Look inside the restored Raffles Hotel in Singapore, including new restaurants, shops and more

August 06, 2019
  • The grand old dame reopens
    1 / 10 The grand old dame reopens

    Raffles Hotel in Singapore took two years to restore, and it just reopened on Aug 1, 2019.

     

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  • Does it look the same?
    2 / 10 Does it look the same?

    Here’s the grand lobby with new white flooring. But if you step inside and feel that nothing much has changed, its designer, Edmond Bakos, will take it as a compliment.

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  • Bringing an iconic hotel to the next chapter
    3 / 10 Bringing an iconic hotel to the next chapter

    Speaking to The Straits Times, Bakos said: “The goal was to bring the hotel to the next chapter, not to completely change it.”

    This photo shows the Courtyard Suite.

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  • Upgrading the interior
    4 / 10 Upgrading the interior

    The restoration of the 132-year-old Raffles Hotel included a fresh coat of paint and new white marble flooring in its interior. The air-conditioning system also underwent an upgrade.

    The last restoration done to the hotel was from 1989 to 1991. This photo shows the bathroom of the Courtyard Suite.

     

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  • More suites
    5 / 10 More suites

    With well-heeled guests still its target, the hotel now has 115 suites up from 103. A suite at the Raffles Hotel starts at $1,300 a night. This photo shows the huge presidential suite.

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  • From theatre to ballroom
    6 / 10 From theatre to ballroom

    Couples looking to get hitched may want to take note — the hotel’s former Jubilee Theatre has been transformed into the Jubilee Ballroom (pictured) that can fit 300 guests.

     

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  • New restaurants by celebrated chefs
    7 / 10 New restaurants by celebrated chefs

    Perhaps the other most perceivable change would lie in its refreshed lineup of F&B outlets. Gone are restaurants such as Royal Blue China and The Halia, with new concepts like Yi by celebrity Masterchef Jereme Leung, and BBR by Alain Ducasse taking over.

    This photo shows the foyer of the Jubilee Ballroom.

     

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    The former Raffles Grill has also been replaced by La Dame de Pic (pictured) ,opened in partnership with celebrated chef Anne Sophie Pic.

     

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    Besides Yi, more than 30 retail, dining, and lifestyle offerings are also open at the Raffles Arcade, the hotel’s lifestyle belt. Among them is Burger & Lobster, which opened its first outlet at Jewel Changi Airport, as well as co-working space The Great Room.

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  • Old haunts are back
    10 / 10 Old haunts are back

    Good news for those who have missed The Long Bar and its peanut shell-strewn floor. It’s back, along with Tiffin Room (pictured), The Lobby, Writers Bar, Raffles Courtyard, and Ah Teng’s Cafe.

    A version of this article first appeared in Asiaone

    Photos: Raffles Hotel and ST

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