Okay, let's get the issue of how much it costs out of the way. Yes, it is expensive but consider this: it is a magnificent building and gardens and considerable upkeep is required; the service is impeccable as you would expect; the rooms and service areas are elegantly colonial and certainly contribute to the overall experience. So in a way you are helping to conserve a grand building and tradition by staying there. With no disrespect to other hotel chains, we don't feel that these factors are at play when we stay elsewhere.
Raffles is located near an MRT station and that makes it easy to get around.
Now, this was our first stay and as we said, it was as we expected. We stayed for 3 nights in the JRudyard Kipling room and it was quiet, spacious and cool. The bed was firm and we had good sleeps. The bathroom was spacious with a bath and shower - but the shower did spill water onto the floor (so points off for that). Fittings throughout the room, as with the hotel, were older or reproduced to mainatin aesthetic consistency. The wifi was stable and strong. The TV was fine although we didn't use it. The little drawing room was delightful.
We didn't dine in the main restaurants but had supper in the Long Bar and room service. Yes, it was expensive but this is common throughout Singapore. The food was excellent and the service was prompt and efficient. We had drinks in the Writer's Bar and this was enjoyable, sitting watching people. Breakfast was excellent with quality products and efficient service. C thinks that the coffee is still weak but that is a personal view.
We used the Spa for 2 massages and a facial - which were expensive and we'd probably choose otherwise next time. The pool was lovely.
Staying here can be a bit intimidating as it does have a standard to maintain and the sign "Residents Only" was taken seriously by a guard when C walked in alone one afternoon. C was asked if he could be "helped", which was a polite way of saying, "Are you sure you are staying here?" It wasn't offensive but it reminded us that they monitor their "residents". But then again, when people call you by your name at every opportunity, the personal attention is equally nice.
One "problem" is that the Raffles Hotel complex is a warren of passages and buildings and so it is easy to get lost. The fact you cannot access the Long Bar directly from the Hotel is also a nuisance.
Was it worth it? Yes. Would we stay here again? Yes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Raffles Hotel is one of Singapore's most graceful landmarks. More legend than hotel, this luxury Singapore hotel celebrates a tradition of unwavering service excellence spanning more than 125 years.Immortalized in the novels of Somerset Maugham and Rudyard Kipling, Raffles Hotel, Singapore’s colonial-styled architecture and lush tropical gardens exude an atmosphere of timeless elegance.Raffles Spa provides pampering relaxation while the boutiques of Raffles Hotel Arcade offer ample opportunities for retail therapy. Raffles Hotel Arcade houses a fine selection of elegant international brands including Tiffany and Co. and Louis Vuitton.Be it business or leisure, the charms of this luxurious Singapore hotel are enticing. 15 restaurants and bars beckon, including the Long Bar - home to the world renowned Singapore Sling; Tiffin Room, which continues the tradition of Afternoon Tea at Raffles and Bar & Billiard Room, well-known for its legend of "The Tiger under the Billiard Table."This luxurious Singapore hotel lies in the heart of the city, in close proximity to the banking and financial districts, Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre (SICEC), as well as leisure attractions including the casino at Marina Bay; the cultural sights of Arab Street and Chinatown and shopping at Raffles City shopping mall and Orchard Road shopping belt. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Singapore Raffles Hotel
- Raffles Singapore
- Raffles Hotel Singapore