AKA opens second Boston property amid rapid expansion – BHN

USA: AKA has announced the opening of the AKA Boston Common Hotel, located in the former Kimpton Nine Zero.

The acquisition of property is the result of a joint venture between AKA and Electra America Hospitality Group (EAHG) and marks EAHG’s seventh ownership.

In August of last year, EAHG acquired and converted the 225-room Loews Boston Hotel into the AKA Back Bay Hotel, marking AKA’s entry into New England.

EAHG will invest $15 million in renovations to the latest property, formerly Kimpton Nine Zero.

The 190-room hotel will undergo a design renovation, while open for stays, to ensure that the AKA brand characteristics and downtown neighborhood vibe are incorporated into the property.

Larry Korman, CEO of AKA, said: “The AKA Boston Common Hotel offers a vernacular design that stands in stark contrast to our first Boston property in the Back Bay. We are purposely taking a slower approach to the design update to respectfully transform the hotel into an AKA and ensure that the cultural nuances of the lively downtown location are integrated into the design fabric of the property.

“Each of our Boston hotels on opposite ends of the city’s parks, Boston Common and Boston Public Garden, gives us the opportunity to offer our guests different experiences to reflect the two neighborhoods,” he added.

Located adjacent to the city’s Common and many notable historical landmarks, including the State House and Financial District, the new hotel will offer a mix of short and extended stay options.

It will feature luxurious rooms and suites overlooking Boston Common, a contemporary lobby lounge, a fitness center, and flexible meeting and event space. Greg Vernick will oversee the renovation of the hotel’s popular restaurant and bar, as part of the new Atelier AKA F&B programme.

AKA is a division of Korman Communities, a five-generation residential real estate company with properties in premium destinations in major metropolitan markets across the United States and London, including New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Miami, West Palm Beach, DC, Old Town Alexandria, Boston, and Marylebone neighborhoods.

Serviced Apartment News (SAN), BHN’s sister publication, reported last year on the opening of AKA’s second property in florida in December.

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