W Boston Hotel and Residences

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W Boston Hotel & Residences
W Boston Exterior.jpg
General information
Status Complete
Type Mixed-Use
Location 100 Stuart Street
Boston, MA
Construction started 2007
Estimated completion 2009
Opening October 29, 2009
Cost $234 Million
Owner Pebble Brook Hotel Trust (Hotel), Sawyer Enterprises (Condo)
Height
Roof 84 m (276 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 26
Lifts/elevators 7
Design and construction
Architect William Rawn Associates, Architects Inc., TRO Jung Brannen Inc.
Developer Sawyer Enterprises
Main contractor Bovis Lend Lease

The W BOSTON Hotel and Residences is a 301-feet-tall tower[1] (92 m) located in the Boston Theater District of Back Bay/Midtown neighborhood, Boston, Massachusetts (USA). The 26-story building,[2] completed in 2009,[3] is a mixed-use development with hotel, condo, restaurant, spa, retail, and bar components.

W BOSTON is located across the street from the Boston Transportation Building, with the official address of 100 Stuart Street. It is managed by Starwood Hotels[4] as part of the W Hotel chain and was W Hotel's 35th hotel, opening in October 2009.[5] The development comprises one restaurant, MARKET by Jean Georges (Closed), two bars, W Lounge and TUNNEL (formerly DESCENT, closed), the latter being the destination bar, a spa, BLISS, a retail store, W Hotels The Store (Closed), the 235-room hotel, on floors 3-13, and 123 branded luxury residential condominiums, on floors 14-26.

The architecture firms that designed the W BOSTON Hotel and Residences are William Rawn Associates, Architects Inc. and TRO Jung Brannen Inc. The interiors are designed by Bentel and Bentel Architects. The building is developed by Sawyer Enterprises.[6]

Development[edit]

In 2001, originally known as the Loews Project, the developer Sawyer Enterprises was set to construct the Loews Hotel on the site of the now W Boston. However after 9/11 all projects were stalled. In 2007, the project was revived and W Hotels became the new hotel to be on site. The original plan for an all-hotel building was restructured into a mixed-use development. The fall of 2007, W Boston broke ground. The building was completed by early 2009. However, as the hotel was set to open in late summer/fall, developer lacked funding to furnish the remaining the hotel rooms, install fixtures for the residences, or complete the remaining public spaces of the hotel including the bar and restaurant spaces to the standards that people expected from the W Brand. If uncompleted, the hotel would not be allowed to open on time. As the City of Boston offered a program to revive stalled projects during the tough economic times, the W Boston project was granted an additional $10 million to finish the remaining spaces. W Boston finally opened October 29, 2009.[7]

Hotel[edit]

W BOSTON[edit]

Opened in the fall of 2009, the 235-room hotel has seven room classes including two WOW Suites and one Extreme WOW Suite. These suites are the hotel's specialty suites.

W Hotels The Store[edit]

The hotel's gift shop which sold clothing, jewelry, toys, etc. After being open for just two years, due to slow business as well as a chain-wide decision, the store closed September 2011.[8]

MARKET By Jean Georges[edit]

Three Michelin Star Chef,[9] Jean Georges Vongerichten's fine dining restaurant in W Boston. From the MARKET by Jean Georges's website: "Inspired by the casual, simple elegance of the setting, Jean-Georges creates a relaxed menu that emphasizes fresh, locally produced ingredients. Emphasizing comfort and creativity, the menu reinvents classic dishes with eclectic flair, allowing guests to try new flavor combinations and explore spices from other regions, all while remaining close to home. Dishes crafted with seasonal market ingredients and local fish, can be selected from enticing categories on the menu such as Simply Raw, Fish, Meat and a Market tasting menu to enliven the senses and satisfy any craving." Opened in November 2009.

In December 2013, Market announced that it would close. The Last dinner service was December 21.

From Culinary Concepts, Creator of Market: "The Boston location, while widely praised by guests and critics alike, proved to be a challenging operating environment and MARKET at W Boston will close. Culinary Concepts stands by MARKET as a concept and what we have accomplished over the past four years in Boston. We thank the staff, guests, and all our regulars who were part of the MARKET family."

W Boston has announced that a new restaurant concept will open within three months.

BLISS Spa[edit]

New York based spa, integral of the W Hotels Chain. Opened Spring/Summer 2010

W Lounge[edit]

Originally called 'The Living Room', the W Lounge is part W Boston's lobby area, acting as a space for sitting and socializing for both hotel guests and locals alike. The happening lounge also includes a bar serving drinks as well as small bites from the on-site restaurant MARKET by Jean Georges (Closed December 2013). The W Lounge currently also serves breakfast for the time being until a restaurant is finalized for the Market By Jean Georges restaurant space.

DESCENT[edit]

Underground Destination Bar/Lounge/Nightclub, Opened November 2011.[10] Near the end of December 2012, Descent closed down for what the W Boston calls a "re-invigoration." Plans for a re-opening or a new bar should take place during 2013.[11]

James Joseph Salon[edit]

A Newbury Street salon opened October 2012 on Level 1 of where the Bliss retail space used to be.

The Boston Sun Glass Company[edit]

Opened November 2012, a sun glass retail store in the space of the original W Hotels The Store.

TUNNEL[edit]

Opened October 10, 2013, TUNNEL is W Boston's newest destination bar, located in the former DESCENT space. The owner is Brian Lesser of The Speakeasy Group who also runs Storyville, Tavern Road, Vine Brook Tavern, Alden and Harlow, Sweet Cheeks in the Boston area.

Condo[edit]

The Residences at W Boston[edit]

A branded, full service condominium building comprising 123 private residences.[12] Located on the upper floors of the building, residents have access to all components of the hotel including the hotel gym, SWEAT®. Residents have their own private, separate entrance, lobby, and elevators. There are no resident-only amenities. If added, resident-only amenities could include Resident Lounge/Function Area, Resident Library, Screening/Media Room, Private Fitness Center, Roof-Top Terrace. Initial prices ranged from $400s to $4.55mm.[13]

April 2010 bankruptcy[edit]

Due to slow sales of the condos and weak hotel economy during the fall of 2009, the developer filed for Ch 11 Bankruptcy Protection April 2010.[14] The developer came out of the bankruptcy the summer of 2011,[15] after winning court battle with Prudential Insurance, which sought foreclosure on the development.[16]

Sale of W Hotel Boston[edit]

The hotel component was sold in March 2011 to Pebblebrook Hotel Trust at the price of $89.5 million.[17] The residential component is still owned by Sawyer Enterprises.

October 2012 bankruptcy reversal[edit]

Early October 2012, the appeals court reversed the previous ruling of the allowance of SW Boston to exit bankruptcy.[18]

2013 HGTV Urban Oasis[edit]

For the location of the 2013 HGTV Urban Oasis, The Residences at the W Boston was chosen. The sweepstakes gave away a 1-bedroom, 1 ½-bath 1,000-square-foot residence located on the 24th floor of the Residences at W Boston and all-new 2014 Acura MDX, with the total prize package worth over 1 million.[19]

Awards and accolades[edit]

  • Orlando Sentinel, January 2010: W Boston- Runner Up for Development of the Year
  • AAA Four Diamond Award: W Boston Hotel & Residences (2010)
  • Trip Advisor: Travelers' Choice 2012 Winner- Trendiest
  • Trip Advisor: Certificate of Excellence 2013
  • Trip Advisor: GreenLeaders Platinum level

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.emporis.com/building/w-boston-hotel-residences-boston-ma-usa Emporis, Retrieved April 20, 2012
  2. ^ http://www.emporis.com/building/w-boston-hotel-residences-boston-ma-usa Emporis, Retrieved April 20, 2012
  3. ^ http://www.emporis.com/building/w-boston-hotel-residences-boston-ma-usa Emporis, Retrieved April 20, 2012
  4. ^ http://www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1787 Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Retrieved April 20, 2012
  5. ^ https://www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels/about/news/news_release_detail.html?Id=2009-11-02-8229 Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Retrieved April 30, 2012
  6. ^ http://100stuartstreet.com Residences at W Boston, Retrieved April 20, 2012
  7. ^ http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/stories/2009/07/06/story1.html Boston Business Journal, Retrieved April 21, 2012
  8. ^ http://bostonherald.com/blogs/entertainment/stylize/2011/09/28/sniff-sniff-w-hotels-the-store-to-close/ Boston Herald, Retrieved April 20, 2012
  9. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Georges_Vongerichten Wikipedia, Retrieved April 20, 2012
  10. ^ http://bostonrestaurants.blogspot.com/2011/10/descent-is-opening-underneath-w-hotel.html/ Boston Restaurants Blog Spot, Retrieved January 19, 2012
  11. ^ http://bostonrestaurants.blogspot.com/2012/12/descent-in-bostons-w-hotel-has-closed.html/ Boston Restaurants Blog Spot, Retrieved January 19, 2012
  12. ^ http://wresidences.com W Residences, Retrieved April 20, 2012
  13. ^ 100 Stuart Street/Residences at W Boston website
  14. ^ http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2010/04/29/w_hotels_developer_says_it_is_bankrupt/ Boston.com, Retrieved April 20, 2012
  15. ^ http://backbay.patch.com/articles/bostons-w-hotel-residences-wins-reprieve-good-news-for-boston-real-estate-market Back Bay Patch, Reference April 20, 2012
  16. ^ http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2011/02/01/ruling_staves_off_foreclosure_for_w_hotel_developer/ Boston.com, Retrieved April 21, 2012
  17. ^ http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2011/03/29/developer_sells_w_hotel_for_895m/ Boston.com, Retrieved April 20, 2012
  18. ^ http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/real_estate/2012/10/court-reverses-w-hotel-bankruptcy.html Biz Journals, Retrieved October 6, 2012
  19. ^ http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv-urban-oasis-2013-giveaway-prizes/package/index.html

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