Revolution Hotel

Boston, MA


The Mount Vernon Group


Adaptive reuse converting 73,100 SF YWCA dormitory/hostel into a 163-room boutique hotel featuring king, triple, quad and ensuite rooms, with a restaurant and “Conspire”, a co-working space and bar shared with the community.


40 Berkeley consists of two interconnected seven-story buildings, a 17,500 SF, brick building and a seven-story 56,000 SF concrete building added in 1950. With rooms averaging only 120 SF in size, the challenge was to work with the existing conditions of this former YWCA dormitory to design a creative hotel that would offer a different kind of experience for travelers visiting Boston.

PCA Solution

Working with the Mount Vernon Company, the design team tackled this challenge head on, combining the latest in hospitality design with creative placemaking to craft one of a kind public spaces and versatile custom-designed guest rooms. An eclectic, irreverent design sensibility showcases Boston’s history of defining and breaking convention.

The Revolution highlights the Boston experience, with an edge. Graphics created by Creative Director Adam&Co. showcase Boston’s history of ‘firsts’, as well as notable Bostonians who call the city home. A custom mural by artist Tristan Eaton and the Innovation Tower, a collage of Boston inventions by Boston local artists – the Individuals Collective – are the focal points upon entry. Through art, the hotel becomes experiential, a unique urban boutique hotel celebrating Boston’s revolutionary spirit.

With an average size of 120-SF, the rooms are cleverly laid out with beds built in against the window wall with a walk-around platform for access. In triple and quad rooms, bunk beds are organized along one wall leaving space for work space and custom storage walls to hold luggage and clothing. 40 rooms offer ensuite bathrooms, with the remaining rooms sharing private bathrooms on each floor. Spa-like vestibules off the hallways lead to private cubicles including showers, toilets, and sinks.

Common areas and amenity spaces at the Revolution Hotel provide a range of spaces to work relax, and socialize. Engaging elements, such as a 130-year old slab of Boston’s Big Old Elm, here used a bar top and etched with a timeline of Boston innovations, create interest and define moments throughout the hotel.