Raffles Hotel in Singapore is one of the most iconic hotels in the world. The name is synonymous with quality and excellence and it’s reputation is well deserved as I found out on my 3 night stay in August 2017. Opening in 1887, Raffles Hotel is named after Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore and was designated as a national monument by the Singapore Government in 1987. The hotel oozes character and charm and the level of service is second to none.
Arriving at Raffles
Our car pulled onto the gravel drive in front of the impressive white façade of the hotel surrounded by lush green trees. The doorman opened our car door and arranged for our luggage to be taken to our suite.
We were shown into the lobby and offered a choice of champagne, beer or a Singapore Sling as a welcome drink. We enjoyed our drinks while the reception staff organised our check-in and then our butler showed us up to our suite. The butler was available at the end of the call button to assist us with our every whim throughout the duration of our stay, from bringing us ice to arranging for our shoes to be shined.
We had a courtyard suite on the second floor (which is actually the first floor as us Brits would call it) accessed via an open air corridor with rattan chairs and wooden floors.
The door opened onto a living area with a 2 seater sofa, television, dining table and chairs, fridge and tea/coffee making facilities.
This lead into the large bedroom area with a king size bed with high quality cotton sheets with choice of pillow from the pillow menu, traditional dark wooden furniture including wardrobe, dressing table and television cabinet plus an arm chair and foot stool. The room had air conditioning as well as a traditional style ceiling fan.
At the back of the suite was the bathroom and dressing area with double sink and as many towels as you could possible use.
Turn down service
Every evening our bed corners were folded over and a note left for an evening read. Raffles slippers were placed on each side of the bed and fresh towels replaced the used ones in the bathroom. The television cabinet had been opened in the bedroom for us to watch and all of my mess that I’d left lying around had been tidied up and stacked in a pile. I was particularly impressed in the bathroom where all of my toiletries had been lined up on the side with military precision.
Breakfast is served in the Tiffin Room between 6.30am and 10.30am which is also the room where afternoon tea is served.
We were greeted and shown to our table by our waiter. He brought us the most delicious freshly squeezed orange juice and offered us tea and coffee. Our waiter was so attentive throughout breakfast and provided impeccable service, he even brought me a little chair to put my handbag on.
There is a menu of freshly prepared items including all your breakfast favourites, eggs cooked in every way imaginable and pancakes and waffles for those who prefer a sweet treat. As well as the menu there was a buffet with a whole variety of mouth watering things – freshly baked bread and pastries, cereal, fresh fruit, cheeses and meats. There was even a honey comb with honey dripping into a bowl.
Over my 3 mornings at breakfast I tried a wide selection of foods and didn’t find anything that wasn’t perfectly prepared to the highest standards.
Located on the third floor, the outdoor pool is as luxurious as the rest of the hotel. There are sun loungers and umbrellas around the pool with plants and trees in-between to give you privacy from the other guests using the pool. There is also a bar for you to get an ice cold drink to cool off in the heat of the day and from the deep end you can see Marina Bay Sands in the distance.
I used the swimming pool twice during my 3 night stay, once at 7.30pm and once at 6.30am. On both occasions I had the pool to myself.
No trip to Raffles would be complete without a trip to the bar for a Singapore Sling. The cocktail was first invented at Raffles in 1915 as a way of serving ladies an alcoholic drink disguised as fruit juice.
The cocktails are traditionally served in the Long Bar but as this was currently under renovation, they were serving the Singapore Slings in the Bar and Billiard Room. One of the traditions in Raffles is to eat monkey nuts and throw the shells on the floor. The floor is covered with monkey nut shells which crunch under your feet as you walk.
This part of the hotel is open to the public but tables are reserved for hotel guests who wish to go to the bar for a drink.
I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my 3 night stay at Raffles. You are treated so well and made to feel so welcome. The hotel is currently undergoing major renovation work and will be closed for 6 months before the grand reopening in 2018. I will definitely return once it has reopened to enjoy a slice of luxury and maybe a Singapore Sling or two.
“A Raffles hotel is something beyond its location, its décor & its amenities. A Raffles hotel is a place where you are cared for so well that you want to come back again and again.”
My stay at Raffles was at my own cost, it was not a sponsored stay. All photos and opinions expressed are my own. If you are planning a trip to Singapore then please click here for my blog on things to do in Singapore.