Raf­fles restora­tion

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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. ■

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