A NEW CHAP­TER

Restoration of the 130-year-old Raf­fles Ho­tel Sin­ga­pore is set to add new fea­tures, giv­ing the sto­ried es­tab­lish­ment a stylish up­date while re­tain­ing its age-old charm

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more than a year after it em­barked on a de­tailed three-phase restoration, the Raf­fles Ho­tel Sin­ga­pore is slated to re­open at the end of 2018. The ho­tel will de­but new ameni­ties and the lat­est tech­nol­ogy, while pre­serv­ing the inim­itable colo­nial am­bi­ence it has been fa­mous for since 1887.

“We are pleased to share th­ese up­dates, de­signed to keep Raf­fles Ho­tel Sin­ga­pore rel­e­vant and dis­tinc­tive to our guests while pro­vid­ing a new level of ex­cite­ment with sub­lime ex­pe­ri­ences,” says Gen­eral Man­ager Chris­tian West­beld. “At the same time, care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion has been taken to en­sure we re­tain the am­bi­ence and what is unique to Raf­fles Ho­tel Sin­ga­pore.”

Sup­ported by award-win­ning in­te­rior de­signer Alexan­dra Cham­pal­i­maud, the restoration is now in its fi­nal phase. Ev­ery stage of the en­tire process — es­pe­cially in for­ti­fy­ing the struc­tures against the rav­ages of time — has been ap­proached with sen­si­tiv­ity, re­tain­ing ev­ery as­pect of the Raf­fles ex­pe­ri­ence. Walls of the suites in the Palm Court wing were treated to counter the ef­fects of salin­i­sa­tion, a re­sult of the ho­tel’s prox­im­ity to the orig­i­nal coast­line. More than a hun­dred pieces of an­tique fur­ni­ture — in­clud­ing the Stein­way grand pi­ano, gramo­phone and grand­fa­ther clock in the Grand Lobby — were painstak­ingly re­stored. And each of the com­pound’s roof, floor and wall tiles was man­u­ally checked and re­freshed.

The up­dated Raf­fles Ho­tel Sin­ga­pore will de­but three suite cat­e­gories — Res­i­dence, Prom­e­nade, Stu­dio — bring­ing the to­tal num­ber of suites from 103 to 115. The five one- or two-bed­room Res­i­dence Suites (Odeon, Al­ham­bra, Di­a­mond, Marl­bor­ough and The­atre Royal) are named after fa­mous cin­e­mas in the vicin­ity in the early- to mid-20th cen­tury. The two Prom­e­nade Suites over­look Beach Road, and are named after Lady Sophia, wife of Sir Stam­ford Raf­fles, and Lady Mount­bat­ten, wife of Earl of Burma, Lord Louis Mount­bat­ten.

The re­opened Raf­fles Ar­cade fea­tures a new Raf­fles Spa and a re­freshed Raf­fles Gift Shop. The lat­ter will house a his­tory gallery to ex­hibit the ho­tel’s her­itage and high­light the role the ho­tel has played as a land­mark in the coun­try and the re­gion. The Long Bar, Tif­fin Room and Writ­ers Bar will un­veil re­ju­ve­nated in­te­ri­ors while still serv­ing the clas­sic Sin­ga­pore Sling, North In­dian cui­sine and be­spoke cock­tails they’ve been known to for decades.

Ju­bilee Hall will be re­named Ju­bilee Ball­room and con­verted to a 300-guest event space, dressed in cream and gold and aug­mented with an air­con­di­tioned pre-event foyer. The pre­vi­ous ball­room will be rechris­tened Palm Ball­room in a trib­ute to the trav­eller’s palm, the em­blem of the ho­tel. All event spa­ces — in­clud­ing the East In­dia Room, Ca­sua­r­ina Suite, Palm Gar­den, The Lawn and Gazebo — will be up­dated with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy.

And for those who can’t wait to be back, the Raf­fles Gift Shop and a pop-up Long Bar re­main open through­out the restoration to wel­come guests eager for a slice of the Raf­fles ex­pe­ri­ence.

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