More rooms, more variety: A hotel boom comes to Boston

Nov 5, 2019

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Baseball, baked beans and that Boston accent: For decades, those have been the standard shorthand descriptions for outsiders when they’ve thought about Beantown.

Now it’s time to add hotel mecca to the list.

Boston is in the midst of an unprecedented hotel boom. Over 2,200 hotel rooms have been added in the past year, with over 2,700 additional rooms confirmed to open by 2021 and an additional 5,600 rooms either approved or in the planning phases. That translates to over a 10% increase in the area’s collective hotel supply, according to Pinnacle Advisory Group.

Though luxury properties like the Encore Boston Harbor and Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton have dominated headlines, there are new hotels for all types of travelers (including points hounds). Marriott’s opened six properties in the area since 2018: two AC Hotels (one in the South End and the other in Brookline), the Courtyard by Marriott Boston Downtown/North Station, The Row (part of the Autograph Collection), the Residence Inn Roxbury and the Moxy Boston Downtown. Hyatt fields the Hyatt Centric Faneuil Hall Boston and a Hyatt Place that’s slated to open in the South End in 2020. IHG opened a new Holiday Inn by Logan Airport (BOS), and Hilton has a hotel complex under construction in the Seaport District, which will house a Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites. There are also several new, more-affordable modular hotels that aren’t a part of the major chains, like the citizenM Boston North Station and Yotel Boston, as well a number of independent boutiques like The Whitney Hotel.

Related: 6 of the best-value points hotels in Boston

The Moxy Boston Downtown is in the center of the Theater District. (Photo courtesy of Marriott.)

The Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport and Raffles Boston Back Bay are on deck to open in 2021. Raffles, which is known best for its opulent Singapore hotel, currently has just 14 properties worldwide, and this will be the first one in the North American market. Remember the new Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton? That’s Boston’s second Four Seasons, putting Boston on an exclusive list of just 10 cities around the world to have more than one Four Seasons property.

And aside from new constructions, a number of Boston icons such as the Taj and Langham are undergoing extensive renovations. The list goes on and on.

Related: A review of the Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston

Raffles Boston will be the brand’s first North American property. (Photo courtesy of The Architectural Team/Rockwell Group/Binyan Studios.)

So why the sudden surge? Boston’s always been a popular travel destination because of its major historic sights, sporting events, musical venues, delicious cuisine and more. Attractions like Fenway Park, the Freedom Trail and Museum of Fine Arts have been around for over 100 years. The region has also long had a generally stable economy rooted in health care, technology and higher education. Growth in these sectors have fueled rising room rates.

Related: Planning a family trip to Boston

Furthermore, Boston Logan International Airport has seen massive growth in recent years, helping the contract side of business and boosting the city’s international profile. The airport currently offers nonstop service to nearly 60 international destinations, including emerging markets across the Middle East and Asia, and will continue getting new routes in the coming months. More international flights into Logan mean more airline crews requiring downtown lodging. Contract demand now makes up approximately 5% of the market’s total demand, according to Pinnacle Advisory Group.

Related: Delta Air Lines says Boston is now one of its hub cities

A signature suite at the Encore Boston Harbor. (Photo courtesy of the hotel.)

Boston’s Seaport District also underwent massive redevelopment efforts in recent years, and has stimulated significant economic growth. With the opening of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center there, it’s becoming a more popular convention destination. Several major companies are also significantly expanding their presence in the seaport, including Amazon, which is opening a 430,000-square-foot office, and General Electric, which is moving its global headquarters there.

It’s the combination of factors like these that have driven this newfound demand for Boston hotels, but the bottom line for travelers is that they’re likely the ones to reap the benefits. Right now, room rates at midscale Boston hotels can easily hit $300 or more per night during popular seasons, but Pinnacle Advisory Group expects the area’s average hotel occupancy rate to drop slightly as the flood of new rooms hits. Hopefully, we’ll see lower nightly rates moving forward.

Related: The best hotel credit cards of 2019

For the latest travel news, deals and points and miles tips please subscribe to The Points Guy daily email newsletter.

Featured image courtesy of the Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston.

2018 TPG Award Winner: Mid-Tier Card of the Year
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 60,000 Points

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,200

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
17.49% - 24.49% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.