Raffles Hotel, Singapore, Reopens

Renovation began in 2017.

The newly-refurbished Residence Suite at Raffles Hotel Singapore.

The iconic Raffles Hotel in Singapore reopened on 1 August following a long renovation. The hotel now offers all-suite accommodations across nine distinct categories. The total suite count has increased from 103 to 115.

The three-tier renovation commenced in 2017 and was led by interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud, supported by Aedas, a global architecture and design firm. ‘Exquisite new suite categories, vibrant lifestyle experiences and exclusive dining concepts are designed for international visitors and Singaporeans to meet, stay, shop, dine and celebrate,’ said the hotel in a statement.

“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. The newly restored Raffles will provide an experience like no other,” said Christian Westbeld, General Manager, Raffles Singapore. “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 Hotel Singapore is owned by Qatar-based Katara Hospitality and is part of Accor. The hotel first opened in 1887 and was declared a National Monument a hundred years later by the Singapore Government. The previous restoration took place in 1989 to 1991 when the hotel was closed for two and a half years.

Jeannette Ho, Vice President, Raffles Brand and Strategic Relationships, Raffles Hotels and Resorts, commented, “We are very pleased to be part of the reopening of the iconic Raffles Singapore officially returning to the city, refreshed, reimagined and revitalised. This is where it all started and faithful to its roots, Raffles Singapore reinvents emotional luxury. As the hotel concludes its restoration and embarks on the next chapter, the return of this flagship property to Raffles Hotels & Resorts paves the way for the expansion of the brand as we deliver this same level of unparalleled service and sublime experiences to new destinations in cities such as Udaipur, London and Boston.”

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