Iconic luxury property Raffles Hotel Singapore is to undergo a sensitive yet extensive restoration project, reimagining the facilities, spaces and experiences within the hotel whilst retaining the charm and elegance it is renowned for.
Commencing in January 2017, the restoration will be carried out in three phases, beginning with the Raffles Hotel Arcade, which 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.
During this stage, other areas of the landmark property will remain fully operational, and the famous Singapore Sling will continue to be served at the hotel’s Bar & Billiard Room during the first and second phases of restoration.
Phase Two, which is scheduled for mid-2017, will focus on the main hotel building and Lobby as well as a portion of the hotel suites.
Raffles Singapore will close for the final phase near the end of 2017, before its grand reopening in the second quarter of 2018.
“This restoration is designed to ensure that we retain what is so special about Raffles Singapore – the ambiance, the service, the charm and the heritage of the hotel,” Raffles Hotel Singapore general manager Simon Hirst says.
Declared a National Monument by the Singapore Government when it opened in 1987 and considered a national treasure among Singaporeans who deeply value its historical significance and unique heritage, Raffles Singapore has maintained world-wide recognition as an oasis for the well-travelled with its unique blend of classical architecture and tropical garden setting.
“We have always changed and evolved to keep in step with the needs and expectations of our guests, which has been one of the secrets of our success for more than a century, and by introducing new experiences for our guests while respecting the history and heritage of the hotel, we want to ensure that this hotel continues to be at the epicenter of Singapore’s social and cultural scene.”
The last restoration was conducted from 1989 to 1991 where the hotel closed for two and a half years.
Raffles Hotel Singapore 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.