Hilton’s Millennial-friendly boutique hotel brand, Curio — A Collection by Hilton, has opened a new hotel in a historic Boston landmark.
Ames Boston Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton has opened in the Ames Building, a National Register of Historic Places-listed structure billed as Boston’s “original skyscraper.” The new hotel is Curio’s first in the city.
Constructed in 1893, the 114-room hotel, which has undergone an extensive renovation, is near Boston’s Financial District, the Hynes Convention Center in Back Bay, the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in the Seaport District and many public transit access points. Also nearby are the Old State House, Faneuil Hall and Beacon Hill.
The renovation preserved many original features, such as the lobby’s tiled mosaic arched ceiling and a marble staircase that runs from the first floor to the roof. Upon arrival, guests will enter into a renovated lobby space with new check-in stations and a casual seating area accented by warmly-toned wood shelving and trim pieces. Adjacent to the revamped entryway is a new Library Room with the same mid-century design scheme that begins in the lobby, which serves as communal workspace for guests and has a variety of comfortable seating arrangements that are ideally suited for solo travelers looking to unwind and small groups seeking informal meeting space.
The design of each of the hotel’s guest rooms, including the one-bedroom suites, also pays homage to the building’s original 19th century appearance, with Romanesque arched windows and decorative fireplaces, as well as large windows, oversized closets and ergonomic workspaces. Bathrooms are equipped with white marble rain shower, stainless steel fixtures and illuminated vanity mirrors.
For dining, guests can enjoy an American Continental Breakfast served buffet-style in the property’s new Library Room located on the lobby level, consisting of freshly prepared hot items like assorted breakfast sandwiches and meats, as well an assortment of seasonal fruits, pastries, cereals, coffees, teas and fresh juices. Later this year, Boston Chef Mary Dumont will open the doors to Cultivar, a new dining concept that will serve modern American garden cuisine.
Other amenities include a 24-hour fitness center and complimentary bicycles (seasonally) to ride through Boston’s bucolic parks in style. Also set to open in December is the hotel’s meeting and event space, which will accommodate gatherings of up to 75 people.
The hotel is two miles from Boston's Logan International Airport and near the city’s Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile brick path around iconic Boston sites. It also has panoramic views over the city's downtown and nearby attractions, including Boston Common, the Seaport District, North End, Hynes Convention Center, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.