Boston Buzz: Raffles to Open First Hotel in North America

Raffles is coming to America. Part of AccorHotels since 2016, the luxury hospitality brand—whose historic Singapore flagship is where the Singapore Sling was born—has announced that the Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel & Residences will open in 2021. Raffles has teamed up with developers Jordan Warshaw and Gary and Jeffrey Saunders on its first North American property, which will be housed inside a $375 million, 33-story tower at the corner of Stuart Street and Trinity Place.  

As reported by the Boston Globe, “The development team spent years trying to build on the site, and the deal with Raffles will allow construction on the 400-foot tower to begin later this year.” Once permits were secured, there was a lot of interest from major hotel companies; Warshaw is quoted explaining the appeal of Raffles, in that “each of its 12 hotels is unique, designed to fit in, and highlight, its host city, whether in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, or Europe.”

Located next to Boston Back Bay Train Station and within a block of Copley Square, the Raffles Back Bay will have two-story sky lobby, five F&B outlets, a Raffles Spa with a 60-foot-long pool, a rooftop garden terrace, and lots of meeting and event space. The hotel interiors will be designed by Stonehill Taylor, while the Rockwell Group will conceive the decor for the residences.

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