Union Street building finds new life as luxury hotel in New Bedford

New Bedford Harbor Hotel | 222 Union St., New Bedford


TURNING THE DIAL: The five-story building at 222 Union St., in New Bedford, which once housed WBSM-AM radio, was converted into a 68-room luxury hotel called the New Bedford Harbor Hotel. The project, which cost $10 million and took 10 months to complete, required the building’s interior to be gutted.
TURNING THE DIAL: The five-story building at 222 Union St., in New Bedford, which once housed WBSM-AM radio, was converted into a 68-room luxury hotel called the New Bedford Harbor Hotel. The project, which cost $10 million and took 10 months to complete, required the building’s interior to be gutted.

Building owner: Columbus Group LLC

BEFORE
BEFORE

Building tenant: New Bedford Harbor Hotel

Architect and interior designer: Visnick & Caulfield Associates Inc.

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Developer/general contractor: South Coast Improvement Co.

Other parties involved: South Shore Engineering Team (mechanical, electrical, plumbing)

Cost: $10 million

FINE DINING: The restaurant on the New Bedford Harbor Hotel’s lower floor includes a new bar area featuring local foods, beers and cocktails. The hotel also has 5,100 square feet of banquet space.
FINE DINING: The restaurant on the New Bedford Harbor Hotel’s lower floor includes a new bar area featuring local foods, beers and cocktails. The hotel also has 5,100 square feet of banquet space.
BEFORE
BEFORE

Use: The five-story building on Union Street, which formerly housed WBSM-AM radio, was converted into a 68-room luxury hotel that opened for business in July. The project took 10 months to complete. It included installing a new roof and a complete overhaul of the building’s mechanics, electrical system and plumbing in order to have a shower, toilet and sink in each hotel room. Each room has large windows, allowing natural light in. The elevators were also upgraded to meet current code standards, and the common areas were refurbished. Along with having a new bar area, the 46,000-square-foot building also has 5,100 square feet of banquet space and 3,300 square feet of restaurant space.

MORNING LIGHT: Each refurbished room at the New Bedford Harbor Hotel has large windows, allowing in natural light.
MORNING LIGHT: Each refurbished room at the New Bedford Harbor Hotel has large windows, allowing in natural light.

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