( Sponsored )
High ceilings, big windows and water views adorn the rooms of the University of Massachusetts Lowell Inn & Conference Center, a full-service hotel on the banks of the Concord River.
The ICC boasts over 200 rooms, a restaurant and 15,000 square feet of event space. The 6,000 square-foot ballroom is one of the largest in the area, says Carol Scalesse, the director of sales and marketing.
“We are here for your events,” she said. “We’re here for your conferences, we’re here for your wedding, for your shower, for your reception of any type.”
UMass Lowell bought the building in 2009 and designed it to be both a hotel and dorm space, so during the school year it is separated into two parts. Visitors stay in 31 inn-style rooms on the first two floors while UMass Lowell students occupy floors three through nine, which are separated off from the rest of the hotel. After graduation in May, the student floors are converted into traditional hotel rooms for the public.
The ICC commands views of the city on one side and the lower locks of the Pawtucket Canal on the other. Many rooms have patios or windows overlooking the falls. A walking bridge over the river connects visitors to downtown, including the Boarding House Park, museums, the Lowell Memorial Auditorium and Merrimack Repertory Theatre. “The national park is right outside our door. We’re are uniquely accessible to all that Lowell has to offer,” Scalesse said.
The ICC also has its own restaurant and lounge, 50 Warren, with outdoor seating facing the river. 50 Warren Lounge is open to the general public, serving dinner every night.
“We have a very pretty view, so it’s really a nice night out,” said Scalesse. “On Friday nights throughout the summer, come listen to our live entertainment. Have a drink. Sample a special and sit out there and see how pretty it is.”
“What we’re really known for would be our lobster roll,” Scalesse said. “It’s gigantic and very, very tasty.”
The only hotel in downtown Lowell, the ICC helps bring revenue to the city and university, Scalesse says. Many school events, non-profit galas, and summer conferences are held here. Conferences often have a career link to the university.
The ICC also hosts community events like the acts in the Lowell Summer Music Series and Lowell Folk Festival. Scalesse says the ICC staff work with community organizers to show people Lowell is worth visiting.
“Lowell kind of embraces everyone,” she said. “We all work very, very well together because we really want people to know that Lowell is alive, unique and inspiring.”
UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center
50 Warren St.