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Meyer Jabara Hotels Renovates 113-year-old Boston
Landmark into the The Courtyard by Marriott
Boston Copley Square


DANBURY, Conn., May 3, 2004 - Center City Boston's first Courtyard by Marriott has opened in the heart of the renowned Copley Square.  The 113-year-old landmark building has undergone substantial renovation and is under the management of Meyer Jabara Hotels.  Jeffrey Pitt, a Marriott veteran hotelier, is the property's general manager. 

Located at Eighty-Eight Exeter Street, the historic structure has been transformed over a two-year period from a vacant apartment building to an 81-room, full-service business hotel offering upscale accommodations at moderate rates.  Throughout the renovation process, Meyer Jabara has worked closely with city officials and hired its own archivist to ensure that the hotel's gothic revival style exterior of multi-colored brick, ironwork and terracotta accents was maintained to preserve the structure's historic charm.

Three new floors were added to the building bringing it to a total of 10 stories.  Due to the unique floor plan, there are 17 guest room configurations, many with bay windows that offer sweeping views of Boston.  The Courtyard by Marriott -- Boston Copley Square offers a full buffet breakfast with a staffed display cooking station.  In addition, the hotel will feature The Market, open 24 hours offering fresh sandwiches, salads and snacks.

"With each of the hotels Meyer Jabara manages, we spend a great deal of time to research and create a themed perspective that captures the essence and charm of the community where they are located," said Richard Jabara, president and chief executive officer.  "The building originally known as Exeter Chambers, an exclusive men's boarding house, carries forward a charm and elegance that is reflective of a time when Boston was at the forefront of the industrial revolution of the late 1800's," added Jabara.

The building was designed by architect, T.M. Clark, a professor at MIT who was known for his innovative style.  Clark was the understudy of Boston's famed Trinity Church architect, H. H. Richardson.  The building also has the distinction of many firsts such as being one of the City's first buildings to be constructed and marketed as a "fire proof structure" following the Great Boston Fire of 1872.  It was constructed by The Guastavino Company, a very prominent contractor during the period noted for style and quality.  Cutting edge techniques such as compression arches and terracotta accents were featured throughout the structure.

Meyer Jabara Hotels is based in Danbury, Conn., with offices in West Palm Beach, FL, and has a portfolio of 29 branded and independent hotels in 14 states.  MJH independent hotels include the Admiral Fell Inn, Brookshire Suites and the Pier 5 in Baltimore, MD, and The Westport Inn, Westport, Conn.  The company also manages hotels licensed under the Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton, Holiday Inn and Hampton Inn brands. 

Meyer Jabara Hotels
Also See: Meyer Jabara Hotels Promotes 3 General Managers; Reflects Cluster Management Strategy / September 2003
88 Exeter Street Approved to Become First Courtyard by Marriott in Downtown Boston / June 2003

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