WHY IT RATES: The iconic hotel brand is known for impeccable luxury and will bring its legendary hospitality to a historic Boston neighborhood. —Janeen Christoff, TravelPulse Senior Writer.
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Raffles Hotels & Resorts, part of AccorHotels, in partnership with hoteliers Gary and Jeffrey Saunders and developer Jordan Warshaw, announced the signing of definitive agreements to debut the first mixed-use Raffles property in North America.
Located in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, at the corner of Stuart Street and Trinity Place, Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel & Residences will be a welcoming oasis of refined elegance comprised of a distinctive hotel as well as exquisitely appointed residences and is scheduled to open in 2021.
“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.”
Joining a prestigious collection of 12 unique and timeless Raffles properties around the world, the project will include 147 guestrooms and 146 branded residences in a striking new 33-story building.
Hotel highlights include a mix of signature Raffles hotel services, elegant and lively public spaces, including a two-story sky lobby perched high above Copley Square, five distinct food and beverage venues, a state-of-the-art Raffles Spa with a 20-meter indoor pool, a stunning garden terrace and lounge and expansive meeting space.
Raffles Boston Back Bay Residences will be a sophisticated urban sanctuary with a unique collection of pied-a-terre suites, one- to three-bedroom homes and penthouses, together with a variety of intimate residents-only gathering places and exclusive offerings.
For more than 130 years, Raffles Hotels & Resorts has celebrated the individual personalities and stories of its hotels, each featuring a design aesthetic that embraces and reflects the culture of the destination and community in which it resides.
A team of award-winning architectural and design firms has been carefully selected to bring the property to life, with an inimitable personality that is uniquely “of Boston.” The building will boast an impressive and dramatic exterior designed by Boston-based The Architectural Team Inc.; as well as elegantly appointed hotel interiors fashioned by Stonehill Taylor; and stylish and sophisticated residential interiors created by Rockwell Group.
The project’s developer, Trinity Stuart LLC, is a partnership of hoteliers Gary and Jeff Saunders individually, principals of Saunders Hotel Group, which has a distinguished history of owning and operating hotels in Boston’s Back Bay, and developer Jordan Warshaw, principal of The Noannet Group, a Boston-based development firm that specializes in architecturally distinctive buildings that enhance their communities.
“Raffles is one of the most iconic names in hotels in the world, and the Back Bay is one of the most iconic neighborhoods in the United States, so it is a perfect match and will further enhance Boston’s reputation as a world-class city,” said Warshaw.
“The addition of the legendary Raffles brand in North America signals an evolution of AccorHotels’ luxury presence in the region and supports our Group’s growth strategy to introduce new brands and continue to develop luxury hotels in key strategic markets,” Frid added.
Dating back to 1887, Raffles Hotels & Resorts is an iconic and award-winning brand with an illustrious history and legendary service.
Today, the Raffles collection includes a dozen distinguished addresses around the world, each with its own unique local character combined with identifiable Raffles touches. Located in many of the world’s most impressive destinations, the remarkable collection of hotels and resorts includes Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris; Raffles Singapore, and Raffles Seychelles, among others.
Noteworthy Raffles openings in the pipeline include Raffles Europejski Warsaw in Poland, The Palm Dubai Hotel and Raffles Residences on Palm Jumeirah, and transformation of the Old War Office in London into a Raffles Hotel.
SOURCE: Raffles Hotels & Resorts press release.
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Hilton, American Express Donate One Million Rooms to Medical Professionals
Hilton has teamed up with American Express to donate up to one million hotel room nights across the United States to medical professionals leading the fight against coronavirus on the front lines.
Starting next week on April 13, the hotel giant will make rooms available without charge to doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics and other frontline medical staff who need a place to sleep, recharge or isolate from their families through the end of May.
To coordinate the massive effort, Hilton is teaming with 10 associations that represent more than one million healthcare workers to provide access to the program, including the American Hospital Association, American Nurses Association and more.
“During this crisis, we have seen so many examples of medical professionals working in the most challenging circumstances, sacrificing their own needs for the greater good,” Hilton CEO Christopher J. Nassetta said in a statement. “They truly are heroes. We are honored to extend our Hilton hospitality to them during this difficult time.”
American College of Emergency Physicians president William Jaquis, MD, FACEP, said the room donation would be welcomed relief for the thousands of medical staff enduring long hours under challenging circumstances.
A variety of Hilton brands are participating, including Hampton by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, DoubleTree by Hilton and others. Nassetta said hotel owners around the country have been “eager to support their communities and be part of the solution.”
Earlier this month, the Las Vegas Sands also lent a helping hand by donating two million medical masks and 20,000 protective suits to healthcare professionals, first responders and nonprofit organizations in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
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