Raffles Hotels and Resorts‘ newest property development, Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel and Residences in Boston, has officially broken ground. Projected to open in early 2022, the 33-story, $400 million project will be the brand’s first property in North America.
The flagship North American property will have 147 guestrooms, 146 branded residences and six food and beverage venues. Inspired by Boston’s charm, the hotel will include a two-story sky lobby perched above Copley Square, as well as a rooftop garden terrace and lounge, allowing guests to take in city views. Inside, guests will find a 65-foot indoor pool and fitness space at Raffles Spa and lush botanical displays throughout its 33 floors.
The Residences will include an array of suites, one- to three-bedroom homes and penthouses with a view. As part of this residential experience, residents will have priority access to all services provided by Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel and Residences, including exclusive membership in the resident-only tier of the company’s guest recognition and loyalty program, which includes VIP status and access to special benefits. Between the hotel and residences, there will be 16 separate gathering spaces, including a variety of venues exclusively for building residents.
Situated next to The University Club and adjacent to the Boston Back Bay train station, Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel and Residences is also within a block of Copley Square, Fairmont Copley Plaza, Trinity Church and Copley Place’s notable shopping scene. Other attractions are also within a short walking distance, such as the shops and galleries of Newbury Street and the Prudential Center, Fenway Park, the Museum of Fine Arts, Symphony Hall and the Charles River Esplanade.
The project will also provide $22 million in public benefits, including street and public realm improvements, seven on-site affordable housing units and a contribution of $13 million that will support additional affordable housing in Boston.