You have to book in advance for afternoon tea in the Tiffin room. It is priced at Quality London Hotel rates as you would expect, about £30 to £40 if memory recalls. This we did and it was well worth it. In fact, in value for money terms, it leaves London Hotels standing. What a lovely experience drinking copious quantities of tea with cakes and sandwiches and if that is not enough, there is a buffet for you to tuck into too. The food is replenished regularly and you are not sold short. The service cannot be faulted and the staff are pleasant, helpful and attentive. All this in the surroundings of a marvellous colonial hotel. A pleasurable experience beyond compare. Well done to them. I urge you to try it.
Compare this with the Long bar experience where we went afterwards for a Singapore sling. The Singapore slings were extortionately priced but what is annoying is the reception you get which exudes disinterest. True, when we were acknowledged the drinks came quickly but the whole place has the ambiance of a railway waiting room. There is no soul in the place. It needs someone to greet and seat you at the tables. At these prices you expect better service. I accept you are paying a high premium for the name and I do not object to that but I do object to indifference. I do however think the premium pricing has gone too far. The place was fairly full but many people were sitting at tables without drinks and preventing others from relaxing. I saw several people look in, wait a while and walk away. I believe they should lower the prices to a level where people will be prepared to have more than one drink. A premium can still be maintained but this place has much more potential better managed. On current standards, my advice is don’t go just to say you have been. It is just too expensive for what you get and not worth it.
I am rating this review on what I believe the hotel to be. An excellent high quality establishment beyond compare. I hope to return here to stay a while in the hotel but I will be avoiding Long Bar.
- Also Known As:
- Singapore Raffles Hotel
- Raffles Singapore
- Raffles Hotel Singapore
- 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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