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 Kimpton Hotels to Open the 112-room Onyx Hotel
and Ruby Room in Boston
Boston, February 5, 2004 – In the Spring of 2004, Kimpton Hotels will open the 112-room Onyx Hotel and Ruby Room in Boston. As the city’s massive Big Dig construction project nears completion, the Onyx Hotel and Ruby Room will be the first luxury property to open in the North Station area, bringing savvy design and contemporary flair to this newly discovered Bulfinch Triangle neighborhood. The Onyx is Kimpton’s second property in the Boston area joining Hotel Marlowe and Bambara Restaurant in nearby Cambridge.

Developed by David Leatherwood of Portland Street Limited Partnership, the Onyx boasts a striking 12-story profile that catches the eye with clean, geometric lines and a two-tone red brick and aluminum exterior with diamond-shaped accents. David Leatherwood is a New England based hotel developer.  His projects include Kimpton, Marriott and Hilton Hotels in urban, suburban and resort locations.  He is the Managing Member and Chief Executive Officer of Norwich Partners LLC. 

The hotel’s interior look and feel, created by Boston designer Lynn MacMurtry of Group One, are representative of the creativity of design for which Kimpton Hotels are known.  Inside, the Onyx is intimate and plush, combining Boston’s sense of place and tradition with a distinctively modern view.  Curvy shapes and jewel tones of teal, red, lavender and vibrant green play against a backdrop of subdued black and taupe with red accents. The lobby greets guests with an intricate terrazzo floor of three shades of black, from light to dark, laid out in a serpentine pattern. Its custom area rug resembles an abstract art piece.

Guestrooms will be equally inviting with a contemporary, fashionable look that emphasizes comfort, from the red suede chairs to custom desks configured for optimum workspace. Plush pillowtop mattresses will be outfitted with luxurious down comforters, feather down pillows and Italian sheets. A silver tone Sony flat screen TV will offer a full array of satellite stations as well as in-room movies, Nintendo and Web TV.  All rooms will have complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access (Wi-Fi).

Rare and sought after, the qualities of the onyx gemstone are its solidity, strength and high polish—its luster rather than flashy sparkle. True to the symbolic qualities of onyx, the warm, attentive staff of the Onyx will discern the needs of each guest and then reflect and fulfill special requests with friendly, personalized service. The stone’s qualities also translate into the fine materials, artful design and rich black, taupe and red color palette of the Onyx.

Ruby Room
Eat, Drink, Lounge

As guests explore this jewel box, the lush, curvy lines and intriguing lights of the Ruby Room will invite them to conduct casual business, unwind with cocktails or enjoy cocktail cuisine in a cool urban setting. A curved, burlwood, shoulder-height wall topped with etched glass will divide the lobby and the Ruby Room, and on each side of the wall, curved banquette seating will invite guests to lounge. With artful lighting, intriguing design, and black granite bar complete with fiber optics that illuminate cocktails, the Ruby Room is destined to become a hot spot for visitors as well as locals.

The Onyx Hotel and Ruby Room are located at 155 Portland Street, central to the history as well as the future of Boston. Near the Freedom Trail, it is also a block from the Big Dig, a monumental project designed to move an outdated six-lane highway entirely underground and subsequently open up a “new downtown” near the waterfront. When the old highway is demolished, it will be replaced by much anticipated parks and serene open space. 

Kimpton is a San Francisco-based company known for its collection of stylish boutique hotels that are coupled with fine chef-driven restaurants. Founded in 1981, the company currently operates 39 hotels and 39 restaurants across the United States and Canada. Kimpton’s combination of boutique-style, four-star service and an adjacent destination restaurant has proven a great success. These popular pairings include the fashionable Hotel Monaco Seattle with Sazerac restaurant, the historic Hotel Burnham in Chicago with Atwood Café and the sophisticated, chic Hotel Palomar with the award-winning Fifth Floor restaurant in San Francisco. The company recently opened the Topaz Hotel, the Hotel Rouge, the Hotel Madera, the Hotel Monaco and Hotel Helix in Washington DC; the Sky Hotel in Aspen; the Cypress Hotel in Cupertino, Calif; the Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge, Mass.; and the Argonaut Hotel located in the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park at Fisherman's Wharf. 

Kathleen Bertolani 
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

Also See: Doral Park Avenue Hotel to Close and Undergo $19 Million Renovation: Will Be Renamed and Repositioned as a Kimpton Hotel in New York City / July 2003
Pinnacle Realty Investments Arranges Financing for New Kimpton Hotel to be Developed in Downtown Boston / June 2002

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