Raffles, Singapore

Since its birth in 1887, the legendary Raffles hotel in Singapore has undergone many a make-over however it continues to reign strong as one of the world’s favoured grand-dame hotels, and rightfully so, which other hotel can boast a charming personality from each and every one of its 103 suites?

Despite it’s location in the heart of the city, you’ll be hard-pushed to drag yourself from the colonial architecture and design of the hotel. While away the hours wandering through the tropical gardens, and round the day off in the earthy decor of the Long bar – the birthplace of the legendary Singapore Sling. If you’re looking for a place to inspire your poet within, head to the Writers bar for a moment of reflection. This has been dedicated to the likes of Rudyard Kipling and other such legends who have spent a precious kip or two at this bolthole.


Declared a national monument, Raffles Hotel Singapore is a landmark in itself. Within the hotel’s grounds, you’ll find landmarks aplenty – a museum, a shopping arcade, a Jubilee Hall and, our favourite, a Victorian style theatre. Looking a little more broadly, the hotel, set in Singapore’s business district, is in the perfect location for hopping around Singapore. Plus, arrival from the airport is a straightforward 20 minute journey.

Your room

High ceilings, elegant period furnishings, and teakwood floorings are a standard for any suite at Raffles Hotel Singapore. From then on, suites are completely individual. The grand hotel suites are a showcase for quality antiques and artworks and are known for their character – you won’t find two pieces the same here. The Palm Court suites, on the other hand, embody simplicity and serenity.

Why we like it

The hotel’s 55,000 plants have seriously impressed us, you could spend hours wandering through the gardens with many a secluded spot to unwind in amongst the flora. It was, however, the hotel’s attention to detail that really won us over. In keeping with the colonial charm, you’ll find a world-renowned florist and can enjoy your morning British cuppa at the Ah-Tengs Bakery.