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Studio Allston Opens on Soldiers Field Road

Studio
Allston, now open, is a 117-room hotel that embodies a spirit of
adventure and creativity, and promises to deliver a hotel experience
unlike any other in Boston. What makes Studio Allston different is a
thematic reliance on art in the lobby, in the bar, in meeting rooms,
suites, and in every one of the guest rooms. Most of the displays are
works created by local artists and will be refreshed regularly in a
first-floor gallery.

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Studio Allston Opens on Soldiers Field Road (Artist: Maya Erdelyi)

Twelve contemporary artists were selected to create murals in each guest
room. Wallpaper in standard guest rooms features individual designs and
five of the Hotel’s ten guest suites were designed as unique, immersive
works of art. The first impression visitors encounter in the lobby is a
dramatic composition by an internationally acclaimed artist that
commands attention.

Unlike other hotels that refer to themselves as “art hotels,” Studio
Allston is different. Artists have played a key role throughout the
design process of the Hotel with the objective of ensuring that the art
doesn’t simply hang on the wall—the art becomes the walls.

“It’s a dreamy endeavor to have my art in a hotel room. I wonder how
strangers will experience my work in such an intimate setting,” said
Maya Erdelyi, animator and director. “I also think it’s very cool that a
hotel would support local artists in this way.”

The Davis Companies, joined with Spot On Ventures, led by hotelier and
businessman Robin Brown, and Highgate, an industry leading manager of
hospitality assets, reimagined the1960’s vintage building located at
1234 Soldiers Field Road with insight and vision. Drawing on their
combined experience in management, design, and real estate development,
this partnership moved forward with a concept for a hotel and restaurant
that would be an inspirational hospitality experience.

“We view the Studio Allston project as an exciting opportunity to make a
meaningful, positive contribution to the continued evolution of
Allston’s Western Avenue corridor, one of the most dynamic development
markets in greater Boston,” said Stephen Davis, Vice President of
Development for The Davis Companies. “Our dream is to create a
destination that reflects the energy of the surroundings and stands as a
desirable attraction for visitors to this neighborhood and as a valued
amenity for those who call this community home.”

The design of Studio Allston is complemented by its setting on the banks
of the Charles River in this Allston neighborhood. The location owes its
name to 19th century poet and painter, Washington Allston,
one of America’s early pioneers of the Romantic movement of landscape
painting.

Robin Brown, speaking from experience, notes that everyone who comes to
Boston from somewhere else falls in love with the city.

“I know I did,” he said. “But what holds Boston in people’s minds after
they leave is the memory of a fun time in a specific place. We want
Studio Allston to be that place. Art lightens the heart and keeps the
memories vivid.”

The Studio Allston was Art Directed by Isenberg Projects,
a creative advisory firm based in Boston, MA. Actively engaged in
Boston’s creative economy, Isenberg Projects develops opportunities to
bring artists and designers out of the gallery and into the public
realm. Building restoration and interior design was led by the
nationally recognized and award-winning architecture firm, Dyer
Brown.

The development team behind Studio Allston is expected to announce a
food and beverage partner in the coming weeks. Prior to the opening of
its lobby restaurant this summer, Studio Allston offers complimentary
continental breakfast options in the lobby.

The hotel is managed by Highgate,
a premier real estate investment and hospitality management company
whose growing portfolio includes more than 100 properties in gateway
cities worldwide.

ABOUT THE DAVIS COMPANIESThe Davis Companies is an
integrated real estate investment, development and management firm
headquartered in Boston that has invested more than $4 billion in gross
asset value through real estate equity, debt and fixed-income
securities. A combination of capital markets, development and management
expertise allows The Davis Companies to nimbly tackle complex
opportunities. Directly, and with its valued partners, The Davis
Companies currently owns a real estate portfolio of approximately 12
million square feet of office, multifamily, retail, hospitality,
industrial, healthcare and bioscience properties across the Eastern
United States. For more information, visit www.thedaviscompanies.com.

ABOUT SPOT ON VENTURESSpot On Ventures invests in signature
hotel properties and guides its hotels in all aspects of concept
development, architectural design, and product design, as well as all
operations and positioning, including: food and beverage programming,
sales and marketing, design and branding, advertising and public
relations, and recruitment of all senior staff. Current projects include
The Verb Hotel, Hilton Boston/Woburn, Omni Boston Seaport Hotel, and
Studio Allston Hotel. Past projects include Mandarin Oriental Boston,
The Knickerbocker in New York City, and the Boston Park Plaza.

ABOUT HIGHGATEHighgate is a premier hospitality investment
and management company widely recognized as an innovator in the
industry. Highgate is the dominant player in U.S. gateway markets
including New York, Boston, Miami, San Francisco and Honolulu. Highgate
also has an expanding presence in key European markets through
properties in London, Paris, Barcelona, Vienna and Prague. Highgate’s
portfolio of global properties represents an aggregate asset value
exceeding $10B and generates over $1.5B in cumulative revenues. The
company provides expert guidance through all stages of the hospitality
property cycle, from planning and development through recapitalization
or disposition. Highgate also has a proven record of developing bespoke
hotel brands and utilizes industry leading proprietary revenue
management tools that identify and predict evolving market dynamics to
drive outperformance and maximize asset value. With an executive team
consisting of some of the industry’s most experienced hotel management
leaders, the company is a trusted partner for top ownership groups and
major hotel brands. Highgate maintains corporate offices in New York,
London, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Seattle.

ABOUT DYER BROWNRecognized nationally for its
award-winning portfolio of architecture and interior design projects,
Dyer Brown Architects offers a fully integrated suite of professional
services including high-level building owner and corporate advisory as
well as 3D concept visualization. The firm’s clients range from property
owner/developers and end-users to global corporations and leading
regional brands in such market sectors as workplace, retail, hospitality
and higher education. Known for its unwavering commitment to both design
excellence and client service, Dyer Brown’s 50 professionals
forge long-lasting relationships with business leaders, building owners
and brokers, and institutional leaders. Dyer Brown believes that
buildings and spaces — the backdrop to our daily, shared experience —
should always be inspiring, useful and enjoyable. See the firm’s
award-winning work and a detailed overview at dyerbrown.com.

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