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TravelSingapore’s Historic Raffles Hotel Reopens After Two-Year Restoration

11:15  01 august  2019
11:15  01 august  2019 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Raffles Hotel Singapore - Luxury hotel - A Singapore Icon. Drag the arrows left or right to see how the hotel has evolved through the years . Raffles Singapore is currently undergoing restoration with a planned reopening in August 2019.

Discover Raffles Singapore ( re - opening 1st August 2019), hotel in Singapore and enjoy the hotel ' s spacious, comfortable No visit to Singapore is complete without a stay at Raffles ; tradition demands it. Leslie Danker, Resident Historian, is the longest-serving employee in our over 130 year history .

(Bloomberg) -- An icon of Singapore’s history has been restored and is now open again.

Singapore’s Historic Raffles Hotel Reopens After Two-Year Restoration© Getty Raffles Hotel. Singapore, Asia. (Photo by: Mikel Bilbao/VW PICS/UIG via Getty Images)

The Raffles Hotel, which first opened in 1887 and was declared a National Monument by the government a century later, reopened today after an extensive renovation that started two and a half years ago, according to a statement from the hotel.

The Raffles, known for its Long Bar where the Singapore Sling cocktail was invented and peanut shells tossed on the floor, now offers 115 suites in nine categories including Grand Hotel Suites and Presidential Suites. The Long Bar has been refreshed and will still sling its reddish-pink gin-based drink.

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Raffles Hotel Singapore ’ s iconic Long Bar returns and continues its proud tradition as the Home of the Singapore Sling. The newly restored bar is now back The updated design includes the restoration of the bar counter and spiral staircase which complements contemporary plantation-inspired motifs

As we reopen in 2019, it is our wish that all our guests rediscover what makes this hotel so special, while creating their own personal memories here at Each Raffles draws inspiration from local culture and tradition while celebrating the classic tradition of the Raffles Brand, a luxurious hotel

“The newly restored Raffles will provide an experience like no other,” said Christian Westbeld, the hotel’s general manager. “There are few hotels in the world whose names have become virtually synonymous with the cities in which they are located -- and none more so than the Raffles Hotel in Singapore.”

A search on the hotel’s website for an upcoming Saturday night showed prices starting at S$869 ($632) a night for one guest in the hotel’s cheapest suite option. At the higher end, a two-bed President Suite for one night in October was going for $11,899 ($8,650).

The newly restored hotel also features restaurant collaborations with Chef Anne-Sophie Pic, of the three-Michelin star Maison Pic in Valence, France; French Master Chef Alain Ducasse; and Chef Jereme Leung, who is known for his innovative Chinese cooking.

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Raffles was the first hotel in Singapore to hire a French chef, introducing travellers and the city to authentic French cuisine in 1899. Many of our signature gourmet experiences, which over the years became synonymous with the Raffles name, have made their return to delight locals and visitors alike

Raffles Hotel celebrates 125 Years and has turned to another symbol of good taste and style to mark its anniversary: Jaeger-LeCoultre whose own history goes back nearly 180 years . Raffles Hotel Singapore embarks on a careful and sensitive restoration , targeting a grand reopening in Fall 2018.

The restoration, led by acclaimed interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud, was also supported by Aedas, a leading global architecture and design firm. Raffles Hotel Singapore is the flagship property of Raffles Hotels & Resorts, a part of French hospitality firm Accor SA. The hotel itself is owned by Qatar-based Katara Hospitality, a global hotel owner, developer and operator based in Qatar.

To contact the reporter on this story: Joanna Ossinger in Singapore at jossinger@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Christopher Anstey at canstey@bloomberg.net, Joyce Koh, Derek Wallbank

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