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Raffles Singapore Reopens: Return of a Legend

A laborious redo of the hotels accommodations and restaurants breathes new life into this grand dame of bygone hospitality

Raffles Singapore is heralding a new chapter in its rich history and heritage. The flagship Accor hotel property has just completed a sensitive and pain-staking three-phased restoration that began in February 2017.

“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.

The meticulous restoration creates a refreshed social haven that mixes culture, beauty and gentility and features exquisite new suite categories. The revitalized Raffles Singapore offers luxurious all-suite accommodations across nine distinct categories: State Room Suites, Courtyard Suites, Palm Court Suites, Personality Suites, Residence Suites, Promenade Suites, Grand Hotel Suites and Presidential Suites. Residence, Promenade and Studio suites, are the three latest additions to the hotel’s existing line-up. The total suite count is now 115 suites, up from 103.

The Raffles Arcade has been newly outfitted with various bespoke retail brands and restaurant collaborations add star-power to dining options with Chef Anne-Sophie Pic, of the three-Michelin star Maison Pic in Valence, France; French Master Chef Alain Ducasse; and Chef Jereme Leung, known for his innovative Chinese cooking. At the refreshed Long Bar, travelers continue to enjoy the hotel’s most famous cocktail, the original Singapore Sling, along with the timeless tradition of tossing peanut shells on the floor.

First opened in 1887, and declared a national monument a century later by the Singapore Government in 1987, Raffles Singapore has, through the years, gained both local and international recognition as an oasis for the well-traveled. The last restoration was conducted from 1989 to 1991 where the hotel closed for two and a half years.