Singapore’s iconic Raffles Hotel officially reopens after two years of extensive restoration.
First opened in 1887, and declared a National Monument a century later by the Singapore Government in 1987, Raffles Singapore has through the years, gained both local and international recognition as an oasis for the well-travelled. It is a national treasure among Singaporeans who deeply value its historical significance and unique heritage. The last restoration was conducted from 1989 to 1991 where the hotel closed for two and a half years.
The revitalised Raffles Singapore has unveiled luxurious all-suite accommodations in its makeover, across nine distinct suite categories: State Room Suites, Courtyard Suites, Palm Court Suites, Personality Suites, Residence Suites, Promenade Suites, Studio Suites, Grand Hotel Suites and Presidential Suites. Residence, Promenade and Studio suites, are the three latest additions to the hotel’s existing line-up. There are now 115 suites, up from from 103 previously. The meticulous restoration was led by acclaimed interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud, and supported by Aedas, a leading global architecture and design firm.
The hotel’s general manager, Mr Christian Westbeld, said, “Raffles Singapore is one of the few remaining great 19th century hotels in the world and its restoration has been carefully designed to preserve its unique historic charm, while creating extraordinary experiences for our esteemed guests – a dedicated commitment from all of us at Raffles Singapore and also from our owner, Katara Hospitality.” He further added, “It is our wish and desire that our guests will continue to create treasured memories at the hotel, while rediscovering what makes it so special – the distinctive architecture, heritage and legendary service.”
From the moment guests arrive, they will be attended to at all times by the “discreet and legendary” Raffles Butlers and welcomed with the iconic Singapore Sling.
The Raffles Arcade has also been newly outfitted with a charming Raffles Boutique and various bespoke retail brands. Guests and locals will also delight in exploring the worldly restaurants and bars at Raffles Singapore, including a refreshed Long Bar as well as restaurant collaborations with Chef Anne-Sophie Pic, of the three-Michelin star Maison Pic in Valence, France; venerable French Master Chef Alain Ducasse; and Chef Jereme Leung, known for his innovative Chinese cooking.
The hotel said that it is already seeing a crowd. It was at 65 per cent capacity on its opening day, and the numbers are expected to rise.
Photos of the new Raffles Singapore:
La Dame de Pic