I took my mother to Raffles for her 60th Birthday in September 2012 during the F1.
I am tempted to clutter this review with superfluous adjectives like elegant, beautiful, grand, glamorous, magnificent, but I would not do Raffles any justice.
Room: Courtyard Suite. Fit for any king or queen, or mere mortal, who itches for magnificence, thanks to its colossal 14 ft. ceilings. I also loved the coolness the handsome dark teak floors gave the room. It was a real treat to be able to return to this oasis after a grueling day battling the humidity and throngs of shoppers on Orchard St.
Got to relax in our room’s spacious parlor and dining area before heading to the Martini Bar for a pre-dinner cocktail.
The bathroom was generously sized. The bath was uber-comfortable.
Note: This was the entry-level room and it was perfect, and contrary to an earlier review, the hotel does provide coffee making facilities, which serve up a decent cup of Java.
The furnishings and architecture throughout the hotel and arcade replicate the grand colonial style Raffles was famous for back in the 20s. If you don’t appreciate “old architecture”, you may not adore this hotel quite as much as my sentimental heart does. There are more flashier, modern hotels in Singapore if you are that way inclined. And if you are looking for a hotel with a more authentic Asian feel, then keep looking.
Food: Breakfast was good. Usual fare on offer at most 5 star hotels. Everything was fresh and looked beautiful.
Feasted on the elaborate treats at the afternoon tea at Raffles. It’s expensive but worth the splurge. The desserts were amazing and my mother loved the selection of fresh fruits.
Did drop into the Long Bar. It’s worth a look (and no, I didn’t have a Singapore sling.) The monkey nuts were great and the bar had the expected and much famed colonial feel. Had lunch at the bar. The food was mediocre. Bland burgers and Ikea style Nachos that you have to assemble yourself. To be fair, the ingredients were very fresh.
Service: Excellent all the way, especially, the service at afternoon tea and breakfast.
Museum: Worth a 2-minute fly through, or you can just visit the gift shop.
Tips: If you are staying in the hotel, be sure to check out the east wing. It has a display of photographs of the rich, famous and infamous who have graced Raffles with their presence.
Raffles is as flamboyant and chic as even her most famous resident and worth the truckloads of pennies you are required to hand over for the privilege, and you just never know whom you might behold at breakfast as you bite into a piping hot croissant . . .