News: Hotel openings in Boston, Philly, New York

Courtesy of W Hotel Boston

The W Boston "Living Room," courtesy of hotel

The travel market may be soft, but the boutique-style hotels keep coming; here are three such properties opening his fall.

The W Boston: This all-glass building from Bentel & Bentel, New York, is meant to distill Beantown’s most famous green spaces –– think Boston Common and the Public Garden –– in a contemporary design that contrasts with its traditional brick neighbors in the city’s theatre district. The 235-room hotel, which opens Oct. 22, will offer a health club and spa, and also be the site of 123-privately owned apartments. It promises typical W bells and whistles, such as feather-top mattresses and Egyptian cotton sheets, and amenities, like a gym and spa and the “Whatever/Whenever” service, which aims to fill ‘most any guest request.

Courtesy of Kimpton Hotels

Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, courtesy of Kimpton Hotels

Hotel Palomar Philadelphia: Opening Oct. 15, this 230-room hotel is located in the circa 1929 Architects Building, which was the former home to the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The handsome 24-story, Art Deco building has undergone a $92 million top-to-bottom renovation, and is Kimpton’s first property created to receive LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Kimpton is giving the Rittenhouse Square-area property a distinctly Philly touch by featuring works by local artists and installing an abstract portrait of founding father Benjamin Franklin under the front entrance awning. The name of the Square 1682 restaurant and bar also is a nod to the city’s long history: It refers to the date of Philadelphia’s founding by William Penn.

Crosby Street Hotel: With this latest project in New York’s SoHo neighborhood, London-based Firmdale Hotels, a small collection of upscale properties, is venturing across the pond for the first time. This 86-room hotel, which opens Sept. 29, has been designed by co-owner Kit Kemp in a modern luxe style, and also claims to be one of the first LEED-certified properties in the Big Apple. Among its standout features are a ground floor bar serving meals all day and afternoon tea, a guests-only lounge, a private garden courtyard and a 99-seat screening room.

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