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
Obviously everyone knows drinks are not going to be cheap , but how can you not go to Raffles if it’s your first trip to Singapore.
Kids even entertained with the peanuts and shells all over the floor !
This building is the absolute mix of history and class in this part of Singapore. So many new hotels have come up but Raffles has a delightful service culture, efficiency and they took care of me with authentic care.
We were pampered, great concierge, bar and breakfast.
This place was awesome to visit...it was like walking into yesteryear. I can remember the stories my grandparents told us when they were growing up in this era. The place is over 100 years old and music was lovely to listen to. The Singapore Sling was a beautiful drink to have if you are a gin drinker...even on a hot day like for us. Eating the peanuts and throwing the shells onto the floor was another thing. (This is the only place you can do). Just be prepared to pay the bill at the end of it...not a cheap drink!
The Raffles Hotel is currently being refurbished but some of the colonial splendour of this Singapore landmark can still be found in the Long Bar. You queue to enter, which means that the bar itself is kept uncrowded. The Singapore Sling is an expensive gin-based cocktail but you’ve got to do it. Each table features a large bag of free peanuts. The tradition is to brush your empty shells onto the floor, making this the only place in Singapore where littering is encouraged. People have been doing this for 100 years and sitting here, you feel a strange connection with them. Highly recommended.
I was thrilled to finally be at Raffles in Singapore, with peanut shells all over the floor and cool ceiling fans above. About a ten minute wait in the middle of the day, and we were in! The place is sophisticated in a tropical kind of way with beautiful wood furniture and appointments. The Singapore Sling was delicious! The hotel was under renovation, but the bar was open. YAY!