Raffles Hotel Singapore

Address: 1 Beach Road, Singapore, 189673, Singapore | 5 star hotel
 
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This 5 star hotel, located in the Central Region area of Singapore, is near CHIJMES, Raffles Hotel Museum, Geylang Serai Market, and Sculpture Square.
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      TravelPod Member ReviewsRaffles Hotel Singapore

      Reviewed by lcowdril

      Champagne brunch and the Long Bar

      Reviewed Nov 16, 2014
      by (1 review) London , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

      Awesome day of eating and drinking at Raffles - once in a lifetime!

      Time to say goodbye to Raffles and Singapore!
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      Singapore slings in the Long Bar
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      Time for a spot of brunch!
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      Reviewed by mezza52

      Long Bar

      Reviewed Oct 14, 2014
      by (3 reviews) , Australia Flag of Australia

      A delight...but most expensive alcoholic beverage I have ever tasted

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      Reviewed by antoniosmyth

      A Grand Hotel

      Reviewed Aug 23, 2014
      by (1 review) , New Zealand Flag of New Zealand

      Has to be 5-Star. Just the right mix of Grand, History, and Humour. Excellent staff, service, comfort.
      No complaints, from Tiffin Room breakfast, via Long Bar Cocktails, to the Curry Lunch.

      Cocktails at the Long Bar
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      Reviewed by danckert

      Off Bucket list

      Reviewed Aug 19, 2014
      by (3 reviews) , Australia Flag of Australia

      Beautiful and historic

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      Reviewed by ballmd

      Singapore Sling & Monkey Nuts

      Reviewed Apr 29, 2014
      by (7 reviews) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

      A tourist trap but still a must do in Singapore

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      Reviewed by neilywheelie

      Everything you expect it to be

      Reviewed Mar 2, 2014
      by (10 reviews) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

      Might have got five stars if I could have afforded to stay there.

      The main entrance to Raffles Hotel
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      Reviewed by simandnav

      Raffles hotel

      Reviewed Nov 14, 2013
      by (24 reviews) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

      Singapore slings

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      Reviewed by adelipenguin

      Reminds me of Tenko

      Reviewed Sep 23, 2013
      by (16 reviews) Lincolnshire , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

      Had a Singapore sling here well you've got to haven't you

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      Reviewed by jktravel2013

      Amazing building and strong cocktails

      Reviewed Sep 14, 2013
      by (1 review) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

      Walked around had cocktails

      The First Drink
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      Reviewed by ck-1

      Simply the Best

      Reviewed Jul 5, 2013
      by (2 reviews) , Singapore Flag of Singapore

      We called in to Raffles to ask about booking a room. the staff were unbelievably helpful and showed us around the hotel and the different rooms. The hotel is beautifully colonial and elegant and we relaxed with Dirty Martinis in the Writers bar. We will definately book later in the summer based on the helpfulness of the staff and the feel of the hotel.
      We also had to order the obligatory Singapore Sling in the Long Bar, which is within the hotel grounds, near the shopping Mall. I would say that this is best avoided as it is a tourist trap and does not reflect the true ambience of the hotel, however, it was an interesting thing to do although it took nearly 40 minutes for the drinks to arrive. Overall, a fabulous hotel worthy of its reputation.

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      Reviewed by citizoftheworld

      Singapore Slings!

      Reviewed Apr 15, 2013
      by (5 reviews) Boston , United States Flag of United States

      Great live music!, nice bar. You cannot be in Singapore without having a Singapore Sling at the place where it was created! A little pricey but it's worth it!

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      Reviewed by timdj

      The place the Singapore sling was invented

      Reviewed Mar 3, 2013
      by (4 reviews) , Singapore Flag of Singapore

      Awesome looking building and very famous

      This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

      Reviewed by plentyofsunblog

      The Long Bar

      Reviewed Jan 21, 2013
      by (1 review) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom


      Singapore Slings
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      Reviewed by isabelle134

      a palace to enjoy!!

      Reviewed Dec 1, 2011
      by (23 reviews) Brussels , Belgium Flag of Belgium

      Impossible not to love this palace hotel old colonial style, perfect service, beautiful rooms.

      This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

      Reviewed by ahartry

      A garden oasis in bustling Singapore

      Reviewed Mar 27, 2011
      by (19 reviews) California , United States Flag of United States

      Raffles is a classic -- but we loved the contrast between waking up to the sounds of birds, or sitting outside in the garden, and the noise and frenetic pace of Singapore. The service was excellent (but that's commonplace in Singapore), and the rooms very comfortable. It's a nice change from the usual high-rise business hotels in Singapore.

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      Historical Traveler Reviews Raffles Hotel Singapore

      Over-rated

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      I was so looking forward to our stay here, even though it does have some negative feedback, it was a bit disappointing!

      We stayed in a Personality Suite, but I'm not entirely sure how it differed from any of the other suites. It was a very pleasant room, subdivided into lounge / dining area, bedroom, dressing room and bathroom with lovely furniture and soft furnishings, which opened onto a long verandah-type walkway overlooking the gardens.

      The breakfast was fantastic with a huge choice and all delicious. Having a tiffin curry for lunch is also advised, as this was a great curry buffet. The big downside is that if you stay at what is supposed to be a decent hotel, you expect the staff to know who you are (and if they can manage this in a much larger hotel then I would certainly expect them to do so here). Unfortunately as there are so many darn tourists gawping at the place and trying to get inside, that it was very off-putting for the first 3 days to have our way into the hotel barred by the doormen and polite enquiry made as to exactly how they could be of service to us. Eventually they got used to us, but it took a looong time!

      The rooftop pool is open 24/7 and it's great to swim in there at 2 am all alone.

      It was an experience, but probably not worth the money and if we go back to Singapore we'll try the Shangri-La, which I have heard is much better in terms of service. Raffles is also not particularly well sited if you are there to shop, althoughthe taxis are so cheap it doesn't matter that much.

      Excellent Service--Lives up to Reputation

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      We stayed 5 nights (in a suite fronting on the Palm Court) and were pleased with the room--5 doors from Somerset Maugham's suite, the exemplary service from the the concierge, room valet and limo service. The hotel is, fortunately, divided between a shopping and restaurant area which is a tourist destination and the traditional hotel area reserved for "residents."

      One of the most helpful things the hotel offers is the ability to check-in when you arrive (most flights from the USA arrive very early in the morning). The hotel also has an excellent car service (we were picked up in an S-Class Mercedes and returned to the airport in an immense vintage Daimler).

      Particularly impressive was the hotel staffs' ability to greet guests (generally by name) upon arrival and departure each time we went to the lobby.

      While most of the major luxury hotel chains are represented in Singapore, this is a rare opportunity to stay in a truly, historic site. How many luxury hotels have their own museum?

      Everyone should stay at raffles at least once

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      We recently stayed at Raffles for two nights and would recomend staying at this hotel, Ok its nearly twice the price of other 5 star hotels which I have stayed at in Singapore, but its worth it.

      You cannot help but feel slightly smug as you walk past the hordes of tourists into areas they cannot enter and have a complimentry singapore sling sent to your room on arrival. Also the staff are amazing, we arrived at 9pm and my wife needed some medicne, we were told by concierge that unfortunately all chemists were closed but they would see what they could do, 10 minutes later room service arrived with the tablets and no extra charge other than the medicine.

      The rooms are big, although if you wanted to be really critical, slightly dated, although this is a minor point as everything else makes up for it. The table and chairs outside your room on the verander are wonderful to sit and read at, you cannot help yourself imagining who else in history has sat and done the same. Also would recommend having afternoon tea sent to your room, as its a real treat, plus make sure you take advantage of the 24 hour check in/out policy especially if you are on a night flight.

      Our only slight negative was dinner at royal china, which was partly our own fault for not checking it out first, the food is very good but we wanted something slightly more slick, the atmosphere was more canteen than restaurant.

      Overall Rafffes is a truly memorable experience that everyone should experience at least once!

      Real Luxury,top service,sunday brunch ,3 stars food !!!!

      from

      came i n sunday 28th,early from melbourne and got a really nice room on the verandah ,perfect service,helping to set up pc,aveda amenities,the pool is a little bit small,the spa too.

      they have a sunday brunch,and i am writing a reataurant guide for Vienna and some parts of austria,and it was the best brunch for the last ten years,with everything from oysters to goose liver pate,but freshly produced pastas and special chinese dishes,especially the hors d euves and sweets were tremendiously,a real perfect sundaymorning,but you have to make reservations before,it is always booked.The Singapore Sling at the bar is terrible,i only can follow the other review here.You know once in your lifetime you have had stayed at a legend,especially if you are a hotelier,like myself.

      Spectacular Raffles, Lives up to it's Reputation

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      I first stayed at Raffles in 2002 for five nights, since then we have been back 4 times, last year staying for Christmas and the Grand Ball at New Year. We went back in July for 8 nights and are going back again this year for Christmas and the Grand Ball at New Year. We are not corporate people on business, just holiday makers who like good hotels. I know it can seem expensive but when you compare with other hotels you do get real value for money. Yes as one other reviewer said you could have the presidential suite in the Ritz Carlton for a similar price. But if you have been to Singapore and have seen that hotel it is just another tall building with no soul and zero personality. When your relaxing round the 3rd floor pool you can see that hotel.

      The food is plentiful and exquisite, the buffet in the Tiffin Room caters to all tastes. In July this year we celebrated my partners birthday with a seven course meal in the Raffles Grill Room, which took a little under 3 hours to consume! The prices are of a decent London restaurant even the bar drinks in the lobby at the writers bar are not over priced. A glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne works out roughly around 8 depending on the exchange rate.

      At Raffles you are not just paying for the luxury accommodation it's the service which is exemplary, 24 hour on call valets to cater to your evey whim. The staff are only to happy to help, we were amazed how every one new whom we were, even people we hadn't met seem to know that we were residing in the hotel.

      We have been welcomed back like visiting royalty; it has become our home in Southeast Asia when we are there. Raffles is not just a hotel, it's a little bit of history, and the staff treat you with great respect whether you're a "resident" as guests are called or visitor. No matter if you only visit to see this Great White Palace, or just dine there, or are more lucky enough to stay there I assure you, you won't leave disappointed.

      Singapore Sling at Raffles

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      We were looking forward to the legendary Singapore Sling at the Raffles. Fronting up to the Long Bar was very pleasant until we were charged $18.50 Sing for each cocktail which was basically a fruit flavoured cordial. We later found out that they are 'on tap' which explains the absence of fanfare when producing these drinks! I guess that's the price you pay for being a real tourist. I'll stick to doing my own thinf in future .

      One of the Great Hotels of the World . . . but

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      Stayed at the Raffles hotel for one night in late 2003 as part of their promotion for local residents. Got upgraded five catagories to a suite in the original building with a large veranda. Definately nice - good antiquies etc and we got our monies worth at about US$300 for the night. However, the list price on this room is US$1500. Anyone paying anything close to that price would be severely disappointed. Check out the nearby Ritz Carlton, get the presidential suite for the same money and stay in absolute luxury. Then, head down to the Raffles for dinner at the Grill or (my favourite) the Tiffin room to experience the Raffles Hotel ambience. Service rivals the best available anywhere in Asia.

      Afternoon tea at the Tiffin Room

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      We only spent a few hours at Raffles but it was enough to soak up the colonialism and culture in the centre of the garden city of Singapore. We booked afternoon tea in The Tiffin Room and the experience was wonderful. We were served by immaculately uniformed gentlemen who know the meaning of customer service. The selection of delights to eat was too much to comprehend on one visit and we would definitely recommend a visit to this treasure in the centre of Singapore.

      Lives up to its Legend

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      A recent stay at the legendary Raffles Hotel in Singapore exceeded expectations.

      You can disappear into another world there! Service is impeccable. Private 'butlers' with pagers, shoes shined while we were out shopping...nothing was left undone.

      Rooms were large and still had the feel of "old style Singapore from long ago" - the grounds were beautiful. Tried 3 restaurants within the complex and all were good. Especially delightful was the Chinese restaurant. When we asked about internet service, they quickly hooked up a laptop in our room. The only problem is you'll never want to leave the grounds and then you'd miss all the great sights of Singapore!

      A world of its own...

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      Spent only one night at the legendary Raffles Hotel in Singapore but the memory will last a lifetime.

      Beautifully refurbished and restored - good sized rooms and very luxurious. Service was discreet yet exemplary - from personalised check-in (with a short history of the hotel thrown in for good measure) to check out, the staff could not have been more helpful. They even opened up the business centre to allow me internet access - and all for no charge!

      Spa and pool are a little hidden away - but well worth the search.

      Numerous excellent restaurants and bars on site including the historic Pool Bar.

      Expensive, yes - but you really do get what you pay for. If only all hotels were like this.........

      TripAdvisor Reviews Raffles Hotel Singapore

      4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding
       

      Travel Blogs from Singapore

      See you Singapore, hello Sydney!

      A travel blog entry by lcowdril on Nov 16, 2014

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      So after 6 nights in Singapore it's time to say goodbye and hit the road again. Work conference went well - everything pretty much passed in a blur. After arriving on Sentosa and checking in, there seemed to be something to do every minute. Thursday officially started the proceedings, and after an afternoon of running around the island completing …

      Tea for two.

      A travel blog entry by dante98765 on Nov 06, 2014

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      And so we reached our final day. In the last couple of days we've read excerpts from the blog and wonderful memories flooded back. A month off work seeing new places and cultures has been a treat and a really brilliant experience especially doing it together. Our final day started, as always, with breakfast at our favourite hotel option, the …

      A trip to Chinatown.

      A travel blog entry by dante98765 on Nov 03, 2014

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      When you're staying in a six star hotel and start the day with a spot of ironing you probably need to review your choices but needs must. We went for breakfast. Hazel left the room beaming in excitement and anticipation of the day ahead. We sat under the verandah below a ceiling fan watching a blackbird with a distinctive yellow beak hop about …

      Raffles Hotel, Singapore

      A travel blog entry by caroline63 on Oct 02, 2014

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      Will and I woke to a beautiful day in Singapore. We spent the morning having a spiritual tour of Singapore quite unintentionally! We walked out of our hotel in Robertson Quay and walked towards Orchard Road, stopping firstly at a stunning Hindu temple where musicians were playing and monks were wandering around performing ceremonies. We then came …

      Sweaty in Singapore

      A travel blog entry by lahra on Sep 18, 2014

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      We decided to start the day slowly... Buffet breakfast followed by swimming and lazing by the pool. Our flight was scheduled for just before midnight so we knew we would have to pace ourselves to get everyone over the line in one piece- a very ambitious plan which almost unravelled... But more about that later. Our afternoon plan was to experience …

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