Hilton Boston/Woburn Announces Completion of $16 Million Renovation and Opening of Matadora
WOBURN, MASS.; October 30, 2017 – Hilton Boston/Woburn has completed a comprehensive $16 million renovation, which drew inspiration from the area’s historic shoe and leather-making industries, and today will open the doors to Matadora, its highly-anticipated Spanish tapas restaurant. The hotel has been timelessly tailored for the modern traveler while articulating Woburn’s legacy of craftsmanship throughout the transformed lobby, guest rooms and function spaces.
“After 10 months of construction, the Hilton Boston/Woburn has been completely transformed with a layered redesign that pays homage to Woburn’s rich industrial history while conveying a modern sensibility,” said General Manager Brett Woods. “Our associates are excited to welcome guests and the community to experience the brand new rooms, public spaces and the incredible menu at Matadora.”
Matadora is a modern tapas restaurant concepted by COJE Management, the team behind Boston’s social dining spots Yvonne’s, RUKA and Lolita. The dining destination features design inspired by Spanish artistry and local craftsmanship. The menu is focused on tailored tapas, flavorful cuts & creative entrees developed by Culinary Director Tom Berry and executed by Chef de Cuisine William Jimenez. Among the menu highlights are a curated selection of Spanish meats and cheese; tapas stand outs like Flaming Chorizo, Charred Galician Octopus, Chickpea Fried Calamari and Basque Street Corn; entrees from the custom, wood-fired grill, including Black River Farms Grass Fed NY Strip, Rare Yellowfin Tuna and Long Bone Pork Chop; and classic Spanish dessert like Hot Churros and Cantabrian Ricotta Cake.
Matadora’s stylish patio flows seamlessly inside to a central bar and the restaurant’s centerpiece, a custom, wood-fired grill anchoring the open kitchen, which serves breakfast and dinner daily. From above, hotel guests with interior balconies look down onto the kitchen’s rooftop mural depicting the restaurant’s namesake fighting a charging bull.
“Developing the Matadora concept and ethos has been a thoughtful and artistic process,” explained Berry. “The menu draws inspiration directly from my travels through Spain and each touchpoint of the guest experience supports that theme – from menu design to decor and service style within the space.”
The $16 million renovation revitalized the Woburn hotel’s lobby, guest rooms and event & meeting spaces, each paying homage to the town’s legacy of craftmanship, which dates back to the 17th Century. Cobblers and cordwainers dominated the city’s industry through the mid-1800s when manufacturing shifted to leathermaking by 1865. In 1885, Woburn became New England’s leading leather producer and its talented tanners are credited with innovations still used today. In fact, it was Woburn’s Henry Thayer who developed chrome tanning in 1901, a process that makes leather water-resistant, more durable, softer and suppler than traditional vegetable tanning.
“We knew this development had immense potential to benefit from our repositioning strategy as one of the city’s few full-service hotels. Matadora adds a spectacular, destination dining experience that aligns with our vision for this property,” said The Davis Companies Founder and CEO Jonathan G. Davis. “We look forward to witnessing the vitality this hotel brings to Woburn and its visitors.”
Guests enter the Hilton Boston/Woburn through the vibrant lobby, which welcomes visitors with a bold lighting installation, timeless details, warm woods, layered area rugs and vintage elements like check-in desks constructed from railroad ties and accent walls inspired by a Brannock shoe-size measuring device. The lobby flows into the six-story open atrium and past the Rivet Room, where travelers can relax in oversized leather armchairs, play billiards or enjoy a glass of wine while overlooking the refurbished indoor swimming pool.
The 344 newly renovated guest rooms, including two Junior Suites, showcase the city’s industrial character by highlighting elements of fine cobbler shops and tanneries while infusing contemporary touches. Forged metals, lacquered hard goods, embossed leather headboards and 3D wire art all come together to create guest rooms that are bespoke, spacious and inviting. Room features include Serenity Beds with Serta Perfect Sleeper Suite Dreams mattresses, Peter Thomas Roth bath products and interior balconies overlooking the indoor pool.
Hilton Boston/Woburn’s 18,000 square feet of newly renovated event space offers flexible options for all styles of corporate meetings, social events and weddings with full-service catering influenced by the culinary team at Matadora. The elegantly appointed Grand Ballroom and 13 meeting & function rooms, named after historic Woburn figures, are fitted with technologies for today’s planner yet punctuated with vintage design elements reminiscent of yesteryear. Spaces are accented with pressed-tin ceilings, high-backed winged chairs, industrial-style chandeliers and finely-crafted leather booths.
To book a reservation or for more information, visit bostonwoburn.hilton.com. Follow Hilton Boston/Woburn on Facebook at Hilton Boston/Woburn, Twitter at @hiltonwoburnbos and Matadora on Instagram at @matadora_woburn.
ABOUT HILTON BOSTON/WOBURN
The newly-renovated Hilton Boston/Woburn is conveniently located north of Boston and timelessly tailored for the modern traveler. Drawing design inspiration from the area’s historic shoe and leather-making industries, the hotel offers contemporary comfort while articulating Woburn’s legacy of craftsmanship throughout the transformed lobby, 344 guestrooms, function spaces and its new Spanish tapas restaurant, Matadora. For more information, visit bostonwoburn.hilton.com.
ABOUT PYRAMID HOTEL GROUP
Pyramid Hotel Group is a privately held, Boston-based hotel company with over 100 hotels and resorts under hotel management and asset management, comprising more than 22,000-plus rooms and over 10,000 employees. Pyramid Hotel Group, ranked among the largest U.S. hotel management companies by independent sources, provides hotel management, asset management and project management services to a broad array of hotel assets ranging from a 90-room select-service hotel to world-class properties with more than 800 rooms. Pyramid Hotel Group is a franchisee of all major hotel brand companies and an operator of independent four- and five-star hotels and resorts. Additional information is available at www.pyramidhotelgroup.com
About The Davis Companies
Committed to excellence in both investment performance and operations, The Davis Companies is an integrated real estate investment, development and management firm headquartered in Boston that has invested more than $4 billion in gross asset value through real estate equity, debt, and fixed-income securities. A unique combination of capital markets, development and management expertise allows The Davis Companies to nimbly tackle complex and contrarian opportunities. Directly, and with its valued partners, The Davis Companies currently owns a real estate portfolio of approximately 12 million square feet across the Eastern United States.