by Sarah J.F. Braley | October 04, 2016

Following a $5 million renovation, the 114-room Ames Boston Hotel has joined Hilton's Curio collection. The renovation work involved all guest rooms and public spaces, as well as two meeting rooms on the second floor, which combined accommodate about 90 people. A new restaurant and meeting space accommodating up to 75 people will open later this year.  

The property, often referred to as the city's original skyscraper, was built in 1893 and was recently acquired by Gencom, a luxury hospitality and residential/mixed-use real-estate investment and development firm, and partner Gemstone Hotels and Resorts. Many original features of the hotel were preserved in the renovation, including the lobby's tiled mosaic ceiling and the marble staircase to the roof.

"Ames Boston Hotel blends modern style and old-world sophistication, a unique style enhanced by joining Hilton's Curio collection," said Trish Berry, general manager of the property. "We are delighted to offer guests this perfect combination of age-old Boston charm with globally-recognized service and amenities."

According to Mark Nogal, global head of Curio - A Collection by Hilton, the hotel is "an iconic landmark in one of the world's most dynamic cities, and perfectly represents Curio's focus on offering travelers distinctive hotels that are imbued with local character and personality. With our first property in Boston, we look forward to providing leisure and business guests the unique experience they seek from Curio when visiting spectacular destinations around the globe."

Breakfast is now served in the hotel's new Library Room off the lobby. The forthcoming restaurant, Cultivar from chef Mary Cumont, will feature "modern American garden cuisine."