dash design leads Hotel Commonwealth redesign

Hotel Commonwealth, located at the Kenmore Square neighborhood, near Boston University and Fenway Park, announced the completion of the redesign of the property’s guestrooms.

New York-based dash design led the redesign of the Boston hotel.  According to David Ashen of dash design, with the renovation, the firm aimed to modernize the property and better reflect the personality of the area.

To pay respect to the property’s proximity to Boston University and Fenway Park, which provides the hotel close relationships with baseball fans, international travelers, and collegiate relations, dash design chose a concept of modern-prep style.


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The houndstooth pattern, a classic pattern made fresh by altering its scale, was a stepping off point. In standard rooms, over-scaled printed houndstooth curtains separate the sleeping area from the lounge area, while the pattern in a smaller scale creates a contrast on lounge chairs. Red baseball stitching on the window curtains and a shot of red on the interiors of nightstand drawers reference Fenway Park.

More Bostonian spirit comes into play in the hotel’s signature suites. In the Loft suite, the city’s arts culture is said to materialize. Built with high ceilings evocative of a loft, the suite boasts a mix of materials and a collection of art. Many of the pieces shown are by art students at Boston University, including a large, abstract mural that hangs behind the headboard in the bedroom. The living room floor has a retro hex ceramic tile that blends with rustic wood. On a background of white walls, a cable hanging system allows for pieces to be hung gallery style and also easily removed and rotated. The dining table is inspired by an artist’s worktable, while classic sofas offer contrast.

Boston University itself has its own suite and its mascot, Rhett the Terrier, plays a starring role. In the Terrier suite, casegoods are reminiscent of lockers, and a large graphic mural of Rhett covers one wall. A collage of press clippings from the school’s athletic history lines the hall, and images of successful alumni are framed salon-style over the bed.

References to local celebrities continue in the Rat suite, a tribute to the Kenmore Square music club that once thrived on the hotel site. Authentic memorabilia, such as the keyboard from the venue’s mainstay musician and the original dressing room mirror from backstage, adorns the suite. The headboard is printed graffiti on leather and storage chests are in the style of boxes used to move a band’s equipment. Facing a wall unit affixed with a stereo system and a collection of vinyl, the lounge area is furnished with a black sectional that echoes the club’s former interiors. 



Renderings credited to Group One Partners.