Hotel Commonwealth

Boston, MA

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The Story

Originally developed by Boston University (BU), Hotel Commonwealth first reinvigorated Kenmore Square in 2003. With the renovation and expansion beginning in 2014, the boutique hotel’s modern, preppy aesthetic nods to Boston’s colonial roots, New England’s nautical ties, the site’s gritty past life, nearby Fenway Park and the hotel’s association with BU. The collection features fine art by BU students, alumni and faculty among works by other Massachusetts artists. The former building where Hotel Commonwealth now stands was once, from the mid-1970s until the 1990s, The Rathskeller (nicknamed The Rat), an iconic, live-music venue that became a Boston rock-and-roll institution. A tribute to the former club, Hotel Commonwealth’s Rathskeller Suite features historic rock-and-roll artifacts and photographs from the club including a book made specifically for the suite. The SoHo suite, designed to reference an artist’s loft, highlights the hotel’s connection to BU and features former and current BU art students and faculty. Leveraging Hotel Commonwealth’s rich history, NINE dot ARTS curated an art collection that pays homage to Boston’s past, present and future while celebrating the city’s vibrant artistic community.


“As an independent, urban luxury hotel, our ability to create authentic experiences for our guests is a key differentiator against our competition, and the art program that NINE dot ARTS created is a prime example. Much of the art comes from current Boston University (BU) students and alumni, which really connects with our guests. As a result, we continue to grow our share of business from BU.”Adam Sperling, General Manager, Hotel Commonwealth

Hotel Commonwealth

Boston, MA

Art Program Results:
-Honors the tradition and history of Boston
-Creates a unique partnership with Boston University
-Reflects the burgeoning Boston arts scene
-Supports local artists

Art Program Facts:
-1,100+ artworks between two buildings
-Five student commissions
-Original photography book for The Rathskeller Suite
-Custom-designed guestroom artwork