|Raffles Hotel Singapore - Overview
Raffles Hotel Singapore opened in 1887 in a rather somber-looking old bungalow known as Beach House and was declared a National Monument in 1987. With its restoration and reopening in 1991, Raffles Hotel today stands as a jewel in the crown of Singapore's hospitality industry, renowned and loved for it's inimitable style and unsurpassed excellence in service and facilities.
The essence of the Raffles experience lies in the 103 suites, dispersed over four wings buffered by fragrance-filled gardens and linked by breezy verandahs. Here, residents are pamperd in an atmosphere of privacy and intimacy, with large airy interiors inspired by the colonial bungalows of the early 20th century - lofty 14 ft ceilings, fine Oriental carpets and original etchings.
Raffles Hotel Singapore has a complete repertoire of fine eateries, which now stand at 18, making it one of the most comprehensive food and beverage facilities in Asia.
RafflesAmrita Spa offers relaxing and pampering wellness therapy in the privacy and luxury of a grand hotel. Located on the 3rd-floor deck of the Courtyard Wing, the hotel's pool, jacuzzis, bar and health club are for the exclusive use of hotel residents.
With nine meeting and function areas at your disposal, you can be sure that every function held here will be truly unforgettable.
'Best Hotels and Resorts', DestinAsian Readers’ Choice Awards, 2008
'Best Hotel-International Award', Singapore Tatler, 2008
'Luxury Hotels: The World’s Ultimate City Escapes', Robb's Report, 2008
'The World’s Best Hotels', Institutional Investor, 2007
‘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',Cond Nast Traveler (US) Gold List, 1995-2006
#2 "Best Overseas Hotel", Luxury Travel Award, Luxury Travel Magazine (AUS), 2005
'The Greatest 500 Hotels in the World',Travel + Leisure, 2003-2005
#1 in the 'World's Top 100', Readers' Travel Awards for Hotels in Asia, Condé Nast Traveller (UK), 2004
#19 in the 'Top Asian Hotel', World's Best Awards, Travel + Leisure, 2005
#84 in the 'Top 100 Hotels', World's Best Awards, Travel + Leisure, 2005
Raffles Hotel Singapore - Location
Raffles Hotel, Singapore is located in the heart of the convention, business and shopping district of Singapore and is a quick 15 km from the airport.
- Located in city centre
- Raffles Hotel is 15 km from Changi International Airport
- Raffles Hotel is 20 minutes drive from Changi International Airport
Raffles Hotel Singapore - Accommodation
Grand Hotel Suites
Distinguished by their premier location in the Main Building, each of the seven Grand Hotel Suites is elegantly appointed with tastefully selected antiques and artwork. All suites feature private parlours, dining areas and verandahs.
Among these are the hotel's premier suites including the Sir Stamford Raffles and Sarkies Suites, each featuring two bedrooms, a private dining room that seats ten guests, a private parlour, pantry and verandah.
Over the years, Raffles Hotel has been privileged to host some of the world's brightest luminaries from the entertainment, literary and political arenas.
The twelve Personality Suites (Joseph Conrad Suite, Rudyard Kipling Suite, Somerset Maugham Suite, Noel Coward Suite, Charlie Chaplin Suite, John Thomson Suite, Ava Gardner Suite, André Malraux Suite, Pablo Neruda Suite, James Michener Suite, Gavin Young Suite and John Wayne Suite) are posthumous tributes to some of the hotel's dearest friends and are distinguished by the specially sourced celebrity memorabilia placed within each suite. All suites feature private parlours and dining areas.
Courtyard & Palm Court Suites
The Courtyard and Palm Court Suites are among those closest to the lush flora of the hotel, lending these suites an unmatched ambience of tranquility.
With 14-foot ceilings and elegant period furnishings, including oriental carpets on the teak, marble and tiled floors, each suite exudes warmth and character. All suites feature private parlours and dining areas.
Raffles Hotel Singapore - Facilities
Food & Beverage:
- Air Conditioning
- Cable Television
- Private Bathroom
- Direct Dial Telephone
- Mini Bar
- Safe Deposit Box
- Coffee/Tea Making Facilities
- Non-Smoking Rooms/Facilities
- Doc Cheng's
This internationally acclaimed, award-winning themed restaurant features Western cuisine created with an Asian twist, using the region's cooking techniques, spices and ingredients.
- Ah Teng's Bakery
Delicious pastries, biscuits and cakes, as well as steaming hot dim sum, are the highlights of this cosy café. Perfect for an early morning 'cuppa', Ah Teng's provides a warm and inviting dining experience.
- Raffles Grill
An aura of timeless elegance sets the tone for the Hotel's formal dining room. Beautifully restored to its former glory, with French windows overlooking the Palm Court, Raffles Grill captures the true essence of fine dining. The cuisine is light and innovative, characterised by a blend of classical and contemporary French cuisine. To complement the exquisite menu is a wine list featuring an extensive selection from the hotel's celebrated wine cellar.
- Royal China at Raffles
A top international Chinese restaurant operator based in London, Royal China is well known for its signature dishes such as lobster noodles, crispy duck in pancake, roast suckling pig and traditional dim sum items.
- Empire Café
Styled like a typical 1920s Singapore coffee house, Empire Café serves up both international staples and local favourites.
- Raffles Creamery
Raffles Creamery celebrates her First Anniversary this 15 June 2008 with an ice-cool party! All dressed-up and jam-packed with goodies galore, this premier ice-cream parlour is set to celebrate with free ice-cream give-aways at special time slots throughout the day, free balloons and exciting games for everyone.
Featuring a specially designed Cold Marble Teppanyaki for a personalised blend of icy creations from a selection of over 30 flavours of homemade ice-cream, low-fat sherbets and an extensive medley of mix-ins, Raffles Creamery encourages customised fusion of flavours that are limited only by one's imagination. Amongst the unique offerings are soy-based and vegan-friendly selections that have been created in recognition of greater lifestyle consciousness. These will especially benefit children who are lactose-intolerant and patrons on selective diets.
A Brand New Ice-cream Experience
Ice-cream just got cooler. Raffles Hotel introduces Cold Marble Teppanyaki, a new concept of indulgence featuring a specially designed marble top for a personalised blend of ice-cream creations. Choose from over 30 flavours of high quality homemade ice cream, sherbet and a medley of mix-ins, such as fresh fruits, nuts, candy, cookies and brownies, to create a customised fusion of flavours limited only by your imagination.
Every creation is a work of art. Have our ice-cream "artists" entertain you as they whip up your chosen combinations on cold marble, teppanyaki-style. The result - smooth, creamy ice cream blended with your choice of mix-ins for your enjoyment.
Fruit smoothies, milkshakes and freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices are also available on the menu.
A venue for kid's parties or light-hearted gatherings, Raffles Creamery creates iced goodies to enchant children and adults alike.
- Tiffin Room
The Tiffin Curry Buffet, featuring traditional North Indian and Asian specialities, is a hot favourite with tourists and Singapore residents alike. The curry buffet is available for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Tiffin Room also serves American and Continental buffet breakfast daily. High tea includes a traditional English Afternoon Tea set with a buffet of Local Favourites.
- Raffles Courtyard
Built in the tropical setting of an open courtyard, Raffles Courtyard, a timeless structure with white arches flanked by tropical palms and native plants, keeps the feeling of 'Old Singapore' alive. A colonial cocktail bar, a traditional alfresco kitchen, table umbrellas and live music make the courtyard a pleasant place for patrons to watch the passing parade of visitors.
Complementing the alfresco experience is the courtyard's ocean-fresh seafood, prepared à la minute in any Asian style that guests request.
- Long Bar Steakhouse
Located on the 2nd storey of Raffles Hotel Arcade, adjacent to the world-famous Long Bar, Long Bar Steakhouse cleverly combines steakhouse dining with the nostalgia and simple, honest flavours of early plantation fare.
Inspired by the legendary exploits of Frank Cavendish, an adventurous planter who retreated to Raffles Hotel every weekend in the early 1900s as a respite from the rigours of plantation life in Malaya, the house specialities are succulent prime cuts of meat and seafood, marinated with the flavours of the Orient.
- Long Bar
Home of the Singapore Sling, the earthy decor of this two-storey bar was inspired by the Malayan plantations of the 1920s. In addition to almost every alcoholic and non-alcoholic concoction imaginable, the bar also serves traditional pub favourites that are available for both lunch and snacks.
In the evenings a band performs a selection of contemporary and popular hits.
Exquisite Long Bar merchandise such as the famous Singapore Sling Glass and Sling Shaker are also available for purchase.
- Bar & Billiard Room
Established in 1896, the Bar & Billiard Room houses two original billiard tables from the turn of the century. An international buffet with seafood is served at lunch and dinner on weekdays and Saturdays, while a lavish brunch with the complimentary flow of Champagne is offered on Sundays.
With a fine selection of martinis, single malts, cognacs, Armagnacs, champagnes, ports, sherries, chocolates, coffee and Cuban cigars, it's no wonder the Bar & Billiard Room is also known as 'The Connoisseur's Haven'. On Sundays at brunch, live piano music and the snazzy jazz vocals of Claressa Monteiro entertain and complete the mood for dining in sophistication and style.
- Seah Street Deli
A typical New York-style delicatessen, the unique menu features a selection of American sandwiches, entrées and salads. The portions are decidedly generous and the service remarkably friendly.
- Writers Bar
Located in the Lobby of the hotel, this bar is a tribute to the writers who have stayed at the hotel or have written about it.
- Internet Access
- 24-Hour Front Desk
- Raffles Hotel Shops
- Raffles Hotel Arcade
- Raffles Hotel Museum
- Laundry/Valet Services
- Raffles Culinary Academy
- Handicapped Rooms/Facilities
- Babysitting/Child Services (On Request)
- Swimming Pool
- RafflesAmrita Spa
- 24-Hour Gymnasium
- Function Rooms
- Business Centre
- Meeting/Banquet Facilities
Inspired by Amrita. For centuries, enlightened souls on journeys of self-discovery have celebrated this mystic nectar of the gods, the elixir of eternal youth. This legendary assurance of renewal is a commitment to every guest of RafflesAmrita Spa.
RafflesAmrita Spa at Raffles Hotel offers relaxing and pampering wellness therapy in the privacy and luxury of a grand hotel.
Exclusively for residents only, this full-service spa features a gymnasium, hot and cold dip pools, body care, exclusive therapy rooms and unique couple rooms, designed for a relaxing and soothing massage, facial, or any of our therapeutic services with your partner. Fragrant aromatherapy burners, candles, soft lighting and signature RafflesAmrita Spa cuisine, backed by the legendary Raffles service, create a simple philosophy of complete wellness.
Located on the 3rd-floor deck of the Courtyard Wing, the hotel's pool, jacuzzis, bar and health club are for the exclusive use of hotel residents.
Gymnasium facilities and equipment include treadmills, stationery bicycles, a universal weight machine, sauna and steam bath in the gentlemen and ladies' changing rooms.