by: Butch Stearns Updated:
BOSTON - Bobby Orr is the greatest hockey player who ever lived and now you can actually live like him. The brand new Bobby Orr Suite at The Ames Hotel in downtown Boston has opened.
"I can assure you I didn't grow up thinking, hmm maybe I'll have a suite in the Ames Hotel on Court Street," said Orr on Tuesday at the opening of a new suite bearing his name.
"I'm getting a kick out of it looking at some old photos, some of my favorite photos are here. It's just nice to walk through. It really brings back a lot of great memories. They've really done a great job," said Orr.
You can rent this suite for $800 a night. The suiite was designed by Boston-based architecture and interior design firm, Bergmeyer Associates, Inc., and includes numerous features - personal memorabilia of Orr’s, which will transport guests rink side. Upon arrival to the suite, guests will be immediately immersed in a hockey state of mind before they enter the room. The hallway outside the suite showcases a bronze sculpture of Bobby Orr’s hockey skate, a sign for ‘Bobby Orr Way,’ and a photo gallery of Bobby Orr with coaches and players from The Sports Museum.
In the living room, guests will find two original Garden seats, a replica scoreboard with the time and score halted at the Stanley Cup winning goal during overtime on May 10, 1970. Additionally, dasher boards complete with a penalty box and blue line, a custom couch and table located behind the stadium-style seats to create “stadium” seating, and flooring featuring woven vinyl to invoke the look of a rink, complete with face off circles and the blue line. On the wall, a graphic of a ticket from Orr’s first game with the Bruins can be found by the flat screen TV. On that opposite wall the famous silhouette of Orr’s leap for the winning goal for the Stanley Cup in 1970 is found on hockey netting embedded in clear acrylic.
In the bedroom, Orr’s retired banner from his personal collection hangs above the bed with a collection of hockey sticks from his days on the ice, which show the evolution of the sticks over the years he played. A replica locker serves are a closet. In addition to the retired banner, Orr has generously donated many items to the hotel from his personal collection including Prince of Wales trophies, the hockey skate sculpture and ‘Bobby Orr Way’ sign in the hallway and many photos, some signed by Orr’s teammates.
A portion of the proceeds from each guest’s stay in the Bobby Orr Suite at Ames Boston Hotel will go directly to The Bobby Orr Hall of Fame, an interactive sports heritage museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating sport and the career of Bobby Orr, which recognizes, ENCOURAGES AND SUPPORTS outstanding athletic and community achievements of many citizens in the Parry Sound District.
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