Highgate, in partnership with Major Food Group, announced plans to open The Newbury Boston at One Newbury Street, located in the shopping and dining neighborhood of Boston’s Back Bay. The hotel is set to open next year.
The property originally opened in 1927 as one of the first Ritz-Carlton hotels in the United States and will be transformed into a 286-room luxury hotel with 16,000 sq. ft. of event spaces, signature dining experiences and a reimagined front entrance, which will be relocated from Arlington Street to Newbury Street. Many of the building’s historic architectural elements, including its original cobalt blue chandeliers, will be incorporated in the redesign and will reaffirm the property’s indelible presence adjacent to the idyllic Boston Public Garden. The Newbury represents the first collaboration between Highgate and Major Food Group.
Alexandra Champalimaud, founder of Champalimaud Design, will lead the renovation of the hotel’s guestrooms. Residential in feel, each of The Newbury’s rooms will incorporate a calming color palette and tactile materials. Rooms will be appointed with hand-selected, richly textured furnishings and original artwork. Many rooms will showcase views of the Public Garden.
Architect Jeffrey Beers, founder and president of the interior architecture and design firm Jeffrey Beers International, will transform the building’s new entrance and public spaces, including the restoration of The Street Bar and ballroom, as well as the addition of a private guests-only library and gym. Local Boston firm CBT Architects will also advise on the restoration of the building’s original features.
Major Food Group will helm the food and beverage at the hotel, which will include The Street Bar, event spaces and the rooftop restaurant. Major Food Group, founded by Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick, has developed some of the most popular restaurant concepts (including Carbone, THE GRILL, Sadelle’s, among many others) and operates more than 20 distinctive restaurant venues worldwide. Major Food Group has partnered with interior designer Ken Fulk, a long-time Boston resident, on the rooftop restaurant. Fulk will imbue his effortlessly over-the-top approach and signature layered interiors to the design. Fulk most recently collaborated with Major Food Group on the opening of Sadelle’s Las Vegas. A curator of lifestyles, Fulk designs hotels, restaurants and homes throughout the U.S. and abroad.
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