A rooftop pool deck and harbor views lure visitors to Boston’s just-opened Omni hotel

Sep 9, 2021

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Boston’s redeveloped Seaport/South Boston Waterfront District has seen a few exciting openings in recent years, including the Envoy Hotel , Autograph Collection, which TPG checked into earlier this summer.

But today’s grand opening of the Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport — which the brand says is Boston’s largest hotel project to open in decades — is next level for the neighborhood right across the Fort Point Channel from Downtown Boston.

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The exterior of Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport
The hotel’s facade. (Photo courtesy of Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport)

With 1,054 rooms and suites, the behemoth $550 million property — a joint venture between Omni Hotels & Resorts and a handful of Boston-based real estate firms and investors — has been eight years in the making and appears to be a resounding solution to the former lack of hotel rooms in the district.

And there are clearly some deep pockets behind helping the hotel launch in Boston’s saturated luxury hotel market that includes heavy-hitters like The Langham, the Four Seasons Boston and the newer Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston.

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Wondering what to expect from a stay? Read on for a few details.

Right across from the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, the property will presumably cater to a crowd that mixes business and leisure travel inside its two 22-story glass towers — including one tower crowned by a 2,000-square-foot, two-bedroom Presidential Suite complete with two fireplaces, a pool table, private screening room and other amenities.

There’s a gallery-like feel to the Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport’s public spaces, with the lobby’s piece de resistance a platform stage inspired by the exterior steps of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston — look for it to host live music and performances that will draw a local crowd in to enjoy alongside visitors.

A dramatic digital art installation behind the reception area is a modern representation of historic paintings. And more community ties show up in the hotel’s vast art collection, featuring contemporary paintings, sculpture and murals by some of the city’s leading artists.

art gallery in the lobby of Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport
Lobby art gallery (Photo courtesy of Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport)

Guests rooms, spread between the Patron Tower and Artist Tower, share clean-lined design and take their inspiration from Boston’s rich performing arts heritage and an artist’s studio, respectively. Standard elements include light-colored wood furnishings, simple artwork and lots of natural light streaming through windows that take in views of Massachusetts Bay or the Seaport skyline. Rates start around the $300 per night mark.

Each tower, however, has its unique feel. Rooms in the Artist Tower have distinct features that include exposed concrete ceilings and a loft-like aesthetic while the Patron Tower’s rooms tend toward richer color palettes and warmer wood and bronze elements throughout.

New in the neighborhood is the hotel’s fifth-floor outdoor pool — the only outdoor hotel pool in the Seaport area — which is open year-round and has views of South Boston that you can enjoy alongside a cocktail from the open-air pool and grill, Lifted Pool Bar.

Street art-inspired artwork on the pool deck is the backdrop at Lifted and what seems destined to become a favorite cocktail destination in Seaport throughout the year.

The massive resort has six additional dining venues, too, ranging from Mediterranean-American restaurant, Kestra, and a modern-day French brasserie called Coquette to the all-day coffee and wine bar, Cocorico, The Sporting Club (small shareable plates), a lobby wine bar called Crescendo and a grab-and-go option, too.

The Sporting Club bar at Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport
The Sporting Club (Photo courtesy of Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport)

There’s also Breve Spa — a full-service space offering made-to-order cocktails during treatments —  a 24-hour fitness center with Pelotons and other cutting edge equipment and 100,000 square feet of meeting space.

If any property in Boston is attempting to be all things to all travelers right now, this might be the one.

Featured image courtesy of Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport.


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