March 15, 2017
The historic Ames Boston Hotel in downtown Boston -- part of Hilton's Curio Collection and Benchmark Hospitality's Gemstone Collection -- has introduced two new meeting spaces on its second floor.

Totaling 1,700 square feet for groups of up to 125 people, the new spaces include the Ames and Oliver & Oakes meeting rooms, as well as a pre-function vestibule serving them. The larger of the spaces, Ames, features dark wood built-in bookshelves with integrated lighting, a retractable presentation screen, and custom motorized blackout roller shades printed with antique maps of Boston. Oliver & Oakes, named for the sons of the hotel's namesake, Ames Shovel Works founder Oliver Ames Sr., features a fireplace encased in a white marble surround and sheer drapery printed with an historic map of Boston.

Both spaces feature high ceilings, large arched windows, painted blue entryways, light oak flooring, and wood veneer wainscoting topped with wood paneling that's been painted a charcoal gray. Both spaces offer full A/V capabilities, including a plug-and-play sound system and a built-in phone charging station.

Finally, the hotel also has announced plans to offer custom catering menus for the new meeting spaces, courtesy of chef Mary Dumont, whose first independent restaurant, Cultivar, will open at the hotel later this year.

"The Ames Building is one of Boston's most treasured structures and I'm very pleased to introduce Ames and Oliver & Oakes as the city's newest meeting and event space," said general manager Trish Berry. "We are now uniquely positioned to host intimate gatherings and large corporate affairs in a fully modernized, yet historic space, which offers incredible views of downtown Boston and the Old State House, paired with a truly chef-driven culinary experience."