Raffles to close ahead of rebirth
Singapore’s time-honoured Raffles hotel will close this month for the final stage of a major redevelopment that will introduce three new suite categories, additional event facilities and a luxury spa.
The works represent the third and biggest stage in a project that began in February and is aimed at enhancing the property’s 130-year heritage while lifting it to new levels of luxury.
When it reopens in the second half of 2018, the hotel will have increased its suite count from 103 to 115 and added new Residence Suites, Promenade Suites and Studio Suites. The Residence Suites include one and two-bedroom options and will be located in the Raffles Arcade. Each will carry the name of old local cinemas including the Alhambra, the Diamond and the Odeon.
In the hotel’s Main Building will be two new Promenade Suites named after Lady Mountbatten — the Countess of Burma and wife of Lord Louis Mountbatten — and Lady Sophia, the wife of Singapore’s modern founder Sir Stamford Raffles.
The new Studio Suites will also be in the Main Building, encircled by the colonial charm of the Grand Lobby.
“We are pleased to share these updates, designed to keep Raffles Singapore relevant and distinctive to our guests while providing a new level of excitement with sublime experiences,” said Raffles Singapore 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 Singapore.”
Other changes include the creation of a new Jubilee Ballroom for up to 300 people in what was previously the Jubilee Hall. All other event spaces will also be refreshed.