Raffles Hotels & Resorts

Raffles Hotels & Resorts is a Singaporean chain of luxury hotels which traces its roots to 1887 with the opening of the original Raffles Hotel in Singapore.[2] The company started to develop internationally in the late 1990s. Since 2015, Raffles is part of Accor.[3][4]

Raffles Hotels & Resorts
Company typeSubsidiary
IndustryHospitality
Founded1989
Number of locations
18
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Omer Acar (CEO Raffles & Orient Express)[1]
ServicesLuxury hotels
ParentAccor
Websiteraffles.com

History edit

Raffles Hotels & Resorts was formed in 1989 to restore, redevelop and manage the historic Raffles Hotel in Singapore. The corporation also undertook the restructuring and management of the Raffles City development, thus laying the foundation for Raffles Hotels & Resorts to become a hotel management company. After a complete restoration, the Raffles Hotel reopened on 16 September 1991.[5][6]

In April 2001, Raffles Holdings acquired Swissôtel from SAirGroup for 268 million euros, thus increasing its room capacity by 139% to 13,500 units in 17 countries.[7]

In 2005, Colony Capital bought Raffles Holdings for $1 billion from the Singapore government. Raffles and Swissôtel joined Fairmont Hotels in the newly formed holding, FRHI Hotels & Resorts, in 2006.[8]

In December 2015, Accor announced the acquisition of FRHI Hotels & Resorts, taking over the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissotel hotel chains.[9] The $2.7 billion deal was finalized in July 2016.[10]

Properties edit

Raffles Hotels & Resorts operates at 18 locations worldwide with 5 more openings planned in 2023 and 2024.[11]

Property No. of Rooms Country Year Opened Notes References
Raffles Hotel 115   Singapore 1887 Restoration [5][6][12]
Raffles Hotel Le Royal 175   Cambodia 1997 [13][14]
Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor 119   Cambodia 1997 [15][16][17]
Raffles Dubai 246   United Arab Emirates 2007 Newly Built [18][19]
Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris 149   France 2010 Restoration [20][21]
Raffles Makkah Palace 213   Saudi Arabia 2010 Newly Built [22]
Raffles Praslin, Seychelles 86   Seychelles 2011 [23]
Raffles Makati 32   Philippines 2012 [24][25]
Raffles Hainan 331   China 2013 [26]
Raffles Istanbul 181   Turkey 2014 [27]
Raffles Jakarta 173   Indonesia 2015 [28]
Raffles Europejski Warsaw 106   Poland 2018 Restoration [29][30]
Raffles Maldives Meradhoo 37   Maldives 2019 Newly Built [31]
Raffles Shenzhen 168   China 2019 [32]
Raffles Bali 32   Indonesia 2020 [33]
Raffles Udaipur 101   India 2021 Newly Built [34][35][36]
Raffles The Palm Dubai 389   United Arab Emirates 2021 Takeover [37][38][39]
Raffles Doha 132   Qatar 2022 Newly Built [40]
Raffles Boston Back Bay 147   United States September 2023 Newly Built [41]
Raffles London at The OWO 120   United Kingdom September 2023 Restoration [42]
Raffles Al Areen Palace, Bahrain 78   Bahrain December 2023 Restoration
Opening Soon
Raffles at Galaxy Macau 450   Macau Opening 2023 Newly Built [43]
Raffles Sentosa Resort & Spa 62   Singapore Opening 2024 Newly Built [44][45]
Raffles Jeddah 181   Saudi Arabia Opening 2024 Newly Built

Cancelled properties edit

In December 2020, Accor announced that it would be opening a new hotel in Moscow, next to the Kremlin, in the second half of 2022. The 153-room hotel have been named Raffles Moscow.[46][47] However, in March 2023, it was confirmed that the new hotel was cancelled due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.[48]

Other products edit

Raffles Residences edit

Raffles Residences is a collection of private residential suites and apartments that are serviced by Raffles Hotels & Resorts and are usually connected to a Raffles-branded hotel.[49] There are currently three Raffles Residences with more scheduled to be completed in the next few years.[50]

Property No. of Rooms Country References
Raffles Estate Praslin 14   Seychelles [50]
Raffles Residences Makati 130   Philippines [25]
Raffles Residences Jakarta 80   Indonesia [28]
Raffles Residences Doha 49   Qatar [51][52]
The OWO Residences by Raffles (2023) 85   United Kingdom [53][54]
Raffles Residences Boston Back Bay (2023) 146   United States [55]
Raffles Residences Jeddah (2024) 188   Saudi Arabia [56]

Raffles 1915 Gin edit

In 2015, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Singapore Sling, Raffles Hotels & Resorts partnered with London-based microdistillery Sipsmith to create a brand-made gin, the Raffles 1915 Gin.[57]

Soirées, Sojourns & Stories by Raffles edit

Released in 2018, Soirées, Sojourns & Stories by Raffles is a book highlighting the history and some of the iconic guests of Raffles Hotels & Resorts.[58]

References edit

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  42. ^ Hill, Lauren Jade. "Raffles London At The OWO To Become Wellness Destination With Guerlain". Forbes. Retrieved 2023-06-28.
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