THE WAIT IS NEARLY OVER FOR RAFFLES SINGAPORE
Iconic Raffles Singapore Hotel restoration program nears completion.
Opened in 1887, Raffles Singapore is the flagship property of Raffles Hotels & Resorts and is one of the few remaining great 19th century hotels in the world. No visit to Singapore is complete without a stay at Raffles; tradition demands it.
Back in 2016 Raffles Singapore announced that it will embark on a careful and sensitive restoration programme. The restoration of this acclaimed heritage hotel, owned by Katara Hospitality, a globally recognized hospitality owner, developer and operator, will be conducted over three phases to ensure every detail of the programme is approached with careful consideration.
Phase One of the programme began in January 2017 and saw the Raffles Hotel Arcade undergo restoration works while other areas of the property operate as normal. The Raffles Hotel Arcade is an integral part of this landmark building, offering a broad range of facilities for visitors to enjoy. It houses 40 regional and specialty shops, indoor and outdoor function areas including The Ballroom and The Lawn and a variety of restaurants and bars including well-known Long Bar, home of the iconic Singapore Sling. The Singapore Sling will continue to be served at the hotel’s Bar & Billiard Room during the first and second phases of restoration.
Phase Two began in mid 2017 which saw restoration extend to the main hotel building and Lobby as well as a portion of the hotel suites. Raffles Singapore closed for the final phase near the end of 2017 with the relocation of the Long Bar to its original location taking place before its grand reopening in mid-2019
“Raffles Singapore has always evolved to stay distinctive and relevant, moving with the times and adapting to the changing needs of today’s traveler. We have a rich and colourful history and are about to begin a new chapter in our ongoing story – a sensitive restoration that will enable us to continue to offer what our guests expect and value.” said Ms. Diana Banks, Vice President, Raffles Brand, Raffles Hotels and Resorts.
Declared a National Monument 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 with its unique blend of classical architecture and tropical garden setting. Raffles Singapore is considered 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 luxury hotel has 103 individually designed suites – 84 Courtyard and Palm Court Suites, 12 Personality Suites, 5 Grand Hotel Suites and 2 Presidential Suites.
“Since opening its doors in 1887, Raffles Singapore has maintained a lasting legacy as a landmark hotel, hosting some of the world’s most famous and elite personalities. As a National Monument of Singapore and one of the few remaining 19th century hotels in the world, the hotel’s restoration is a testament to our continued pursuit in preserving portraits of historic charm, while growing Katara Hospitality’s portfolio of iconic properties in key travel destinations. Raffles Singapore is no exception, with its carefully implemented restoration programme that is poised to unveil contemporary charm and elegance; reminiscent of the luxurious splendour of Katara Hospitality hotels” said Mr. Hamad Abdulla Al-Mulla, Chief Executive Officer of Katara Hospitality.
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