My nephew and I stayed at Raffles recently and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
The Hotel is beautiful with incredible history, we loved exploring it floor by floor...courtyards and verandahs as well. The early photos are so interesting...a member of staff stopped and explained the photos to me and showed me where many of them were taken...
The personal service is first class, you ARE special as a guest at Raffles and are addressed by name by almost every member of staff. I was amazed to be personally greeted as I wandered about the Hotel.
If you're looking for wow rooms, then you may be disappointed, but they are lovely original and spacious suites...the only thing I'd replace would be the toilet, which looked a bit dated. Every room is a suite comprising a dining/sitting room, large bedroom and a dressing room/bathroom - you also have a table and chairs on the verandah outside your room...we sat out there and drank our complimentary French champagne, ate our chocolates and fruit and enjoyed the balmy evening...we then took a dip in the open air pool. The pool is a private area and once again, the service is outstanding...towels draped over the sun lounge for you, complimentary iced water and chilled berries on tiny skewers for your enjoyment. Nothing is overlooked...
The lobby and Hotel are closed off to the public, which makes it a quiet and cool space. The public can access the restaurants and Long Bar and shop in Raffles arcade of shops, but otherwise the lobby, main Hotel, swimming pool and spa are guests only. This policy is enforced by the Hotel and tourists are turned around (politely) at the door. Here is a tip: if you want to take some photos of the amazing lobby, approach the doorman late at night - say midnight...if the lobby is quiet, they may let you have a look.
If you're watching your money, stay somewhere else and enjoy a drink at the Long Bar or do some shopping in their gift store, but frankly, we found the Long Bar noisy and crowded and headed back into the Hotel.
Everything in the Hotel is expensive, but this is possibly the most famous hotel in the world. An excellent pot of tea in the lobby lounge was $20 with taxes and service charge, but you're not just paying for the tea, but the surroundings, the service, the history, the pianist....
If you can manage it, save up for your next big birthday, anniversary and treat yourself...you'll float out the door!
The flight to Singapore business class with Emirates was also, first class - I'd highly recommend them.
- 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