BOSTON, Mass.—Hotel Commonwealth has debuted its redesigned lobby. Building off of the collegiate spirit of the city and the hotel’s dynamic neighborhood, the new lobby concept features a crisp, modern aesthetic and a pop of classic patterns. The renovation represents the second stage in an overall expansion for Hotel Commonwealth, which will be completed in November 2015 and features the addition of 96 new guest rooms, a designated Fenway Park Suite overlooking the Green Monster, two additional suites with Fenway facing balconies, 6,000 square feet of meeting space, and 2,000 square feet of outdoor space overlooking Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.
“We’re excited to debut our new lobby, which reflects the unique Kenmore Square neighborhood while maintaining the hotel’s welcoming feel, ”says Adam Sperling, general manager of Hotel Commonwealth. “We believe this new space, with its contemporary design finishes, re-imagined check-in and seating, and thoughtfully preserved classic touches will allow us to better enhance the high level of service we’ve been known for among travelers and locals.”
The four-month, $1 million lobby re-design, courtesy of New York’s dash design, transformed Hotel Commonwealth’s former traditional lobby space into a gathering place. Classic patterns such as houndstooth and plaids were made current by altering scale and layering texture in carpets and upholstery.
Trading in the traditional check-in desk, Hotel Commonwealth opted for two more welcoming, free-floating pods that allow for a more customized, interactive check-in experience. At check-in, guests will also have the option to purchase snack boxes with hand-selected, locally sourced items from Olives & Grace, an award-winning artisan shop in Boston. Additionally, NINE Dot ARTS, an art consulting firm based in Denver, curated works from local artists that play off of local themes, including a wall featuring artworks of Boston Terriers.
Working with architect Group One Partners and dash design, Hotel Commonwealth’s expansion will extend the existing building over the parking lot at the rear of the hotel facing Fenway Park. An enclosed footbridge connecting the current and new building will lead guests to the expanded space, which features 96 newly-built guest rooms that include modern baths with walk-in showers and barn doors; 6,000 square feet of meeting space with two-story floor-to-ceiling windowed reception area; a 2,000 square foot outdoor terrace viewing Fenway Park; a 1,000 square foot state-of-the-art boardroom; a Fenway Park Suite overlooking the Green Monster; and two additional suites with walk-out balconies.