Properties in Development
Raffles Europejski Warsaw, Poland (2017)
Raffles Europejski, Warsaw, scheduled for opening in 2017, not only brings a new luxury hotel to this fast changing city, but also heralds the next chapter for one of the city’s most iconic and best loved buildings. Hotel Europejski originally opened in 1857, immediately stepping into the spotlight as one of the most luxurious hotels in the Russian Empire. During World War II, however, it was almost completely destroyed. The current hotel was re-built in stages throughout the 1950s, eventually re-opening in 1962.
In the historic district of Warsaw, next to the Presidential Palace, this is a significant restoration of a landmark building. The restoration team has worked closely with the local conservation body and with the utmost respect to ensure the hotel’s heritage and character are preserved. The interiors have been entrusted to the acclaimed Boris Kudlicka of the WWAA. The WWAA’s notable projects include the Polish Pavilion for Expo in Shanghai and the Cultural Centre of Warsaw. Lazaro Rosa Violan of Contemporain will be spearheading the design of the hotel’s food and beverage spaces. Lazaro’s ability to re-interpret classic design icons has resulted in an impressive portfolio of luxury spaces around the world.
Raffles Europejski, Warsaw will offer its guests 103 elegant guestrooms and suites; a restaurant with an outdoor terrace with seasonal menus showcasing Poland’s rich produce and cuisine; a bar and cigar lounge; and a pâtisserie that will evoke Hotel Europejski’s fascinating story, tempting guests and locals with chocolates, cakes, ice-cream and other sweet delicacies. The hotel will also house a spa featuring six treatment rooms.
Raffles Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (2018)
Inspired by rich Arab heritage, and with an enviable location, Raffles Jeddah will feature 181 guestrooms and 188 branded residences. The property will offer special wedding suites for newlyweds, as well as a library, a penthouse-level entertainment suite and a 1,200 square metre (12,900, square foot) spa with eight treatment rooms and a fitness club. The hotel will also have state-of-the-art event and meeting facilities, including a 1,500 square metre (16, 146 square foot) ballroom overlooking the corniche and 1,000 square metres (10, 765 square feet) of meeting space. Guests will enjoy a choice of six restaurants and lounges, including a gentlemen’s only lounge.
Raffles Citystars Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt (2019)
To complement existing properties in Cairo, Raffles parent company, FRHI Hotels & Resorts, will partner with Citystars on an exceptional flagship project in Sharm el Sheikh. Three new hotels - a Fairmont, a Swissôtel and a Raffles - and a golf course will be built in Egypt’s Red Sea coastal city.
Raffles Citystars Sharm El Sheikh will offer its guests 250 superb guestrooms and 50 residential villas facing a private lagoon. A key feature of the hotel will be the 2,500 square metre (26,900 square foot) banquet and conference island, as well as retail souks and “La Croisette” - a leisure and retail promenade - and a Colin Montgomery 18-hole championship golf course.
Raffles Shenzhen, China (2019)
Raffles Shenzhen will be Raffles’ third hotel in China, joining Raffles Beijing and Raffles Hainan. With a scheduled opening of 2019, Raffles Shenzhen will occupy the top floors of an 80-storey tower in the new One Shenzhen Bay development. Set to be a new icon for Shenzhen, the economic centre of southern China, Raffles will bring new standards of luxury and service to the city.
With stunning design and architecture by the international firm KPF, One Shenzhen Bay also benefits from a strategic location in the Shenzhen Bay Financial Centre, with direct connections to the new Qianhai Economic Zone. And with the Hong Kong Bridge and border crossing just opposite, Raffles Shenzhen will only be a 30 minutes’ drive from Central, Hong Kong.
The hotel will feature 200 spacious and luxurious guestrooms, as well as serviced residences all with expansive views. There will be a choice of four restaurants and bars, private meeting and event spaces for business meetings and social gatherings, as well as a Raffles Spa. Continuing a 127-year tradition, Raffles will bring to Shenzhen the famous Raffles Butlers and the warm, graceful and personalized service for which they are known.