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“Lovely spot for a shop.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Raffles Hotel Arcade

Raffles Hotel Arcade
1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673, Singapore (Downtown Core)
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Rendon
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“Lovely spot for a shop.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Some really lovely shops here in a beautiful historic building. Has a relaxed colonial charm to it and you can always add the singapore sling experience in the Raffles Bar.

Visited November 2012
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“The Long Bar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

It's got to be done, there really are peanut shells on the floor, their Singapore Sling is the best I've ever tasted and the charming table service is a definite asset. It's not cheap, but it's worth it!

Visited December 2012
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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“Raffles Hotel - Worth a visit but not as good as we had hoped”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

Raffles was a place that had always been on my husband's 'bucket list' to visit. He had always wanted to visit the Long Bar for a drink and to soak up the 'atmosphere' we were sure we were sure would prevail from the old movies featuring the place. Guess if your expectations are high you always run the risk of disappointment, and to be honest we were! We had read other reviews on Trip Advisor before our visit so fully expected to be 'ripped off' when it came to price of drinks, and in that respect we unfortunately were not disappointed. We declined the offer of a Singapore Sling for $26 singapore dollars each, not being gin drinkers and having been put off to by others' words on this site, so spent a few minutes perusing the menu at a table in the Long Bar, having crunched our way across the floors laden with monkey nut shells, decided it felt a bit like being in any pub (apart from the prices ) and decided to have a drink in the courtyard bar instead. Two beers and $42 Singapore dollars lighter we left ! Apart from the lack of atmosphere, biggest disappointment was not be able to see the writers room as it was in an area solely for residents of the hotel. Guess at least we now know what others were asking about though.

Visited December 2012
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Miami, Florida
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“Very impressive colonial style hotel”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012 via mobile

Had to go to Raffles especially if you are visiting Singapore. It is a must see!! We visited the Long Bar for their speciallty drink, Singapore Sling. Nothing really to brag about. It was like drinking a rum punch!! Too bad it was too pricey. We also had fried calamari which were superb. The lush gardens of the hotel were breathtaking. Our overall experience was excellent. Very pricey but worth it!! It is a must see.

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Brigantine, New Jersey
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“bring home a classic oriental memory”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

The Raffles hotel boutique was filled with interesting keepsakes for those interested in this classic oriental hotel/destination. We bought folding umbrellas with the hotel logo, and will enjoy our holiday memory reminder during rainy days back home. .

Visited November 2012
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