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The hotel is scheduled to close completely for renovations beginning in December 2017. It is currently set to reopen in mid-2018.

A hotel whose name is instantly recognizable, the Raffles Singapore is pure colonial confection, a landmark maintained in its original style, with liveried Sikh doormen greeting guests. Opened by two Armenian brothers in 1887 as a 10-room bungalow hotel overlooking the South China Sea—its address, 1 Beach Road, attests to the waterfront location before reclamation extended Singapore’s boundaries—it has since welcomed movie and music stars, authors, and heads of state. Somerset Maugham wrote, after a stay, “Raffles stands for all the fables of the exotic East.” At the end of World War II, it served as a transit camp for prisoners of war. A new wing and various extensions have turned Raffles into a little enclave, with pretty interior courtyards and a high-end shopping arcade with antique, art, fashion, and jewelry stores. Rooms come with butler service, 14-foot ceilings, verandas, Asian carpets, brass fittings, and glistening teak floors.
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Neighborhood Vibe
The surrounding area is a hot spot for luxury hotels, though none are as storied as the Raffles. Chijmes, a converted Catholic convent now filled with bars, dining, shopping, and art, is a few hundred feet down the road. A short walk farther, the beautiful Peranakan Museum presents the history of the descendants of Chinese who moved to this part of Southeast Asia in the 15th century and beyond. Inspired painters in need of supplies can visit Singapore’s best art store, Art Friend, in the nearby Bras Basah Complex (231 Bain St. #03-33).
Need to Know
Rooms: 103 suites. From $1,120.
Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon.
Dining options:Halia, sister restaurant of the identically named outlet at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, serves Asian-inflected modern European. The new Ujong @ Raffles—opened in April 2014—has garnered press and praise for its updated takes on classic Singaporean dishes such as nasi lemak (rice with anchovies, peanuts, and chili paste), chicken rice, and bak chor mee (minced pork noodles). Raffles Grill features a view of the Palm Court and a menu of contemporary French cuisine.
Spa and gym details: On the third floor of the main building, a spa with six treatment rooms offers Ayurvedic and jet-lag therapies and a menu of wraps and facials. A gym is open 6 a.m.–11 p.m.
Insider Tips
Who's it for: Travelers with deep pockets and an interest in Singapore’s colonial history, entertainment, and (actual) royalty.
Our favorite rooms: Suite 201 looks across the Palm Court with views of the main hotel building and spindly palm trees.
When in Singapore:It's hardly a secret, but Raffles claims that the Singapore Sling cocktail was invented in 1915 at the hotel’s iconic Long Bar by Chinese barman Ngiam Tong Boon. Seems like a good enough reason to order one.
Drink Sling
Sit back at the Long Bar at Singapore's luxurious Raffles Hotel - home of the Singapore Sling - this famous cocktail drink originates from this bar.
Order a Sling, sit down at a table, eat the peanuts provided and then casually discard the shells onto the floor.
I entered the Long Bar with a friend; I noticed myself standing on some peanut shells, then notice it's everywhere on the floor. Awesome; if that's what people can do here, I'll do the same. I see other travellers look amused at the sight of peanut shells discarded onto the floor.
There's music played from a live band upstairs, easily accessible from the Long Bar.
The Long Bar is a nice venue to relax in the evening after a day of travelling around Singapore.
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Sky-High Happy Hour
Singapore is known for its rooftop bars, and with their happy hour specials and Instagram-worthy views, it's easy to see why they're all the rage. The city’s newest cloud-level destination, 50 Raffles Place, is a mix of restaurants, bars, and clubs on the 45th and 46th floors of Singapore Land Tower. You'll find sizzling Wagyu strips at Sear, freshly shucked oysters at Angie's Oyster Bar, and a lively cocktail scene at Empire that turns into a dance party after the sun goes down.
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Raffles Hotel
This white-on-white hotel is one the world’s truly iconic properties. Opened in 1887 by two Armenian brothers from Persia (making the hotel twice as old as the country of Singapore), the property retains its colonial look and ambiance, with beautiful courtyards and gardens, high-ceiling rooms, shopping arcades, liveried Sikh doormen, and pleasingly shiny wooden floors. Its long history includes acting as a transit camp for prisoners of war at the end of World War II and welcoming notable guests such as Ernest Hemingway and Somerset Maugham who said, “Raffles stands for all the fables of the exotic East.” While some parts of the property are off-limits to those who aren’t guests, any visitor can drop by the Long Bar. This two-story bar, inspired by the Malaysian plantations of the 1920s, is where the Singapore Sling was invented. Order one.

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Raffles Hotel

Two of Singapore's famous historic hotels are official national monuments and attractions unto themselves. Raffles is synonymous with the Singapore Sling, a cocktail you can sample in the hotel's Long Bar. Built out of Aberdeen granite and originally serving as the General Post Office building, the neoclassical structure—known for the past two decades as the Fullerton Hotel—retains its verandas, Doric columns and many fine plaster details.

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