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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Who stays there
Cashed up, well-to-do tourists and celebrities.
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.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Seasoned travellers
- Celebrity spotting
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Old colonial elegance at its best
- Wonderful history