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
Went there for their lunch buffet service.
The service was incredible, the staff were all wonderful but one waitress was too eager to collect our unfinished plates though.
Food was very delicious but would’ve appreciated a bit more variety. Dessert was a bit underwhelming too, as there was only mainly fruit.
Overall, I’d say that it’s definitely worth it to only go once just to experience Raffles itself.
Booked afternoon tea with my family as a last treat before leaving Singapore. I travel there regularly and have been waiting for it to reopen for over a year!
I received an email confirmation for the tea which clearly stipulated "Dress code for The Grand Lobby is Casual Chic. Gentlemen are encouraged to wear shirt and trousers teamed with appropriate covered toes footwear. Ladies may be dressed in their casual best, dresses, skirts or trousers with appropriate footwear, toes-covered shoes or heels. No shorts, open-toes shoes or sandals, pool attire is not permitted."
As we were there on holiday and my son only had smart shorts with him, I called to check that this would be OK. I was told its OK for children, but a 15 year old risked being turned away. We therefore went out and bought smart chinos for the occasion at not an inconsiderable cost. I was then horrified to see the standard of dress allowed in the Grand Lobby. At least 4 adult men were wearing shorts. Many were in jeans and trainers. A few also in Birkenstock type sandals and t-shirts. No-one was turned away as I had been told. When I complained we were offered an apology and given extra desserts to take home. Half of these contained nuts which we couldn't eat due to allergies. I wish I had asked for the cost of the chinos bought that morning back instead. Really disappointing. Completely took the shine off our last day in this beautiful city.
It was really underwhelming.. The food took forever to arrive, almost an hour. And then stuff we would ask for such as water and all, also took a long time. My parents were really looking forward, but ended up disappointed.. Hope they improve service. Coffee was good though.