Singapore’s famous Raffles Hotel will undergo a major restoration this year. It will be carried out in three phases, meaning the hotel will be able to operate as usual for most of 2017.
However, near the end of the year, it will close completely before a grand re-opening in the second quarter of 2018.
The renovation work will start in the heritage hotel’s shopping arcade that includes 40 shops and the Long Bar, home of the iconic Singapore Sling.
Singapore Slings will continue to be served from the hotel’s Bar & Billiard Room during the restoration.
Following the work in the arcade area, some of the hotel’s 103 suites and lobby will be restored.
Declared a National Monument by the Singapore Government in 1987, Raffles is one of the world’s few remaining 19thcentury hotels.
It has gained international recognition as an oasis for the well travelled, with its unique blend of classical architecture and tropical-garden setting.
The most recent restoration was conducted from 1989 to 1991, with the hotel closing for two and a half years. ■