Catherine Carlock reports that Intercontinental Real Estate Corp. and Harbinger Development are developing a $176 million Hampton Inn by Hilton and Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Seaport in a 14-story, 400-room hotel building at 660 Seaport Blvd., which Suffolk Construction is building.

Today marks the reopening of the historic Groton Inn after seven years.

In the Groton Inn’s statement to the press yesterday, it billed itself as “America’s oldest inn” – which got me to wondering whether that could really be true.

There is no question that the Groton Inn is among the oldest inns in America.

Sudbury’s Wayside Inn claims title to being the oldest “Operating inn” in the United States – that inn was originally built as a house in 1707 and opened one of its two rooms as a tavern in 1716.

Unlike the Groton Inn, that original 1716 tavern room at the Wayside Inn is still in use today.

I think Cape Cod’s Old Yarmouth Inn – which claims to be the oldest inn on Cape Cod – could make a strong case that it’s older.