Raffles Luxury Hotels to Open First North American Property in Back Bay

The posh outpost is scheduled to open in 2021 at the corner of Stuart Street and Trinity Place.

The imposing ornate Victorian facade of the 19th Century Raffles Hotel, iconic symbol of luxury and birthplace of the Singapore Sling cocktail. ProPhoto RGB profile for maximum color fidelity and gamut.

Raffles Hotel in Singapore (Photo via iStock/fotoVoyager)

If you’re looking to take a vacation—or a staycation—in Back Bay, you’ll soon have another high-end hotel option to consider.

Raffles Hotels & Resorts plans to open its first North American property at the corner of Stuart Street and Trinity Place, the Boston Globe reports, in a $375 million, 400-foot-tall tower that will also house condominiums.

Construction on the property, which will be developed with Jordan Warshaw and Gary and Jeffrey Saunders, will begin by the end of the year. The project is slated for completion in 2021, Warshaw told the Globe.

Named for British statesman Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles, who founded modern Singapore, the hotel chain operates roughly a dozen posh properties in Asia, Europe, and Africa. The flagship outpost was built in Singapore in 1887, and its impressive slate of prior guests includes Rudyard Kipling and Joseph Conrad, according to Forbes. The gin-based Singapore Sling cocktail was born at the flagship property, and butlers are on-call there 24 hours a day.

The Boston property will be Raffles’ first foray into the western hemisphere, and executives said they were excited about the chance to enter a new market.

“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,” Kevin Frid, the chief operating officer of AccorHotels, Raffles’ parent company, said in a statement to the Globe. “We are certain that Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel & Residences will become a legendary address.”