Raffles Singapore appoints new GM as renovations enter second phase
Christian Westbeld will join Raffles Hotel Singapore as general manager from October, bringing with him nearly 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He returns to the hotel after previously serving as its executive assistant manger from 2009 to 2011, and then as hotel manager from 2013 to 2015.
In his new role, Westbeld will oversee the hotel through its sensitive, three-phase restoration and into its reopening in the middle of 2018.
The restoration will include a new Grand Ballroom, which will accommodate more than 300 guests in the former historic Jubilee Hall theatre, as well as a new spa and refreshed dining concepts.
“The restoration of Raffles is a careful and sensitive project, designed to retain what is so important about Raffles – our architecture, our heritage, our service and the unique feeling of being somewhere very special,” said hotel manager Ronald Dooremalen.
“We will be presenting new spaces and experiences, enhancing comfort and splendour for the discerning traveller, and inviting the community to enjoy our newly opened bars, courtyards and social areas; spaces designed to make Raffles the place to meet, spend time, shop and celebrate.”
Phase two of the restoration has begun and involves works on some of the hotel suites and the hotel’s main building.