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Singapore's iconic Raffles Hotel has finally reopened
Posted on 15/08/2019

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Raffles Hotel, the famous Grand Hotel in Singapore that locals consider a true icon has reopened after an extensive restoration project. The project started two and a half years ago.

The hotel first opened in 1887

The hotel first opened in 1887
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Raffles Hotel opened in 1887 and quickly became an important property in Singapore. Exactly one century after the opening, the government even declared it a national monument! Raffles became famous thanks to its popular Long Bar, where bartenders invented the iconic Singapore Sling, a famous gin-based cocktail. After a little more than two years of renovation, guests are now welcome again to the majestic building, which reopened August 1.

Plans for the hotel's renovation had actually been in the making for almost a decade. Christian Westbeld, Raffles' general manager has offered its 103 suites their first major renovation since 1991, making sure to keep it as close to its original form as possible. "We didn't lose the architectural charm, the colonial heritage," he assured. The renovations also included 12 new additional suites. With this move, the hotel hopes to attract a new generation of Singaporeans.

The popular Long Bar has also been renovated for the pleasure of all future guests. In the past, celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor, Karl Lagerfeld, Charlie Chaplin, Michael Jackson and even Queen Elizabeth II stayed at Raffles Hotel during their visit to Singapore! According to Christian Westbeld, "The newly restored Raffles will provide an experience like no other." For those who want to experience the luxury and beauty of Raffles, future guests can book a room with prices starting at £520 per night.

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