Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Boston MA

Successful previous involvement.

In 1996, Robin Brown co-created CWB Boylston, LLC. As the visionaries behind the Mandarin Oriental Boston project, Robin Brown, along with his partners, were the principals overseeing the overall project development, including its concept, design, financing, construction, permitting, community relations, branding, leasing, apartment and condominium sales, management and successful launch.

Robin Brown’s roles and responsibilities in the project included:

        +Obtaining all approvals and permits. Involved in well over 200 separate meetings with 22 neighborhood groups and organizations              and the Boston Redevelopment Authority

        +Coordinated debt financing with Bank of America and HSBC totaling over $250 million in total loan proceeds. Intimately involved                  with global syndication road show presentation.

        +Co-led project concept, design and implementation.

        +Coordinated integration of the project with Boston Properties, Avalon Bay and the City of Boston into a integrated, mixed-used                    development.

        +Solicited, analyzed, vetted and secured the global flag procurement, including 12 flag competitive analysis and negotiations.

        +Worked day-to-day with architects, interior designers and general contractors. Highly complex ground-up development given project          scale (over $350 million total budget), connection to city infrastructure and neighboring property owners.

        +Leased all retail space to tenants including L’Espalier, Frette, Lululemon, Gucci, Mizu and First Republic Bank.

        +Sold individual condominiums valued in excess of $250 million by private appointment two years prior to opening and leased 35                rental units including the affordable housing component together with the City of Boston.

        +Coordinated over $50 million worth of custom work on behalf of the owners in 44 of the 50 condominium units prior to the opening          of the hotel.

The project was awarded “Top 10 Hotels” in the United States in its first year of operation by both Travel & Leisure and Condé Nast. The property was awarded both the esteemed AAA Five Diamond Award rating and the coveted Forbes Five-Star award. 

The project was successfully sold upon completion in the Fall of 2008 at a total value well in excess of cost.