I understand the Ascott Raffles Place used to be called Asia House, your taxi driver may well know it by this name. At the time of construction it was the tallest building in Singapore and is a fabulous example of colonial twenties / thirties architecture. Today it is rather dwarfed by the towers of the surrounding business district. It is down towards Marina Bay, in the central business district and opposite Raffles Place MTS, so it is well located.
At the time of booking I hadn't realised it was an apartment-hotel. But this turned out to be a bit of good luck. The room was sizeable, great bedroom area, with a small but acceptable desk and seating area, huge bathroom and a small galley kitchen. All very well appointed, I wanted for nothing in the galley kitchen, even had a washer-dryer, and the fridge was enormous. The bathroom is a delight with a wet-room comprising shower and bath. Plenty of storage space.
Breakfast is available and there is a small bar, but the expectation I think is you self-cater or go out. Breakfast was buffet in style but not hugely exciting and there aren't many tables. That said service was helpful and friendly.
There is an 'on-roof' pool and gym. I used the pool which was great if slightly unnerving as it is a complete glass construction that looks out across the neighbouring towers. But a nice place to relax.
My only reservation is I had significant problems with sending emails via the hotels internet system. Email was showing as sent but was never received. This is not a problem I have ever experienced before. That said the hotel's IT support did their best to resolve things. I've had correspondence with the hotel management and they have been helpful and responsive so I can't do anything other than praise their attitude. I didn't have any problems with Internet access and email seemed to arrive ok, so it may be I was just 'unlucky', but might be an idea to cc your self on email sends so you know they've been sent.
Staff were very friendly and helpful, and there is excellent maintenance. I received a visit from the maintenance engineer to repair a light which I was completely unaware had failed. Demonstrates a great pro-active attitude by housekeeping staff.
Email issues aside you'll find this a great hotel, well located.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ascott Raffles Place Singapore is a paragon of cultured living set in the heart of Singapore's financial cityscape. The heritage building restored from its 1950 splendour, is a distinct and exclusive residential experience with its Art Deco architectural facade set against the modern cityscape. The prime location grants immediate access to the multitude of business and financial institutions in the CBD area. Also close are the renowned entertainment and shopping districts, international restaurants and cultural destinations unique to Singapore.Each of these serviced suites at Ascott Raffles Place Singapore is designed to articulate sheer luxury and ensure absolute peace of mind. Be lavished with unrivalled personalised services and extensive business support in the comfort and privacy of an elegant, fully-equipped home. With a commanding view of Singapore and designed for optimum luxury, Ascott Raffles Place Singapore provides the extravagant comfort, elegant suites and the supreme privacy desired in a luxurious serviced suite. ... more less
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- Ascott Raffles Place Singapore Hotel Singapore