Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Raffles Hotel Singapore celebrates 120 years of legendary hospitality

Since opening its doors in 1887, Raffles Hotel has been home to innumerable writers, Heads of State, dignitaries, celebrities and royalty from around the world. During the Golden Age of Travel, Raffles was the meeting point where globetrotters came in search of the Raffles that "stands for all the fables of the exotic East" so aptly described by novelist Somerset Maugham. Today, Raffles Hotel stands as a jewel in the crown of Singapore's hospitality industry; her inimitable service continues to delight patrons with many memorable experiences.


As the Grand Dame celebrates 120 glorious years of history, traditions and legendary service, an exciting calendar of events will be launched in the coming months. Planned to involve one and all, the array of activities includes a Passport programme that recommends 120 things to do at Raffles Hotel, two luxurious suite packages, shopping rewards at Raffles Hotel Arcade, educational history tours and drawing competition for schools and charity events. The celebrations will culminate in an Open House Gala Reception at the Palm Court in mid-September 2007. It was in September 1991 when the Hotel re-opened after a complete two-and-a-half-year restoration.

Says Mr Robert Logan, General Manager, Raffles Hotel, "The Grand Dame has certainly come a long way, and it is not without her share of prosperity and adversity. Her success today as an international landmark is built upon support from the Singapore community, regular residents and patrons, and the staff whose commitment and passion to exacting service excellence is second to none. We take this opportunity to invite everyone to share this proud moment with us and be part of history in the making."


While staff of Raffles Hotel prepare fervently for the celebratory activities, they can also look forward to especial annual staff events such as an Anniversary Carnival, Family Day and Long Service Award.

Raffles Hotel features 103 elegantly appointed suites, 18 distinctive restaurants and bars, the world-class RafflesAmrita Spa, Raffles Hotel Arcade housing the best in regional specialities and international brand names, including THOS SB Raffles - an incubator shop offering lifestyle concepts and products as well as a purveyor of fine food and wines, the Raffles Hotel Museum, the Jubilee Hall theatre playhouse, the Raffles Culinary Academy and extensive lush gardens and courtyards.


Raffles is a collection of luxury hotels around the globe that distinguishes itself through the highest standards of products and services. Each hotel is a landmark in its respective city, positioned at the top of its local market and rated among the very best in the world.

Raffles' relentless pursuit of service excellence has earned for its hotels and resorts a legion of international accolades, including Condé Nast World's Best Places to Stay and Travel & Leisure World's Best Awards. Its flagship, Raffles Hotel Singapore, was named Best Luxury Hotel 2006 by Travel Trade Gazette Asia. Raffles Hotels & Resorts was ranked second among the world's top hotel brands in the 2006 Condé Nast Traveler Business Travel Awards.

The award-winning collection of legendary hotels includes Raffles Hotel and Raffles The Plaza in Singapore, Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia, Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Raffles Beijing Hotel, People's Republic of China, Raffles L'Ermitage Beverly Hills in the U.S., Raffles Resort Canouan Island, The Grenadines, Raffles Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, Hamburg, Germany and Raffles Le Montreux Palace, Montreux, Switzerland. Raffles Dubai, United Arab Emirates, will open in the third quarter of 2007.

Future additions to the Raffles portfolio include a hotel on the Cotai Strip in Macau, Raffles Tianjin in China, Raffles Da Nang in Vietnam, Raffles Konottaa in the Maldives, and Raffles Phang Nga Resort and Residences in Phuket, comprising a 120-villa resort and 25 private Raffles Residences adjacent to the resort.

Source : EHotelier
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