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
When in Singapore you have to have Singapore sling in the originating bar. Hotel is under construction but the bar has been renovated on the second level. Drinks are not chea0 but taste great, They put on a show while making the drinks. Really enjoyed the experience. Hint : The entrance is right across from the Fairmont Hotel. The bartender is fun.
Wow, expensive. Good Singapore Sling, yes indeed.
It took us a couple of visits to get in as it's a small place, and busy.
The Slings were expensive, but they were good. If you're visiting and want to tick the box of a Singapore Sling at Raffles you have to do this.
It was on my bucket list to have a Singapore Sling at Raffles. The main hotel is being refurbished but luckily the bar open while we were there. It would have been very rude not to go
We managed to grab a table before the rush. The setting is very beautiful and has been done to good taste.
Yes the drinks are very expensive, for one sling and one beer over £20.00. But this is a one of experience. Staff very helpful telling you about the history of Raffles.
We are already saving hotel to return next year and stay at the this historical place.
Well to go to a Raffles and not have a Singapore sling would be bad manners we were put in the vip area being residents of the hotel and it was very nice too
The hotels is just as you would envision it classy and creeky the high tea a raffles is the ultimate so if you have any doubt about going just go and see what see
Take a bow team Raffles
Have your credit card ready folks, this place is expensive. $32 for an original Singapore Sling then $24 for a Heineken! Place looks great with a refurb in progress, entrance kinda hard to find. Service was a little slow but drinks were better than average. Way to pricy for the average traveller, wouldn’t go back :)