Mandarin Oriental Boston Fire Update

The Bad News: Probable delay in grand opening of the Mandarin Oriental Boston.

The Good News: A few burnt hotel rooms….but minimal smoke damage to the building & the luxury condominiums.

via the Boston Globe…

About a dozen hotel rooms on the fourth and fifth floors, around where the fire started, suffered smoke damage and will have to be repaired, said Robin Brown, a partner with CWB Boylston, which is developing the Mandarin, a blockwide complex on Boylston Street. There was no smoke damage to 50 luxury condominiums, which are located on floors nine through 14, or to the luxury apartments, which are on the opposite side of the building from where the fire occurred.

“There was an almost indistinguishable smell of smoke. The smoke somehow got out of the building,” said Brown. “I was pleasantly surprised by the little other damage that I witnessed.”

The actual blaze was confined to three rooms that make up a fitness center on the fourth floor, the Boston Fire Department said. There was also water damage in an empty retail arcade below the fitness center, said Brown, who toured the building after the fire. He and the developer’s builder, Suffolk Construction, each indicated the fire may cause a modest delay to the Mandarin’s opening. Continued…

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