At the beginning of this month, the iconic Raffles hotel in Singapore announced its reopening following a detailed restoration which began back in February of 2017.
Synonymous with the city in which it resides, Raffles Singapore first opened its doors in 1887, beginning a long and illustrious history. When the hotel was named a National Monument by the Singapore Government in 1987 it only served to cement the establishment’s national treasure status. Of course, Raffles is not just beloved by residents of Singapore, but by generations of travellers from all over the world. Given its special place in so many hearts, designer Alexandra Champalimaud was careful to approach the hotel’s restoration with the requisite care and sensitivity.
The result is a meticulous restoration that gives the property a wonderfully refreshed aspect and feel, without losing any of the historic character and charm for which it is so well known. As well as the updated Raffles Arcade, newly outfitted with the delightful Raffles Boutique, three new categories of suites (Residence, Promenade and Studio) have been added to the hotel’s revitalised all-suite accommodation, expanding the hotel’s total room count from 103 to 115. Characterised by simple, clean lines and the juxtaposition of dark wood on whitewashed walls, the suites’ style is faultless.
General Manager, Christian Westbeld said: “The newly restored Raffles will provide an experience like no other. It is our wish and desire that our guests will continue to make treasured memories at the hotel, while rediscovering what makes it so special – the distinctive architecture, heritage and legendary service.” Part of this legendary service comes from the fabled Raffles Butlers and an enduring symbol of the hotel’s rich heritage is, of course, the famous “Singapore Sling” cocktail, which was invented here by one of the Long Bar’s bartenders back in 1915.
The Long Bar is just one of the hotel’s public spaces to have been lovingly restored. The darkly glamorous Writer’s Bar makes a sumptuous setting for a night cap, while the soft tones and rich textures of the La Dame restaurant evoke scenes of Paris’s most sophisticated bistros. The hotel’s culinary offering has also undergone a renovation, now celebrating partnerships with the legendary Alain Ducasse, Anne-Sophie Pic of the three-Michelin star Maison Pic and innovative Chinese chef, Jereme Leung.
To book your stay at the newly-restored Raffles Singapore, contact our personal travel experts on 0191 285 9321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.