There has to be something said about walking legitimately into the "Resident's Only" section of Raffles Hotel which is pretty much the dream! And it didn't disapoint! Service from the staff was exceptional with special care taken to remember names, likes and dislikes. I certainly give Mr Nazir a a huge two thumbs up for making it a memorable stay - complete with a birthday cake to my suite!
The Palm Court Suite was exactly as pictured which was a delight. Instead of being slick and modern it had a lived-in elegance about it, homeley yet refined. And HUGE! The bed offered the best nights sleep in months and the linens were crisp yet snuggly. I covert a Raffles Robe now....the most luxurious fresh cotton to wrap around you. Lots of fluffy, big towels and amenities were plentiful.
The televisions aren't plasma/lcd which wasn't a dealbreaker in this instance because I never even thought to turn it on.
Bulter service was provided and they couldn't have been more accomodating with requests. I feel silly asking for a cup of coffee when most hotel rooms have the provision there for you, but I guess that is what the rich and famous do...and this place certainly makes you feel pretty special.
Part of the charm about this hotel is that do you feel as if you belong to a special little club and the long terraces encourage interaction with fellow guests if you wish. My room which faced onto a courtyard was so incredibly quiet which belied the fact there was a major road not 50m away, even when sitting on the terrace.
The pool wasn't anything unique however it was perfect to escape the hustle of the city, with somebody actually providing service all day. That is something you don't see alot these days! Lots of towels and well maintained changing areas.
I had been to the Long Bar several times before but being a resident does make it that extra bit special when you can charge ti to your room and the staff checking to ensure that all is ok wherever possible.
I did have to take a star off the rating as I did seem a bit jinxed when it came to the food & beverage service with something going wrong each time I ordered. I did mention this on check out and the staff did appear genuinely concerned about this and were most apologetic. They were minor things each time (but cumulatively it made me a little hesitant about ordering inhouse) however with a property of this reputation the expectation is that it is on pointe.
Overall though, I lived the dream!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Raffles Singapore will be closed for renovation on 13 December 2017 with a planned reopening in the second half of 2018. Raffles Hotel is one of Singapore's most graceful landmarks. More legend than hotel, this luxury Singapore hotel celebrates a tradition of unwavering service excellence spanning more than 125 years.Immortalized in the novels of Somerset Maugham and Rudyard Kipling, Raffles Hotel, Singapore’s colonial-styled architecture and lush tropical gardens exude an atmosphere of timeless elegance. 5 restaurants and bars beckon, including the Bar & Billiard Room - new temporary home to the world renowned Singapore Sling; Tiffin Room, which continues the tradition of Afternoon Tea at Raffles and Raffles Grill, serving up the best Sunday Brunch in town. This luxurious Singapore hotel lies in the heart of the city, in close proximity to the banking and financial districts, Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre (SICEC), as well as leisure attractions including the casino at Marina Bay; the cultural sights of Arab Street and Chinatown and shopping at Raffles City shopping mall and Orchard Road shopping belt. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Singapore Raffles Hotel
- Raffles Singapore
- Raffles Hotel Singapore