I stayed at the Hyatt Place Boston Braintree a few months ago (see Hotel Review). My father recently moved to Massachusetts and this is the closest Hyatt hotel to his new residence. The hotel is a category 2 Hyatt (i.e., only 8,000 points per night) with usually reasonable rates. It is also directly across the street from a Simon Mall and next door to a Legal Seafood restaurant. A little trivia: it was formerly a Sheraton hotel.
When I travel solo to visit my dad, I generally stay with my sister who lives near Boston. But when Dave and I go, we stay in a hotel. I naturally assumed that Hyatt Place Braintree would be our regular stomping grounds for these visits.
My goal is to visit once a month (weather permitting). I have a few reservations in 2020. Today I was trying to make some more reservations, but many of my searches got a Hotel Not Available response. For other searches, I was offered the Guaranteed Rate (offered to Globalist members), but point stays are not available at all after mid-January 2020.
Uh oh. This didn’t look good.
I started calling the hotel, but kept getting recordings or mailbox full messages.
Double uh oh.
I sent a message on Twitter to Hyatt Concierge. They are usually quick to respond, but I haven’t received a response yet.
Triple uh oh.
Google to the rescue.
I found this article authored by Mary Whitfill in a local online newspaper – Patriot Ledger – entitled
The article states in part:
The 204-room Hyatt Place on Forbes Road in Braintree will close by January 2020 for “renovation and rebranding,” Mayor Joseph Sullivan said Tuesday.
Sullivan said the hotel’s general manger (note: I think he meant MANAGER) sent a letter to him and the union representing the hotel’s approximately 60 employees late last week informing them that the Hyatt Place would be closing between Jan. 18 and Jan. 31. The mayor said he spoke to the property’s owners — Boston-based developer Carpenter & Company — who said they would be renovating the property and eventually reopen.
“The building itself will close temporarily as they work out a plan to renovate the existing building,” Sullivan said. “My understanding is that they’re going to continue to talk with and potentially work with the Hyatt as the operator.”
Based on the above, it is not definitive that the hotel will leave Hyatt. Maybe they’ll stay and maybe they won’t. The article goes on to mention a murder that occurred at the hotel in 2017 (I had no idea!).
So, this convenient, reasonably priced hotel will be closing soon, and the future beyond that is unknown at this time. I wonder what will happen to those (including myself) who already have reservations at the hotel in February and beyond?