The Raffles Hotel Singapore – a hotel that lets you travel back in time
Raffles Hotel Lobby
Raffles Hotel Singapore, a luxury hotel that I long to stay. I have heard enough to make an expensive decision – a 2 night date with Raffles Singapore. It cost a bomb to me but no regret.
Stepping inside the hotel, I saw a lobby design inspired by the 19th century Victorian era. This old English classical setup provides tourist a feel of nostalgia. You are like living in the city but staying in an ancient Victorian house.
“Good afternoon Mr Whelan” a staff greeted me with a broad smile. The hotel staffs’ greeted me upon arrival and departure each time I stepped into the lobby. It was a fantastic feeling and for once I felt like a VIP!
However the lobby seemed to be a little bit crowded, mainly of the small floor area that was always filled with tourists.
Raffles Hotel Singapore
The rooms were 19th century British, very clean and authentic. It was spacious and the high ceiling makes them airy. The wide roofed garden in the room adds magnificence to them. The décor of the rooms were very traditional with touches of sophistication all over.
Raffles Hotel Room
The design of the room was catered to the taste of each customer visiting the hotel. The bed was extremely comfortable and the marble bathroom was large and nice. Each room has its own bellboy who arrive in a seconds of the push of a button.
Even the toilets were exotic, marbled and aided with all modern equipment.
The Raffles Hotel Singapore is divided into 4 wings and has wonderful gardens acting as buffers between two sections.
When I was touring around the vicinity, I saw lot of plants around the surrounding. It gave me a very tropical feel in a city area. Hmm…not sure if you can warm to the idea of living in a place with two distinctive feel. It was just a step away from history and back to modern city in a matter of second.
High tea in the Billard Room (for the colonial experience) was much better than the Tiffin in the main restaurant (food was average in my opinion).
Tropical feel @ Raffles Hotel
The Long Bar has a great atmosphere (of course, we drank the customary Singapore Slings which is a must try) When I stepped into the Long Bar, I was greeted with carpet full of crushed peanut shells. In facts, it is a tradition in Long Bar to dispose peanut shell on the floor boards. But for those clean freaks, you might want to stay out of the door…
In the evening hours, you could hear the nightlife and band music associated with these clubs. This might spark you to life and urge you to spring out of your bed for a drink. However, if you wish to spend a quiet night, with a little tolerance, the noise will be softened by 10pm. It no big deal and wasn’t all that bad.
The pool area is small but very special and charming. It opens 24 hrs a day. I had my share of midnight swim in the beautiful rooftop pool. It was truly a memorable experience. The spa was also lovely.
The hotel made me feel special from the moment I arrived to the moment I ciao.
The Raffles Hotel Singapore is neither a flashy nor contemporary setup. If you’re looking to be treated differently in a very unique historical setting and be transported back in time, this is definitely the hotel of the choice. But I must warn you…it comes with a big Price Tag!
|Location||Changi International Airport SIN 20 km, Central Business District nearby, National Museum nearby, City Hall (Subway Station) nearby.|
|Address||1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673|
|Rates||SGD $927 onwards|
|No. of rooms||104|
|Official website||Raffles Hotel|