Group One Partners, dash design collaborate on Hotel Commonwealth

Boston’s Hotel Commonwealth completed a $50-million expansion and renovation project that nearly doubled the number of existing guestrooms and event space. The hotel's new wing overlooking Fenway Park has 96 new guestrooms and suites, a designated Fenway Park Suite with Red Sox memorabilia and 6,000 square feet of additional meeting and event space, including a 1,500-square-foot outdoor terrace.

The expansion is the final stage of the hotel’s transformation, following a complete overhaul of the hotel’s existing lobby, guestrooms and meeting space, as well as the addition of four themed suites.

The redesign was inspired by the Kenmore Square neighborhood and the collegiate spirit of nearby universities.

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For the renovation, houndstooth, herringbone and plaid were all made current by altering scale and layering texture in carpets and upholstery. Working with architect Group One Partners and New York’s dash design, Hotel Commonwealth’s new wing extends from the existing building through an enclosed footbridge and also has its own private entrance for social event guests.

The 96 guestrooms in the new wing have custom-designed furniture, industrial-inspired lighting and baths with walk-in showers and sliding barn doors. Rooms have houndstooth fabrics and lounge seating. Fenway rooms overlook the ballpark. All new rooms also offer a “virtual concierge.” A Google Nexus tablet displayed in-room has a dedicated app by Intelity ICE, providing access to amenities.

The hotel also has the Fenway Park Suite for die-hard Red Sox fans. The suite has original ballpark seats on its walk-out terrace. The interior has Red Sox memorabilia, including the #6 from The Green Monster scoreboard, originally given to Johnny Pesky when his number was retired in 2008; a signed baseball and vintage baseball cards from Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky; and collectibles including actual tickets from 1946, 1967 and 1975 World Series games, a coffee table signed by Red Sox legends, and mixed-media photographic artwork of catcher Carlton Fisk created in 2011 by Massachusetts artist Stephen Sheffield to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Fenway Park.

The property now also has 6,000 square feet of meetings and event space. There is a pre-function area with two-story floor-to-ceiling windows facing Fenway, 3,200 square-foot grand ballroom and 1,500 square-foot outdoor terrace. In addition to the event space, there is a new boardroom.

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