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Cambridge hotel look reflects Boston, Harvard

Courtesy DoubleTree Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A multiphase renovation at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton- Cambridge has given the 308-suite hotel a look that fits its location on Boston’s fringe.

Interior designers took inspiration from nearby Harvard University and from Cambridge, by using brick and stone accents, and colors popular in the communities.

“The hotel’s new look combines architectural and design elements that embody both the leafy, collegiate town atmosphere of Cambridge while incorporating the dynamism and vibrancy of a large urban city, which is Boston,” said Larry Traxler, an executive with Hilton Worldwide.

Like many hotels, the DoubleTree has remade its lobby, turning it into a gathering and work space. A single front desk has been replaced by three modular check-in pods, several seating areas were created around a fireplace, and a business center has been expanded and makes use of a serpentine table equipped with power outlets. A grab-and-go area stocked with ready-made meals, snacks and beverages has also opened.

The hotel’s seasonal rooftop terrace, for private events of up to 100, is now outfitted with contemporary furniture in blues and greens. The terrace takes advantage of the hotel’s location on the Charles River and its views of the Boston and Cambridge skylines.

The renovation also improved 9,500 square feet of meeting and banquet space with new furniture, carpet, wall coverings, window treatments and fixtures.

Guests can park in a secure parking garage and use the hotel’s free shuttle to travel into Boston or Harvard Square.

The hotel is 15 minutes from Logan International Airport and convenient to Storrow Drive and Interstate 90, the Massachusetts Turnpike. Harvard University, Boston University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Fenway Park are nearby.