Since 1887, Raffles Hotels and Resorts has been a global leader in the luxury hotel industry. All of their properties, from the stunning Raffles Hotel in Singapore to Hotel Europejski in Warsaw, provide guests with the very best in glamour, adventure, and warm hospitality. So, when it came time for the company to venture into the North American market, they wanted to find a neighborhood just as storied and iconic as they – and they found it in Boston’s Back Bay.
September 26, 2019, marked the official groundbreaking of Raffles Boston Back Bay hotel and residences, a mixed-use property that will stand at 40 Trinity Place, Boston, MA by 2021. This project marks the first North American property for Raffles, as well as their first collaboration with Trinity Stuart LLC (itself a partnership between Boston hoteliers Gary and Jeffrey Saunders of Saunders Hotel Group and developer Jordan Warshaw of The Noannet Group, together with their equity partner Cain International).
The 33-story, $400 million+ property is expected to carry all the trademark glamour of its Raffles hotel kinfolk. The hotel boasts 147 guest rooms and six high-end food and beverage venues for guests to enjoy. The hotel will also offer a wealth of services and amenities, including a 20-meter indoor pool, a rooftop garden, a two-story sky lobby with a stunning view of Copley Square, and of course Raffles’ famous butler service. These exceptional features – as well as the hotel’s prime location near tourist hotspots like Fenway Park – should make Raffles Boston Back Bay hotel a must-visit spot for the city’s most affluent visitors.
However, this Raffles property will not simply serve as a new Back Bay hotel; it will one day be home to luxury-seeking tourists and cosmopolitan Bostonians alike. In addition to its hotel rooms, the property will offer 146 branded residences (seven of which will be affordable housing units), from pied-a-terre suites and penthouses to one- to three-bedroom homes. Raffles residents will also have access to all of the resort’s amenities, as well as exclusive membership in the company’s loyalty program.
In addition to the prestige and elegance, the new hotel is expected to bring to Back Bay, Raffles’ latest development will provide the community with over $22 million in public benefits through street improvements, their affordable housing units, and a $13 million contribution towards affordable housing opportunities in Boston. These efforts – as well as the company’s long history of excellence in hospitality – make it clear that Raffles Boston Back Bay hotel will be a wonderful addition to this historic community.