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A Beautiful Boston Renovation and Other New East Coast Hotels
Credit: The Langham, Boston
Stay up to date on the latest venue openings and property renovations, including these found in the East.
This summer the The Langham, Boston will reopen after a two-year, $150 million renovation. The hotel, located inside the ornate building that was once the first Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, will feature fully renovated guest rooms and suites, a new lobby, a new grand ballroom and a new destination bar and Italian restaurant.
The upgraded lobby will offer a cozy fireplace, ample seating and a newly designed concierge area and check-in desk. Redesigned guest rooms will all feature brand-new marble-clad bathrooms and New England-inspired decor. Inside the hotel’s signature Loft Suites, guests can expect two-story, brass-embossed windows accenting the bi-level space that are from the hotel’s days as the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
Newly refurbished function spaces include The Governor’s Room, a boardroom with an oak table with bronze details and leather panel inserts, and The Wyeth Room, home to the N.C. Wyeth murals originally commissioned by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and depicting the history of the banking system of the U.S. The New Lincoln Ballroom can accommodate 175 guests and offers pre-function space overlooking Norman B. Leventhal Park.
Slated to debut September 1, the Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport will aim to serve as an anchor in Boston’s burgeoning Seaport District. The hotel is located across from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and will feature 1,054 guest rooms, including 52 suites.
Amenities include a full-service spa, Breve, and multiple F&B concepts, including a signature French restaurant, a lobby bar, a high-end sports bar, a pool bar and a grab-and-go outlet. Guests can also use the rooftop outdoor pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center. The property will also feature 100,000 square feet or flexible meeting and event space.
From Marriott International’s Element brand, targeting “today’s healthy, active traveler,” the 460-room Element Philadelphia Hotel opened its doors to guests in May. The eco-conscious hotel features a range of wellness-inspired amenities geared toward families, groups and business travelers.
Located in Philly’s bustling Center City, Element Philadelphia offers fully equipped kitchens in every room, a fitness center and an F&B program that prioritizes fresh, healthy ingredients. Guests are also encouraged to eat well from the comfort of their own room. Guest room kitchens are stocked with everything needed to create a home-cooked meal, with digital recipes and meal ideas that feature fresh, local ingredients that can be picked up at neighborhood markets such as Di Bruno Brothers and Reading Terminal Market.
Element Philadelphia also features a Bikes to Borrow program and can provide guests with suggested routes to help them experience the city’s history, art or nearby bike trails.
Eco-friendly details throughout the property include electric vehicle charging stations, low-flow faucets and fixtures, recycling bins in every guest room and public space, and wall art mounted on a base made from recycled tires.
The hotel also boasts more than 45,000 square feet of event space for indoor meetings, events and celebrations.
Cozy in the Catskills
Implied Hotels opened Callicoon Hills June 7 in Callicoon Center, New York, in the Catskills. The hotel offers 65 guest rooms and multiple event venues, including an event barn, indoor conference space and an onsite restaurant, bar, catering program and coffee shop. The property, founded in 1905 as Hill’s, has been revitalized as a retreat for city dwellers and both leisure and business travelers.
Guests can enjoy fresh American comfort food with a nod to the Catskills at The Conover Club and grab-and-go meals, provisions and all-day coffee at Rise & Shine Coffee Shop.
The property’s event venues include a 4,000-square-foot event barn, multiple patios and a banquet hall suited for executive retreats.
Offsite activities include exploring nearby towns like Callicoon, Narrowsburg and Livingston Manor. Famous art destinations are within driving distance, including Dia Beacon, Storm King Art Center and the Marian Abramovic Institute. Other activity options include countless hiking trails, fly fishing spots, antique stores and microbreweries.