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Renaissance Hotel Set To Open At Patriot Place Development

Renaissance Hotel & Spa At Patriot
Place To Officially Open Today In Foxborough
The Renaissance Boston Hotel & Spa "plans to open" today at Patriot Place, across from Gillette Stadium, according to Katie Johnston Chase of the BOSTON GLOBE. Despite the economy, the owners of the 150-room hotel with prices "ranging from $189 to $1,000 a night," are "confident that the five-story hotel will do just fine." Renaissance Boston Hotel & Spa co-Owner Mark Stebbins said that the deal with Kraft Group, which owns the Patriots and Patriot Place, "includes a provision to add 100 more rooms." The Renaissance, a Marriott Int'l Inc. hotel, is "trying to position itself as the only upscale hotel between Boston and Providence." Patriots President Jonathan Kraft: "From the split in Braintree down to Providence, there is no high-quality, full-service hotel."  The hotel's "dominant color, red, was taken from the Patriots colors." The hotel's "first test" for success will be this weekend, when Gillette Stadium hosts the NCAA Division I men's lacrosse championships. Hotel officials indicated there are "already some high-profile guests with reservations," as singer Elton John's "setup team has booked the Renaissance for his July concert with Billy Joel." But there is "at least one group that won't be staying in the hotel: NFL teams, which require more meeting space than the hotel has" (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/16).

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