The Raffles Hotel Singapore is one of the world’s great historic lodging establishments. Opened in 1887, it is particularly well known for its graceful colonial ambiance and its excellent service. Add in the luxurious accommodations, the wonderful restaurants, and everything else that the Raffles Hotel has to offer, and it is little wonder that it gets so much praise. It certainly figures among the very best Singapore hotels.
The Raffles Hotel Singapore opened in 1887 as a 10-room bungalow. Its founders were the Sarkie Brothers, who were born in Persia and made a name for themselves by founding a chain of luxury hotels in Southeast Asia. Originally, the Raffles Hotel enjoyed a seaside location. Continued land reclamation has resulted in its now being some 500 meters from the shore. Something that also changed over time was the size of the Raffles Hotel. The current main building dates back to 1899. Over the years, it was expanded on more than one occasion. In and around 1910, a Raffles bartender name Ngiam Tong Boon created both the Million Dollar Cocktail and Singapore’s most famous adult beverage, the Singapore Sling. Only adding to the hotel’s historic allure are its list of famous guests and its various roles during the Japanese occupation of Singapore during World War II. It is commonly said that British guests of the Raffles Hotel were found dancing one final waltz when Japanese soldiers seized control of Singapore and the hotel in 1942. At the end of the war, it became a temporary transit camp for war prisoners. In 1987, the Singapore government honored the Raffles Hotel and its rich history by making the landmark a National Monument. The Raffles Hotel is named after Sir Stamford Raffles, the British founder of modern Singapore.
Rooms & Suites
Rooms & Suites
All of the rooms at the Raffles Hotel Singapore are suites. They fall into five different categories – the Courtyard Suites, the Grand Hotel Suites, the Palm Court Suites, the Personality Suites, and the Presidential Suites. Regardless of which suite they ultimately secure, guests of the Raffles Hotel can expect their quarters to be stylish, comfortable, and extremely well-equipped. Elegant furnishings mix with a host of welcoming amenities, which include, but aren’t limited to, individual climate control, mini bars, internet access, soft bathrobes, and luxurious toiletries. Also worth highlighting is the customized butler service that is provided for each and every suite.
As any good luxury hotel should, the Raffles Hotel Singapore offers an impressive range of facilities to go with its sumptuous rooms. Among the facilities are 15 restaurants and bars, a nurturing spa, a rooftop pool, a shopping arcade, a Victorian-style theater playhouse, seven function rooms, and a business center. Also available for guests to enjoy is the Raffles Hotel Museum. It offers terrific insight into the hotel’s legendary past. Should you need one more reason to choose the Raffles Hotel as your Singapore vacation base, there’s the wide array of available services. Highlights include free airport transfers and competent concierge service.