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Ames Hotel, Boston, United States

Wednesday 06 Apr 2011

Contrasting history with innovation

Courtesy Morgans Hotel Group 
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Rockwell Group renovate 19th-century building to embrace the 21st century as a luxury hotel 

The lobby features an original marble mosaic tile vaulted ceiling, and a dramatic marble and brass staircase. Scattered around the lobby are original site-specific art works such a chandelier of thousands of reflective discs suspended over the floor on wires, and an abstract ceramic wall installation behind the reception area made up of many pieces of hand cast porcelain.

Off of the lobby the two story hotel restaurant is also a contrast of eras, merging the historical context with a touch of the modern day dandy. It is called Woodward, named after a tavern once owned by Almanac author Nathaniel Ames. The main feature of the restaurant is the "Cabinet of Curiosities" on the second floor, a Victorian-inspired shelving throughout the dining space that is curated with over 200 hand selected objects of inspiration. Windsor chairs, epoxied in high gloss white finish, are scattered throughout the restaurant, complimenting the wood panelled walls washed in a milky enamel.

The guest rooms provide a contrast of history and innovation, exhibiting an elegantly minimal and sleek framework with details that pay homage to the original 19th century design of the building. The illumination and levity of the room is enhanced by light oak flooring, 10-foot high ceilings, a white lacquered nightstand, a cream-colored leather upholstered floating platform bed, and the frosted glass that gives a fluid continuity between the main room and the bathroom.

The hospitality suites are all on the third floor, all boasting floor-to-ceiling arched windows. The suites boast a sectional sofa, upholstered in black and white woven fabric and a modern, signature wingback chair in black lacquer and white leather. The light oak floors are complimented by silver-gray, silk viscose carpets and feature white lacquer carerra marble dining tables with white leather and metal dining chairs.

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