Raffles Hotels & Resorts
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Raffles Hotels & Resorts is a chain of luxury hotels owned by AccorHotels since 2016. Founded in 1887 with the opening of the original Raffles Hotel in Singapore, the company started to develop internationally in the late 1990s. It acquired Swissôtel in 2001. As of November 2017, Raffles Hotels & Resorts operates 11 luxury hotels.
Raffles Hotels & Resorts was formed in 1989 to restore, redevelop and manage the Raffles Hotel. The corporation also undertook the restructuring and management of the I.M Pei-designed Raffles City development, thus laying the foundation for Raffles Hotels and Resorts to become a hotel management company.
The Raffles Hotel reopened after a complete restoration on 16 September 1991.
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. In June 2005, Raffles Hotels signed with the Wafi Group the construction contract of the Raffles Dubai, Raffles’ first property in the Middle East that opened two years later in 2007.
In 2015, AccorHotels announced the acquisition of Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (FRHI), thus adding Raffles Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Swissôtel to its luxury hotel brands collection.
After Indian Hinduja Group and Spanish Obrascón Huarte Lain bought the iconic War Office in London, they decided to transform the administrative building into a hotel and signed a deal with AccorHotels in June 2017 to add it to the Raffles portfolio of luxury hotels.
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.
|Photo of properties||Name||City||Country||Managed by Raffles since|
|Raffles Praslin, Seychelles||Praslin||Seychelles||2011|
|Raffles Makkah Palace||Mecca||Saudi Arabia||2010|
|Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor||Siem Reap||Cambodia||1997|
|Raffles Hotel Le Royal||Phnom Penh||Cambodia||1997|
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