Raffles Hotel Singapore

A Singapore legend

The epitome of Singaporean luxury, Raffles Hotel Singapore sports a classic, colonial-style look with a stately white façade. Established in 1887 and painstakingly preserved in a 2019 renovation from NYC-based Champalimaud, it’s one of the world’s last-remaining grand 19th-century hotels.

Throughout the hotel’s more than 130 years, the grande dame has been a stalwart provider of service, fine dining and grandiose comfort. Raffles is a piece of history — it was declared a national monument by the Singaporean government. It was the retreat of choice for luminaries like Charlie Chaplin, Elizabeth Taylor, Rudyard Kipling and Ernest Hemingway.

But you don’t need a famous name to get the VIP treatment at this icon, where every accommodation is a suite, and every guest gets a dedicated butler. Other indulgences include a soothing spa and nine restaurants and bars — including the famed space that originated the Singapore Sling cocktail. 

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Unwind in the seven-treatment-room Raffles Spa, which includes a steam bath, an ice fountain and luxurious hydrothermal services.
  • The Grand Lobby presents an indulgent and unforgettable afternoon tea. It’s been a Raffles tradition since the 1890s.
  • Raffles’ Long Bar created the city state’s most famous cocktail, the Singapore Sling, in 1915. Go there to try the fruity pink libation, made with gin, pineapple juice, lime juice, curaçao, Bénédictine, grenadine and cherry liqueur.
  • This is a dining destination. Chef Anne-Sophie Pic brings French prix fixe menus starring local ingredients to the excellent La Dame de Pic, celebrity chef Jereme Leung crafts fine contemporary cuisine from various parts regional China at Yi and Alain Ducasse takes on Italian fare at OSTERIA BBR.
  • The luxury hotel is known for its service. It was the first property to offer private butler service, a perk that all guests still can experience today.

Things to Know

  • The 2019 renovation was conducted under the supervision of heritage consultants and the result is that the hotel is looking more as it was in the early 1900s.
  • The third-floor outdoor pool is surrounded by tropical greenery and city views.
  • Pop into the gift shop to purchase the room fragrance, Raffles’ own fine china collection and other exclusive gifts and souvenirs.
  • Raffles has a team of resident historians who lead history tours on the grounds. One of the standout historians is Leslie Danker, who has written a book on the Singapore hotel and is the property’s longest-serving employee.

24-hour room service
Babysitting services
Fitness classes
House car
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
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1 Beach Road, Singapore, Singapore 189673
SIN (16-26 min)  
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