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
- 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
The hotel is under renovation as it was the last time we visited two years ago. We joined the line to get into Harry’s Bar which is open. The service was efficient and the place atmospheric with the iconic slings and peanut shells on the floor and we were not hurried out, but the drink was pricey. Luckily we were put at a table with another couple and we enjoyed their company. On the way out the line to get in had extended significantly so the advice is to go early. Would recommend it as a thing to do in Singapore if you must experience Harry’s and a Singapore Sling but until the hotel is open the experience is a litte contrived
Whilst the rest of the hotel maybe closed due to renovation the Long Bar and pop up shop are very much open. Myself and my mum visited just after the Long Bar opened for the day as we were advised by other travellers to go early. The Singapore Sling was just over $30 but worth every penny and my mum had a non alcoholic cocktail which was around $16. They were both worth every penny as not only were the drinks good quality but the atmosphere and service top quality. Neither of us could bring ourselves to throw our shell nuts on the floor but the waiter was really friendly and took photos for you and would say was one of my favourite moments whilst in Singapore
To sip a Singapore Sling in the Long Bar at Raffles is something I had dreamed of doing for many years. I was not disappointed. Marvellous place, with a unique atmosphere that was not at all diminished by the refurbishment activities being undertaken.
Time for tea.with a difference,sparkle you will never forget, it’s like no other
The tiffin room, is the high tea ,most amazing, there is nothing like it, it’s been closed for renovations,and according to the web site, the good news is, its reopening 2019,if you want to know when, you have to contact raffles ,email on the web site, you need to fill in the forms, reserve it and a day and time, sorted done, it’s the best thing in my option,in Singapore
As its been renovated, I don’t have a list, but when you go to raffles web site, it will show you mouth watering items, you’ve never thought of
They also offer you e a glass of champagne, but it’s not induced, so don’t b shocked when you have to pay for it!.when it saysv high tea, it really is that, you choose from a vast selection of goodies, and you can even ask for coffee,well u could when i went,but I don’t know if u can now,leave room, waiters then serve you,sandwiches cakes,as if u have room, it’s on 3 layers,enjoy, expensive, you decide, again prices will of changed ,apostle check there web sit you want the tiffin room, and you’ll b serenaded, by a lady playing a giant harp,as u go
Again it might if changed ,but u get on the 3 tiers tray,cakes on the top,finger sandwiches in the middle,scones on the bottom, if you’ve room, and coffee and tea,served through out
With lots of different teas and water,looking forward to seeing the new photos, who will be the first, to show them,don’t be shy, share,enjoy, hope this has helped,those who want to go
Raffles is still being renovated but the long bar is open. Had to queue up to get in. An overnight stay is over $1,000 per night. But in the Long bar they serve the very good Singapore Sling (at $32/glass) which was invented at Raffles and they give each table a free bag of unshelled peanuts. Of course the floor is littered with peanut shells. It makes me wonder about the larrikin (ruffian) travellers of years gone by that had a laugh when they stayed at Raffles. It also reminds me of a cowboy bar in San Antonio Texas which was the first place that I experienced a bar floor littered with peanut shells. Raffles was originally on the beach front and guests could saunter down for a swim and return. Now Singapore has reclaimed about 25% of its area and Raffles is no longer on the beachfront. Raffles tickles my fancy.