Unfortunately only stayed for one night, but was allocated a lovely original suite in the main building. The room was huge, with high ceilings and a covered verandah outside. All mod-cons were there, although some of the lighting controls were a little idiosyncratic. Ditto the marble bathroom with its brass fittings - but that's part of the charm. You can go anywhere and stay in a homogenized ultra-deluxe modern 5-star room; at Raffles I did feel a real sense of history and character.
Breakfast was very good and lunch at the Raffles Grill absolutely excellent (although expensive).
Had the obligatory Sling at the Long Bar, as you do, but came away somewhat disappointed - afraid this has become more of a tourist trap than anything else; tables of groups of loud tourists in louder shirts come in, gawp, moan about the price of the Sling and move on, to be replaced by the next lot. Having said that. there are some quieter tables at the back, reserved for hotel guests - these are much better. And there are other bars within the grounds to go to if you want something more civilized.
Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable experience, and I would like to stay again, especially on a leisure trip when I had more time to experience the grounds and facilities
- 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