The Beauport Hotel opened in Glouester, Mass., inspired by the North Shore seaside hotels and summer homes of the past, while providing all the amenities expected in a 21st-century event and conference facility.
The vision for the Beauport Hotel began when owner Sheree Zizik identified a dilapidated factory owned by Clarence Birdseye, inventor of frozen foods, as the location to build a hotel.
The Beauport Hotel design build team was headed by Windover Construction. Also involved were Olson Lewis + Architects and interior design firm Neimitz Design Group. The architectural feel incorporates a modern American seaside summer cottage feel with “beachy” interior finishes.
The Beauport Hotel has 94 guestrooms.
Recalling the seaside hotels of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century are the gambrel roofline, weathered cedar shingles, copper accent roofing, and wood deck areas at first floor and roof. A waterfront pier-inspired base, and stainless steel cable railings throughout continue the overall nautical theme of the hotel.
The ground floor has covered parking for 99 cars and an entrance lobby where the guest can access the first floor via elevators or a staircase open to the lobby above. Outside of the lobby area, the ground floor also has an open-air garage with timber screening at the perimeter as a reminder of Gloucester Harbor’s piers. By locating the garage below the hotel, upper floors are elevated for coastal views. In addition, a loading dock, on-site laundry, valet and security are located on the ground floor.
The grand staircase was designed to locate the opening at the top of the stairs to be situated directly across from the ocean view.
The main lobby, reception area, restaurant and bar/lounge have hardwood floors, wainscoting and light tones on the walls, and crown molding, soffits and light cove ceilings. The lobby reception area and bar have granite tops and wood paneling. The main lobby and bar each feature fireplaces and informal seating areas. The restaurant has a private dining room.
The function room/ ballroom and smaller adjacent function rooms continue the design theme of the first floor with similar finishes. The ballroom has its own bar, and can be accessed from the lobby and pre-assembly space.
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