Marine Wharf (Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites) | 660 Summer St | Seaport

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Introducing the Harbinger Development, 660 Summer Street, Marine Wharf Project; a 411 room duel branded complex consisting of 253-room Hampton Inn and a 166-room Homewood Suites....

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business...age-seaport/2WKWFJHWWYwk21ZALthk3J/story.html




The Seaport District could soon get a much-needed block of hotel rooms.

Harbinger Development said Monday it is pushing ahead with plans to put a 411-room, dual-brand hotel on Summer Street midway between the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and the city’s cruise terminals. The company hopes to start construction next spring and serve a market so tight it’s driving room rates here to all-time highs.

Harbinger filed detailed plans with the Boston Redevelopment Authority for a project it’s calling “Marine Wharf.” It would include a 253-room Hampton Inn and a 166-room Homewood Suites, both in one building, along with street-level retail, public open space, and meeting space. The hotels would sit on a 1.2-acre city-owned site at the corner of Summer and Drydock Avenue, near the Reserved Channel and close to a variety of big draws.

“It’s a great opportunity,” said Harbinger owner Eamon O’Marah. “We can serve a bunch of different markets: the convention center, the Seaport, the airport, the cruise port.”

It’ll be welcome news for convention center officials, who say they’re losing business because of the shortage of hotel rooms near the facility. A report issued earlier this summer by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority said the BCEC ranks last among Boston’s major competitors on a measure of hotel rooms within walking distance, and is seeking convention bookings decline as a result.

That made the Summer Street site, which is owned by an arm of the BRA, a natural for a good-sized hotel.

Last fall, the BRA selected Harbinger — which has had a hand in several hotel projects downtown and in the Seaport in recent years — from among four potential developers. The two sides have been negotiating a 99-year lease for the site, and hope to have a deal in place soon, according to O’Marah and BRA spokesman Nick Martin. Final terms have not been hashed out, but Harbinger initially proposed an annual rent to start at $1.5 million and eventually climb to more than $5 million. The deal was part of a broader push by the BRA to develop land in the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park.

The BRA will need to approve Harbinger’s plan before work can begin.

Harbinger envisions a 320,000-square-foot building that rises as high as 14 stories as it steps away from the water. The two hotels — which are both Hilton-owned brands — would share lobbies, meeting space, and a 75-space parking garage on the second floor. Harbinger hopes to open in 2019, and O’Marah estimates the project will cost about $156 million.

Hotel rates in Boston are at record highs, thanks in part to tight supply. But there are 1,830 hotel rooms under construction in Boston and Cambridge right now, according to hotel consulting firm Pinnacle Advisory Group, with another 3,906 rooms in development. Still, O’Marah said, demand is strong, especially for the sort of mid-market brands his building would include. He’s confident the project will pay off.

“There is room for more product,” said O’Marah. “You’ve just got to be careful with what you’re building.”
 
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Re: Harbinger Development, 411 rm hotel | Summer Street | Seaport

I thought that they had enough hotels over there already.
 

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Re: Harbinger Development, 411 rm hotel | Summer Street | Seaport

For those who, like me, were unclear on where exactly this is:



Google Maps has this parcel shaded green as park space for "Marine Industrial Park". Ha.

This project looks like it will do its job nicely: activate an out-of-the-way location and add some much needed (and relatively cheaper) hotel rooms to the market. The design will likely be VE'ed from what the renders show (goodbye rooftop trees) and will end up looking really cheap, but who cares. It's a Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites at the ass end of the Seaport. This building has more to offer than its aesthetics.

This project has a name, so could the thread title maybe be changed to:
Marine Wharf (Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites) | Summer St | Seaport
 

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Re: Harbinger Development, 411 rm hotel | Summer Street | Seaport

I thought that they had enough hotels over there already.
Go on Marriott or Hilton website and try to get a hotel in Boston tonight and let me know what you'll be paying...

Boston does not have enough hotel rooms, especially of the select-service/extended-stay brand.
 

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This is amazing. We desperately need hotels. We should do many more like this. Nicely done.
 

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So this is the spot where that old blue glass proposal was going?



I think the new render looks good and has a much better street level activation.
 

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Ooh I like these vertical volumes. It will converse well with the geometries of Seaport Square Parcel M1/M2.
 

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Google Maps has this parcel shaded green as park space for "Marine Industrial Park". Ha.
There is actually a small "parklet" here. Looks like it will be staying based on the footprint you posted.
 

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Ooh I like these vertical volumes. It will converse well with the geometries of Seaport Square Parcel M1/M2.
This is going to be like a half mile away from the M parcels, but they are similar...kind of.
 

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I thought that they had enough hotels over there already.
Don't worry, I got the sarcasm and appreciated it. I wish I could speak for the rest of these n00bs ;-)

This is great news.
 

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Don't worry, I got the sarcasm and appreciated it. I wish I could speak for the rest of these n00bs ;-)

This is great news.
Haha, there's a 0% chance that original comment (from Jahvon) was sarcasm.

Unless your comment attributing sarcasm was actually sarcasm itself. Whoa...
 

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Haha, there's a 0% chance that original comment (from Jahvon) was sarcasm.

Unless your comment attributing sarcasm was actually sarcasm itself. Whoa...
meta
 

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Re: Harbinger Development - 411 rm hotel | Summer Street | Seaport

Can we get double rooftop bars? Lookout is an immense success at Envoy.
 

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Can we get double rooftop bars? Lookout is an immense success at Envoy.
It would be neat, but there's no way the success would be replicated. It MIIIIGHT have some success (like Pier 6 which is in a somewhat remote/odd location), but Enovy is insanely popular due to its proximity to downtown. Most people I know in Boston have never been anywhere close to the Cruiseport.
 

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I dont want to drag it too far off topic so if someone can just answer this quick and get it over with thatd be nice. It appears that 1 seaport square will have multiple roof decks, although partially blocked by the envoy. Does anybody know if they will be open to the public, if there will be bars, clubs, patios, etc.... all open to the public. Basically whats going up there and who is it for? Thanks
 

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Re: Harbinger Development - 411 rm hotel | Summer Street | Seaport

I dont want to drag it too far off topic so if someone can just answer this quick and get it over with thatd be nice. It appears that 1 seaport square will have multiple roof decks, although partially blocked by the envoy. Does anybody know if they will be open to the public, if there will be bars, clubs, patios, etc.... all open to the public. Basically whats going up there and who is it for? Thanks
Last I researched it, the 'multiple roof decks' at The Benjamin and VIA (One Seaport Square's 2 rental buildings) will be for residents only. The retail, garage, and plaza/square spaces are all open to the public.
 

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Haha, there's a 0% chance that original comment (from Jahvon) was sarcasm.

Unless your comment attributing sarcasm was actually sarcasm itself. Whoa...
Haha, I wish I could take credit for being that sarcastic. Please accept my honesty and bad humor as a humble substitution.

How could anyone truly believe that there is ample hotel space down there, or in Boston as a whole even?
 

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I wonder if the roof decks on this will be open to the public, since it is a hotel and not a residential.
 

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