We loved the Raffles Hotel. Unfortunately on our next planned visit to Singapore in June 2018, the hotel is closed for renovations. They have a really wonderful High Tea that we absolutely loved every time I have been in Singapore.More
We loved the Raffles Hotel. Unfortunately on our next planned visit to Singapore in June 2018, the hotel is closed for renovations. They have a really wonderful High Tea that we absolutely loved every time I have been in Singapore.MoreShow less
Thank you for the compliments and it is great to hear that you have enjoyed our renowned Afternoon Tea every time you have visited Singapore. Indeed, we are currently closed as part of our phased restoration and will reopen in the second half of 2018. Our Afternoon Tea will then return to our lobby and we hope to welcome you back then!
This is a must go to in Singapore with its old worldly atmosphere and at the same time very modern, of course everyone must try the Singapore sling a Gun based drink with a difference. Meals are fantastic although not on the cheap scale, really decor and architecture is fantastic.
Anyone interested in the history of Singapore, architecture, wider British colonial history or alcoholic beverages, should visit the Raffles hotel. It is a fabulously ornate building in the heart of Singapore which reflects the mood of triumphalism in British colonial architecture at the time, whatever your view on the imperialist past, the building is a fabulous piece of history. The Raffles Bar is the alleged birthplace of the Singapore Sing which I of course had to indulge in, but at around £25.00 it was quite pricey, but worth it just for the experience! If you are in Singapore then make sure you visit the Raffles Hotel even if it is just to take in the fabulous architecture.
This hotel has amazing history. It was actually closed but the long bar was open and we were able to walk around the lanai. It looks amazing, steeped in British Colonial history. However, it all comes at a price . . . the singapore sling is outrageously expensive. It has little alcohol and has clearly become the tourist trap. You have to do it but just realize its going to cost you.
We stayed here in September 2017 when the renovations where in full swing. Having booked it the impression I got was that Phase 1 would be completed, and open, by the time we went. This was not the case and parts of the hotel inc the Long Bar were closed.
I was somewhat concerned that the Raffles atmosphere would be lacking. Not a bit of it. We stayed in Raffles back in 2015 and apart from parts being closed there was no discernible difference in what was on offer.
A fabulous welcome on arrival and then shown to the East India Rooms where the reception was located at the ;time. No queueing but your are taken to a table and chairs and they come to you. A number of managers coming up and welcoming us to the hotel, almost to the point of slight embarrassment but cannot in any way knock it.
Our room was on the first floor over looking the small square outside the East India Rooms with the, much photographed, fountain.
On entering the room there is a lobby with table and chairs, sofa and mini bar and other drinks. Shuttered windows on either side of the door into the main room. In here is a massive double bed, wardrobes, desk and chair, pot plants, chaise-longue and all in the colonial pattern. The rooms are air-conditioned to take account of the humidity.
The bathroom was large with two wash basins, large shower and a bath plus wc, etc.
Outside the room on the shared veranda (as with many rooms in Raffles) with a table and chairs. We made use of these when he complimentary Champagne arrived
Due to the renovation Evening Meal was available in part of the Billiard Bar. This was not the same as the Raffles Grill but good choice of food and service was fine. Breakfast was also served here and the normal choice of a buffet and menu ordered food.
Due to the Long Bar being closed he main centre of attention was the Billiard Bar. They had kept the peanut tradition from the Long Bar so it kept some of the Long Bar atmosphere.
It is the case that the prices in this hotel will not suite all budgets. Some people just come and walk round, take photographs and leave, that's fine if it's all you want to do.
However many people also just enjoy taking in the atmosphere and ambiance of one of the iconic hotels of the world and paying for their Singapore Slings. If you get the chance go and enjoy!
The hotel is lovely to visit.The gift shop is lovely as well. We went to their social club and we found it ridiculous that they wouldn't offer us any coffee at 11am only alcohol.We looked at the prices of the drinks in their menu and wondered if they were having a laugh..the Singapore Sling was ridiculously expensive and we walked out without having anything. But that's just us. We found it quite pretentious.But just to see the place was a nice experience.