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
We bought raffles mooncakes recently over several trips. The signature champagne truffles snowskin and acai berry are the best snowskin.
The baked mooncake is the mother of pearl not too sweet follow by the macademia nuts pine nut mooncakes.
The supervisory staff seconded to Raffled Xchange are super helpful and they give useful tips on what flavor you can choose to suit your taste.
The young staff are also very happy and helpful.
Excellent service to the team at Raffles Xchange Raffles hotel mooncake counter.
We visited the bar when the hotel was close to finishing its refurbishment. The cocktails were first class as was the environment, the only surprise was the closing time of 11 pm, and worst than that, they stopped admittance from 10:30 pm, so I had to talk my way in.
We called in to experience the Long Bar shortly after the hotel's significant refursbishment during our first visit to Singapore. We arrived early evening and there was already quite a queue with some people deciding not to bother after seeing the number of people waiting. The hotel is impressive, feeling very exclusive although is way out of our price range in terms of somewhere to stay - maybe one day! We waited about an hour in total and yes the drinks are really expensive but this was something on our "must do" list and we weren't disappointed. Great photo opportunity and experience.