A Design-forward Hotel Finds a Home in Somerville

Boston Globe – In photographs, the exterior of the new Cambria Boston Somerville hotel looks horrifically out of place. It’s as if a giant accordion squeezed and wheezed its way up Somerville Ave. and settled in an empty lot adjacent to a mix of traditional retail and residential buildings near the Cambridge-Somerville line.

The Cambria boldly stands out, and its faceted, geometric, and crenelated exterior may not be everybody’s cup of cola. But photographs can be deceiving, and in person, the hotel, which is clad in deep red and terracotta Japanese cement boards, looks innovative rather than out-of-place . . .

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