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The most iconic hotel in Singapore is once again accepting reservations

One of the world’s most iconic hotels, the Raffles Hotel of Singapore, has finally reopened its doors after more than two years of renovations.

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The Raffles Hotel is Singapore's oldest and most iconic hotel. Image courtesy of Raffles

Inaugurated in 1887 and renovated once in 1991, the Raffles Hotel is a landmark in the Singapore social landscape, beloved by tourists (and the Raffles Hotel has seen its fair share of famous ones, from Elizabeth Taylor to Rudyard Kipling to Queen Elizabeth II) and locals alike. This massive restoration project was actually years in the making before works even started, with each and every decision carefully approved by the Singaporean government, since the hotel building became a National Monument in 1987.

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To bring home a piece of the Raffles Hotel, a new boutique was also added to the hotel's arcade. Image courtesy of Raffles

The aim of the restoration was to shape a new way to look at luxury while maintaining intact the history and tradition the hotel has built around itself in its more than one hundred years of life. “Raffles Singapore is one of the few remaining great 19th century hotels in the world,” said Christian Westbeld, the hotel’s General Manager, in a statement. “Its restoration has been carefully designed to preserve its unique historic charm.”

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The restoration of the hotel has focused on re-imagining the concept of luxury. Image courtesy of Raffles

There are several new additions to the Raffles’ offer that are sure to please its visitors – starting with the main feature of every hotel in the world, its rooms. The hotel will not offer nine different suite categories, including the newly added Studio Suites, Grand Hotel Suites and Presidential Suites, bringing the total number of suites available to 115.

There will also be a new Writer’s Bar, celebrating the long history of worldwide famous writers and the Raffles Hotel and already a hotspot for locals, as well as three new dining options. La Dame de Pic, run by Michelin-starred chef Anne-Sophie Pic and focusing on French cuisine; the Bar & Billboard Room, under the direction of another citizen of France, chef Alain Ducasse. The third dining room is the Yì, focusing on Chinese cuisine under the leadership of chef Jereme Leung.

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There's also been a revamp of the most famous places in the hotel, like the Long Bar, the birthplace of the Singapore Sling cocktail. Image courtesy of Raffles

If you’d like to know more about the newly re-opened Raffles Hotel of Singapore, you can do so at its official website here.