With a name that means “peace” and “welcome”, The Godfrey Hotel is proud to invite you to The Godfrey Hotel Boston! From the moment you arrive downtown, you and your companions will be impressed by our iconic pre-war brick and stone façade. Stepping through the door will reveal a sophisticated interior and unforgettable style that carries from our lobby into the accommodations.
505 Washington St., Boston MA 02111
" When it came to linens, it was almost a natural fit in selecting the best product we could possibly choose: Frette Linens."
WE HAD THE EXCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITY TO SIT DOWN WITH LARRY CASILLO, GENERAL MANAGER OF THE GODFREY HOTEL IN BOSTON.
What was the design inspiration for The Godfrey Hotel Boston?
The hotel is located in a bustling, fun neighbourhood, housed within two historic structures: The Amory Building and The Blake Building, both of which are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The vision for the new Godfrey Hotel Boston was to blend a contemporary interior design within a historic property located in the center of bustling Downtown Crossing. The intent is to complement inherent contrasts by presenting 242 well-appointed guestrooms that offer a respite to the lively neighborhood scene, connected by an expansive lobby that welcomes guests with intimate seating for daytime relaxation or evening socializing. The design is intended to be respectful to the Gothic Revival style of the building façade, while making modern, sophisticated travellers feel relaxed and pampered in a thoroughly modern, tech-forward, luxury hotel.
What is unique about your property?
It’s almost easier to say what isn’t unique! The juxtaposition of a modern interior within a vintage exterior truly sets The Godfrey Hotel Boston apart. The Blake and Amory buildings which house the hotel were built in 1904 and 1908 for the purpose of retail and offices, and are cornerstones of the Boston Downtown Crossing still today, now infused with new life. As a result of their established history, these buildings already embody the spirit of Boston, setting The Godfrey Hotel Boston apart in the hotel market. Guest room ceilings are exceptionally high by modern standards and many of the windows are huge with very interesting configurations. Our corner loft rooms overlook the hustle and bustle of Downtown Crossing, similar to a VIP box at a sporting event.
What was important about having Frette in your property?
An exceptional guest experience is made up of exceptional details. We have labored over those details- selecting the perfect bath products, the best technology, etc. When it came to linens, it was almost a natural fit in selecting the best product we could possibly choose: Frette Linens.
How does the Frette product add to the design of the hotel?
We were very careful to avoid the fad of overdesign in our rooms, but instead opted for very high quality furnishings in soothing styles and colors. The style of the interior is elegant and modern, intended to appeal to travellers of many ages and tastes. The spaces create a tranquil oasis away from the lively street scene. The Frette Linens products beautifully complement the overall aesthetic and quality in both a visual and tactile way.
What are the most important decorative elements in your home?
My family lives in a leafy suburb of Boston, and the huge picture window on the back of our dining room is the most important element in our home. It frames the woods behind our house and the scene is constantly changing with the seasons.
What are your three most important elements when designing a bedroom/room?
1. Comfort 2. Comfort 3. Comfort.
What does it feel like to wrap yourself in Frette?
Most of us spend a large percentage of our day outside of our element- stuck in traffic, listening to honking horns, and waiting on the light to turn. In developing The Godfrey Hotel Boston, we have a special opportunity to create that cocoon of comfort at the end of the day where you can fully relax.
How do you define luxury?
I think of luxury as a sensation, one which can be delivered in a hotel room setting when every detail has been well considered. In terms of design, fine finishes and thoughtfully planned spaces that provide a tactile and visual expression of quality truly define luxury to me.
If you only have 72 hours in Boston what would you recommend doing or seeing?
72 hours isn’t long enough. I would recommend walking the Freedom Trail and stopping in at some of the most important colonial era sites along with Boston Common, Public Garden and Beacon Hill. I would also try to catch a show in the theatre district and have dinner somewhere around Downtown Crossing. And don’t forget to catch a game - Boston is a great sports town.
What's your favorite restaurant in Boston?
This is such a tough question! There is a small place in the North End called Neptune Oyster where you’ll find my favorite lobster roll. No. 9 Park, right next to the Common, is like a little jewel box with impeccable food and service. Marliave is tucked away in Downtown Crossing and has outstanding food and cocktails - you’ll feel like you are in a secret supper club in the 1920s.