RAFFLES Singapore is finally back in business after being closed for more than two years during a top-to-tail renovation.
The iconic Singapore hotel, which was looking a little rusty and dusty before the refurbishment kicked off in February 2017, is sparkling again with the update rejuvenating the address’ signature colonial-era style.
The restoration was driven by interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud with support from global architecture and design firm Aedas, and the team worked towards creating “a refreshed social haven that delivers a compelling mix of culture, beauty and gentility”.
The revitalised Raffles Singapore now boasts an increased suite count – the inventory has jumped from 103 to 115 chambers – with guests lodging in all-suite accommodation.
“There are few hotels in the world whose names have become virtually synonymous with the cities in which they are located – and none more so than the Raffles Hotel in Singapore,” says the hotel’s general manager Christian Westbeld.
“The newly restored Raffles will provide an experience like no other (and) 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
“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.”
The legendary Singapore hotel first opened in 1887 and was declared a National Monument by the Singapore Government exactly 100 years later.
Singaporeans consider the hotel to be a national treasure, with locals valuing “its historical significance and unique heritage”, and the last restoration was unveiled 1991 after the hotel closed for more than two years.