One of the world’s most iconic hotels reopens in Singapore
RAFFLES Hotel Singapore, a colonial-style luxury hotel established by Armenian hoteliers the Sarkies Brothers in 1887, has finally reopened following an extensive three-phase restoration which began in February 2017.
The last restoration was conducted from 1989 to 1991 where the hotel closed for two and a half years.
Named after British statesman Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore, the hotel was declared a National Monument by the Singapore government in 1987.
Through the years, Raffles Hotel Singapore has gained both local and international recognition as one of the world’s best hotels and among the most iconic.
Its historical significance and unique heritage have earned it a few spots in popular culture, such as becoming the setting for Ryū Murakami’s novel and its film adaptation titled Raffles Hotel. The hotel was also featured as a Japanese stronghold in Medal of Honor: Rising Sun.
“There are few hotels in the world whose names have become virtually synonymous with the cities in which they are located – and none more so than the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. The newly restored Raffles will provide an experience like no other,” Raffles Hotel Singapore general manager Christian Westbeld was quoted as saying.
“It is our wish and desire that our guests will continue to create treasured memories at the hotel while rediscovering what makes it so special – the distinctive architecture, heritage, and legendary service.”
Helmed by acclaimed interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud with support from leading global architecture and design firm Aeda, the revitalized Raffles offers nine categories of luxurious suites: State Room Suites, Courtyard Suites, Palm Court Suites, Personality Suites, Residence Suites, Promenade Suites, Grand Hotel Suites, and Presidential Suites.
The Residence, Promenade, and Studio Suites are the three latest additions to the hotel’s line-up, with the total suite count increasing from 103 suites to 115 suites.
“Suites are much more comfortable than before,” Westbeld told CNN. “No noise disturbances. Beautiful bathrooms. Technology that’s not overpowering — it’s just an added tool to make your life a little bit easier.
To add on, guests can now also experience new levels of comfort and service with their very own butler, brought to life by Raffles Butlers.
The butler will be the main point of contact and will arrange for requests to be fulfilled on the guest’s behalf, from airport transfers and spa appointments to restaurant reservations and room service.
“Raffles Hotel Singapore is one of the few remaining great 19th century hotels in the world and its restoration has been carefully designed to preserve its unique historic charm, while creating extraordinary experiences for our esteemed guests – a dedicated commitment from all of us at Raffles Hotel Singapore and also from our owner, Katara Hospitality,” Westbeld added.