Raffles Hotel Singapore is a legendary destination in Singapore. It is the flagship property of the historic Raffles luxury brand, and a stay here is an invitation into a bygone era of colonial splendor, where the gleaming marble and hearty teak seem to echo of its illustrious history.
Since opening its doors in 1887, the Raffles Hotel Singapore has been a refuge for an eclectic assortment of some of the world’s most famous names, among them Rudyard Kipling, Michael Jackson, Christian Louboutin, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Guests today find the iconic structure just as captivating, with each of the opulent suites boasting original 14-foot ceilings and anchored by period furnishings. Notably the series of Personality Suites pay tribute to the famous cast of characters who have walked the hotel’s storied halls. Charlie Chaplin, John Wayne, and James A. Michener are among the 12 past guests immortalized with a suite named in their honor. Further history and splendor can be had in the two-bedroom Presidential Suites, Sarkies and Sir Stamford Raffles, each bedecked with antique furnishings and rare artworks within their 2,800 square feet of space. No matter the chosen accommodation, guests will note that modern updates abound, and the complimentary wireless Internet access and satellite television channels only enhance the hotel’s original air of grace and each suite’s views over the verdant jungle gardens.
Local flavors, French cuisine, steakhouse fare, Indian curries, and Italian dining are all among the culinary offerings at Raffles Singapore. Pop into Ah Teng’s Bakery for a sweet treat during the day, enjoy meals al fresco at Raffles Courtyard, and take dinner with a French flair in the award-winning Raffles Grill. Options to imbibe include the Writers Bar, christened in honor of the notable literary names who have made Raffles Singapore a part of their works and their travels, as well as the historic Long Bar. Widely regarded as the national drink of Singapore, credit is given to bar captain Ngiam Tong Boon for inventing the Singapore Sling here in 1915. Guests can try their hand at concocting this iconic cocktail during a master class with the bar staff.
Once stepping foot inside the striking lobby clad in marble, it is evident that homages to the hotel’s legend are threaded throughout. The team of Raffles butlers are impeccably trained in the art of attentive discretion, and the resident historian will regale guests with tales of the hotel’s varied past. Shop the exclusive arcade and discover over 40 luxury brands of world renown plus the signature Raffles Gift Shop, primed with Singapore Sling memorabilia among other unique treasures. Head to the roof for a dip in the swimming pool, explore the lush garden courtyards, and indulge in treatments at the Raffles Spa in between explorations of Singapore.