Singapore's most iconic hotel, the Raffles Hotel Singapore will be undergoing major restoration works beginning 2017 and the hotel has plans to close late-2017 for a grand opening in quarter two of 2018. The last restoration was conducted between 1989 and 1991 where the hotel closed for a full two and a half years.
The Katara Hospitality-owned Raffles Hotel Singapore currently has 103 individually-designed suites - 84 Courtyard and Palm Court Suites, 12 Personality Suites, 5 Grand Hotel Suites and 2 Presidential Suites. The restoration of the heritage hotel will be conducted over three major phases. The restoration project will be led by Aedas Singapore, a leading global architecture and design firm who was behind restoration projects including the London Coliseum and the revitalised Mallory Street/Burrows Street in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. The interiors of the project will be handled by award-winning designer Alexandra Champalimaud who has worked with many high profile luxury hotels around the world including New York’s The Plaza, Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, The Dorchester in London and the Waldorf Astoria in New York.
Phase One of the restoration programme will commence in January 2017 - the Raffles Hotel Arcade which currently houses 40 regional and specialty shops will undergo restoration works. The iconic building also houses the famous Long Bar (home to the Singapore Sling) and during Phase One of the restoration, the Singapore Sling will continue to be served at the Bar & Billiard Room during Phase One and Phase Two of the restoration process.
Phase Two will begin in mid 2017 when restoration efforts will commence on the main hotel building and Lobby as well as a portion of the hotel suites. Following that, Raffles Hotel Singapore will close for the final phase near the end of 2017 before a grand reopening in the second quarter of 2018.
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