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Raffles Hotel


This is THE Raffles Hotel and it really does live up to the hype, a truly wonderful resort hotel by any standards and will be a memorable part of your Adventure with us.

Declared a National Monument in 1987, the hotel has grown from strength to strength. With its restoration and reopening in 1991, Raffles Hotel today stands as a jewel in the crown of Singapore's hospitality industry, renowned and loved for its inimitable style and unsurpassed excellence in service and facilities dating back to 1887, Raffles Hotel is one of the few remaining great nineteenth century hotels in the world.

Declared a National Monument by the Singapore Government in 1987, Raffles Hotel has, through the years, gained international recognition as a traveller's paradise with its unique blend of classical architecture and tropical garden setting.

In l989, Raffles Hotel closed for two and a half years for complete restoration. This careful and committed process was undertaken at a cost of S$160 million by Raffles Hotel (l886) Ltd. The benchmark year used for the restoration was 1915, the first heyday of the Hotel. Reopened on 16 September 1991, the restored Raffles Hotel features 103 suites, each with hardwood floors, fourteen foot ceilings, overhead fans, central air conditioning and all the other amenities expected of a Grand Hotel. The furnishings throughout reflect the style and ambience of the Hotel's early heyday.

Over four hundred pieces of existing furniture were restored and re used in Raffles. These items bear identifying brass crests signifying that they are a part of Raffles Hotel's past and are displayed throughout the Hotel. In addition, more than 8,000 pieces of silver and historical china, some dating back to the era of the Hotel's founders, Sarkies brothers, have been inventoried and dated as to the period of use. The historical pieces are used where appropriate and form the basis of historical displays throughout the Hotel and the adjoining facilities. The distinctive restaurants and bars within Raffles Hotel recall the atmosphere of a bygone era. Tiffin Room, adjacent to the lobby, continues as the traditional main dining area. Raffles Grill, the elegant fine dining room, provides a clear view through to the Palm Court while Writers Bar continues to pay tribute to the novelists and travel writers who have become part of the Raffles Hotel legend.

The Bar & Billiard Room is decidedly masculine, as it was in the early 1900s, with tile and hardwood floors and period furnishings. Two antique billiard tables, one of them a Raffles Hotel original, the other from Government House, take pride of place.

The adjoining land parcel, built in architectural harmony with the Hotel, is known as "Raffles Hotel Arcade". Raffles Hotel Arcade is an integral part of Raffles Hotel, offering a broad range of facilities for visitors to enjoy. It houses 40 regional and specialty shops, indoor and outdoor function areas including The Ballroom and The Lawn and a variety of restaurants and bars including Long Bar where the famous Singapore Sling was created, Empire Cafe, a bustling between the wars coffeehouse, Seah Street Deli, a typical casual New York delicatessen and a trendy yet traditional restaurant, Doc Cheng's, featuring unique `Trans-Ethnic' restorative foods.

Also at Raffles Hotel Arcade is the Jubilee Hall, a recreation of a nineteenth century playhouse which features audio visual presentations, plays, recitals and cultural events. And the Raffles Hotel Museumshowcases memorabilia, period photographs and other mementos, providing a fascinating historical glimpse of the Hotel, colonial Singapore and travel in the East. Adding to the myriad of facilities to enjoy at the Arcade is the region's premier school of gastronomy, the Raffles Culinary Academy, offering a variety of cooking courses on Singapore's rich and diverse culinary heritage and Raffles signature dishes.

Tropical gardens have always been synonymous with Raffles Hotel. These occupy more than a quarter of the entire estate, providing a tranquil contrast to the bustling city beyond. The delightful sound of singing birds beyond the verandas and the rustle of palm branches in the breeze recalls the atmosphere of a bygone era and enhances the simpler pleasures of nature usually denied the modern traveller.

Savour a Singapore Sling at the legendary Long Bar, where the world renowned cocktail originated from. With it's own shopping plaza as well as being just opposite the Fairmont Hotel and shopping plaza, this is the ultimate in luxury not only in Singapore, but of any hotel world-wide.

Rooms:

The Courtyard Suites are among situated close to the lush flora of the hotel, lending these suites an unmatched ambience of tranquillity.

Suite Layout and Furnishings

  • Original 14-foot ceilings and common veranda
  • Each of the Courtyard Suites are divided into 4 areas:

A parlour & dining area lead into the bedroom and on to the dressing area and en-suite bathroom.

  • Elegant period furnishings including Oriental carpets arranged on teakwood flooring

In-Suite Features

  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Two colour television sets with remote control
  • Over 25 cable television channels
  • Mini bar/refrigerator
  • Hair-dryer
  • Overhead fan
  • Broadband Internet access
  • Two international direct dial telephone lines and an additional line for computer modem or fax hook-up facility.
  • Electronic safe deposit box
  • Bedside control panel

Residence Services

  • Daily newspaper delivery
  • Daily turndown service
  • Laundry and dry cleaning

Amenities

  • Slippers, bathrobe, valet stand and private dresser
  • In-suite directory of services
  • Luxurious toiletries

Restaurants - the hotel boasts 14 bars and restaurants, two worth featuring are:

Tiffin Room

Tiffin, properly defined as a light mid-day meal, has long been a Raffles tradition. Although tiffin curry has been served here since 1899, the Hotel's main dining room has only officially been named the Tiffin Room since 1976. A restaurant run by the Sarkies from the 1890s at Raffles Place was known as the Raffles Tiffin Rooms. For most of this century a mild chicken curry was one of the few Asian mainstays on the hotel's daily menu as the partaking of Sunday tiffin curry was an essential aspect of colonial life. The Tiffin Room's décor and ambience reflects the Hotel's glory days from the turn of the century to the 1930s. The designs of the tables, chairs, and uniforms are all based on early photographs. Square teak tables - including many Raffles Hotel's originals - are combined with "palm back" bentwood chairs.

The brisk, white-jacketed waiters wear badges which replicate a prewar tukang badge, or "water carrier" badge, while the silver vase and salt and pepper shakers are replicate of decades-old silver plate pieces discovered in a storeroom during the restoration.

The Tiffin Curry Buffet, featuring traditional Indian and Asian specialities, is a hot favourite with tourists and Singapore residents alike. The Tiffin Room buffet is available for lunch and dinner.

The Tiffin Room also serves a international breakfast and a popular High Tea daily.

There is a small private dining room with a capacity of 8 seats at the south end. The private dining room is ideal for intimate dinner parties and for corporate entertaining, as the quiet charm of the restaurant is evident even at its busiest moments.

Dining at the Tiffin Room is an essential experience at Raffles Hotel.

The Long Bar.

Home of the Singapore Sling, the earthy decor of this two-storey bar was inspired by the Malayan plantations of the 1920s. In addition to almost every alcoholic and non-alcoholic concoctions imaginable, the bar also serves traditional pub favourites that are available as a meal or snacks. In the evening, a band performs a selection of contemporary and popular hits. Exquisite Long Bar merchandise such as the famous Singapore Sling Glass and Sling Shaker are also available for purchase.

Amrita Spa:

Raffles Amrita Spa derived its name from the ancient Sanskrit legend in which, from the beginning of time, Hindu deities searched for amrita, an elixir that would give them eternal youth and beauty. For centuries, enlightened souls on journeys of self-discovery have celebrated this mystic nectar of the gods. This legendary assurance of renewal of our commitment to every guest at Raffles Amrita Spa.

Here you will discover the precious time, luxurious space and ancient healing arts that will nurture you on your own quest for fitness, good health and inner peace. The spa combines time-honoured traditions and modern day technology to nurture the body, mind and soul. Revitalise in the sauna and steam rooms or take an invigorating dip in the pool surrounded by lush tropical foliage, or simply unwind in the hot and cool jacuzzis. Raffles Amrita Spa cuisine, backed by the legendary Raffles service, create a simple philosophy of complete wellness.

We invite you to indulge in the pure pleasures that Raffles Amrita Spa has to offer and luxuriate amidst the historic oasis of the legendary Raffles Hotel.

*Raffles Amrita Spa is exclusively for the use of residents of Raffles Hotel.*

Body Massage

Reduce tension and relieve the negative effects of everyday stress. Restore your overall sense of well-being by enjoying our professional body massages. Raffles Amrita Spa private label products provide comprehensive and innovative treatments to enhance your total wellness.

Body Scrub

Traditionally, salt and granulated pumice stone have been used for centuries to clean the body. We have followed this tradition and assembled three body scrubs to fit all skin types, invigorating, medium and gentle.

Body Wrap

Natural resources such as thermal mud algae and essential oils warmed during treatments - soothe the mind, promote circulation and detoxify the skin as they help to relieve muscle aches and pains.

Facial Treatment

Raffles Amrita Spa at Raffles Hotel combines advanced techniques and expert advice to give you vibrant and healthy skin. We have specially designed a menu of traditional facials for your skin care pleasure. urious massage and deep cleansing masque.

Spa Body Therapy

The European spa experience centres on the tradition of "Taking the Kur". The Kur is a series of daily treatments which remineralise, nourish and balance the body based on the use of natural resources such as thermal mineral water, algae, mud, essential oils and herbs, traditionally performed over a consecutive seven days period.

Spa Ritual Package

The Raffles Amrita Spa Packages uniquely integrate treatment services to balance both the body and mind. Allow us to guide you through your personal prescription for well-being, including our recommendation for how to continue our programme at home.

Spa Suite

In-suite facilities such as private whirlpool, aroma steam and the convenience of Raffles Hotel's room service.