A grand dame reborn as Raffles Hotel Singapore marks official reopening

Lion and dragon dance display in front of Raffles Hotel Singapore

Raffles Hotel Singapore, Accor’s flagship property which already soft-opened in August, last Friday marked its official return to the city’s hospitality scene with a grand ceremony featuring a traditional lion dance ritual and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The official reopening of the iconic hotel, which is owned by Qatar-based Katara Hospitality, was graced by guests from Singapore’s business and cultural community.

As part of the hotel’s reopening celebrations, Raffles Hotel Singapore held a fundraising festival, with all proceeds going to non-profit organisation, Community Chest Singapore, benefitting about 80 charities.

The reopening event also featured performances by homegrown singer Kit Chan, indie-pop band The Sam Willows, singer-songwriter Inch Chua, and musician Jeremy Monteiro alongside a jazz quartet and singer Alemay Fernandez. Suite activities and curated culinary experiences also took place around the property.

Accor’s chairman and CEO Sébastien Bazin said that the return of this flagship property to Raffles Hotel and Resorts paves the way for the brand’s expansion to new destinations like Udaipur, London and Boston.

The restoration of the historic property, which was led by interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud and supported by architecture and design firm Aedas Singapore, sees the addition of new suite categories, lifestyle experiences and exclusive dining concepts to the hotel.

The revitalised Raffles Singapore, which sees the addition of 12 new suites, offers all-suite accommodations across nine categories: State Room Suites, Courtyard Suites, Palm Court Suites, Personality Suites, Residence Suites, Promenade Suites, Studio Suites, Grand Hotel Suites and Presidential Suites. Residence, Promenade and Studio suites are the latest additions to the hotel’s existing line-up.

The Raffles Arcade has been newly outfitted with Raffles Boutique and various bespoke retail brands. F&B options at the hotel include restaurants headed by Michelin-starred chef Anne-Sophie Pic; French master chef Alain Ducasse; and Singaporean chef Jereme Leung, known for his innovative Chinese cooking. The refreshed Long Bar also features the hotel’s most famous cocktail, the original Singapore Sling.

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