Raffles Hotel Singapore Set for a ‘Careful & Sensitive’ Restoration
Raffles Hotel Singapore announced plans to embark on a ‘careful and sensitive’ restoration program.
The restoration of the Katara Hospitality-owned iconic heritage hotel, managed under the award-winning Raffles Hotels & Resorts, will be conducted over 3 phases.
The program’s 1st phase will begin in January 2017 with the Raffles Hotel Arcade undergoing restoration works whilst other areas of the property resume normal operation.
Among the Raffles Hotel Arcade’s highlights include The Ballroom and The Lawn, amongst a variety of restaurants and bars such as the well-known Long Bar, the famous birthplace of the Singapore Sling.
During the 1st 2 phases of the restoration, guests may still enjoy the iconic cherry-red drink at the hotel’s Bar & Billiard Room.
Phase 2 is slated to start in mid-2017 as restoration efforts commence on the Lobby, the main hotel building and a selection of the hotel suites.
By the end of 2017, Raffles Hotel Singapore will close for the final phase of the program before its grand reopening, planned for Q-2 of Y 2018.
“Raffles Hotel Singapore has always evolved to stay distinctive and relevant, moving with the times and adapting to the changing needs of today’s traveler,” said Diana Banks, Vice President, Raffles Brand, Raffles Hotels and Resorts. “We have a rich and colorful history and are about to begin a new chapter in our ongoing story – a sensitive restoration that will enable us to continue to offer what our guests expect and value.”
The project is directed by Aedas Singapore, who managed the restoration of the London Coliseum and the revitalized Mallory Street/Burrows Street of Hong Kong, while its interiors will be led by award-winning designer Alexandra Champalimaud. The designer has worked with New York’s The Plaza, Los Angeles’ Hotel Bel-Air and The Dorchester in London, amongst other high profile luxury hotels worldwide.
“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,” said Simon Hirst, General Manager, Raffles Hotel Singapore. “This extraordinary undertaking will also re-imagine the facilities, spaces and experiences within the hotel to delight the well-traveled and the community.”