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Sophisticated & Refined

When it comes to luxury, hotels can’t rest on their laurels. Mandarin Oriental, Boston is in the midst of a $15-million renovation, set to complete this summer, which aims to reconfirm the hotel’s premier position in the city.

The renovation—which includes all guestrooms and suites, 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and the spa—was conceived by Champalimaud Design.

Elisabeth Rogoff, principal at Champalimaud Design, noted, “We wanted to meld a sense of place (Boston) with the heritage and ethos of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, which is deeply rooted in East Asian influences to create a residential and layered aesthetic expressed in a light and comfortable room.”

The design of the guestrooms and suites incorporates both early New England design and classic Chinoiserie, the European interpretation of Chinese and East Asian artistic traditions. Bespoke fabrics and updated amenities and technology will be offered throughout.

“I love the minibar cabinet we designed—it’s a jewel box,” Rogoff said. “We used precious materials both inside and out with compartments for every item it holds, from chips to the tea kettle.”

Key elements of the design include the upholstered headboards, the Chinoiserie-inspired wallcoverings and the subtle plaid in the carpet designs. “There’s also a lot of bespoke detailing throughout, specifically in the trim in the drapery, custom pillows, and a number of other subtle yet sophisticated elements,” Rogoff said.

Event spaces are being designed as “ornate jewel boxes,” bathed in opulent and creamy neutral tones with complementary accents.

Regarding the overall ambiance, Rogoff said, “It’s residential, understated, sophisticated and refined. We also wanted to feel like all of the furnishings within the guestrooms felt like they were collected over time—which is why you’ll see a number of vintage-inspired and contemporary pieces throughout.”