Crowne Plaza Transformation Complete

The Holiday Inn is no longer.


The transformation from a to a is complete on Middlesex Canal Park.

"Our building's exterior is 90-percent done and 114 of 197 guest rooms are finished,” said general manager Frank Vento. “This is a completely different hotel now.”

According to Vento, the rooms now have "luxury baths and boutique-style décor including padded headboards, plush mattresses and bedding, state-of-the-art work centers and high definition 42” LCD televisions."

Vento said that he has heard positive reviews from customers and guests.

"They compliment the contemporary design, the comfort of the beds, and the amenities that focus on multitasking travelers,” he said.

The Middlesex Canal Park hotel is owned by David Masse, the CEO of Woburn-based Compass Reality Associates and Managing Partner of Panther Properties. The Crowne Plaza Boston-Woburn is part of global Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts chain operated by Intercontinental Hotels Group.

According to Vento, the hotel now features an indoor pool and fitness center, renovated meeting space, and a revamped . The fourth floor of the hotel is set aside for "VIP guests" with a concierge and multi-media lounge, as well as complimentary breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres.

Grace Pigott of Analog Devices said she has used the hotel and is pleased with the transformation.

"There’s lots of A-plusses about this Crowne Plaza,” she said.

Joe August 13, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Have to wonder if the hotel is still housing the homeless. If I were a guest, I'd like to be aware of that before booking.
William August 13, 2012 at 12:51 PM
I agree; It's a hotel NOT an apartment complex. This CITY makes big $$$ having such housing; That is WHY there has been no action to stop it from happening. Meanwhile, the educational system and our children are forced to carry the burden of this social program. If city officials had children that were behind in their educational development due to unruly, out of state children from a hotel being placed in the class room you would see action being taken. We have laws on the books to STOP this from happening; The building inspector could easily apply such laws but is either unwilling and/or instructed not to do so. Not to mention the inherent slap in the face to tax payers. Most citizen tax payers need to work 2 jobs in order to get a fraction of what those living at the hotel receive. Yes.."hotel residents" get free housing, cable TV, meals, transportation, education, phone, Internet, heated pool and more; All funded by the hard working tax payer. Having an influx of residents that have no stake in the community has a real impact on everyone.
Jake Halligan August 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Don't forget the free ambulance (cab rides) to the hospital on a daily basis from the hotel.
Danielle Masterson August 14, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I checked in with Frank Vento, the GM of the Crowne Plaza. He said, "The Holiday Inn was never a homeless shelter. We did provide rooms for a State program to help people in transition. We are no longer involved in that that program." Hope that answers the question! :)
Earnhardt August 15, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Seriuosly William! I am with you! stop working, loaf around Woburn center all day, and you end up getting a room on the dimes of those of us who work every day! And the burden that is placed on our Schools and Police force who spend half the night dealing with issues at those places night after night! Time to stop this madness!


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