The Greatest Hotels in the World – RAFFLES SINGAPORE
This is where the legend began…
The year was 1887 when the doors to Raffles Singapore first opened. Since then, it has become an icon that epitomises the romance of the Far East – an intoxicating blend of luxury, history and colonial design. No visit to Singapore is complete without a stay at Raffles; tradition demands it.
A veritable oasis in the city, Raffles Singapore is situated in the heart of the business and civic district. Surrounded by modern skyscrapers, it perfectly preserves its classic colonial architecture, providing a stark contrast against its neighbours. In 1987, the hotel was declared a National Monument by the Singapore Government, after which it underwent a complete restoration at a cost of S$160 million.
Through the decades, liveried Sikh doormen have welcomed some of the most famous personalities through the ornate wrought-iron portico. Writers Somerset Maugham and Rudyard Kipling were among those who had succumbed to the charms of Raffles. Today, nothing much has changed with esteemed guests such as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, George Bush, Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Louboutin, Tory Burch and Juliette Binoche adoring her gracious hospitality.
Enter the main building of the hotel and the magnificence of the lobby, seemingly unaltered from the turn of the century, takes the breath away. White marble colonnades, also found throughout the hotel, encircle an atrium that soars four floors up. During the day, sunlight pours through illuminating polished teak verandas that lead to 103 suites.
The main building is occupied by the Presidential and grand hotel suites, while the remaining suites face adjacent courtyards each with their own period furnishings, 14-foot ceilings and modern conveniences. Available round the clock is service by the legendary Raffles butlers, who are as discreet as they are efficient in the fulfilment of requests both ordinary and extraordinary.