Skift Take

Omni's strategy for convention hotels is stuffing the ground floor with local restaurants and bars, offering a revenue lift in tough times. But it also costs a lot of money to develop. If you build it, it better be cool enough to motivate local residents to show up.

Series: Early Check-In

Early Check-In

Editor’s Note: Early Check-In, Making Sense of the Week in Hotel Deals & Development: First thing every Monday morning, hospitality reporter Cameron Sperance brings readers exclusive reporting and insights into hotel deals and development, and how those trends are making an impact across the travel industry. Start your week by being smarter.

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It’s a Friday night in Boston, and Coquette, one of the city’s hottest new restaurants, is buzzing with a local crowd sipping cocktails and devouring French fare like clams gratiné around the cozy, brick- and mural-adorned dining room.  But perhaps the more striking