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Singaporeâ s Raffles Hotel to shut

by October 11, 2016 General

SINGAPORE: Singapore´s historic Raffles Hotel said on Tuesday it would shut for several months from the end of next year for renovations to the popular tourist landmark.

Restoration of the 129-year-old hotel, declared a national monument in 1987, will be done in three phases beginning with the shopping arcade in January, the hotel´s management said at a news conference.

Work will start on the main hotel building and lobby in mid-2017 before the hotel shuts completely at the end of the year, reopening in mid-2018.

Management would not say how much the overhaul of the 103-suite hotel will cost.

“We have a rich and colourful history and are about to begin a new chapter in our ongoing story — a sensitive restoration that will enable us to continue to offer what our guests expect and value,” said Diana Banks, vice president of Raffles Brand.