Waltham, MA – The newly completed, 117,000sf Residence Inn/Fairfield by Marriott celebrated its grand opening recently with a ribbon cutting. XSS Hotels was the developer, and PROCON was the designer and construction manager. Both firms are based in Manchester, N.H.
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 five-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 two to five feature 190 rooms that are divided between the two brands. Deluxe king and double-queen guest rooms 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 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.