Yes, Makeover Monday’s on Tuesday this week. Welcome back from the long weekend!
This week’s Makeover Monday takes us to Boston, where the historic, 1,054-room Park Plaza hotel in Back Bay is getting a luxurious makeover. The hotel’s located right off Boston Common, the USA’s oldest park.
Last month, Hermes of Paris opened a store in the hotel’s newly redone retail space.
Expect construction on the Park Plaza’s meeting space and lobby to begin during the October-December time period and be mostly completed by March. The next phase of the hotel’s renovation will be a guestroom update, which will start in late 2015.
The hotel’s owner, Sunstone Hotel Investors, already started work improving the façade, sidewalks, roofs, and elevators, Sunstone CEO Ken Cruse told Wall Street analysts during the second-quarter earnings call on Aug. 8.
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The renovation, Cruse told analysts, will address guests’ No. 1 complaint by “upgrading the existing guest room heating and cooling system with a modern and energy efficient four-pipe system.”
In 2013, a Boston Globe article said that the Park Plaza – which opened in 1927 – was “more affordable” than many hotels in the nearby area including the Taj Boston, Fairmont Copley Plaza and Loews Boston Back Bay. The Four Seasons is also a few blocks away.
Readers: Which hotels do you like to check into in Boston?