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
“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.
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:
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
New Dining Concepts and
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.
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.