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Danny. Donny. Joey. Jordan. Jonathan. Godfrey. Yup, there’s a new kid on the block in Boston but this one won’t be wooing you with falsetto notes or a super fly “Hanging Tough” dance. Instead, The Godfrey, a 242-room hotel in the Downtown Crossing nabe, is hoping to catch your eye with ultra-modern interiors, swish in-room technology, and an Italian-inspired lobby bar.

Lobby 2

The Godfrey actually combined two century-old office buildings—the Armory and the Blake—but under the watchful eye of Finegold Alexander Architects, the hotel restored quite a bit of the building’s original design details like the white terra cotta facade of the Blake and the ornate exterior of the Armory. The original first floor lobby, elevator banks, and stairwells (which feature intricate banisters) have also been thoroughly restored.

Elevator Bank

This sophisticated synergy of old and new is carried upstairs to the guest rooms, which were designed in collaboration with The Gettys Group and which feature tailored carpeting, luxury linens, upholstered seating, and because this is still Boston, a tartan-inspired print on the headboard. But the room technology is very much of the 21st century featuring InnSpire streaming service which allows guests to use their mobile devices to stream photos, videos, and music of their choice directly to the room’s 55″ HDTV.

Executive King

Back downstairs, the hotel’s lobby is serving classic Italian cocktails and small plates, akin to the delights found in cicchetti bars in Venice. Hence the bar’s name, Ciccheti at Godfrey. A George Howell Coffee shop is expected to open this spring, while a 4,600-sq.ft. restaurant and bar will open this summer in partnership with local restauranteurs. Not Wahlburgers, thankfully.

Exterior 3

Rates start at $199 a night. The Godfrey is the second such hotel for the Godfrey brand. The first Godfrey opened in Chicago’s River North neighborhood in 2014.

[Photos: The Godfrey]


Juliana Shallcross
A self-confessed hotel addict, Juliana Shallcross has been reporting on hotels around the world for more than a decade. She was previously the managing editor A good portion of her job involves sleeping in new hotels, obsessing over technology and keeping tabs on the ever-changing hospitality landscape. She's based in Los Angeles.

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