Its story begins in 1887 when two Armenian brothers opened its doors as a 10-room bungalow. Over the decades it has been extended and garnered fame, becoming the city-state’s best known hotel. In its heyday it played host to the rich and famous, including Elizabeth Taylor, Charlin Chaplin and Karl Lagerfeld, while also appearing in the novels of Joseph Conrad and Somerset Maugham. Ordering a Singapore Sling is a must as Raffles is renowned as the birthplace of this well-loved cocktail.
A new age
A new chapter has begun for this Grand Dame following a major two-year makeover. While a charming and luxurious oasis with high-level service remains, there are now new bars, restaurants, courtyards, social spaces, spa, gym and beautifully renovated suites, all designed to make Raffles the place to meet, spend time, shop and celebrate.
Raffles also enjoys a central location, nestled among Singapore’s business and civic districts, with easy access to museums, galleries, shops, cultural attractions and Changi International Airport.
The property boasts 115 spacious suites, each with a veranda, lush garden views and technology where guests can use a tablet – from the comfort of their bed – to activate mood lighting, close the curtains, adjust the temperature, choose a movie, book a massage and order room service. Raffles Butlers are on hand 24/7 to meet guests’ needs, too.
For elite meetings and glittering social galas, Raffles Singapore is the place to be. There are 13 event spaces, totalling 2,500m2, including a luxurious ballroom with a six-metre-high ceiling and capacity for 550 guests. A picture-perfect lawn can host 300-person receptions. Chinese, local and international menus are available to provide a memorable culinary feast. Experienced event professionals and a technical team will also help to meticulously plan your events.
In 1899, Raffles was the first hotel in the region to hire a French chef, introducing locals and travellers to French cuisine. Today, its dining offering is once again at the forefront of a gastronomic renaissance. Celebrity chef Alain Ducasse is behind BBR, a Meditteranean tapas and grill. La Dame De Pic is the culinary home of Michelin-starred chef Anne-Sophie Pic who serves signature French dishes, and Yi by Jereme Leung offers contemporary Chinese fare. Returning favourites include the Singapore Sling at Long Bar, North Indian cuisine at Tiffin Room and the classic Raffles Afternoon Tea. Go on a gastronomical experience at the newly opened Butcher’s Block, which presents a stylish and lively dining experience showcasing some of the world’s finest cuts of meats cooked with wood fire.
After a morning of meetings, unwind at the swimming pool or go on a rejuvenating journey with the Raffles Spa’s array of authentic body and facial treatments, amidst a luxurious setting. Visit The Raffles Arcade, which has a new gift shop, cafe, retail brands and Raffles Hall of Fame, a gallery of pictures and stories detailing the hotel’s heritage. Fitness enthusiasts can enjoy a refreshed state-of-the-art gym.