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.
- 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