I wish i could write 2 reviews for this hotel, one would be about the service and the other about the current renovations.
So staying here has always been a dream and I got a chance to spend the night here as we toured the Far East. We arranged to be met at the airport and were briskly whisked away in our comfortable car to the door of the hotel.
Now I had read all the information on the hotel website on the renovation programme but i was still surprised to the extent of the work. In fact most of the hotel is closed, the iconic front facade covered by a painted sheet. The billiard room and bar is open, a courtyard with a fountain, a further room/reception area and then the rooms in the one wing adjacent to the road.The ground floor of this wing has the shop in it.Its actually more closed than open.
Now from the moment we arrived and taken to our room on the third floor we were looked after impeccably, with the most perfect service. The rooms are a celebration of the old colonial style and still maintain the old charm of knobs and dials and wooden furniture.
We had a welcome bowel of fruit and bottle of drink with a lovely welcome card. Check in was done in our room. The room and bathroom was just perfect and the attached lounge area comfortable. It has double doors leading to a communal balcony that runs the length of the building overlooking the main room. The room is well insulated and there is no noise from the road.
Make sure you visit the corridor on the first floor which has rows of photos of the royalty and famous guests. As others have said you can still get your Singapore Sling from the bar.
We had a wonder through the shop for some souvenirs of our stay and sadly had to leave the next morning for our flight to Bangkok.
So back to my opening sentence, I now wonder had I known how little of the hotel was open whether I would have stayed there (there is no concession on room prices as far as I can see) on the other hand the history, ambience and service made it a memorable stay. I wonder whether the hotel website could have been a bit more explicit on what was left open during this period. I understand it will be closing completely for a short period before reopening and maybe that's actually what should have been done already as there really is so little of the original hotel open at the moment. So 4 stars are really for the service, if i was going to rate on the building it would have been a 3.
Maybe one day I will get another chance to visit once the work has finished and I can see it in all its glory and pomp.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Raffles Singapore will be closed for renovation on 13 December 2017 with a planned reopening in the second half of 2018. Raffles Hotel is one of Singapore's most graceful landmarks. More legend than hotel, this luxury Singapore hotel celebrates a tradition of unwavering service excellence spanning more than 125 years.Immortalized in the novels of Somerset Maugham and Rudyard Kipling, Raffles Hotel, Singapore’s colonial-styled architecture and lush tropical gardens exude an atmosphere of timeless elegance. 5 restaurants and bars beckon, including the Bar & Billiard Room - new temporary home to the world renowned Singapore Sling; Tiffin Room, which continues the tradition of Afternoon Tea at Raffles and Raffles Grill, serving up the best Sunday Brunch in town. This luxurious Singapore hotel lies in the heart of the city, in close proximity to the banking and financial districts, Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre (SICEC), as well as leisure attractions including the casino at Marina Bay; the cultural sights of Arab Street and Chinatown and shopping at Raffles City shopping mall and Orchard Road shopping belt. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Singapore Raffles Hotel
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