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“All that it is said to be and then some” 5 of 5 stars
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Raffles Hotel Singapore
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673, Singapore   |  
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“All that it is said to be and then some”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2010

Had built in two extra days to a Singapore business trip and decided that just looking at raffles from the outside would not be enough. Booked a room for two nights. This is an expensive hotel, so be prepared for that when you check in. However, the service levels are astounding and the hotel has all the elements of character you expect. Rooms are spacious and well appointed, although for the price and caliber of Raffles I would have expected flat screen TVs, not old tube style. Bedding was the most comfortable I've experienced in a very long time, a Marriott bed on steroids would be close.

Suites are well designed with a dining and sitting area separated from the main bedroom. This gives the illusion of more space, and a much appreciated way to be separate from the sleeping quarters. A drawback is that the sitting furniture, a small sofa in the parlor and two chairs in the bedroom, has been well used and is showing its age.

But you go to Raffles for the overall ambiance, of which there is plenty. If you use the main lobby, you'll be in the photos of hundreds of day visitors who come in, snap a few photos and then go on. But you'll also be plied with service from the staff and it is a nice spot to have a drink and watch the comings and goings.

Be aware that prices for alcoholic drinks in Singapore are insanely high, and even more so at the Raffles dining rooms. A dinner for one cost a small fortune,I can't imagine what it would be for two. However, if you're looking to stay at this hotel, price should be as far from your mind as possible.

Given the expense of the hotel, I expected the internet to be if not included then nominal. Not the case at all. Perhaps they are using the internet as a profit generator, but the rates were insane and the speed was almost dial-up slow.

Overall, a wonderful experience, one I would like to repeat with my wife, but we'll eat in the neighborhood where the selection is great and prices are much lower.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2010

When you stay at Raffles take plenty of money. Plan it for the end of your trip and don't plan to leave the hotel, it has it all. Being a "Mrs Bucket snob" I just loved our stay. It had always been my dream to stay there, when we lived in Singapore, and on subsequent visits, it was well worth the wait. Luxury in good taste, fabulous service from friendly staff, value for money when considering the inclusions. I would do it again in a heartbeat if the oppertunity arrose.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2010

Stayed in the Noel Coward Courtyard Suite, which was amazingly comfortable. We were utterly pampered, starting with their Bentley that picked us up at the airport. Jimmy was great at the piano and we then had an excellent dinner in the Empire restaurant downstairs; a medium-priced option in the city but a fantastic one, excellent dim sum. There is a truly unique charm to the place, so many 5 stars being similarly priced but utterly charmless. Only there for one night but the perfect start to our honeymoon. One key point, we both agreed, the best breakfast we had ever had.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2010

We spent 4 nights at this fabulous hotel which was elegant, classy, an oasis of peace with understated yet outstanding service, superb rooms and a central location. What more could one ask of a hotel? And I'm not even getting to its architecture and history!

The morning breakfast was a large fare with quality products and a large bright dining room with high ceilings and streaming sunlight.

Every person in the hotel, at reception, in a restaurant, at the pool, in the spa, at the bell desk magically knew our name and only addressed us by that.

My teenage daughter would get hungry late at night. On 2 nights we ordered room service after midnight. The food came hot and freshly prepared, with full service which included laying a full table in the room with cutlery crockery and serving the food all with a welcome smile.

The beds were large, comfortable and every furnishing and fitting was of the highest standard and quality. I have never used such large, thick, rich, pure white bath towels ever. Simply outstanding.



An amazing experience. It is re assuring to know that Hotels like this still exist.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2010

Loved it in every respect, from charm of rooms to service and tradition.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2010

It´s a legend and I fully enjoyed the four nights being there. In my opinion always one of the world’s best hotels. Certainly you get the same service also in the other local 5-stars, but the combination of excellent staff, a picturesque building and the quiet background activity of the personal butler is looking for its equal and sets this hotel in one category with The Hong Kong Peninsula, the London Ritz or the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2010

Great nostalgic hotel with friendly efficient staff. Jimmy the pianist is unique!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Raffles Hotel Singapore

Address: 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673, Singapore
Location: Singapore > Singapore
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Singapore
#1 Romantic Hotel in Singapore
#3 Family Hotel in Singapore
#3 Business Hotel in Singapore
#3 Luxury Hotel in Singapore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Raffles Hotel Singapore 5*
Number of rooms: 103
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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