Raffles Hotel is a colonial-style hotel in Singapore, dating from 1887, and named after Singapore's founder Sir Stamford Raffles. It is known for its luxurious accommodation and superb restaurants.
The hotel was founded by four Armenian brothers: Martin, Tigran, Aviet and Arshak Sarkies. They opened the 10-room colonial bungalow at Beach and Bras Basah Roads on 1 December 1887. The hotel survived World War II despite being used as a transit camp for war prisoners.
Raffles Hotel is particularly famous for two things. It is reputedly where the sole surviving wild tiger in Singapore was shot and made extinct. Some stories place this event-of-shame in the Long Bar. Raffles itself claims the tiger was chased underneath the Bar & Billiard Room (a raised structure) and shot to death there in August 1902.
Raffles is also where the Singapore Sling was invented. The cocktail was invented by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon in approximately 1910.
Raffles Hotel was established back in 1887, and since then has become known as one of the worlds grandest hotels - a century later it was actually deemed a National Monument.
Undeniably very swish, and regularly catering for the rich and famous, it is still the kind of place where you can feel free to wander its beautiful gardens and courtyards, with garden bars, fountains and verandahs.
Raffles Arcade consists of dozens of boutique gift shops selling everything from clothes and fragrances to jewellery and art. Be warned though, prices do not start cheap, so either bring a well-padded credit card, or be content to window shop!!
Ok....when visiting certain cities around the world there is always a few stops that no matter what.... you must do as a tourist, such as in Paris...the Effiel Tower, London..Buckingham Palace....New York City....Central Park.....well the Raffles hotel is one of those stops.....No trip would be complete to Singapore without a visit to this legendary hotel !!!!! And yes to have a Singapore Sling....ok it's a expensive fruit punch but you must have one !!!!! Take some time walk around the lobby and enjoy the fact that your in one of the best hotels in the world !!!!!
I have been to singapore many times but never been to the Raffles Hotel until now. It's a grand colonial hotel with beautiful well landscaped grounds and court yard. This is where the famous Singapore Slings was invented and I heard the afternoon tea here is great too.
This is the top hotel in Singapore. So grand and beautiful. This should be a stop on most itinerary-just to marvel at the beautiful colonial building-also its lovely gardens. The front of the building is surrounded by lovely frangipani trees.
The building was built over a 100 years ago. It's located on beach road-back then before Singapore land reclaimation-that road used to be the beach. Can't imagine Singapore being that small.
There is a nice tiny museum of the hotel located on the second floor in the back section. There are great restaurants in the hotel. Also, a simple sandwich/bakery in the back.
I never knew that a 7* hotel existed!! But when I saw Raffles, I almost understood...i thought 7* was a bit over dramatic, though the hotel was nice.
We only intended to eat in a Raffles restaurant, but when we got there, it turned out they didn't have a restaurant that served a vegetarian main dish...so that ruined our little visit there!! But if you do eat meat, then I think you should go here, prices vary, and also, check the dress code, as i remember having to dress up!!
This is a place I would like to stay one day - but probably never will!
It occupies the entire block between North Bridge and Beach Rd. along Raffles Blvd. Built in the early 20th century by the Armenian Sarkies brothers, this elegant hotel is a colonial monument. Some areas are not accessible for non-guests, but you can take a short look in the hotel's boutiques - but just a short one as the prices here are definitely not made for the normal traveller!
But you can at least try the compulsory Singapore Sling - from a can - or an overpriced pudding (as I did) and enjoy the tropical jungle in the courtyard.
You can visit the Raffles Hotel and wander round, there is even a gift shop! You can go sit in the bar to have some food or drink, or go outside to the courtyard cafe. It's nice and quiet as not many tourists visit it. You can have the famous Singapore Sling - a cocktail that is absolutely delicious!
The hotel is within walking distance of Raffles City Mall (takes about 5 minutes at the most) which in turn, is just a quick walk from the MRT station.
Signed up for culinary school for a day, trying to pack my trip with as many experiences as I could. I was told that I HAD to go to Raffles Hotel to try a Singapore Sling, but as soon as I saw the Raffles website, I was drawn to the culinary classes. Signing up was easy, no cash commitment was required, and it was a great experience. Learned a lot about the culture, food, spices, and it was all in good humour. Met interesting visitors to RAFFLES and local people who attended classes on occasion.
If like me you are not loaded! you will not be staying at the "Raffles Hotel".
But it is a major landmark in Singapore and has to be seen to be believed.
It is huge, and really elegant, and costs a fortune to stay there.
Somehow, we blagged a look at some of the rooms from the reception staff (I was a travel agent at the time), and they were worth every penny that they charge to stay somewhere as beautiful as this.*
This is the most famous hotel in S'pore. Ever since it was build it has been visitied by many famous people. Staying at the hotel is too expensive for me, but it is worth a visit anyway to see this mastepiece of architecture.
Since it is always hot in S'pore you can enjoy the famous Singapore Sling that was invented here by the barman.
If you go to Singapore, you shouldn't miss Raffles Hotel, just have a walk around, see if you want to have the buffet, and drink something at one of its bars. Choose one by of them and have a nice time.
When in Rome...
Stop in for a Singapore Sling and High Tea at the Raffles Hotel. High Tea is served at the Raffles from 3.30pm to 5.30pm daily. The Sling is not cheap, but you're on holidays right??
Housing fine designer labels, exquisite jewellery and souvenir shops, a tailor and day spa, this arcade was designed to harmonise with the lush tropical gardens and romantic courtyards of the hotel.
They are attacking you.... Especially the middle building (Bank of China???), which definitely looks like an imperial clone fighter or whatever from Star Wars...