Raffles Hotel Singapore’s updated spaces reflect tradition and modernity

Jubilee Ballroom has completed its transformation from Jubilee Hall, a former cinema.
Jubilee Ballroom has completed its transformation from Jubilee Hall, a former cinema.

Raffles Hotel Singapore has unveiled spaces for co-working, contemporary art and events as part of a "discerning edit" of Raffles Arcade, its shopping, dining and lifestyle component, which was reopened last week.

The refreshed space was updated to reflect "a marriage between tradition and modernity", said Christian Westbeld, general manager of Raffles Hotel Singapore.

"The Raffles Arcade has always been a place for gathering and recreation and this continues to remain true for the refreshed property," said Westbeld.

The iconic Jubilee Hall, a former cinema, has completed its transformation into a new 300-guest ballroom, named Jubilee Ballroom.

Other event spaces will also be refreshed, including the East India Room, Casuarina Suite as well as outdoor venues Palm Garden, The Lawn and Gazebo. Raffles Hotel Singapore will have over 2,500sqm of event spaces.

The flagship space of Raffles Arcade, Raffles Gift Shop, has been transformed to Raffles Boutique, and additionally features a new heritage gallery showcasing the hotel's 132-year history in addition to gifts and souvenirs. The boutique also houses Ah Teng's Café, which offers a selection of gourmet coffee and tea and homemade pastries.

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Raffles Boutique now houses a gifts and souvenirs section, with a heritage gallery and a café section, Ah Teng's Café.

There will also be a contemporary art and design gallery by a Singapore curator that will feature the works of artists such as Ai Wei Wei and Yayoi Kusama to modern masterworks by Picasso and Monet. Guests can also access The Great Room, a social co-working venue designed for meetings, socialising and entertaining.

Retail brands such as The AC Boutique, The Hour Glass, Leica, Minotti and Rimowa have opened doors, including a new culture-inspired lifestyle brand, Xuan: The Palace Museum.

Guests can also enjoy a refreshed suite of personal services with the new Raffles Spa and Hiro Ginza Premium Barber.

Its iconic Long Bar has taken up a new perch on the second level, while Burger & Lobster and coffee house Gather have opened on the first level. On the third level, 兿 yì by Jereme Leung has open serving fine Chinese cuisine.

There is also a new steakhouse, Butcher's Block, serving fine cuts of single sourced meats, including a wine library housing more than 100 wine labels.

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