Champalimaud Design leads Raffles Singapore restoration

Raffles Singapore has officially reopened following a three-phased restoration that began in February 2017.

The restoration, led by Champalimaud Design, was also supported by Aedas, an architecture and design firm.

The revitalized Raffles Singapore now has all-suite accommodations across nine distinct suite categories: State Room Suites, Courtyard Suites, Palm Court Suites, Personality Suites, Residence Suites, Promenade Suites, Grand Hotel Suites and Presidential Suites.


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The Residence, Promenade and Studio suites are the three latest additions to the hotel's existing line-up. The total suite count increased from 103 to 115.

The Raffles Arcade was outfitted with a Raffles Boutique and various bespoke retail brands. There are also new restaurants and bars at Raffles Singapore, including restaurant collaborations with chef Anne-Sophie Pic, of the three-Michelin star Maison Pic in Valence, France; French chef Alain Ducasse; and chef Jereme Leung, known for his Chinese cooking. Similarly refreshed was the hotel's Long Bar.

First opened in 1887, Raffles Singapore was declared a National Monument a century later by the Singapore Government in 1987. Prior to this latest refurbishment, the last restoration was conducted from 1989 to 1991, when the hotel closed for two and a half years.

Christian Westbeld is the general manager of Raffles Singapore.

Photo credit: Raffles Singapore