The story of the Verb Hotel is one that began way back in 1959 when the Fenway Motor Hotel first opened its doors at 1271 Boylston Street. Located deep in the heart of Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, the two-story building was designed to 1950s modernist ideals by architects Irving Salsberg and Ralph Leblanc. It was a time of optimism, style and, above all, great music.
From the beginning, this mid-century classic had all of those elements. But it’s the bustling backdrop of Fenway, with its mix of finger-on-the-cultural pulse, urban charm and sense of community, that has always played a big part in the hotel’s personality. Its cast of unconventional characters, electrifying music scene and indie edge have all helped shape the events and stories that the hotel has played a part in ever since.
During the last half-century, the changes in Fenway have been profound. Our neighborhood nurtured the music scene of Kenmore Square and the multitude of clubs on Lansdowne Street, gave rise to the pre-eminent alternative weekly newspaper, the Boston Phoenix, housed the offices of iconic and competitive rock radio stations WFNX-FM and WBCN-FM and has been home to a thriving art scene as well as ever-expanding dining opportunities. And let’s not forget a few epic ball games and stadium music performances along the way. Through the decades, the hotel’s status as a home town icon kept growing, like a cool local personality who’s seen it all and has the characteristic looks to prove it!
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