One of the world’s most iconic hotels, the Raffles Hotel of Singapore, has finally reopened its gates after more than two years of refurbishments.
Inaugurated in 1887 and refurbished once in 1991, the Raffles Hotel is a revolutionary landmark in the Singapore social scenery, cherished by tourists (and the Raffles Hotel has seen its fair share of renowned ones, from Elizabeth Taylor to Rudyard Kipling to Queen Elizabeth II) and locals alike. This huge renovation project was actually years in the making before works even started, with each and every decision wisely approved by the Singaporean government, since the hotel building became a National Monument in 1987.
The purpose of the restoration was to shape a new way to look at luxury while sustaining the history and tradition the hotel has built around itself in its more than one hundred years of life. “Raffles Singapore is one of the few remaining great 19th century hotels in the world,” stated Christian Westbeld, the hotel’s General Manager, in a statement. “Its restoration has been carefully designed to preserve its unique historic charm.”
There are many new additions to the Raffles’ offer that are sure to please its guests – starting with the chief feature of every hotel in the world, its rooms. The hotel will not offer nine different suite types, including the recently added Studio Suites, Grand Hotel Suites and Presidential Suites, fetching the total number of suites available to 115.
There will also be a new Writer’s Bar, rejoicing the long history of global famous writers and the Raffles Hotel and already a hotspot for locals, as well as three new dining opportunities. La Dame de Pic, run by Michelin-starred chef Anne-Sophie Pic and concentrating on French cuisine; the Bar & Billboard Room, under the direction of another citizen of France, chef Alain Ducasse. The third dining room is the Yì, focusing on Chinese cuisine under the headship of chef Jereme Leung.