Thu, 17 Aug 2017

Raffles Hotel Singapore Enters Second Phase of Extensive Restoration

The Raffles Hotel Singapore, one of the world’s most prestigious and iconic luxury hotels, has entered into the second phase of its extensive three-phase restoration.

 Some new lifestyle and social experiences that guests can look forward to when the hotel re-opens in the middle of 2018 include a new 300-guest Grand Ballroom, a new spa, as well as refreshed dining concepts that will build on the charm and heritage of the hotel.

Raffles Hotel Singapore’s new Grand Ballroom will be able to accommodate over 300 guests in the former historic Jubilee Hall theatre, with subtle design motifs and techniques recalling the heritage of the space. The introduction of the Grand Ballroom will enable guests to choose from two ballrooms in different areas of the hotel – with the former ballroom becoming the secondary ballroom due to its smaller capacity.

The Raffles Hotel Singapore, one of the world’s most prestigious and iconic luxury hotels

“The restoration of Raffles is a careful and sensitive project, designed to retain what is so important about Raffles – our architecture, our heritage, our service and the unique feeling of being somewhere very special,” said Ronald Dooremalen, Hotel Manager, Raffles Hotel Singapore. “We will be presenting new spaces and experiences, enhancing comfort and splendour for the discerning traveller, and inviting the community to enjoy our newly opened bars, courtyards and social areas; spaces designed to make Raffles the place to meet, spend time, shop and celebrate.”

Award-winning interior designer, Alexandra Champalimaud, who has worked with many high profile luxury hotels around the world, conceptualised the design of the Grand Ballroom, along with the rest of the hotel’s interiors.

 “We have included sophisticated Victorian details whispering to the heritage of the space along with nods to Singapore’s culture,” said Ms. Champalimaud. “In order to tell the legacy story of the theatre, we added finely curated motifs and techniques that speak to its history, along with iconic lighting elements to provide an added layer of luxury. Stunning chandeliers and signature gold Venetian light fixtures with elegant coffers, which light the room beautifully, can be found within the space along with custom upholstered wall panels that speak to Singapore’s culture.”

Phase Two of the restoration commenced on 13 August 2017, and involves restoration works on some of the hotel suites and the hotel’s main building. During this time, the Raffles Gift Shop and 24-hour in-suite dining will continue to be available while check-ins will be done in East India Rooms. All dining experiences, including the Singapore Sling, will be served at Bar & Billiard Room. A selection of suites continues to be available during this period and guests staying at Raffles will be able to enjoy facilities such as fitness centre and swimming pool at the Fairmont Singapore, located just across the street from Raffles.

Other key updates to the restoration of Raffles Hotel Singapore include:

New Raffles Hotel Spa

Raffles Hotel Singapore will open a new spa which will be located within the Raffles Arcade, presenting a holistic sanctuary to hotel guests and members of the public.

 The new spa will feature separate lounge areas for ladies and gentlemen and will offer restorative treatments as well as a private area with its own treatment room and facilities that will cater to special celebrations.

New Dining Concepts and Reimagined Spaces

Raffles Hotel Singapore will have at least three new dining concepts while existing restaurants and bars will be reimagined to add new excitement to Singapore’s dining scene and enhance the overall dining experience of guests and the community.

The popular Long Bar and well-loved Tiffin Room will remain; their respective spaces will be refreshed and updated in order to evolve and remain relevant. Writer’s Bar, Raffles’ tribute to the literary luminaries who have stayed at the iconic hotel, will be enlarged and elevated to a full bar.

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