Raffles Hotel Singapore
City Centre, Singapore
At a Glance
Raffles in Singapore is one of a kind. Steeped in history and colonial glamour
Raffles has its own Resident Historian –Leslie Danker has been with the hotel for almost 40 years, and even has a book to his name, Memoires of a Raffles Original
A visit to Raffles' Long Bar for a Singapore Sling is a unique experience
The distinctive architecture, the large grounds with its lush gardens, courtyards and fountains and breezy verandas are all special attributes of this Grand Dame
The story begins at the door - Raffles’ fabulous doormen, Narajan, Swaran and Sarjit, greet their guests in true Raffles style – their distinctive uniforms are from Gieves and Hawkes – and big, genuine smiles of welcome
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Any time’s a good time to go to Singapore. Practically on the equator, Singapore is constantly warm (the temperature never drops below 20°C) and humid and gets fairly steady year-round rainfall. The wettest months are supposedly November to January, when it’s also a degree or two cooler, while the driest are supposedly May to July, but in reality there is little distinction between the seasons.
The Singapore Sling, invented in 1915 by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon at Raffles Hotel as a ladies’ drink, is still enjoyed by today. No visit to Singapore is complete without having a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar. Ingredients: gin, cherry brandy, pineapple juice, lime juice, Cointreau, Dom Benedict
To start planning your vacation to Raffles Hotel Singapore
The luxurious Raffles Hotel Singapore is an iconic landmark of Singapore's colonial past. Its unwavering service and excellence has been legendary for 120 years and it is a fabulous historical and indulgent place to stay.
Raffles is located in the colonial core of Singapore and has long been famous for its architecture, decadence and history. Restored in 1991 to the style to which it was once accustomed, Raffles is set in lush tropical gardens and has 103 opulent suites each with its own spacious parlour, bedroom and luxurious dressing area.
There are plenty of places to eat and drink including the legendary 'Long Bar' - home to the Singapore Sling and the Tiffin Room where traditional afternoon tea can be enjoyed. With fifteen venues for dining, whether you feel like Chinese, Japanese, Indian, a champagne brunch or billiards and beer, Raffles has the highest standards of cuisine and the loveliest venues in which to enjoy it.
A rooftop swimming pool in a lush garden setting provides yet another excuse for decadent relaxation and the exclusive sanctuary of the Raffles Spa has a delectable menu of wraps, scrubs, massages, facials and more to rejuvenate even the most weary of travelers. The Raffles Arcade adjoins the hotel and provides a theater, restaurants, a museum and numerous exclusive shops.
The 103 Suites at Raffles are opulent with fourteen-foot high ceilings, timber floors, oriental carpets and period style furnishings and each is served by a traditional butler. Courtyard Suites have separate living/dining rooms to the spacious bedrooms and are situated close to the lush gardens. With a similar layout, the Palm Court Suites are located in the older part of the hotel with a step out balcony facing the lush Palm Court. For those wanting a real slice of history, stay in one of the 12 Personality Suites which are associated with personalities such a Rudyard Kipling, Noel Coward and Charlie Chaplin who stayed at this iconic hotel in its heyday. The five Grand Suites in the main building are exactly that, crammed with antiques, artwork and elegant furnishings, they are each unique. The two largest suites at Raffles are Presidential Suites and are truly expansive with two bedrooms, three bathrooms, a pantry and plenty of entertaining space.
Children are welcome at Raffles and may enjoy the Raffles Creamery (an ice cream parlour where personalized creations are made). Inter-connecting rooms are available, babysitting can be arranged and your butler can provide any toys or games if needed. The rides and aquarium at Sentosa Island and Singapore Zoo and night safari are sure to keep the children happy while in Singapore.
At Raffles there are an incredible 15 eateries including a bakery, steakhouse, New York style deli, Chinese restaurant and Sushi restaurant. There is also an outdoor rooftop swimming pool and bar surrounded by tropical gardens, luxurious Raffles Spa, gym and exclusive Raffles Arcade for shopping. The hotel even has its own Raffles Museum documenting its fascinating history.
Raffles has plenty to keeps its occupants busy from extensive restaurants and bars to great fitness facilities,a rooftop pool and opulent spa but step outside and the buzz of Singapore is right on your doorstep. Attractions include the shops, restaurants and entertainment along The Orchard Road, the Botanic Gardens, China Town, Little India, Arab Street and many museums.
Sarah Rowan (Staff)
Iconic, colonial, grand and old worldly are just some of the words conjured up when describing Raffles. It has a firmly established reputation in Singapore regularly playing host to Royals, VIPs and celebrities. Although this may not be a selling point it does speak for it's standing in the city as a go to for so many. It first opened its doors in 1887 so is steeped in history. It has even named some of its suites after a selection of the most commendable guests who have stayed there. All this aside, the suites are beautiful in a traditional sense and dining options are in abundance. Each restaurant or bar has its own character and story to it. It is a timeless building of great beauty and elegance, with a standard of service to match.
Olivia Smith (Staff)
Raffles is the grand dame of hotels in Singapore, steeped in history with a really colonial feel to both the building and atmosphere. Dating from 1887, it is named after Singapore's founfer, Sir Stamford Raffles. The property has retained its old-school charm and glamour, with typically colonial furnishings and attentive service from all the staff (still dressed in tradional, colonial attire) This isn't the hotel for you if you are a fan of the super-modern, sleek hotel but amidst the modern advances of most Asian cities, Raffles is a welcome insight into the past. The Long Bar is well worth a visit (with peanut shells covering the floor) and it is here that the Singapore Sling cocktail was invented by barman Ngiam Tong Boon sometime between 1910 and 1915. Have it shaken by a barman rather than from the draught taps (brought in to cater for the influx of visitors wanting to sample the famous drink) and enjoy the history that surrounds you, past visitors include Ernest Hemingway and Somerset Maugham. Raffles really is charming to the hilt, but utterly welcoming and quintessentially Singaporean.
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Location & directions
City Centre, Singapore
Raffles Hotel is located on Beach Road, in the heart of Singapore's business and civic district. It is a 5-minute train ride to Singapore’s bustling shopping district, Orchard Road and a short walk from the striking Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay.