What it is
An 1887 grande dame that just re-emerged from a total revamp.
What it isn't
Tired. Sure, she’s more than 130 years old, but after her reno she’s looking fresh as any Singaporean new-build.
What we think
When Crazy Rich Asians decided to film at this storied hotel, we weren’t surprised. The flagship property of Raffles Hotels & Resorts plays the part of ornate luxury exceedingly well (perhaps even Oscar worthily), and has since the very beginning. The 19th century structure was the first hotel in the area to have electricity and ceiling fans, and the Singapore Sling was invented here in the carved wood-lined Long Bar way back in 1915. Coming after the revamp? Themed suites (we’re pre-booking the Lady Mountbatten Suite now), a holistic Raffles spa with both ladies and gentlemen’s lounges, and restaurants by Chef Anne-Sophie Pic (the fourth female chef on the planet to earn three-Michelin stars for a restaurant under her charge) and some guy named Alain Ducasse.
You're here because
When possible, you prefer to stay where royals and glamazons have slept, and everyone from Karl Lagerfeld to Elizabeth Taylor crashed here (Liz in both 1957 and 1993). It’s not that you’re full of yourself—it’s just that momma didn't raise no fool.
You can’t help but feel like you’re in a movie set in this hotel, but the feeling grows even more pronounced in your own suite (and by the way: every room’s a suite here). Perhaps it’s the 14-foot-high ceilings, or the teakwood floors buffed to a high gloss. Or maybe it’s the fact that, after a night of carousing, as you recline to read your pillow menu (yes, there’s a pillow menu) at 1 a.m., you consider calling your 24-hour Butler. If that level of service is not worthy of the most discriminating movie star, you don’t know what is.
Restaurants & Bars
- The Grand Lobby - Enjoy a timeless Raffles Afternoon Tea in the restored Grand Lobby
- Tiffin Room - Serving traditional North Indian cuisine
- Yi By Jereme Leung - Enjoy celebrity MasterChef Jereme Leung's signature dishes
- BBR By Alain Ducasse - Accailmmed Chef Alain Ducasse's first Mediterranean sharing & grill concept
- Butcher's Block - A vibrant steakhouse focusing on the world's finest cuts
- La Dame de Pic - Discover Anne-Sophie Pic's culinary identity at this fine-dining restaurant
Raffles Courtyard - A vibrant al-fresco bar
Long Bar - Home of the Singapore Sling
Writers Bar - A tribute to the literary luminaries who have written about or stayed at the hotel
Whether they are activities on dry land, under the sea, or up in the air, there are no shortage of options for guests traveling with families in tow. Visit the award-winning Singapore Zoo to meet the 1,600 animals in residence, or head to Sentosa island to immerse in the Marina Life Park, home to one of the biggest oceanariums in the world. Alternatively, Universal Studios Singapore, with its seven movie-themed zones, will keep the young ones occupied all day. Teens will also not want to miss out the MegaZip Adventure Park, that includes an exhilirating flying fox, where they can whiz over the jungle canopy that stretches more than 450m at 72m above sea level.
Central Singapore, within just a few blocks walk of the Singapore Art Museum, National Gallery and—a quick stroll across Marina Bay—the Instagram-ready Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay and Cloud Forest (also starring in Crazy Rich Asians).