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The Loews Boston hotel has closed

The Loews Boston Hotel has closed in the Back Bay. But don’t worry, a new hotel has already opened in its place. The AKA Back Bay Hotel is now open.

AKA has opened a 225-room establishment in place of Loews Boston. The entire property will undergo a design refresh, while remaining open for stays.

The AKA Back Bay Hotel will offer a sophisticated functional design, aimed at the “bleisure” traveler, that is, someone visiting Boston for a business meeting but has extended the trip for a few days to enjoy the city.

Photograph: Courtesy AKA Back Bay

“As we pursue our ambitious yet thoughtful growth strategy, we remain committed to our commitment to grow the AKA brand in the country’s most culturally significant destinations,” said Larry Korman, CEO of AKA. “Boston has long been a city of interest and we are thrilled to introduce the tailored AKA experience to discerning Boston visitors. Rich in history, bustling with businesses and educational institutions, as well as unique architecture and a design reminiscent of an English city, Boston is a gateway to New England for the brand.

The AKA Back Bay is located at 154 Berkeley Street, which puts the hotel within walking distance of Boston Common, the Boston Public Library, Newbury Street and the Pru. If your family is traveling to Boston to visit colleges this fall, the hotel is near Berklee College of Music, Boston College, Boston University, Emerson, Harvard, MIT, Northeastern University and Tufts Medical School. It is therefore an excellent option for new students, future students and their families. The hotel is also within walking distance of Boston’s best restaurants, museums and other activities!

“It was a great opportunity to acquire a well-maintained, upscale hotel in the New England capital, where several prestigious academic institutions, iconic cultural destinations and the nation’s largest life sciences/biotechnology cluster are generating strong demand,” says Russ. Urban, CEO of EAHG. “While Boston’s hotel recovery has lagged in some markets, it’s poised to rebound once business and group travel return in earnest.”

The current building housing AKA has a unique history. It was once the headquarters of the Boston Police Department from 1926 to 1990, which lends it a certain degree of gravity, which will be heightened during the renovation. The on-site signature restaurant will remain around but will also benefit from further upgrades. The Precinct Kitchen+Bar will house a whiskey cellar and wine tasting room for guests and events.

Stay tuned for more AKA Back Bay news as the property goes through its refresh!