BOSTON—Hotel Commonwealth, an independent boutique hotel located in Boston’s Back Bay, announced plans to add 94 hotel rooms and more than 14,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor event space to complement the property’s existing 149 hotel rooms and 30,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space. The expansion reflects the vision and commitment to excellence of Hotel Commonwealth’s sponsors, Fundamental Advisors and Sage Hospitality. The new facility is expected to open mid-2015.
“This project represents an exciting development for both hotel guests and the vibrant surrounding community,” said Laurence Gottlieb, chief executive officer of Fundamental Advisors, investment partner of Hotel Commonwealth. “The expansion will build upon Hotel Commonwealth’s reputation of refined sophistication and unsurpassed service, while maintaining the hotel’s strong connection to the rich culture of Boston.”
In addition to the 94 new hotel rooms, the expansion features three floors of valet parking, a grand ballroom, an outdoor terrace overlooking Fenway Park’s ‘Green Monster,’ five meeting rooms, a boardroom and a private event entry and pre-function space. The build out will take place on the open air parking site at the rear of the existing hotel, facing Fenway Park and the Massachusetts Turnpike and does not add to the height of the current hotel. Hotel Commonwealth’s operations will continue as usual during the expansion. Construction will be co-managed by Columbia Construction and Mortenson Development with Group One Partners as architect on the project.
“This expansion is an extension of the understated elegance and classic style our guests have come to expect,” said Walter Isenberg, president and CEO of Sage Hospitality, investment partner of the hotel. “With a prime location in Boston’s beloved Kenmore Square, Hotel Commonwealth will soon be able to provide additional comfortable and spacious rooms as well as a world-class event space to better fit the demands of the city’s booming travel and tourism industry.”