The Raffles Hotel Singapore, named after Sir Stamford Raffles who founded Singapore, is a highly historic and iconic property dating back to 1887. Following a two-year renovation, the grand dame has emerged even more splendid than before, while still retaining its colonial-era charm and allure.
Raffles Hotel Singapore Location
Raffles Hotel Singapore, located on the original plot of 10 bungalows at Beach Road, once had a serene view of sandy beaches and clear blue skies. However, as Singapore rapidly developed and reclaimed land, the hotel's sea-facing view was replaced with a view of bustling city malls. Nevertheless, the hotel's prime location is just a five-minute walk from City Hall MRT, Raffles City Shopping Centre and JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach. The newly renovated Funan mall and Esplanade MRT station are both a 10-minute walk away, making the hotel conveniently accessible to many attractions.
Raffles Hotel Design
The Raffles Hotel Singapore is a place that evokes the allure and mystique of the exotic East. The opulent lobby transports visitors back to the colonial past, complete with liveried Sikh doormen and a gravel driveway that harks back to the days of horse-drawn carriages.
The hotel's grandeur is further emphasized by the antique grandfather clock, a cherished relic that underscores the hotel's status as a National Monument. While much of the hotel's classic charm has been preserved, a new addition to the lobby is a massive bohemian chandelier that shimmers with 8,214 crystals. The three-storey-high centrepiece is a striking feature that perfectly complements the quiet elegance of the hotel's neo-Renaissance style.
Raffles Hotel Amenities
The butler service at Raffles Hotel Singapore is exceptional, as I experienced first-hand when I tested it by requesting a Singapore Sling, tea, bottled water, and a duvet. The butler promptly and efficiently fulfilled each request with a smile. For a spot of retail therapy, guests can visit the high-end shops at the Raffles Arcade. Alternatively, to combat jet lag, head to the in-house spa with seven treatment rooms offering a range of body treatments and customised facials using Ormonde Jayne products. Don't miss the rooftop swimming pool for a refreshing dip.
Raffles Hotel Rooms
For the ultimate luxurious experience at Raffles Hotel Singapore, opt for a State Room Suite or a Palm Court Suite. The historic Bras Basah Wing offers the former, while the latter overlooks the stunning Palm Court. Both suites boast a spacious three-part layout, featuring a living and dining parlour, an airy bedroom with teak wood flooring and a dressing table, and a lavish bathroom with a double vanity, Bianco Dolomite marble finishes, and separate stalls for shower and toilet.
Enjoy the outdoors on the veranda with rattan seats, and take advantage of amenities like the Nespresso coffee machine, complimentary non-alcoholic minibar, and Ormonde Jayne bath products. A dedicated butler is on-call 24/7 to assist with everything from packing and unpacking to making spa reservations and serving coffee, tea or cocktails.
Raffles Hotel Dining
Raffles Hotel Singapore's Tiffin Room serves a splendid breakfast spread that features a continental selection of fresh fruits, smoked meats, fresh-pressed juices, and baked goods. Guests can also choose from the à la carte menu which includes dishes like nasi lemak, Japanese bento box, or omelette. Come evening, Tiffin Room transforms into an Indian restaurant that serves dishes in golden tiffin trays, including the signature Mera Dabba set featuring tandoori chicken, medley of vegetables, naans, basmati rice, and buttery dahl.
La Dame de Pic, an offshoot of the three Michelin-starred restaurant by Anne-Sophie Pic, is a must-visit for a fine dining experience. The restaurant offers three tasting menus featuring the chef's signature dish, berlingots, and an elegant dining room adorned with soft pink and rich plum colours, metallic accents, and a gold chandelier.
Instead of Long Bar, head to Writers Bar for a refreshing cocktail inspired by Writer-in-Residence Pico Iyer. The current menu features swizzles such as "Escape to Home" perfumed with laksa leaf and cucumber.
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