Raf­fles Sin­ga­pore starts ren­o­va­tions

Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Upfront -

RAF­FLES SIN­GA­PORE HAS STARTED a three-phase ren­o­va­tion which will lead to the iconic ho­tel clos­ing in De­cem­ber and re­open­ing in June 2018.

Mind­ful of the need to re­tain the ho­tel’s her­itage while cater­ing to the needs of 21st cen­tury trav­ellers, Gen­eral Man­ager Si­mon Hirst said it will be a “care­ful and sen­si­tive restora­tion” with few struc­tural changes and “90 per cent will be in­te­rior de­sign”. In Au­gust, around half of the 103 suites will close be­fore the third phase be­gins late 2017.

Changes will see a new his­tory gallery in­stalled along with mod­ern in-suite tech­nol­ogy, bet­ter air con­di­tion­ing and re­designed bath­rooms, as well as a new lobby lounge and fresh din­ing con­cepts. The work will cover ar­eas that un­der­went the pre­vi­ous ren­o­va­tion be­tween 1989-1991.

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