By Ray Johnston
Gloucester has long been known for its rich cultural history. As America’s oldest seaport and art colony, the region attracts visitors from all over the world who want to take in the beauty of the waterfront, historic landmarks, and the evolving maritime heritage that is putting Cape Ann on the map as an innovation leader. Now, the construction of the Beauport Hotel at Gloucester on Pavilion Beach will once again put Gloucester in the spotlight and solidify its standing as a premier destination. This boutique hotel will continue to breathe economic vitality into the region, boost tourism, and bring hundreds of jobs to the area.
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As the General Manager of this undertaking, I am excited to oversee a project that will benefit so many including the local businesses that have been so supportive of this effort. The hotel, scheduled to open in Spring 2016, will be the largest meeting and conference venue on Cape Ann with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. We expect a wide variety of clientele including tourists, business people and event guests who will be able to enjoy the ambiance and charm of Gloucester’s working waterfront from a unique vantage point.
The groundbreaking is scheduled to take place on November 14th at the site of the former Birdseye plant. The hotel construction will take into account the history of the site incorporating design elements of the Birdseye factory to mark its importance and significance. The hotel will include 96 guest rooms, an executive suite, a bridal suite, meeting rooms with state of the art audio visual equipment and two lavish ballrooms. The Beauport Hotel at Gloucester will offer over 10,000 square feet of function space that can be configured to suit any event. Special features we expect to include are a spectacular rooftop pool and Jacuzzi, a full-service waterfront restaurant and bar, a business center and gym.
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The construction is expected to take approximately 18 months and the hotel will ultimately bring 250 hospitality jobs to the region. We are currently working on branding, including a logo and marketing materials that we are excited to unveil in the coming months. Everything about the hotel will be chic and inviting. We are creating a space that will reflect the charm of the area while bringing visitors the most spectacular experience, allowing them to take advantage of the downtown shops, art galleries, museums, beaches, boat cruises and more.
We’ve had this vision for some time now and it’s finally coming to fruition which is incredibly satisfying. We are confident the hotel will complement the terrific work that is being done to propel Cape Ann forward and to further define this region as a hub for innovation and maritime research, a preferred destination for travelers and a thriving business community noted for their pioneering economic development strategies.
We hope you will come along with us on this exciting journey and we hope that you will visit us at the Beauport Hotel at Gloucester. You can follow our progress at http://www.beauporthotelgloucester.com.
Ray Johnston is General Manager of The Beauport Hotel.