allstate Rd
Dorchester, MA 02125

5. 248 Dorchester Avenue

248 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127

The Boston Planning and Development Agency approved this 159-room, eight-story boutique hotel near the Red Line’s Broadway stop in mid-January.

The hotel’s design, which Boston architecture concern Utile Inc. is handling, will feature a so-called “floating” pavilion that would serve as a “beacon in the evenings.”

The hotel, which will replace a former rental car center and parking lots, will also have about 15,000 to 20,000 square feet of amenity space, including an outdoor deck and a restaurant. There will be parking for 64.

It is expected to be finished in late 2020.

248 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA 02127

6. 440 Summer Street

440 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210
Omni

The Boston Planning and Development Agency in mid-December approved what will be one of the largest new hotels in Boston in ages: A 1,054-key Omni-brand inn across from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

The Massachusetts Port Authority’s board has already signed off on the project—Massport owns the land it’ll be on—so the BPDA’s green light meant that the hotel is pretty much a go.

And not a moment too soon. Boston’s hospitality market is notoriously tight, with high room and occupancy rates.

It’s particularly tight for those wishing to stay near the Convention and Exhibition Center. Such visitors often have to hoof it from much farther away.

Omni Hotels & Resorts expects to open the hotel in 2021. Above is a rendering of how it will look from the corner of World Trade Center Boulevard and Summer.

The inn, which is supposed to be done by spring 2021, is expected to include more than 100,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including the largest such block in the Seaport District.

The two-building complex will also have accouterments such as a fitness center, numerous dining options, and retail.

440 Summer St
Boston, MA 02210

7. Marine Wharf Hotel

660 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210

The Boston Planning & Development Agency in late November approved the construction of a hotel complex at 660 Summer Street near the South Boston/Seaport District waterfront.

The 15-story Marine Wharf Hotel will actually be two inns in one: a 245-room Hampton Inn and a 166-room Homewood Suites (411 keys total).

The complex will include 19,300 square feet of amenities, including a fitness center, an indoor pool, and a 500-seat restaurant. There will also be 3,500 square feet of ground-floor retail.

Construction is expected to start by the middle of 2018 and take around two years. 

If the current hotel market in Boston is any indication, this new entry shall never be empty nor unable to charge high nightly rates.

660 Summer St
Boston, MA 02210

8. 315 Northern Avenue

315 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210
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Developer Lincoln Property Co. and hospitality giant Hyatt are constructing a 304-unit apartment building and a 294-key hotel at 315 Northern Avenue in the Seaport District, across from the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion.

The board of the Massachusetts Port Authority, which owns the site, approved a long-term lease in mid-November that allows the two-building project to move forward.

The buildings will each be 12 stories and will be built on raised platforms, which will make room for as many as 450 parking spaces underneath. The project will also include nearly 20,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.

Altogether, it will surely enliven a site that is “now essentially a 2.5-acre parking lot,” per the Globe’s Jon Chesto and give pavilion attendees a ready option for the night.

Also, the November vote capped years of planning and changes for the site. Hyatt, for instance, dropped plans for extended-stay rooms as part of the development. The hotel will be a more traditional Hyatt Place instead.

315 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210