The new Holiday Inn on upper Broadway, next to Mill Creek, is showing great occupancy rates and yet another
Sales Manager Joe Fiorello, General Manager Luziane Cavalcanti and Front Desk Clerk Carlota Dalomba gather at the front desk of the new Holiday Inn on Mill Creek. The new property opened about four months ago, but will have its official grand opening next week. It represents the fifth property for the Colwen Management
company in Chelsea.
strong property in the Chelsea-based Colwen Management group of hotels.
“We’re almost at 100 percent full occupancy for October,” said Joe Fiorello, director of sales for Colwen. “We’re really excited about that.”
The property officially opened on July 25.
The new, 124-room, full-service hotel gives Colwen its fourth property in Chelsea, with more than 500 rooms added since their first property – the Residence Inn – came online a few years back.
The new Holiday Inn will celebrate a blockbuster grand opening on Nov. 8.
Colwen now has the Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Holiday Inn and Homewood Suites in Chelsea. That adds to their larger portfolio of properties across Greater Boston, including the new AC Hotel in the South End of Boston and the newer property that opened last week at Assembly Row.
The new property continues the tradition of great design on the properties, with interesting lighting and lots of natural light.
The foyer includes a great sitting area, with a fireplace as well.
Since it is a full-service property, Fiorello said the free breakfast option isn’t available. Instead, they have a European-inspired breakfast buffet and a al carte items as well. They also have a full restaurant and bar on the property, which Fiorello said would likely play well to local residents of Chelsea and Revere. They will be serving popular items like steaks, lobster rolls, salmon and other dishes.
“We are under the umbrella of IHG, but we are owned and operated by Colwen Hotels,” he said. “IHG wants to use this property as a prototype hotel. When other owners come into town, they said they want to bring them here to show them the property as an example for all future builds. Colwen is very good at managing, designing and operating.”
While there are no suites like in the other properties, the rooms are large and most try to focus on a view of the marsh or the City. Each room has smart TVs and luxury bath products as well. The building is an LEED certified property.
For functions, they do have a space that is available for small functions or meetings. It holds about 60-80 people and can be divided in half. It’s called the Mill Creek Ballroom.
Several downtown Chelsea businesses and the Chamber of Commerce are preparing for a major retail promotion this coming Friday, Saturday and Monday that looks to capitalize on back-to-school shopping.
Chamber Director Rich Cuthie said there are some 20 businesses participating in the promotion this year, and it looks to be bigger and better than ever before.
“These business are Chamber members and non-Chamber members and we have 20 or so,” he said. “There really is a nucleus of stores downtown and they will have balloons in front of them to let people know they are part of it. It’s a good mixture of stores.”
While back-to-school is the major retail push in the promotion, one doesn’t have to be after pencils and sweatpants to take advantage of the effort. Stores include clothing stores, phone stores, bakeries, pizza shops, nail shops and even a barber shop in the Parkway Plaza.
“You don’t need to be a student and back to school could mean you are a college student and are getting a new cell phone,” he said. “You don’t need to be a Chelsea Public School student or parent to participate and enter the drawing.”
Aside from the sales, the Chamber will be holding a drawing for three Mastercard gift cards – $100, $50 and $25. To enter the drawing, one needs to make a purchase at a participating store this weekend, and take the receipt to the Chamber of Commerce office at 308 Broadway.
“We’ll stamp it and have people fill out a card to enter the drawing,” said Cuthie. “On Monday, after it’s all over, we’ll hold the drawing and notify the winners.”
Cuthie said the push is very simple – to capture the foot traffic on Broadway and get them to think about buying locally.
“Basically, the Chamber is trying to capitalize on the foot traffic the downtown has,” he said. “There are tons of people walking the streets of Broadway at every hour of the day. We’re trying to get them to pop into the stores and spend some money locally for back-to-school.”
New GM David D’Arcy.
City Manager Jay Ash says the construction of the Wyndham Chelsea Hotel on Everett Avenue helped start a new era in the city, transforming a blighted industrial area to a place of great pride for the community.
Ash said more than 200 people attended the hotel’s groundbreaking in 2000 despite a driving rainstorm.
“People were in awe and so proud that the groundbreaking for a hotel was happening in Chelsea,” recalled Ash. “The Wyndham has really been a center of activity not only for hospitality but for us celebrating community. There have been so many events there and the staff at the Wyndham has become an extension of our family.”
And the new leader of the Wyndham staff in Chelsea is David D’Arcy, who assumed the position of general manager on November 11.
D’Arcy was welcomed aboard by Steven Haley, director of sales since the hotel’s opening in January, 2001 and who has become a familiar face in the community.
“I’m looking forward to working with David and I welcome him to the hotel and city,” said Haley. “We’ve met some of the dignitaries in the city such as Jay Ash and Councilor-at-Large Leo Robinson and I’m excited to be working with him.”
D’Arcy will oversee all the operations of the 117-room hotel including the sales and marketing, food and beverage, staff development, transportation to Logan Airport, and customer satisfaction. He will be working closely with Haley in the management of the hotel.
He grew up in West Roxbury and graduated in 1985 from Catholic Memorial High School where he played soccer. He studied business management at Suffolk University and Northeastern University.
“My first job was as a night auditor at the Holiday Inn in Brookline,” said D’Arcy. “I became the night manager two years later.”
D’Arcy was the general manager at the Radisson Hotel in Plymouth (Mass.) for the past four-and-half years.
“I like the hotel industry a lot, especially meeting new people and trying to improve the operation of the hotel and its occupancy and how guests view our hotel,” said D’Arcy. “I enjoy working with people who share the same commitment to customer satisfaction that I do.”
D’Arcy said he has always respected the Wyndham Hotel name.
“I think the Wyndham is a great name and I hope to bring a lot to this hotel,” said D’Arcy.
Any changes in store at the Wyndham?
“Down the road we look to renovate some of our first floor rooms as well as the fitness center,” said D’Arcy.
The new GM has toured the city and is optimistic about Chelsea’s continuing growth and development.
“There is a great future for Chelsea, both in business development and as well as the residential outlook,” said D’Arcy. “There is a great shopping area across the street with Market Basket, Starbucks, the other stores, and the brand new hotel next door. It shows that there is a lot of great, new development here.”
D’Arcy hopes to join local organizations, some of whom hold their meetings at the Wyndham.
“Being part of the community is vital to the hotel,” said D’Arcy.
D’Arcy and his wife, Lynne, have a daughter, Alexis, 6.