WALTHAM, MA–The 117,000 SF Residence Inn/Fairfield by Marriott celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting. The newly completed hotel is located at 250 Second Avenue in Waltham, MA.
XSS Hotels was the developer and PROCON was the designer and construction manager, and both firms are based in Manchester, NH. XSS Hotels’ Managing Partners Leo Xarras and Mark Stebbins were joined by officials from Marriott International and the City of Waltham for the event. The hotel is just off Route 128 with easy access to the Mass Turnpike and Route 2, and is only 30-minutes from Boston.
The companies worked closely with Marriott International to create a blended lobby for a seamless customer check-in experience. PROCON’s Vice President of Architecture Kent Beirne explained his team’s design approach: “The owner and architect collaboration allowed the team to discuss and explore different ideas. As a result, we concluded that the combined guest check-in and hotel amenities offered the most cost effective, efficient two-brand solution, especially where the Residence and Fairfield Inn provides a “no cost” breakfast to each guest as part of their respective room rate.”
Overall, the 5-story building is a sophisticated combination of both brands – providing comfort, productivity, and entertainment. The reception space leads into a chic lobby featuring a bar/lounge, an inviting fireplace with plush assorted seating scattered throughout. Ground floor amenities include a fully-equipped fitness center, swimming pool, guest dining and buffet, a 24/7 market, and a 24-hour business center.
Floors 2-5 feature 190-rooms that are divided between the two brands. Deluxe king and double-queen guestrooms or studios are available through both hotels. The Residence Inn caters to travelers seeking extended-stays. Each room includes a fully-equipped kitchen with a standard-sized refrigerator, microwave, stove, toaster, coffee-maker, and a dishwasher.
Over the last 10 years, PROCON has collaborated with developer XSS Hotels on the design and construction of more than 40 upscale accommodations in the Greater Boston area. The Residence Inn/Fairfield was the first dual-branded hotel of their long-term partnership. And, in the coming years, plans include four more to be located in Greater Boston, and another in the New York metropolitan area.
XSS Hotels is the largest hotel developer in New England and concentrates on developing dynamic, high-quality lodging with strong brand recognition. The XSS Hotels’ portfolio serves the full-service, boutique, upscale extended-stay, select service and upper midscale hotel segments that are licensed with Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, and the Intercontinental Hotel Group.
PROCON is a single-source, architecture, engineering and construction management firm serving commercial developers throughout the Northeast. For over 80 years, the 4th generation Company has been built on integrity, lasting partnerships, and a steadfast commitment to client success. The Company’s one-stop-shopping approach to design, engineering and construction services means that at PROCON, every solution is just down the hall.