Properties with pizzazz and central locations

Hotel Commonwealth, Boston

A $50 million expansion completed in December nearly doubled the number of guest rooms and meeting space at the official hotel of Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox. Hotel Commonwealth (pictured) now boasts 245 guest rooms and suites, and 12,545 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor event space.

The renovation features a new 96-room wing and 7,500 sq. ft. of event space that overlooks Fenway Park, home of the beloved Red Sox. There’s awesome prefunction space, with two-story floor-to-ceiling windows facing the ballpark and an outdoor terrace. There’s also a new Fenway Park Suite chock-full of Red Sox memorabilia and ballpark seats on its terrace, along with a baseball glove to snare home run balls.

“The new wing and recent renovation reflect the dynamic neighborhood and we are thrilled to showcase our exciting new transformation to guests and locals,” says Adam Sperling, general manager of Hotel Commonwealth.

royal-sonesta-new-orleans-hotelRoyal Sonesta New Orleans Hotel

The traditionally elegant French Quarter hotel completed a $30 million renovation in December. The property-wide facelift refreshed all 483 guest rooms and suites, updated Desire Oyster Bar and added a new fitness center.

Royal Sonesta, which joined Associated Luxury Hotels International in August, has 20,000 sq. ft. of exquisite meeting space. The 5,000-square-foot ballroom can hold up to 600 for receptions. Drawing upon its F&B philosophy, “food is art,” the AAA Four Diamond hotel serves unforgettable dishes thanks to fresh, local ingredients that change according to the season.

the-inn-at-fifth-hotelThe Inn on Fifth, Naples, Florida

The Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond boutique hotel in the heart of Old Naples will wrap up a series of renovations early this year, with a $2 million project that upgraded the boardroom, spa, public spaces and pool deck. The 40-person executive boardroom is being expanded and redesigned to match the hotel’s elegant style, and will feature technology improvements. The award-winning Spa on Fifth has been remodeled.

The 119-room property underwent a $22 million expansion in 2012. With nearly 8,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting space and a posh address, this tony hotel is a favorite for executive retreats.