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Loews Hotels & Resorts Purchases Boston’s Back Bay Hotel

Tuesday January 22nd, 2013 - 10:01AM

NEW YORK, NY—Loews Hotels & Resorts, a wholly owned subsidiary of Loews Corporation, has entered into an agreement to purchase The Back Bay Hotel in Boston from The Doyle Collection. The acquisition is expected to close in Feb. 2013.

“Boston is one of the most vibrant markets in the U.S., and an excellent city for a Loews property,” Jonathan Tisch, chairman of Loews Hotels & Resorts, said in a statement. “This one-of-a-kind, historic hotel is a unique addition to our growing portfolio.”

Situated on the corner of Berkeley and Stuart Streets, The Back Bay Hotel is one of Boston’s preeminent historic buildings. Originally constructed in the 1920s as the Boston Police Department Headquarters and occupied as such until the late 1990s, the property was extensively redeveloped in 2004. This downtown Boston landmark features 225 guestrooms, modern amenities, meeting and event space as well as two dining options: Cuffs, an Irish Bar, and The Stanhope Grille.

The announcement of The Back Bay Hotel in Boston follows the news of another recent acquisition, the iconic 356-room Madison Hotel in the heart of Washington, DC. The Loews portfolio will now include 21 hotels, including two under construction in Orlando and Chicago.

“The Back Bay Hotel is a strategic addition as we expand our brand,” stated Paul Whetsell, president & CEO of Loews Hotels & Resorts. “We will continue to grow and have a presence in key cities and markets that cater to our loyal business travelers and leisure guests.”

Loews Hotels & Resorts continues to seek hotel additions in gateway cities and resort destinations as part of the company’s strategy to add substantially to its portfolio of hotels over the next five years.