by Sarah J.F. Braley | April 26, 2018
The luxury Raffles brand is making its first foray into the North American market with a new Back Bay Boston property. The venture is being developed by a partnership between Raffles Hotels & Resorts, which is part of AccorHotels, and hoteliers Gary and Jeffrey Saunders of Saunders Hotel Group, and developer Jordan Warshaw of the Noannet Group of Boston. Scheduled to open in 2021, Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel & Residences will feature 147 guest rooms and 146 residences, joining a very exclusive collection of just 12 properties around the world. 
 
"We are proud to announce the introduction of Raffles Hotels & Resorts, one of our portfolio's most iconic and beloved luxury brands, to Boston, an American city with a powerful history of cultural significance and landmark events," said Kevin Frid, COO of AccorHotels North & Central America. "As the only Raffles property on the continent, the hotel will bring to North America the unparalleled standards of excellence for which the Raffles brand is celebrated. We are certain that Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel & Residences will become a legendary address for unsurpassed service, extraordinary style and distinctive experiences for years to come."
 
Other hotel highlights will include the Raffles Butler, a two-story sky lobby high above Copley Square, five food-and-beverage venues, a state-of-the-art Raffles Spa with an indoor pool, a rooftop garden terrace and lounge, and expansive meeting and prefunction space. 
 
The property will be in the heart of the Back Bay neighborhood, adjacent to the Boston Back Bay Train Station and within a block of Copley Square, the Fairmont Copley Plaza, Trinity Church and within a short walk to Newbury Street and the Prudential Center, Fenway Park, the Museum of Fine Arts and dozens of restaurants.