I only stayed for a night so this review will be based on a relatively short stay. The thing that left the strongest impression was the quietude in the hotel - not in a bad way - but in a calm, soothing, grown up way. The circular drive up to the hotel will have you feeling like you're going to have to stand up a little straighter and articulate a little more, much like when you visit an older aunt or teacher you're fond of.
The room was large and though we were smack at city center, whatever noise that happens outside the hotel, stays outside. At first glance, the room was a bit dark and a tad 'boring' but as the evening wore on, things started to get familiar. By morning, the space had definitely taken on a charming quality and I almost didn't want to leave, especially after a quick peek outside at the tropical palms against the crisp whiteness of the main building and the blue, blue sky.
Breakfast wasn't much to shout about though it served everything it should: mains a la carte and everything else in a perfectly lovely buffet setup. A walk on the hotel grounds allowed for a much better look at what one pays for when forking out the dollars to stay at the Raffles: a very grand, very pretty hotel with a hundred plus years of history that probably included its fair share of naughtiness behind those big, closed doors - even in squeaky clean Singapore. One can almost imagine Ava Gardner walking out of the Ava Gardner Suite.
All in all, I'd say that if you're looking for a place to stay in Singapore that's equally convenient and beautiful, this would be the place. There's simply none other in Singapore that offers the same combination.
(Oh, and though a drink at the Long Bar might seem like an obvious choice when staying here, there are much better cocktail bars in town (try Bitters & Love or The LIbrary) so unless you're determined to have a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar for the sake of checking it off the list, I'd very possibly, highly likely, pretty much skip it.)
- 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