Raffles Hotel - Singapore

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

1 Beach Road, Singapore, 189673, Singapore

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94%

Satisfaction Excellent
Excellent
77%
793
Very Good
13%
141
Average
4%
48
Poor
2%
26
Terrible
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15

Value Score Poor Value

Costs 146% more than similarly rated 5 star hotels

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  • Couples91
  • Solo90
  • Business88
  • machomikemd's Profile Photo

    Luxury Hotel that has no stars rating!

    by

    Yes, it''s true, even the staff at the raffles hotel say that their iconic and historic hotel are not included in the popular star system of rating hotels like the 7 stars symbols of Marina Bay Sands but their are on a different level that their hotel is termed luxury hotel and why? since the average price of a regular room here for a tourist with no discount costs about 700 US dollars! (much more than the 550 US Dollars rate for a regular room at the Marina Bay Sands!). Thanks to the Sarkies Brothers of Armenia for this Iconic and Legendary Hotel. The rest they say is history!

    Unique Quality: according to it's own website, it was voted as:

    'Best Luxury Hotel', 20th Annual TTG Travel Awards, 2009

    'Top 500 World’s Best Hotels', Travel + Leisure, 2009

    'Condé Nast Traveler Gold List', Condé Nast Traveler, 2009

    'Top 100 World's Best Hotels', World's Best Awards,Travel + Leisure, 2008

    'Best Hotels And Resorts', DestinAsian Readers' Choice Awards, 2008

    'Best Hotel- International Awards', Singapore Tatler, 2008

    'Luxury Hotels: The World's Ultimate City Escapes', Robb's Report, 2008

    ‘Best Luxury Hotel’, 18th Annual TTG Travel Awards, 2007

    ‘Best Boutique Hotel in Asia-Pacific’, Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Magazine (HK), 2007

    #40 in the ‘'Top 100 World's Best Hotels', World's Best Awards, Travel + Leisure, 2007

    'Best Hotel in Asia', The Daily Telegraph's UltraTravel Awards, 2007

    'Best Luxury Hotel', 17th Annual TTG Travel Awards, 2006

    'Ultimate Address for the Luxury Traveller', Robb Report Luxury Hotels, 2006

    'Top 100 World's Best Hotels', World's Best Awards,Travel + Leisure, 2006

    'World's Best Places to Stay',Condé Nast Traveler (US) Gold List, 1995-2006

    The raffles hotel is located in the center of activity in the Bras Basah and Beach Road Area and is nearby Chijmes, Raffles City, Suntec City, Esplanade, Singapore Flyer, 300 meters from City Hall and it has luxury shops in it's arcade like my favorite Louis Vuitton!

    Directions: 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673 (nearest MRT is Esplanade and Bras Basah).

  • Ujamaflip's Profile Photo

    Colonial Luxury

    by

    I stayed in the Raffles Hotel for a few days with my family (mother and sister) in 1987. We were on our way back from visiting relatives in Australia and took the opportunity to visit Singapore, since it was necessary to refuel there anyway. Usually we couldn't have afforded to stay in such a luxurious hotel, however on this occasion it was undergoing some refurbishment and offered special rates. This barely detracted from the experience, although I was young it was obvious what an extravagant and special place this was.

    My memories have somewhat faded and may have become distorted by time, however I remember well the giant suite with luxurious, colonial style furniture. I remember too the breakfast buffet, it was like nothing I had ever seen in my life, the fruit selection alone rivaled most markets for choice and quality.

    The hotel covers a large area, but is not tall, being at most 3 stories high. Part of the hotel is open to the public, with a shopping arcade, restaurants and bars, but most of it is restricted to guests, and divided up into four wings each housing gardens, pools and other delights. The hotel houses 103 suites, many of them have been host to famous dignitaries such as Queen Elizabeth II, Noel Coward and George Bush, many rooms have plaques promoting this.

    In addition to the suites and public facilities the hotel houses a number of famous restaurants and bars, as well as a ballroom and other facilities.

    The hotel opened on December 1st 1887, having been built for the four Armenian Sarkies Brothers after opening several other luxury hotels in Asia. The hotel was named Raffles in memory of Singapore's founder, Sir Stamford Raffles, and is now managed by Raffles International, a Canadian hotel chain with properties all over the globe.

    I revisited Singapore again in April 2008 on business, and together with colleagues I returned to the hotel to enjoy a Singapore Sling (a gin based cocktail invented by the hotel's Long Bar barman Ngiam Tong Boon). It was just as magnificent and impressive as I had remembered.

    Unique Quality: Absolute Luxury.

    Directions: Raffles hotel is located just outside of the main shopping district, and is flanked by North Bridge Rd, Seah Street, Bras Basah Road and Beach Road.

  • robertgaz's Profile Photo

    The grand old colonial lady

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    Of all the hotels, motels, hostels and other dwells I have called a bed for the night, none have oozed the charm of the Raffles Hotel in old Singapore.

    I say old because my stay was in 1985 which was well before a major restoration and reopening in 1991.

    It exuded colonial charm with the warmth of a careworn old lady. And to know that famous authors like Joseph Conrad, Rudyard Kipling, Somerset Maugham and Noel Coward once graced their presence at this historic hotel only adds to the appeal.

    I daresay that the price of any suite has been redoubled since it refurbishment but if you want to live an historic moment in time, then I thoroughly recommend a splurge if you can manage it.

    Unique Quality: One of my favourite all time moments was opening the courtyard facing french louvred window shutters one warm tropical evening, to be greeted by the heavenly scent of frangipani from the garden and the sound of a string quartet from the courtyard.

    And to complete this magical moment I was sipping a glass of 1978 Moet Chandon Brut. This broke the budget but it was worth the indulgence :~)

  • Expensive but if you can afford experience it once

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    We stayed there in March 2008. We selected this hotel because of its rich history but we felt that it was a bit overrated. The room was clean and spacious. Our room with garden view was OK and nothing outstanding. The room service was good and the bar service was OK. I had better "singapore sling" in the US.

  • Aidy_p's Profile Photo

    Lapse of Luxury

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    Opened in 1887, this is opulence to the extreme. Located in the heart of town, you will get everything from lovely rooms, to great service. Even the doormen are smartly dressed.

    This is also THE hotel that many dignitaries in the past had stayed in.

    Even if you're not staying there, it's worth stopping by the hotel to have cuppa in the many coffee places and also, nice pubs.

    This is one hotel that I have not tried, but I know.

  • thedouglas's Profile Photo

    There is so much more to a stay at Raffles

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    PT 2 Everything about Raffles is close to unique, but just adding a few extras:

    Unique Quality: Additional touches worth mentioning are the bedtime story cards from "Fables of the Exotic East" from the Raffles collection left on the bedside at night.

    The welcome letters left on the desk describing the eagerness with which the staff has awaited your arrival, and the preparations for same.

    The newspaper wrapper stating "If the news today should overwhelm, healing is available at level three".

    The bathroom goodies are no generic items, they are from their own beautiful and exclusive Amrita Spa range within the hotel - and available at the Raffles shop.

    The bathroom towels are wrapped in gold chord and the laundry bags are embroidered with same.

    Your room is checked periodically through the day, and towels etc. changed.

    Hotel restaurant reservations are made by your personal valet, and you are assured the best tables and the very best service by wait staff.

    Each room has a barista's dream highly polished coffee machine, with a beautiful range of brews - as well as the most comprehensive tea range.

  • thedouglas's Profile Photo

    The Original and the Best........

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    The decisioin to stay at Raffles was one of our best. Although not our usual holiday standard, it was a much awaited treat at the end of our recent 5 week holiday in SE Asia.

    As a "Resident" of Raffles, service was discrete and on-call, just a button press away, from the moment of arrival. Our rooms were spacious (or alternatively desribed elsewhere as capacious!), tastefully faithful to the bygone era of the hotel's inception, without unnecessary flounce. Silk oriental rugs adorned the polished wooden floors, and antique prints and engravings decorated the walls. The accommodation was divided into three rooms - an entry, separated by heavy drapes from the sizable bedroom, with 2 silk covered king beds, and a comfortable study or sitting room. The bedroom itself proved to be an insultated haven at night, when the drapes were pulled, shutters drawn, beds turned down and slippers placed between beds - all done discretely whilst at dinner, arranged by our personal valet. A wide verandah with views over the lush, tropical gardens was a wonderful place to sit and contemplate at any time of the day - and an extension of the abundant living space within.

    Unique Quality: Although the hotel underwent a complete restoration in 1989, a little over a hundred years after the first bungalows were opened, the "renewed" Raffles has preserved the style and historic standard established during the 19th Century. Impeccable service, beautiful furnishings with attention to all detail (from drapes and carpets to the gold cord tied around the bathroom towels and monogrammed bedlinen), and sense of grace and comfort that was intended when it was first established as luxury accommodation in the "tropics".

    Service standard was evident in all areas of the hotel. Our valet greeted us by name, as did many of the concierge and desk staff in the hotel, and any service need was attended to promptly.

    As I have said, it was simple worth every $$. We wrote a letter to that effect to management, and this was personally acknowledged prior to our departure. I could get used to this!

  • arklandtravel's Profile Photo

    Nowhere else you gotta have Singapore Sling!

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    There's nowhere else that you gotta have Singapore Sling except at the Raffles, coz that's where they invented the stuff.

    Unique Quality: Full of history!

  • arklandtravel's Profile Photo

    Nowhere else you gotta have Singapore Sling!

    by

    There's nowhere else that you gotta have Singapore Sling except at the Raffles, coz that's where they invented the stuff.

    Unique Quality: Full of history!

  • arklandtravel's Profile Photo

    Nowhere else you gotta have Singapore Sling!

    by

    There's nowhere else that you gotta have Singapore Sling except at the Raffles, coz that's where they invented the stuff.

    Unique Quality: Full of history!

  • snuggie's Profile Photo

    Raffles Hotel

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    Unique Quality: 19 highly acclaimed restaurant and bars
    State-of-the-Art RafflesAmrita Spa
    7 function rooms for meetings up to 400
    Pool Bar
    24 - Hour Gymnasium & Swimming Pool
    24 - Hour personal on-call valet
    Business Centre
    Raffles Hotel Arcade with over 50 speciality shops
    Dhobi at Raffles ( Laundry Services)
    Raffles Culinary Academy
    Raffles Hotel Museum
    The Sugar Palm Club for Children
    Jubilee Hall - Theatre Playhouse
    Sir Charles - Flowers for the Gentleman ( Florist)
    Thos SB Raffles - Gourmet Food & Provisions

  • ukirsari's Profile Photo

    old gorgeous hotel named after sir raffles

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    Unique Quality: open since 1887 as a beach house [taken from the name of its street "beach street"] and crowned as a heritage place of singapore in 1987. even never been stay there, i was glad since already tried their famous singapore sling and witnessing its old building. walking along the arcade :)

  • universalgypsy's Profile Photo

    For the "sling"" alone

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    Well, ok , I must own up to not having stayed here, as I had friends in Singapore at the time of my visit. I did however organise a mini pilgrimage to Raffles ( a hotel frequented by my parents even before my birth) in order to order the most famous drink of the house - a Singapore Sling. This, actually did not end up being the main excitement. The hotel is beautiful, and the jazz musicians performing that night complimented the airy, and light atmosphere. What I thought was the most personable element of this bar, were the peanut shells littered all over the floor, I had never seen such littering in any grand hotel as this. The casual way it was perpetuated made me smile and sip my sling and really this was what has stuck in my head to this day.

  • RoseAmano's Profile Photo

    A National Monument of Singapore

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    This is the lobby of the hotel at the main entrance. On the opposite side there is of course a large courtyard containing shops, restaurants, pubs and a patio outdoor bar.

  • phil_uk_net's Profile Photo

    Raffles

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    The most famous hotel in Singapore and one of the most famous in the world. It was declared a National Monument in 1987 and refurbished in 1991. Everything is painted in brilliant white and there is a colonial feel that permeates from former times.
    It is out of my budget but I have eaten there and been for a Singapore Gin Sling.
    I am pleased to report that I was banned from entering the lobby as I was inappropriately attired in shorts and sandals. I am glad to see that they are maintaining standards!

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Raffles hotel - Singapore Sling

by tiny003

I will be travelling with a 2yr old child. I want to go try the famous Singapore Sling at Raffles Hotel - long bar. Are children allowed inside? or looks like will have to give this a miss 8(

cheers

RE: Raffles hotel - Singapore Sling

by Tattugran

If children arent allowed in side you can sit out on the verandah..... but do you know the Singapore sling is very dear?????

RE: Raffles hotel - Singapore Sling

by xuessium

HI! Tiny:

Not sure if they allows infants/kids. Never really see them around!
Attached the website should you want to drop them an email just to be sure:
http://www.raffleshotel.com/dining/longbar.php

RE: RE: Raffles hotel - Singapore Sling

by tiny003

thank you all for ur feedbacks...if i don't get to try singapore sling then i'll just stroll around the hotel...hehehe

cheers

RE: RE: Raffles hotel - Singapore Sling

by Tattugran

well ... we werent prepared to pay that much for a drink .. so looked around anyway .. then guess what? Singapore airlines were offering them on the plane on the way back to Australia... so we got one...for free.....

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Address: 1 Beach Road, Singapore, 189673, Singapore