This was our first time staying at Raffles Hotel and every expectation was met and surpassed.
I selected Raffles on the basis of TripAdviser reviews and of course because this hotel is so essentially linked to the history of Singapore. Our three day stay was just perfect from the moment we checked in until we had to say a sad farewell on our departure. It was amazing how much we were made to feel welcomed in the hotel from all the staff and with its colonial charm it really did make for a memorable experience.
We stayed in a Courtyard Suite and it was excellent. Very spacious room, quiet, cool, comfortable king size bed and a very well appointed bathroom. OK, so the room did not have the latest model TV but, c'mon seriously, if you are holidaying in Singapore and you have time to be sitting in front of the "idiot box" then maybe you should think about your priorities. Surely the Raffles "experience" is all about staying in such a famous hotel and exploring the beautifully maintained grounds, all three floors of little balconies and anterooms, the pool area, the bars and dining rooms, etc ... and that's just the hotel! Then there are the adjacent bars, shopping areas and sights and sounds of wonderful Singapore to explore. To be honest we didn't feel the need to look at TV once and with very good internet facilities in the hotel you don't need to anyway.
We had breakfast each morning in the Tiffin Room, drinks in the Writers Bar and the Long Bar, dinner in the Tiffin Room (Northern Indian fare - excellent) and everything was perfect.
By way of contrast, after we left Raffles we went travelling further afield but then returned to Singapore and stayed one night at Marina Bay Sands to experience another top class hotel - I suppose at the other end of the spectrum. Whilst we really enjoyed that experience and it is trully an amazing hotel with excellent facilities and "that" infinity pool, if I had my choice of hotels in Singapore I would always stay at Raffles. Why?, because of the undeniable history and grandeur of the hotel, but more importantly because we really were made to feel at home there in a very personal way.
PS. We especially commend Marvin who looked after us for breakfast in the Tiffin Room each morning. He was very professional, friendly and attentive, and he demonstrated a real flair and enjoyment in looking after us. Thank you "marvellous" Marvin!
Raffles Hotel is it for us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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
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