Sneak Peek: Raffles Singapore restorationBy Lauren Arena
30 Oct 2017
Major restoration works are in full swing at the iconic Raffles Singapore, which is set to re-open in the second half of 2018.
Managed by Raffles Hotels & Resorts—now part of AccorHotels following the group's $2.7bn acquisition of Fairmont Raffles—the hotel's sensitive restoration project kicked off in January 2017 and includes the main hotel building as well as the adjoining Raffles Hotel Arcade, which houses 40 retail outlets, indoor and outdoor function areas, and several restaurants and bars.
While the hotel’s historical charm will be maintained, new amenities and technology will be added, including the introduction of new suites (increasing the total suite count from 103 to 115), refreshed dining concepts and new event spaces.
Once reopened, the Raffles Arcade will showcase new social and retail spaces, including a History Gallery to illustrate the heritage of Raffles Singapore, and a brand-new Raffles Spa.
Heritage-filled restaurants and bars that have been part of the hotel since the 1900s, such as the Long Bar, Tiffin Room and Writers Bar, will remain, albeit with restored interior décor. However the hotel’s signature Afternoon Tea will now be served at a new lounge in the Grand Lobby, instead of the Tiffin Room.
The hotel’s Jubilee Hall has been converted into a new 300-pax Jubilee Ballroom, with hues of cream and gold and a pre-event foyer.
All other event spaces will be refreshed and the latest audio-visual technology installed. The previous ballroom will also be renamed Palm Ballroom as a nod to the Travellers Palm, the emblem of Raffles.
The final phase of the restoration will commence in December 2017, when the hotel will be fully closed. Meanwhile, the Raffles Gift Shop will move to a temporary location along Seah Street and remain open throughout.