BOSTON, Mass.—The DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Boston – Cambridge is placing the finishing touches on a multi-million dollar hotel transformation, which includes comprehensive upgrades throughout the hotel’s public areas and function space.
Linda Snyder, principal of Linda Snyder Associates lead the team of designers contracted to transform the public areas of the hotel. Snyder used lighting to create impact features and to guide guests through the activity areas of the hotel and function lobbies. The LSA team also worked closely with the Hilton Global Design Services team to create the vision for the new spaces, and drew upon influences of the architecture and the storied history of the immediate surroundings. The design is anchored by reference to the richly textured brick and stone pattern and colors reflected in the Cambridge and Harvard University communities.
“The redesign of the hotel’s public spaces reflects a very relaxed and contemporary atmosphere which our guests will appreciate,” said Larry Traxler, senior vice president, global design services, Hilton Worldwide. “The hotel’s new look combines architectural and design elements that embody both the leafy, collegiate town atmosphere of Cambridge, while incorporating the dynamism and vibrancy of a large urban city which is Boston.”
As part of the first phase of the renovation, the hotel’s seasonal rooftop terrace opened for private events in April 2013 with a more inviting look and feel. Contemporary furniture decorated in jewelled tones of blues and greens create a setting for gatherings of up to 100 people. The second phase of the renovation was completed in February 2013 and focused on the hotel’s meeting and banquet spaces, including two ballrooms, multiple break-out rooms, and pre-function space. New furnishings, carpeting, wall coverings, window treatments and fixtures reflect a contemporary library style with accents inspired from Cambridge landmarks and mid-century architects. The Charles River Ballroom features a new custom carpet with the subtle suggestion of a crew boat shadowed beneath quatrefoil medallions and modern chandeliers.
The final phase of the renovation is scheduled to be completed this month and involves a complete reconfiguration of the hotel lobby with the addition of a grand staircase. Now a multi-functional, open-concept space, the renovated lobby will feature three modular check-in desks, multiple intimate spaces focused around a fireplace feature, and an expanded Business Center set around a serpentine table complete with the convenience of integrated outlets for social or business use. A new grab-and-go area – Made Market Pantry – will open this fall offering ready-made meals, snacks and beverages. Made Market is a flexible food and beverage concept created by Hilton Worldwide for the DoubleTree by Hilton brand, and can be customized in size and offering.