Previously the Raffles Gift Shop, the Raffles Boutique re-opens at the refreshed Raffles Arcade. It delivers a new retail concept with a selection of beautiful gifts and souvenirs the storied hotel is known for. The Raffles Boutique also houses a heritage gallery and Ah Teng's Cafe, an ode to Ah Teng's Bakery owned by a local baker of the same name, who ran his business in the neighbourhood back in the 1900s. Psst: Besides the selection of gourmet coffee and tea, we heard that the homemade pastries are delicious!
After a two-year restoration, the Raffles Hotel Singapore opens its doors this August. The overhaul of the luxury hotel is said to be its most extensive since 1989, with carefully-refurbished suites that maintain their charm, exciting dining concepts like Anne-Sophie Pic's La Dame de Pic (at the spot of the former Raffles Grill), and a brand new Raffles Arcade.
As part of its restoration, the Raffles Hotel Singapore has updated its distinctive suites with new amenities and technology, all while maintaining its colonial splendour. Three new suite categories have been added: Residence Suites, Promenade Suites, and Studio Suites.
The new Residence Suites comprise four one-bedroom and one two-bedroom suites, all located in the Raffles Arcade and named after famous local cinemas during the early to mid-1900s, a nod to its storied past. Here's a fact you probably didn't know: The Raffles Hotel started out as a privately-owned beach house built in the early 1830s.
While we patiently wait for the grande dame to open its doors on August 1, the Raffles Arcade is already open to the public. While it's not a shopping mall like Funan Singapore and Jewel Changi Airport, it's slated to be the hottest upscale food and shopping destination in town with over 30 eateries and shops. Scroll down for our guide.