A $6 million lobby renovation has been completed at the 318-room Langham
. The upgraded space now features a new champagne lounge called The Reserve. The hotel has a total of 10,000 square feet of meeting space, the Chuan Body + Soul spa, the Bond restaurant and the Cafe Fleuri.
The planned 25-acre Seaport Square
development in the Waterfront District will include 6.35 million square feet of residential, office and retail space, and possibly 1,000 guest rooms across four hotels. Several new parks also are in the blueprints. A timeline for the project has not yet been revealed.
A $50 million, 135-room Autograph Collection hotel by Marriott
will open on the Fort Point Channel near the Barking Crab restaurant. The property will feature a rooftop terrace overlooking Boston
Harbor and a pedestrian plaza linking the hotel to the Boston Harborwalk.
The 400-room Royal Sonesta Cambridge
will renovate its lobby and West Tower guest rooms from this November through March 2014. Some executive offices will be transformed into 2,200 extra square feet of meeting space, bringing the hotel's total to approximately 24,200 square feet.Meeting Hotels
More than 22,000 guest rooms are in Boston and Cambridge, with a total of 36,715 rooms in Greater Boston.
To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit mcvenues.com
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center; exhibit space, 516,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 82; (617) 954-2000; massconvention.com
John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 176,480 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 35; (617) 954-2000; massconvention.com
Seaport World Trade Center; exhibit space, 118,800 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 40; (617) 385-5000 or (800) 440-3318; seaportboston.comAirport Transit
Airport, three miles from downtown Boston, one mile from the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Transfer cost by taxi, $20 to $35; by Silver Line rapid transit bus, $2Taxes
Room tax, 14.45%; sales tax, 6.25%, total tax on hotel rooms, 14.45%Group Venue
The Frost Ice Bar,
which opened in August, brings a touch of Sweden
to Faneuil Hall Marketplace. The bar's walls, bar, furniture and drink glasses all are made of the cold stuff, just like the original joint in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. The venue is kept at 21 degrees F; capes and gloves are provided upon entering. The venue welcomes groups of up to 100. (617) 307-7331 frosticebar.comContact
Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, (617) 867-8256; bostonusa.com