Another key piece in the renaissance of Everett Avenue – the Residence Inn by Marriott – will open its doors to the public in just 20 days.
Officials from the hotel confirmed that they will formally open on Aug. 8th and will take their place as the second major hotel to locate on what was once a dump – literally. The new hotel will join the Wyndham Hotel next door, which opened just more than 10 years ago.
Last month, it was the opening of the Starbucks in Mystic Mall that caught the attention of observers both inside and outside of Chelsea. In August, it looks like the 128-room Residence Inn by Marriott could do the same.
“The hotel looks great,” said Economic Development Board Chairman Rick Pantano, who checked out the progress on construction this week with his fellow board members and City Manager Jay Ash.
Pantano reports that the hotel features a swimming pool, fitness room and function space for 80 people seated and 150 people for a cocktail reception.
There is no restaurant, but there is a dining area for hotel guests to enjoy a free breakfast and occasional special dinner.
“One of the things we like about the hotel is that there isn’t a restaurant, so the people staying there will either cook in their own rooms or go out to places like Floramo’s, Dockside and Fusion Foods,” said Pantano.
“The building is impressive, but it is that sign at the top of the building that I can’t take my eyes off of,” said Ash, in referring to the Residence Inn by Marriott lettering installed in the 5th floor brick and facing out to Rt. 1. “It’s another important statement to everyone driving by that Chelsea is in the midst of a remarkable run of rejuvenation, and the good news is we’re not even close to being done.”