Opened in 1887, Raffles Hotel Singapore is one of the few remaining great 19th century hotels in the world. Till today, its architecture is perfectly preserved both inside and out, giving it an intoxicating blend of luxury, history and classic colonial design. Within its walls are more than a hundred expansive suites, framed by polished teak verandas and white marble colonnades, clustered around lush tropical gardens. Each is serviced by the legendary Raffles butlers and offers every modern convenience necessary.
The Raffles Hotel Singapore story begins at the door. One of Raffles Singapore’s iconic doormen greets guests in true Raffles style – a big, genuine smile of welcome in his distinctive white Gieves and Hawkes uniform. In the 1990s, Raffles was brought back to its former glory, restored and sensitively expanded over the course of a two and a half year, multimillion-dollar project. History-minded renovators selected 1915 as a benchmark and, with a few changes, faithfully restored the hotel to that era’s magnificence and splendour. Visiting this historical icon is a must if you are coming to Singapore, we are here to share some of the interesting facts that make it so special.
Raffles Hotel Singapore is currently undergoing a careful and sensitive restoration that is being carried out in three phases. The hotel is now fully closed with a reopening planned in the first quarter of 2019. The Raffles Gift Shop continues to be in operation at its temporary location on 3 Seah Street alongside a pop-up Long Bar serving the iconic Singapore Sling, around the corner from the hotel.
The restoration of Raffles Hotel Singapore is designed to ensure that Singapore retains what is so special about Raffles – the ambience, the service, the charm and the heritage of the hotel. It is also designed for Raffles Hotel Singapore to stay relevant and distinctive by moving with the times and with its guests and adapting to the changing needs of the well-travelled and Singapore’s community. For more information on their restoration, please visit www.rafflessingapore.com
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