Upgrades to Hyatt’s hotel along the Charles River finish in fall with new looks and a room-key app
The Hyatt Regency Boston/Cambridge’s long process of renovation and construction will be complete this fall, publicists for the Davidson hotel management chain said.
First came an upgrade to 479 guest rooms and suites starting before Davidson began work at the iconically lit pyramid along the Charles River and wrapped up in the spring of 2019. As the pandemic lockdown loosened up, a new round of renovations began April 19, said Jason Russo, of the 67-hotel chain.
This time it’s public spaces getting a refresh – the entrance and lobby, as well as 25,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space – or being added, including a dining outlet and market and a fitness center. The hotel is also promising upgraded technology in the form of an app that can check customers in, unlock their room door and connect them with staff in real time. The changes will “infuse a new energy into the property and reintroduce the hotel to today’s traveler,” general manager Melissa Green said.
The hotel’s new bar and restaurant called Paperback Tavern will feature a menu of American fare, cocktails and craft brews with views of the Charles; a Paperback Tavern & Provisions is a market-style carryout outlet being built into the lobby to sell coffee, housemade pastries and other quick meal options, according to a Davidson Hospitality Group press release.
The Hyatt is also making an effort to be seen as a destination for meetings and celebrations such as weddings. It has spaces for either from a ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows to a courtyard or garden with river and Boston skyline views, Green said. The hotel’s three ballrooms and pavilion include audiovisual tech upgrades such as a “Cat-6 wireless technological platform” as well as meeting concierge services.
New perimeter lighting will border the hotel, and public spaces are being designed by Campbell House of Las Vegas and Paris with “warm neutrals and rich leather accents that will evoke the history and charm of the surrounding cities.” Customized art pieces will decorate the walls, according to the hotel chain, and the new look is meant to showcase a connection to the area by touching on the Revolutionary War, the river, harbor and marine life and “the nearby universities and the life science community.”
The hotel is at 575 Memorial Drive, Area II.
Will the pool reopen? The Atlantis Sports Club abruptly closed without returning prepaid fees to members, many of them from Cambridge. This pool could serve as a welcome swimming option for Cambridge residents. While I enjoyed the marketing fluff piece done about the Hyatt, more investigation into the only “community aspect”of the hotel was left untouched.