-Credit: Boston Herald
If you didn’t think the Ink Block’s block could get any better, well, you thought wrong. The redevelopment of Boston’s South End is coming about nicely with Ink Block to kick start the process and the largest whole foods followed shortly after. Now plans to install a boutique hotel next door to Ink Block’s residential facilities are in the works. Managing partner Ted Tye said, “We’ve been trying to create an interesting and exciting urban community, and the hotel really supports the restaurants and retail activity that we’re creating.”
Tye makes it clear that his vision for guests of the hotel is to use restaurants within Ink Block, and to make that a big driving point for guests to stay down in this neighborhood.
The 200-room, ultra cool designed AC hotel by Marriott will be managed by an outside company. According to Curbed, Boston, AC Hotels started in Europe in 1998 before affiliating with Marriott in 2011. The chain has one U.S. hotel, in New Orleans, with others slated to open this year in Washington, D.C., Miami Beach and Kansas City.
And according to Andrea Foster, senior vice president and New England practice manager for PKF Consulting, “The South End is a good location for an AC Hotel within Boston, and we’re still seeing improvements in performance (in the Boston market), and now we’re seeing a lot of development happening because occupancy and rate increases are so good.”
Exciting news for this newly gentrified and hip location. Stay tuned for more to come!