The Newbury Boston

The Newbury Boston

Architect
Jeffrey Beers International
Location
One Newbury Street, Boston MA 02116, USA | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Hotels
Nikolas Koenig

The Newbury Boston

Jeffrey Beers International as Architects

THE PROPERTY
The Newbury Boston is a luxury hotel and a beloved landmark in the city. Located in the premier shopping and dining neighborhood of Back Bay, and adjacent to The Public Garden, this iconic establishment originally opened in 1927 as one of the first Ritz-Carlton hotels in the United States. Leveraging the talent of three world-renowned designers, the building will be thoughtfully transformed into a 286-room hotel with 16,000-sq-ft of stunning event spaces, signature dining experiences and a reimagined front entrance on Newbury Street.

For more than 90 years, The Newbury’s location has served as a cherished and iconic destination, welcoming Boston residents, world leaders, dignitaries and celebrities alike. A massive restoration and revitalization of the hotel pays homage to its timeless and rich history, while also incorporating modern luxury and carefully curated guest experiences. The main entrance will be relocated from Arlington Street to Newbury Street and guests will be welcomed into an elegant landscaped terrace plaza (a visual nod to The Public Garden). Dramatic window awnings and a new lighting design will enhance the hotel’s neoclassical façade and complement its distinctive historic details.

photo_credit Nikolas Koenig
Nikolas Koenig

In designing the hotel’s new entrance and public spaces, internationally recognized architect Jeffrey Beers (founder and President of the interior architecture and design firm Jeffrey Beers International) sought to invoke the spirit of the building’s heritage by incorporating many historic details, including the original cobalt blue chandeliers from the Main Dining Room, into the meticulous redesign. The hotel’s lobby and public space features a distinctive selection of artwork, bringing to life the hotel’s traditional place as a salon for the arts. Above the rosewood check-in desk, an elegant chandelier casts a warm, welcoming glow highlighting rich material elements throughout the space including the Nero Dorato marble floors.

Just off the lobby is a private library lounge with reserved seating for guests of the hotel, complete with a fireplace rediscovered in the renovation, and a curated library - a nod to the city’s intellectual achievement in science and the humanities. Flexible seating arrangements comprised of oversized lounge chairs and sofas in an assortment of jewel-tone leathers and velvets, accompanied by dark wood tables meant to compliment the oak flooring, encourage informal socializing. A palatial grand staircase leads to the hotel’s second floor level, which houses sumptuous event space. Historical architectural elements, including existing marble columns and an original banister, flank the majestic steps. A massive chrome chandelier, with custom glass lighting enclosures, acts as a striking modern addition to the classic stairwell.

photo_credit Nikolas Koenig
Nikolas Koenig

LOCATION
The Newbury Boston is located in the Back Bay, the city’s premier shopping and dining neighborhood. Adjacent to The Public Garden, the hotel is within walking distance to designer boutiques, fashion houses, art galleries, cafés set in elegant brick townhouses – as well as must-see attractions including Copley Square, 1800s landmarks Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library. Back Bay is home to some of Boston's most desirable real estate, as well as a variety of entertainment and commercial establishments.

photo_credit Nikolas Koenig
Nikolas Koenig

GUEST ROOM & SUITES
Heritage architecture and residential comfort define each guestroom and suite at The Newbury Boston. Designed by acclaimed interior design firm Champalimaud Design to be residential in feel, each of the hotel’s 286 rooms employs a calming color palette of blues, greys, and creams alongside tactile materials and custom furnishings. The rooms' monolithic appeal is contemporary yet reflective of the tailored Bostonian aesthetic. Handcrafted wood, herringbone accents, and marble touches further add a sense of lavish materiality and craftsmanship. Mimicking a home or a residence, the expansive foyer, bathroom and closet are spatially organized to feel like one generous dressing area – with off-white limestone and wood finishes incorporated in both the closet and vanities that create a bright, yet tranquil environment. Many rooms feature views of the Public Garden through beautifully framed window nooks outfitted with blue-velvet seating, and murals of lush landscapes in the corridors mirror the adjacent garden below.

Each room is appointed with original artwork by illustrator Veronica Lawlor, alongside bespoke amenities including Byredo “Willow” bath products made expressly for the hotel, Frette robes and linens, in-room Nespresso Vertuo espresso machines - as well as private access to The Library and Fitness Center. Guests looking to upgrade their experience may choose to book one of the hotel’s 90 luxury suites (the most in the city), or one of two dramatic Presidential Suites.

photo_credit Nikolas Koenig
Nikolas Koenig

THE STREET BAR
Local residents and admirers of the property from afar will be pleased to welcome the return of this beloved watering hole located off the Arlington Street entrance and overlooking the Public Garden. Designed by Jeffrey Beers International, The Street Bar will offer classic cocktails and quintessential culinary offerings of New England favorites, explored and revitalized by Major Food Group. The bar will transport guests back to the 1920s with classic leather barstools, a cozy fireplace, and dark wood accents, projecting a speakeasy ambience with additional seating exclusively for hotel guests in the adjacent library lounge.

photo_credit Nikolas Koenig
Nikolas Koenig

ROOFTOP RESTAURANT
The rooftop restaurant, operated by Major Food Group, will combine world-class hospitality and exquisite custom interiors with the best views in Boston. The atmosphere will conjure another era, when dinner and dancing, three-martini lunches, or high tea were the perfect excuse to dress up and enjoy the city. Major Food Group, the internationally acclaimed hospitality company behind Carbone, The Grill and Sadelle's, will be helming the 4,000-square-foot glass rooftop restaurant. The restaurant will feature iconic Italian dishes and classic cocktails delivered with polished and generous hospitality. Major Food Group's expertise in transformative hospitality experiences will celebrate the exquisite landscapes of Boston with historical food nods and culinary cues from the great talents of the past and present. The restaurant will service breakfast, lunch and dinner with a menu showcasing the best of Italian cuisine. Ken Fulk, a long-time Boston resident has partnered with Major Food Group to set the tone for one of the city’s only restaurants overlooking the Public Garden. Fulk, who will also be spearheading the design of the iconic Chrysler Building’s Cloud Club, has imbued his effortlessly over-the-top approach and signature layered interiors to match the sweeping 360- degree views of Boston with multiple glass doors that slide open and six retractable panels.

photo_credit Nikolas Koenig
Nikolas Koenig

MEETINGS AND EVENTS
The Newbury Boston offers 16,000-square-feet of meeting and event space suitable for gatherings ranging from intimate private dining, to grand weddings and lavish celebrations. Multiple event spaces with connecting pre-function rooms make up the hotel’s expansive second floor. The Assembly Room, the hotel’s largest space, extends 3,835 square-feet with the capacity to accompany up to 400 guests. Lush green curtains and ornate carpet design mimic the flora of The Public Garden, while the silver leaf ceilings are an opulent homage to the building’s extravagant galas of the past.

For more intimate gatherings, The Newbury Boston offers a variety of spaces that are each more unique than the other. The Garden Room, the building’s original Main Dining Room from 1927, features the iconic cobalt blue chandeliers of the Ritz Carlton era with restored gold leaf molding dancing across the ceiling and windows overlooking The Public Garden. Connected to the Assembly Room by a walkway, guests can mingle and move between both ballrooms with ease and comfort. The Newbury’s other event and meeting spaces, the Newbury Salon, Hunt’s Room and Ivy Room, each offer a different vista for guests to enjoy and combine the modern heritage of the area, and all feature natural light Food and beverage service in all the event space is thoughtfully curated by Major Food Group, a collaborator on the project.

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