The UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center will showcase new “inn”-style guest rooms available year-round to the public. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony and room tour, state and city dignitaries as well as Chancellor Marty Meehan will offer remarks before viewing the new rooms and suites, which are separate from the student residence portion of the building.

When UMass Lowell purchased the DoubleTree Hotel in August 2009, the plan was to transform the 252-room hotel into a multi-use complex that would help the local economy by attracting visitors to Lowell while providing housing for students. Since last August, the Inn has hosted over 23,000 people at professional and academic conferences and housed 425 students during the 2009-2010 school year.

The opening of the year-round inn guest rooms is another step forward in the transformation of the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, offering a central hub bringing people within walking distance to restaurants, shops and cultural venues in the city’s vibrant downtown business district. Other planned renovations to the Inn will be detailed at the event.

Among the 31 inn-style rooms are two suites, one on each floor, in addition to rooms with one king or two queen beds.  The first floor rooms feature a patio along the canal.  The standard 205 guest hotel rooms, located on floors 3 through 9, are available to the public from mid-May to mid-August.