Next week I’ll be having lunch at one of the best restaurants in Boston, the Fairmont Copley Plaza’s Oak Room. I’ll have a tough time deciding between the Chateaubriand sandwich, the Kobe beef burger (the best in the city) or the Maine lobster salad. It’s a rough job but someone has to do it.
Being at the hotel will give me a chance to see first-hand some of the restorations going on for this grand dame who turns 100 years old in 2012.
The Fairmont’s owners, FelCor Lodging Trust, are planning a huge restoration of the property to celebrate its centennial.
This won’t be a simple nip ‘n tuck or chemical peel or mini face lift. What it will be is a $20 million dollar restoration of the hotels 300+ guest rooms and its already chic Fairmont Gold Lounge.
FelCor is pulling out all the stops with new furniture, fixtures, air-conditioning, heating, and the addition of fresh, sophisticated designer colors. They have contracted with Massachusetts based Parker Torres Design LLC famous for their use of dramatic, sumptuous colors which they will blend with the Fairmont Copley’s elegant marble interior walls. To get a glimpse at what Parker Torres designers and architects can do check out the Hilton Back Bay, Cambridge Marriott or the Buckminster hotels.
Something that’s already underway is the new state-of-the-art fitness center on the hotel’s roof. The center, scheduled to open in this August, will have a 2,400 square foot space loaded with machines and free weights. As if that’s not enough, before or after your workout you can relax and socialize at the 700 square foot deck equipped with lounges, chairs and tables.
And, the restorations for the centennial do not stop inside the hotel. Parker Torres will also be re-designing the sidewalk on the St. James Avenue front side of the hotel. Who knows, maybe they will even design a new doghouse for the Fairmont’s famous black Labrador ambassador, Catie Copley.