The Godfrey Hotel Boston opened at 505 Washington Street following the restoration of the Amory and Blake buildings in Boston’s Downtown Crossing neighborhood. An adaptive reuse project spearheaded by Oxford Capital Group, The Godfrey Hotel Boston – which is located near the Boston Common and downtown Boston – has 242 guestrooms, flexible meeting space, a fitness center, a restaurant and, coming later this spring and summer, a street-level coffee shop by George Howell Coffee.
Under the direction of Finegold Alexander Architects, the exterior prewar brick-and-stone façade of the hotel’s two adjacent historic buildings, the Amory and Blake, as well as the white terra cotta façade of the Blake building were completely restored. The Amory and Blake were originally designed in the Neoclassical and Gothic Revival styles.
The hotel exterior combines the restored masonry of the six-story Amory Building with the white terra cotta 11-story Blake building. The interior, designed in collaboration with The Gettys Group, merges modern elements with some of the original elements of the buildings, including the original first floor lobby, elevator banks and stairwells with banisters.
The lobby has 16-foot ceilinged architectural portal that connects to the guestrooms. The Godfrey Hotel Boston’s 242 guestrooms use a neutral color palette, and has tailored carpeting, luxury bedding and upholstered seating. The rooms have InnSpire technology to allow guests to use personal mobile devices to stream photos, videos, and music directly to the 55-inch HDTV in their room.
Situated within the hotel’s lobby is a restaurant, Cicchetti at Godfrey. This spring, the property will open a new café that will be accessible to guests through the adjoining hotel lobby, as well as a ground-floor corner entrance on the corner of Washington St. and Temple Pl. It will be named George Howell Coffee at The Godfrey Hotel Boston.
Meanwhile, this summer, The Godfrey Hotel Boston will debut a 4,600 square-foot restaurant and bar.
The Godfrey Hotel Boston is the second Godfrey Hotel property developed by Oxford Capital Group, with the flagship property opened in February 2014 in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.