Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, located within the Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) casino resort in Singapore, is set to close its operations. This closure is part of the planned expansion of the popular resort, owned by Genting Singapore Ltd. As a result of these expansion plans, significant changes are expected to take place in the overall operations of the resort.
The official announcement of the closure was made on the property promoter’s website, stating that as of March 2, 2024, the Hard Rock Hotel Singapore will cease operating under the Hard Rock brand name. The hotel is scheduled to undergo a complete makeover as part of Resorts World Sentosa’s expansion plans, which will lead to a dramatic transformation of the integrated resort over the coming years.
Opened in January 2010 as part of Resorts World Sentosa, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore originally consisted of 360 rooms and was one of the six hotels located on the property. The hotel’s estimated worth is around US$112 million.
Visitors are being informed that they can continue to book rooms at Hard Rock Hotel Singapore until March 1, after which all bookings will be transferred to similar rooms at the new property, Hotel Ora, at the same prices.
Genting Singapore disclosed that the closure of the Hard Rock property is to pave the way for the opening of a new luxury hotel at the property. The company has committed to a significant investment in the form of renovations and expansions, amounting to SDG6.80 billion (US$5.06 billion) over the next eight years.
The expansion plans, known as RWS 2.0, were granted provisional permission, and construction is expected to begin soon. Once completed, the property on the waterfront will feature 700 luxury hotel rooms with biophilic architecture, designed by the renowned international architecture company, Benoy. The soft opening of the new property is anticipated to take place in 2025.
These developments mark a series of successes for Genting Singapore, with reported revenue tripling and a 60% increase in profits during the third quarter of 2023. This has led the company to further expand into other Asian markets, including plans to bid for a license in Thailand.