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Raffles Hotel Singapore
Ranked #1 of 309 Hotels in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
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89 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Stay here at least once in your life”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2010

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.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2010

My wife and I stayed there for two nights as aprt of our honeymoon. We stayed in a Courtyard Suite which was spacious and beautifully appointed. The butlers were amazing and on call 24/7. The staff were extremely friendly and the service excellent. We would recommend this hotel as an experience of a lifetime.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2010

My husband and I stayed at Raffles for one night in June, the last night of our honeymoon! We weren't sure if it would live up to it's name but it surpassed our expectations! From checking in to checking out we were made to feel so welcome, all the staff have a real passion for the hotel and want you to make the most of your stay. The butlers were fantastic, offering to do everything for us!! They have a great knowledge of the hotel and were full of suggestions of things to go and see in Singapore, they really make your stay very special. Our room, a palm court suite, was well proportioned, full of elegant charm and a pleasure to stay in. If you stay here, make sure to explore the hotel, there are so many lovely areas to see and the butlers kept reminding us that it was our hotel to make use of. This was the perfect end to our honeymoon, a magical stay we are sure to remember for many years.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2010

My wife and I had a 3 night stopover at the Raffles for our Honeymoon. Incredible!! The service is just perfect. We entered our room to find gifts from our butlers, we felt very spoilt...

Breakfast was disappointing. Had the worst eggs benedict I have ever had. Eggs rock hard and water through my muffin not to mention the taste of nothing??? A bit surprising when everything else is so fantastic. Hope its just a one off, I am sure it was, but wasn't willing to try again.

The whole experience was mind boggling, do normal people need all that luxury and service all the time?? Why not.....hehe.

We had fun and will do it again.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank davidandmaddy
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2010

6 nights and "We simply Loved it" ...will I go back - Yess :), ...but ..if I have to question myself on why will we not go back and choose something else we dont have any reason which we can conjure up ... except too many F&B outlets to chhose from :) :)

Right from the famous Long Bar to every F&B outlet it was outstanding, and I must mention the hotel staff were so great and effecient when we had a small medical emergency..Thumbs up to that !!

Love the concept of a single page story given everynight with turndown service..it just brought us back to the old era everytime we read it..

I would love to be their again specially when the F-1 is held in Singapore, would be lovely to sleep in those extremely quite and peacefull rooms overlooking the lush gardens with the backdrop of suntec and CBD..after the vroom of the F1 cars...

Must watch is the hotel's top view from 71st floor of swisshotel''s bar..

cheers and please up the great job..

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2010

Stayed at the raffles Singapore from the 17th to the 20th. Almost Everything was immaculate, service was well above standar (much better than raffles Beijing), food was unexpectadly tasty and the room, which was a heritage old room, was surprisingly very well maintained.

HOWEVER.... Here's the thing... I booked the room through their website and got a best rate deal of $ 850++ instead of their publish rate of $1200++ for a palmcourt suite. It's a huge bargain in my opinion, even though breakfast was not included it's not important, as it was such a great deal! BUT it had never crossed my humble mind that the deal did not include WIFI!! Yes.... The most expensive and talked about hotel in Singapore did not have WI-FI as it's standard service.

Now listen, this is 2010! Paying for WI-FI is like paying for air conditioning! Even Starbucks around the corner didnt charge me for WI-FI! For a hotel this calibre, Raffles had dissapoint me to no end. This missing service, albeit trivial for some, in my opinion was a crucial and essential compulsary service in a GOOD hotel, it was truly a great dissapontment. Hey! I can afford paying $850++/day, it's not about the money, it's about expectations.

I didn't even complain about the old and wornout 21 inch Hitachi TV, though i still don't see why an expensive 100 more years old heritage hotel had to keep a 10 year old cheap technology in their rooms. Plasma or LCD pleeeeaaaseee!!! And at least 42  inches! There!             

  

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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france, saint julien en genevois
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49 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2010

Superbe architecture and rooms. Could at least change TV by flat screen !
Hotel not full at all therefore we could make early check in ...
Off course price are expensive for room and restaurants but we knew before coming. So don't be surprised.
Excellent food and breakfast
Only issue - you can not wear shorts inside the hotel or restaurant even if you are a guest.
Therefore I do not recommend for holidays or families. Only for business of cultural venue.
Staff could be more friendly especially in the restaurant area.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Raffles Hotel Singapore
Address: 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673, Singapore
Phone Number:
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 Luxury Hotel in Singapore
#1 Spa Hotel in Singapore
#2 Romantic Hotel in Singapore
#3 Business Hotel in Singapore
#3 Family 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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