What We Love
- The iconic Long Bar, home of the Singapore Sling
- Custom-blended spa products and treatments that draw on Ayurvedic medicine, botanical, and marine sciences
- Attentive butler service for all rooms and suites
What To Know
- Those signature cocktails aren’t cheap—around $30
- Tourists can fill the courtyard bars and restaurants, making some of the rooms a bit on the beaten track
- With more than 500 staff for 103 suites, the hotel's staff are always in reach
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
There’s something undeniably romantic about a grand old colonial hotel, and few hotels are grander than Raffles, built in 1887 and retaining all its stateliness even while modernizing. A turban-wearing Sikh doorman escorts guests through a wrought-iron portico into a lobby that’s seas of marble floor and sweeping dark central staircase. The suites are in the historic parts of the building and open onto courtyards full of tall trees and frangipani—it’s dreamy to rest in your sitting area and watch and listen to a tropical rainstorm on the leaves.
In the Area
Retail therapy is serious business in Singapore, and the hotel is located near several shopping districts. The mile-long Orchard Road is home to thousands of retail outlets and major malls. More offbeat shopping can be found on Arab Street in Kampong Glam, where merchants sell camel skin bags, cloisonné boxes, and bolts of colorful fabric. Chinatown is home to great, inexpensive restaurants, especially at the Smith Street Hawker Centre.
How to Get There
While we were a little disappointed that “Raffles” was closed for renovations we were were soon surprised that the Long bar is now open for business along with offering drinkers a 10 percent discount on the newly opened Raffles Boutique.
And as for the Singapore Sling - loved it.
We knew that the hotel was being renovated so we took some marvellous pictures of the iconic entrance. We then went to the Long Bar and we were transported back 100 years to a time when colonial couples enjoyed a relaxing time. The service was excellent and the Singapore Slings were worth the trip to Singapore on their own. The low murmur of chat was only broken by the machine used to shake the cocktails. On the way in and the way out there is a the crunch of peanut shells on the floor, another great tradition. A must for any visitor to Singapore.
Being a bar girl and a gin drinker, this was a must do for me.
Had to wait to be seated.
Worth the wait.
Instantly became a big fan of the Singapore Sling. Price wise, not that silly. Still under $40.
It doesn't feel right to be in such a beautiful bar and throwing peanut shells in the floor. All part of the experience.
So pleased I did this
This hotel is an classic and a step back in time. There property is beautiful and real service seems to be their hallmark. I have dreamed of staying here for many years and I was not disappointed. This is how hotels used to be and should be again.
Obviously going to Raffles was part of our plans for our visit to Singapore but we were disappointed when we realised it was closed for refurbishment. However, we went to see the hotel anyway.
Delighted was not the word when we found the Long Bar open and a table for four was there almost calling us. Three Singapore Slings, a beer and a pile of peanut shells later we left so happy that we had been able to experience a tradition.
One over riding memory is the little child sat at the table next to us who was waiting for her parents to eat their peanuts so she could swish the shells onto the floor. The look she gave each time was as if she was being naughty and getting away with it. Expensive drinks. Priceless memories.