Each year brings with it a number of highly anticipated hotel openings and 2018 is certainly no exception. But among this year’s grand openings, it’s some of those making a return that stand out the most, with renovation projects and major upgrades that promise an even more luxurious stay. These are the biggest hotel transformations of 2018.
One of this year’s most talked about hotel transformations is undoubtedly Raffles Singapore. This heritage-rich hotel has been going through a sensitively phased restoration since February 2017 and is now approaching its completion and greatly anticipated reopening, which is scheduled for the second half of 2018. This major update will include the introduction of three new suite categories: the Residence Suites, Promenade Suites and Studio Suites. Located in the Raffles Arcade, the Residence Suites will each take on the name of a local cinema from the mid-1900s, paying tribute to the time this neighborhood was best known for its movie theaters. The two Promenade Suites—the Lady Mountbatten Suite and Lade Sophia Suite—will then overlook Beach Road from the front of the main building. The hotel will also reveal the extensive work carried out on the Raffles Arcade, which is to house the brand new wellness sanctuary Raffles Spa, and the hotel’s famous restaurants and bars are also undergoing a revamp; home of the Singapore Sling, the Long Bar is being refreshed, along with the North Indian restaurant Tiffin Room and Writers Bar, which is being expanded. The award-winning interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud is playing a role in this major restoration project.