I Am Downtown Boston: Trish Berry, General Manager of Ames Hotel
Walking into the Ames Boston Hotel is like walking straight into a history book. Constructed in 1893 as the Ames Agricultural Tool Company, the 19th century granite building is still considered Boston’s first skyscraper and has a place on the National Register of Historic Places. With mosaics, a barrel-vaulted ceiling, a wandering brass staircase, hundreds of displayed antiques, Romanesque arched windows and original fireplaces, you can definitely consider it a fine example of the city’s rich past.
On August 15, there was also a nod to the hotel’s bright future, as Patricia Berry became its new General Manager. Leaving Battery Wharf Hotel, she now oversees Ames’ operations with a goal of building a strong team and reintroducing this incredible property after its giant on-going renovation.
We sat down with Berry to find out about her transition, as well as what’s in store at this historic hotel.
TheVoiceofDowntownBoston.com: What is it like working for such an iconic hotel in Boston?
Trish Berry: It’s a privilege to be working in such an historic, landmark building in the city of Boston. The Ames family has made so many wonderful contributions to the city, and we’re looking forward to re-introducing the hotel to Boston.
VOD: Is there anything going on at the hotel that’s your primary focus?
TB: My initial focus was the transition of the Ames Boston Hotel to Curio by Hilton, which took place on September 29. The hotel’s multi-million dollar renovation included a new lobby and check-in area that were also unveiled in September. We will soon have a new restaurant, Cultivar, by acclaimed Chef Mary Dumont, and all new meeting and event spaces.
VOD: Any other future plans in the works?
TB: We’re opening 3,000 square feet of meeting space in the next two weeks that’s located on our second floor with tremendous views of State and Washington Streets. It’s a welcome addition to the hotel. In early 2017, all of our 114 rooms will be refreshed. We are very excited to welcome Cultivar in the first Quarter of 2017, and its completion will be the culmination of our renovation and serve as an incredible addition to the hotel and neighborhood.
VOD: What’s the attraction for guests to stay in the Downtown Crossing area?
TB: Downtown Crossing is the heart of the city and provides walkable access to all that Boston has to offer. [The neighborhood] is unique because you have easy access to so many areas of the city. Whether you jump on the T, hail a cab or Uber or put on your walking shoes, you can explore all that Boston has to offer. The downtown area is full of energy and history, which I think you can really feel when you stay with us.
VOD: What do you yourself like most about the area?
TB: I love looking out our front door and seeing the Old State House. We’re located on grounds that are some of the most historic in American history, which is really, really special.
VOD: What are some of your favorite places in Downtown Boston – maybe a hidden gem or a popular spot you frequent?
TB: Having been on the waterfront for the last year and half and returning to Boston after 10 years in Washington, D.C., I’m still rediscovering the many hidden gems in our neighborhood.
VOD: We might be able to help you with that.
The Ames Hotel is located One Court Street in Boston.