When The Whitney Hotel Boston opened at the end of June 2019, no one could have ever anticipated the pandemic and how it would impact business for the fledgling luxury hotel.
The Whitney – Boston-based Real Estate Company
The 65-room hotel at 170 Charles St., in Beacon Hill which was developed by Boston-based Related Beal and is operated by Hersha Hospitality Management of Harrisburg, Pa., reopened July 1 after closing more than three months earlier when Gov. Charlie Baker issued his mandate that temporarily shuttered all hotels throughout the Commonwealth. During this time, The Whitney didn’t receive any loans under the federal Paycheck Protection Program and was instead forced to furlough most of its approximately 25-person staff from April 1 to June 30, except for a few members who stayed working on-site during that time to maintain the hotel and its basic operations, said Kimberly Lowthers, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing.