Raffles Hotel celebrates 130 iconic years in Singapore
Raffles Hotel Singapore celebrates its 130th anniversary this year. Since 1887, when the doors to Raffles Hotel Singapore first opened, this five-star hotel has become an icon that epitomises the romance of the Far East – a seductive blend of luxury, history and colonial memories.
Over the years, among the famous patrons who have walked through the ornate wrought-iron portico, are Somerset Maugham, Rudyard Kipling and Michael Jackson. Today, esteemed guests such as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, George Bush, Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Louboutin and Johnny Depp, find themselves drawn to the hotel.
Declared a National Monument in 1987, the hotel has moved with the times while perfectly preserving its classic colonial architecture. This year, the hotel will embark on a sensitive restoration, as it adapts to the changing needs of today’s traveller while retaining what is special about the hotel – the warm ambiance, the service, the charm and the heritage of the hotel. The undertaking, which will take a phased approach and be completed in middle of 2018, will reimagine the facilities, spaces and experiences within the hotel to delight the well-travelled and the community.
“For our 130th anniversary, it is our wish that all our guests will create their own special memories with us and rediscover what makes the hotel so special. From enjoying a staycation, to dining at our world-renowned restaurants and bars, there will be many reasons for local and international visitors alike to celebrate with us,” said Simon Hirst, General Manager, Raffles Hotel Singapore.
In line with the festivities, Raffles Hotel Singapore will host a series of events as well as curate attractive stay packages and dining offers for visitors. These include:
Walk of Fame History Tours
From February to August 2017, enter the wrought-iron portico of Raffles Hotel and follow in the footsteps of numerous luminaries in the Raffles Walk of Fame History Tour.
Conducted by guides from the Preservation of Sites and Monuments Division of the National Heritage Board, the 45-minute tours will explore the hotel and give a glimpse of its many famous guests. The tour will also highlight locations where films such as Pretty Polly and Hawaii Five-O were shot.
The tours will take place every first Saturday from February to August 2017 and conducted three times a day (10.00am, 2.00pm and 5.00pm). Tickets cost S$20 nett (AU $18.62) per person and are fully redeemable at the Raffles Gift Shop or use at hotel-operated restaurants and bars (Bar & Billiard Room, Raffles Grill, Tiffin Room and Writers Bar).
130th Anniversary Package
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and be transported back in time to reflect on an era long gone while making every moment count with family and friends today. From now until 31 August 2017, there is even more reason to stay at the property with Raffles Hotel’s exclusive 130th anniversary package.
Guests will be able to upgrade their Raffles Experience for S$130++ (AUD121)* for a selection of one of the following:
• Choice of lunch, afternoon tea or dinner at Tiffin Room for two persons
• 30-minute foot or back massage with 50 per cent reduction for the second treatment
• Complimentary bottle of Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve
• Late check-out at 3pm
The package also includes:
• Welcome Singapore Slings upon check-in
• History tour with resident historian
• 24-hour Raffles butler service
• Complimentary Wi-Fi
The 130th Anniversary Package is currently available for booking and have to be redeemed by 31 August 2017.
130th Anniversary Gala
From commemorative menus to unique dining experiences and special spa packages, Raffles Hotel will be presenting an array of attractive events in celebration of their 130th anniversary for guests to enjoy their favourite activities as they celebrate and reflect on the heritage and splendour of the hotel.
A grand 130th Anniversary Gala will also take place in the third quarter of 2017 as the hotel celebrates its birthday in style. Guests can expect a night of glitz and glamour, complete with entertaining performances, chilled champagne and followed by a sumptuous dinner.