We 'did' Australia for our 30th wedding anniversary and chose a stop-over in Singapore. I had booked Raffles for four nights as a treat. We had visited for 'tiffin' 30 years ago but couldn't afford to stay there; we had always planned to make up for that.
It in no way disappointed. Our previous 'number 1 global hotel' was the Al Qasr in Dubai...Raffles has supplanted it, even though it is radically different from the Al Qasr.
It is pure Victorian splendour. Match it with the Peninsula in Hong Kong. You feel as though you need to walk in wearing a safari suit and a pith helmet.
The buildings are magnificent and provide an island of supreme class and old-fashioned subdued and understated magnificence surrounded by high-rise office blocks. It only has 103 rooms and they are all suites. As it occupies an entire block in one of the most expensive areas of real estate in the world, one wonders how it can make a profit. But then, it should be supported (if it's not already) by the Singapore Government as a working museum and a piece of living history.
The high ceilings, wonderful decor, polished wooden floors with carpet runners, excellent service and superb food, make this a must for everyone going to Singapore to accept that it is expensive, but it is an experience one should not miss at least once in your life.
The staff were wonderful once they knew we were celebrating our 30th in their Tiffin Room, with a decorated black forest gateau brought to our table and our room was decorated with towel sculptures and rose petals. They couldn't do enough for us.
The Long Bar is a little touristy, with the crunching of peanut shells underfoot, but a Singapore Sling in the Long Bar (expensive, but very tasty) is just another thing you do....
Even the internet was no-charge - InterContinental and Accor please note!
I don't offer up five stars too readily. This one thoroughly deserves it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Raffles Singapore will be closed for renovation on 13 December 2017 with a planned reopening in the second half of 2018. 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. 5 restaurants and bars beckon, including the Bar & Billiard Room - new temporary home to the world renowned Singapore Sling; Tiffin Room, which continues the tradition of Afternoon Tea at Raffles and Raffles Grill, serving up the best Sunday Brunch in town. 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