Kimpton Nine Zero reveals top-to-bottom transformation by HBA, Korn Design

Kimpton Nine Zero has revealed its top-to-bottom transformation that gives nods to Boston history. Located in Boston’s Ladder District, at the crossroads of Beacon Hill, the Theatre District, Downtown Crossing and the Financial District, Nine Zero has updated its 190 guestrooms and suites, living room, and 2,400 square feet of private event and meeting space.

The hotel will also start renovating its restaurant, Highball Lounge, and will unveil Better Sorts Social Club by Fall 2018.

For the renovation, Brookfield Hotel Properties worked with interior design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) and Boston-based branding firm Korn Design to create a new aesthetic that blends history and contemporary design. Punch Architects will oversee Better Sorts Social Club’s design.


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The living room at Nine Zero has an interplay of textures and colors, including velvets against stone and metallic finishes. Drawing inspiration from the detailed lines and patterns of a tailored suit, the living room has seating nooks in plush fabrics and detailed tweeds, accented by a chevron area rug and stone tile flooring. There are also nods to traditional Boston décor, such as pressed tin patterned ceilings and wooden shutters, as well as grey and black hues.

Other elements in the living room include a pair of cocoon-like chairs made by the Eric Brand from tufted leather sourced from Adelaide; a neon pink light fixture, made by Kevin Barry Fine Art; and a bar, which is handcrafted by Timothy Oulton.

The curated collection includes vintage apparel, goods and curiosities, all of them placing emphasis on items made by New England artisans.

Nine Zero’s 190 guestrooms have custom-made, cognac colored leather headboards, Eames lounge chair, artwork lining the walls (including framed poetry by Oliver Wendell Holmes, an eighteenth century Supreme Court Associate Justice and Boston native), a custom mold of an old rotary phone, and a tall mirror with a saddled horse in its center.

A writing desk is outfitted with a leather writing pad and a desk chair with a contemporary take on the traditional Windsor chair. The velvet drapes are in a moss green hue, as do custom carpets and blankets. Brass accent pieces range from wall sconces to bar accessories. Bathrooms have custom countertops in whites and greys, sinks, showerheads and Atelier Bloem bath products.

Found on the 19th floor, Nine Zero’s 1,065-square-foot Penthouse has floor-to-ceiling windows. Amenities include a vintage inspired billiards table, record player, telescope, wet bar and dining area. Artwork ranges from love letters between John and Abigail Adams—scripted above the leather headboard—to black and white photography.

For events, the hotel’s 2,400-square-foot private event and workspace is located on the third floor. The space includes a foyer and three rooms, accommodating groups ranging from 10 to 150 in size. Meeting rooms are named Oliver, Brooks and Samuel after several of Boston’s leaders: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry Brooks Adams and Samuel Adams.

The meeting space also has a linear black and white color palette. Walls are accented by black crown moldings, as well as by vintage-inspired sconces made of black metal and burnished brass. Seating is comprised of custom settees and Industry West chairs. Each room has 8x8 drop down TV screens, audio visual support and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Amenities at the property include an in-house historian, a fleet of complimentary custom Public bikes and a fitness center.

Photo credit: Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel