Raffles Singapore will be closing late 2017 for restoration and the reopening is planned for the second half of 2018. The iconic heritage hotel has been undergoing a series of carefully phased restoration since February 2017 and the reopening of this iconic property will see the introduction of exquisite new suite categories, vibrant lifestyle experiences and refreshed dining concepts.
The all-suite hotel will be introducing three new suite categories post-reopening: Residence Suites, Promenade Suites and the Studio Suites. The introduction of the new suites will bring the total suite inventory up to 115 (from 103) suites. The new Residence Suites, comprising four 1-bedroom and one 2-bedroom suites, will be located in the Raffles Arcade and are named after famous local cinemas during the early to mid-1900s. This is in homage to the days when the neighbourhood was known as “The Place of Cinemas”. Suites names are Alhambra Suite, Diamond Suite, Marlborough Suite, Odeon Suite and Theatre Royal Suite. Intimately nestled in the front-most corner of the Main Building are two new Promenade Suites that overlook Beach Road.
A tribute to the late 1800s era when Raffles Singapore faced the beachfront, the suites will be named Lady Mountbatten Suite and Lady Sophia Suite, which were converted from existing boardrooms. Lady Mountbatten was the Countess of Burma and wife of Lord Louis Mountbatten who was the Earl of Burma, last Viceroy of India and also Southeast Asia’s Supreme Allied Commander during the Second World War. In September 1945, Lord Mountbatten was in Singapore to witness the surrender of the Japanese Forces.
Lady Sophia was the wife of Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Modern Singapore, and for whom Raffles Singapore is named after. The new Studio Suites that are being added aim to complement the array of suites in the Main Building, enveloped by the colonial charm of the Grand Lobby. Raffles Singapore will continue to provide existing suite categories including:
- Presidential Suites
- Grand Hotel Suites
- Palm Court Suites
- Courtyard Suites
- State Room Suites (formerly known as Raffles Inc. State Room Suites)