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Renovations to the Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Cambridge are now complete. The 16-story hotel underwent a $15 million transformation of its 250 guest rooms, as well as guest bathrooms, hotel corridors, lobby, entrance and more.

Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Cambridge Lounge
Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Cambridge Lounge

The hotel offers studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites, as well as 1,456 square feet of meeting and event space and two event rooms equipped with audiovisual technology. Guests also have access to a modernized fitness center with Peloton bikes and an updated executive boardroom.  

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Now with 60 Cambria Hotels open across the U.S., Choice Hotels International, Inc. continues the expansion of its upscale franchise with Cambria Hotel Boston Somerville, a new four-story, 163-room hotel in Somerville.

The hotel features 1,250 square feet of modern and flexible meeting and event space in its Prospect Hill Meeting Room, suitable for conferences, banquets, presentations, classroom-style events and more, and is within walking distance of Somernova, a business park and innovation center home to rising tech companies and startups. 

Washington, D.C.

The former Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C., has transformed and rebranded into the capital’s new Waldorf-Astoria Washington, D.C. under the new ownership of CGI Merchant Group.

The historic hotel, which is part of the Old Post Office and Clock Tower built in 1899, offers nearly 39,000 square feet of event space, the largest room setup being a little more than 13,100 square feet. 

Waldorf-Astoria Washington, D.C. also has a total of 17 meeting rooms and 263 guest rooms, as well as a luxury spa and onsite restaurant.

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In the Union Market Neighborhood, Selina Union Market became the seventh Selina hotel in the U.S. in late May. The hotel features cowork space complete with high-speed Wi-Fi, meeting rooms and rentable artists’  studios, as well as a cinema room and exhibition space.

The Morrow Hotel Bathroom
The Morrow Hotel Bathroom

Selina Union Market’s meeting rooms are suitable for smaller meetings and events and can be rented daily. Each room comes equipped with a TV screen, whiteboards and flipcharts. 

Set to debut this fall in NoMa’s 3rd Street District is The Morrow Washington D.C., Curio Collection by Hilton, Washington, D.C.’s newest lifestyle hotel. 

The Morrow will feature 16,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space, as well as 203 guest rooms and three food and beverage venues from Michelin-star Chef Nicholas Stefenelli. Event spaces include a 3,000-square-foot ballroom and 834-square-foot meeting room near the outdoor terrace.

Artistic Advancement 

This summer, Maine’s Portland Museum of Art (PMA) launched an international design competition to select an architect for a $45 million expansion project set to double the PMA’s current size. 

The enhancements, set to debut in 2026, will add 60,000 square feet to the museum, including a rooftop restaurant, sculpture park and event space with views of the surrounding city and Casco Bay. The project will be an environmentally and ecologically responsible expansion, according to PMA Board President Cyrus Hagge, and the competition’s winning team and concept design will be announced December 2022. 

Portland Museum of Art Expansion Rendering
Portland Museum of Art Expansion Rendering

Currently, the PMA features distinct meeting and event space including Selma Wolf Black Great Hall, ideal for receptions and dinners of a larger scale. The Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium is available for business meetings, multimedia presentations, seminars, lectures and concerts, and for smaller gatherings, the PMA Boardroom can be utilized for meetings, workshops and retreats.

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