Boston Yotel reveals opening date, leadership team

Luxury hotel brand Yotel will operate its new 326-cabin hotel opening this June in Boston’s Seaport District. GM Christopher Hartzell will lead the team at Yotel Boston, the UK-based brand’s second U.S. location since they crossed the pond to open Yotel New York.

“We’re thrilled to introduce Yotel's fresh and innovative approach to hospitality to Bostonians and New Englanders,” Hartzell said in a statement. “Yotel takes the essential elements of luxury hotels and places them into smart spaces, while redefining time for the guest experience, all at very competitive rates. We give travelers everything they need and nothing they don’t. We are looking forward to welcoming guests from near and far this summer.”

Hartzell was selected to be GM of the property due to his 15 years of extensive hotel and leadership experience, along with his familiarity of New England and Boston’s Seaport District. Chris was previously on the opening team for the Aloft and Element Boston Seaport hotels in 2016, and held management positions at Starwood properties in Waltham, Newton, Lexington and New Orleans.


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Joining his team as director of food & beverage is Michael J. Bellacini, a 17-year hospitality professional, who most recently served as the GM of the Café at Nordstrom. Also joining the team is Kim Richard, director of sales, who has spent her 20-year career working with Boston hotels, including the Copley Square Hotel and InterContinental Boston. Thomas Kopaczynski comes to Yotel Boston as the director of crew resources after previously holding positions at The Inn at Longwood Medical and Shell TechWorks. Garry Fiore will take on the director of rooms role after heading up rooms for Doubletree by Hilton Boston North Shore. Tim Kenney, director of revenue management, brings over 10 years of hotel management experience gained from working at Hilton Worldwide. Finally, Stephanie McHale will serve as director of finance after over 15 years working with Starwood properties.

Yotel Boston is located at 65 Seaport Boulevard, across the street from One Seaport Square, in close proximity to Boston Harbor and the city’s cultural, financial and commercial centers. The hotel is now open for reservations.

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