The new Residence Inn by Marriott has risen up off of Arsenal Street, and the final work is being done in an effort to open the new hotel in a few weeks.
The builders of Watertown’s first new hotel in town for decades hosted a hardhat tour for invited guests on Tuesday. The goal is to open the hotel by the end of August, said Alejandro Miranda of Boylston Properties, the developer of the hotel.
The six story building erected in the former location of Charles River Saab has views of Boston on one side and long vistas in all directions from the top floor.
The hotel, which will have 150 rooms, is aimed at business travelers who will stay for an extended amount of time. The kitchens have stoves, a refrigerator, microwaves, dishes, cutlery, pots, pans, cooking utensils and dishwashers. Guests will be able to have groceries brought to them at the hotel with free delivery.
Most of the rooms – 92 – are known as studio suites, and have the bed in the same room as the kitchen. Other room options include ones with double queen beds, and two-bedroom suites, which have two bathrooms: one with a shower and one with a bathtub. These rooms also have full cooktops with ovens, while most have only a mini-cooktop with two burners.
Guests can take advantage of many amenities on the ground floor. For those looking to get some exercise, there is a small lap pool and a fitness center.
A couple computers will be available, and there is an area with wifi and plugs to charge your laptop.
A full bar sits front and center in the lobby, and there will also be a breakfast bar in the mornings.
A few times a month, there will be a manager’s happy hour where guests can meet and mingle and get to know the staff, Miranda said.
The hotel will also have a small store where frozen meals, drinks and snacks will be available.
Room rates have not yet been announced.