Raffles Hotel Singapore
Reviews - Raffles Hotel Singapore
- Age Group: 26 - 30
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Young Couple
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Raffles Hotel Singapore
Raffles Hotel live up to its name!from Eric.V
We really enjoy our stay, especially chiiling out in our verendah sipping champagne in the evening and watching the world goes by. Raffles hotel has met our expectations and we look forward to our next stay soon.
ve stayed in, but Long Bar is tourist trapfrom GortPickle
Sling it out!from A TripAdvisor Member
I was staying with friends at the Grand Hyatt and dragged them across town one afternoon to sample the "legendary" Singapore Sling cocktail at the Long Bar in the Raffles.
Having had (and made!) a few of these elsewhere in the past, I was SHOCKED to be served a pre-mixed bright pink concoction, which looked....and tasted!....exactly like cough-syrup. I would have thought serving pre-mixed drinks was only to be expected in an informal diner or pub; NOT in a place that pretends to be an "institution"....and cant get its signature-cocktail right! I daresay the flight-attendants on Singapore Airlines do a MUCH better job of it!
As for the bar itself, one could only describe its decor as a contrived imitation of "colonial" culture. Coming from India, a country with its fair share of colonial and palace hotels, I know authenticity when I see it!
And when one attempted to give some feedback to the Manager of this establishment, one was met with the most snooty and supercilious of attitudes, prompting me to write to the hotel on returning home.
I am still waiting for their reply.
Water rip-off at Raffelsfrom BigPayne
The bill for our meal cane to $158--the bottled water was $42! I didn't want to make a fuss in front of clients, so I returned the next day and talked to Kenny, the manager, who proved to be rude, beligerent and insulting, telling us: "Talk to your watress."
This type of rip off has no place in "one of the grand hotels of Asia.
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Quite simply the bestfrom Leicstourist
The rooms are very high quality and have a wonderful sense of history, although they are in fact not that old, just superbly updated and well appointed. Everything you expect in a 5 star, just so much more taste.
The restaurants and bars are excellent, and not expensive for what you get. Especially good is the Tiffin Room, try the chicken pies (yes it was me, I ate all the pies!).
As others have noted there is a certain smug satisfaction in walking past the "residents only" sign and sailing up the stairs away from the tourists armed with the magic key. Another high point was sitting on the terrace outside our room in the morning, flicking through the Straights Times with breakfast. Room service dinner, which we did twice as we had the children with us, was swift, hot and superbly served. Try the lamb! The pool is wonderful, on the top floor surrounded by the soul-less high rise other 5 star hotels.
There is not a downside to Raffles. It is expensive, but it is worth every penny. There are so many modern 5 star hotels in Singapore, but none has the history and ambience of Raffles. If you just want a luxury hotel, stay at one of them. If you want an experience stay at Raffles!
We will be back in July 2006 and I would not consider staying anywhere else.
This has to be the best hotel we have ever stayed in!from JJYork
A word on food: the Raffles Grill is superb and worth every penny. I also love Ah Teng's Bakery - try the $7 sandwich and coffee offer at lunchtime and the Afternoon Tea buffet in the Tiffin Room (make sure you book). If you've been lucky enough to stay overnight the Tiffin Room breakfast buffet is also an experience in itself.
Once in a lifetime experiencefrom Lincoln
Our suite was everything one would expect. You entered via a small parlour area with sofa, side table, dining table, chairs and mini bar. Fresh flowers and fruit were replenished daily. Passing through this to the large bedroom with high ceilings and plush furnishings, decorated in a very traditional style but with every modern convenience. The floors were wooden with strategically placed rugs. The marble bathroom was huge and ornate. There was an outer area with two basins and then through another doorway the main bathroom area with toilet, bath and separate shower.
Having read some of the reviews, we thought that eating at Raffles might prove to be rather expensive but we did not find this to be the case. One the first night, feeling slightly jet lagged, we chose to eat in the fresh air in the outdoor Courtyard Restuarant where we enjoyed a relaxed stir fry / seafood meal and a bottle of good wine at less than S$ 90 for two. If you want a light breakfast we would recommend Ah Teng’s Bakery where for about S$ 6 per head you got coffee, fruit juice and three mini pastries. The other night we did the touristy thing and had a Singapore Sling in the busy Long Bar (reasonably priced at only S$ 16 each - though it could have done with a bit more alcohol!) We then ate in the Long Bar Steakhouse, a nice meal in a “plantation style” room, but the service was a little too quick for our liking (perhaps more geared to American guests’ expectations).
The hotel museum has an interesting collection of memorabilia but we felt it could have been displayed in a more logical fashion to better describe the history of the hotel.
The immediate location was nothing special, surrounded by modern buildings, but you were only ten or so minutes walk from the colonial area and the river and with taxis being so cheap it’s not really a big issue where your hotel is.
Yes, it is expensive to stay at Raffles and we did wonder whether it was rather extravagant. However, the conclusion that we came to was that it was worth every penny. It is not something you would do every day but for a special occasion it is well worth it. Of course, you could stay elsewhere and still come in and look at the hotel – many do - and I would recommend that to anyone visiting Singapore. However, there was something rather special about staying here. There were certain areas only open to guests which were an oasis of peace and after the tourists left in the evening a calm descended on the hotel and you really felt you were experiencing the luxury of a different era – a once in a life time experience!
Lived up to its reputationfrom Good Names All Gone!
The service to guests was virtually faultless. The suites were spacious and had everything we needed. Everything you would expect from a hotel of this calibre.
The only slight downside was the service in the Long Bar (where the tourists congregate!). On a couple of occasions we felt the staff really couldn't be bothered to serve us. The other thing I think is a shame is that the Singapore Slings aren't mixed from scratch any more. They use premix which is just mixed with the fruit juice, and they definitely don't taste quite as good as when I was there in 1994.
But if that's the only downside, it's still well worth a visit for the experience of a truly top class hotel.
Worth the price?from A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Singapore
Stay at Raffles Simply Stay at Raffles, Fly Emirates Business, they'll arrange your transfers by limo for you FREE.
One day stop over with kids? day trip to sentosa island is a must. take the cable car from fraser hill, visit the aquarium then hang out at the beach (great facilities for kids including fantastic changing/showering facilities to refresh before heading back to the airport).
Bargains available Don't be afraid to leave the main shopping streets and venture into the side streets for excellent bargains
Other names for Raffles Hotel Singapore
- singapore raffles hotel
- raffles hotel singapore
- Address: 1 Beach Road - Singapore - 189673 - Singapore
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