First opened in 1887, the iconic Raffles Hotel Singapore is a national monument, and the birthplace of the famous Singapore Sling cocktail. Behind the classic colonial façade, the all-suite hotel has lush gardens and private butlers to attend to each guest room. In big news for the historic property: Raffles recently announced a major restoration which will start in January 2017.
The first phase will see the refurbishment of the Raffles Hotel Arcade, while the second phase—starting in mid-2017—will overhaul the main building, lobby, and some of the suites. During this time, the hotel will stay open for business. However, a closure will take place for the third and final phase of the project, from the end of 2017 until the second quarter of 2018. Technology upgrades will be a major focus of the project. The interiors will be decorated by award-winning designer Alexandra Champalimaud.
General Manager Simon Hirst said, “This restoration is designed to ensure that we retain what is so special about Raffles Hotel Singapore - the ambiance, the service, the charm and the heritage of the hotel. We have always changed and evolved to keep in step with the needs and expectations of our guests.”