Raffles Hotel

1 Beach Road, Singapore, Singapore, 189673

Price from: £211

Raffles Hotel Singapore

By Carmen Roberts, your Singapore expert

I write for BBC World TV. Read more
#2 of 20
expert-rated hotels in Singapore
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Location:
4.6
4.6
Bedrooms:
4.7
4.7
Eating/drinking:
4.7
4.7
Public areas:
4.7
4.7
Leisure facilities:
4.2
4.2
Service:
4.7
4.7
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Couples, Honeymooners, Seasoned travellers, Celebrity spotting, History, Special occasions

Best for Luxury - Expert review of Raffles Hotel

Pool your pennies for just one night, because a visit to this grand dame hotel is a must.

Raffles Hotel was declared a national monument in 1987, and it’s Singapore’s oldest hotel. It started life as a beach side bungalow in 1887 and was named after Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of modern day Singapore. I love the feeling of old colonial glamour in the lobby, combined with its magnificent tropical suites, this is one of the finest, grand hotels in the world.

Location: 

Raffles is situated near the heart of the central business district, the Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay. The Orchard Road shops are minutes away on public transport and Changi Airport is a mere 20-minute drive.

Bedrooms: 

There are 103 suites in total, each with their own balcony overlooking the lush gardens and courtyard. The suites are very nostalgic with restored colonial furniture, oriental carpets, topped off with gold taps in the bathrooms. There’s also a raft of suites named after celebrities and personalities who frequented the hotel, including Somerset Maugham, Rudyard Kipling and John Wayne.

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Public areas: 

This depends on your definition of public. The hotel has now restricted entry to the main lobby for guests or residents only, because so many tourists were simply popping in to take photos in the lobby. (I must admit, I have been guilty of this, many years ago.)

Eating and drinking: 

Raffles’ famous Long Bar is the only place in Singapore where you can officially litter. For the uninitiated, it’s mandatory to throw your peanut shells on the floor while you sip on your deliciously lethal Singapore Sling. (Just try not to notice the bar tender reaching for the pre-mixed bottle from underneath the bar, this might ruin the experience) The Tiffin Room is a favourite for high tea.

Leisure facilities: 

There’s a small gym, a spa, and a 20metre outdoor rooftop pool. There’s also a Raffles shopping arcade a small museum with an amazing wealth of stories and old photographs about the hotel.

Service: 

The service was flawless. The waiters, concierge and front desk staff were so polite. I love the crisp linen suits and the men in colonial uniform who greet you as you arrive.

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Who stays there: 

Cashed up, well-to-do tourists and celebrities.

Price advice: 

The hotel offers early bird specials (only 10 per cent but when the room rates are this high, it becomes a good saving) as well as business packages including WiFi and breakfast.  But if you rate doesn't include breakfast and WiFi, be warned - breakfast is $45++ and WiFi is charged at $17.50 for an hour, or $28 a day.

Pros: 
Wonderful history
Old colonial elegance at its best
Cons: 
Expensive

More information on Raffles Hotel:

Price from:
£211
Type:
Hotel
Address:
1 Beach Road, Singapore, Singapore, 189673
Amenities:
Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool
Neighbourhood:
CBD

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