Summer Staycation at Raffles Hotel Singapore - Part 1 of 2 - Alvinology

Summer Staycation at Raffles Hotel Singapore – Part 1 of 2

If you are looking for somewhere for a staycation in the later part of this year, why not consider the grand-daddy of Singapore luxury hotels, Raffles Hotel?

Raffles Hotel was gazetted by the Singapore government as a national monument in 1987
Raffles Hotel was gazetted by the Singapore government as a national monument in 1987

Rachel, Asher and I stayed for 3D2N over a weekend in May. It was like walking into colonial Singapore. The hotel is rich in history and every nook and cranny is filled with nostalgia. Many important people have stayed here over the years – from Queen Elizabeth II to Michael Jackson.

From now till September 2013, Raffles Hotel Singapore will be having a special suite package, available from S$550++ per suite per night for any day in the week. From September onwards, it will only be available over the weekend. The suite package is specially tailored for locals and includes a host of relaxing and tempting benefits:

    • Children below the age of 12 stay (using existing bedding) and dine for free with their parents at hotel-operated restaurants (adults must dine at the restaurant)
    • Welcome Singapore Slings and fruit upon arrival, while children will enjoy fruit smoothies and cookies
    • Complimentary breakfast at Tiffin Room on the first morning
    • Complimentary Buffet Dinner at Bar & Billard Room or Tiffin Room (once during the stay)
    • Complimentary in-suite internet access
    • 24-hour Butler Service
    • Complimentary S$500 Raffles Hotel Arcade Shopping Discount Vouchers
    • Complimentary late check-out until 6pm
    • Complimentary parking

This special rate is extended to residents in Singapore, including Singapore Citizens, PRs and work pass holders. The Suite Package will be valid only during the weekend from 1 Septemember 2013 onwards. 

It is a pretty attractive deal. Every Singaporean should stay at least one night at Raffles Hotel to find out why this historical icon encapsulates the epitome of hospitality. Do consider it after checking out my photos and review.

In this two-part staycation series, I will share my views on the accommodation, facilities and architecture of Raffles Hotel Singapore in this first part and dedicate the second part to food – a topic which never fails to excite Singaporeans.

Upon arriving at the hotel, checking in was a breeze with the friendly hotel staff. The hotel lobby is not sprawling, but it exudes a grandeur old world charm. The tall Sikh doorman completes the look.

Rachel and Asher with the iconic Raffles Hotel doorman
Rachel and Asher with the iconic Raffles Hotel doorman
Check-in counter in the lobby
Check-in counter in the lobby
A large antique standing clock
A large antique standing clock
The hotel lobby
The hotel lobby
From the ground floor looking up
From the ground floor looking up
Staircases leading up to the rooms
Staircases leading up to the rooms
Old switches that are still working
Old switches that are still working

Rachel and I had fun inspecting all the furniture and fixtures in our room, marveling at the many remnants from colonial time like the switches and the faucets:

Separate dining and lounge area from the bedroom
Separate dining and lounge area from the bedroom
Plate of welcome fruits
Plate of welcome fruits
A mandarin duck decorative piece in the room. Asher wanted to play with it...
A mandarin duck decorative piece in the room. Asher wanted to play with it…
The hotel folks prepared a Raffles doorman as a welcome gift for Asher
The hotel folks prepared a Raffles doorman as a welcome gift for Asher
Rachel and Asher as we checked into our suite
Rachel and Asher as we checked into our suite
View of the room from the other direction
View of the room from the other direction
Asher sharing his apple with the doorman
Asher sharing his apple with the doorman
Rachel by the dressing table
Rachel by the dressing table
Asher inspecting all the large wardrobes in our suite
Asher inspecting all the large wardrobes in our suite
The television is hidden in the middle wardrobe
The television is hidden in the middle wardrobe
Bathroom wash area and mirrors
Bathroom wash area and mirrors
Nice old faucets
Nice old faucets
Asher getting very excited on seeing the large bathtub
Asher getting very excited on seeing the large bathtub
Love this vintage faucet
Love this vintage faucet
Even the bathroom scale is antique
Even the bathroom scale is antique

We did a quick tour on our own around the hotel and for a while, we felt like English aristocrats, reliving colonial Singapore. Many famous writers like Somerset Maugham like to stay at Raffles Hotel while writing their books. We can understand why. The hotel is located in the city centre of modern Singapore, but yet seems to be in a different time zone of its own.

Fancy a little shopping?
Fancy a little shopping?
Locked gate for hotel residents only to access the second floor and above
Locked gate for hotel residents only to access the second floor and above
Staircase leading up to our room on the second floor
Staircase leading up to our room on the second floor
Lounge area for guests to do some reading
Lounge area for guests to do some reading
Rachel enjoying reading the newspaper in the quaint surrounding.
Rachel enjoying reading the newspaper in the quaint surrounding.
Internet and computer access
Internet and computer access
There is always the lift if you do not want to walk up and down the stairs
There is always the lift if you do not want to walk up and down the stairs
Rachel slowly strolling down the wall of fame in Raffles Hotel
Rachel slowly strolling down the wall of fame in Raffles Hotel
Our current prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong and his wife, Ho Ching
Our current prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong and his wife, Ho Ching
Blast from the past
Blast from the past
Layout of the Raffles Hotel Singapore at the very beginning
Layout of the Raffles Hotel Singapore at the very beginning
An old poster
An old poster

Here are some shots I took on a tour around the hotel with the hotel’s historian:

Interior of Raffles Grill restaurant
Interior of Raffles Grill restaurant
The chandeliers caught my eyes
The chandeliers caught my eyes
The wine cellar
The wine cellar
Raffles grill is named after this silver grill, dug up after the Japanese occupation
Raffles grill is named after this silver grill, dug up after the Japanese occupation
Every corner in this hotel is beautiful
Every corner in this hotel is beautiful
Bar near the lobby
Bar near the lobby
Vintage stained glasses
Vintage stained glasses
Area to sit around and drink tea
Area to sit around and drink tea
Bar & Billard Room. We are standing around the antique billard table.
Bar & Billard Room. We are standing around the antique billard table.
Antique billard table and set-up
Antique billard table and set-up
Old billard score table
Old billard score table
Dining area in the converted Bar & Billard Room
Dining area in the converted Bar & Billard Room
An outdoor fountain
An outdoor fountain
Jubilee Theatre
Jubilee Theatre
It is dark in the theatre.
It is dark in the theatre.
An interesting wall mural. I am not too sure durians grow this way...
An interesting wall mural. I am not too sure durians grow this way…
Another wall mural - there are many of these
Another wall mural – there are many of these
Entering the ballroom where many wedding ceremonies are held
Entering the ballroom where many wedding ceremonies are held
Inside the ballroom
Inside the ballroom
A bar on the ground floor
A bar on the ground floor
A bust of Sir Stamford Raffles
A bust of Sir Stamford Raffles
Here is another venue in the hotel for weddings and other events
Here is another venue in the hotel for weddings and other events
I like walking down these rows after rows of white columns
I like walking down these rows after rows of white columns
At the third floor of the hotel
At the third floor of the hotel
View from third floor down
View from third floor down
Lounge area on the third floor, just outside the presidential suites
Lounge area on the third floor, just outside the presidential suites
An old piano
An old piano
A closer look at the piano
A closer look at the piano
I could get used to this
I could get used to this

We had the privilege to visit the Sir Stamford Raffles Suites, one of the two Presidential Suites in the hotel. Each of these two suites comprise a parlour, dining room, two bedrooms, pantry and private balcony. The cost is from S$10,000 a night:

The walkway leading to the presidential suites on the third floor
The walkway leading to the presidential suites on the third floor
Ready to step into the suite?
Ready to step into the suite?
The sofa area
The sofa area
One happy little boy spotted
One happy little boy spotted
I like this lounge chair
I like this lounge chair
Camel motif
Camel motif
Me in the Sir Stamford Raffles Presidential Suite
Me in the Sir Stamford Raffles Presidential Suite
Everything in the room seems to be antique furniture
Everything in the room seems to be antique furniture
One of the toilets
One of the toilets
Dining area
Dining area
Dining table
Dining table
It is so huge there is a corridor
It is so huge there is a corridor
Bedroom 1
Bedroom 1
Vintage wardrobe, bookshelf and such
Vintage wardrobe, bookshelf and such
View of the first bedroom from another angle
View of the first bedroom from another angle
Posing by the study table
Posing by the study table
The room is really huge
The room is really huge
Attached bathroom in bedroom 1
Attached bathroom in bedroom 1
Bedroom 2
Bedroom 2
Me laying back to relax
Me laying back to relax
Wash basins in the bathroom
Wash basins in the bathroom
Functioning vintage switches
Functioning vintage switches
Kitchen area
Kitchen area
Giant fridge tucked in a corner as it's modern appearance do not gel so well with the overall interior design
Giant fridge tucked in a corner as it’s modern appearance do not gel so well with the overall interior design

Rachel also tried out a Swedish massage at its Raffles Spa on the last day. The spa has customised its version of the relaxing massage by offering three combinations of aromatherapy oils to go with it. There’s a lavender one, which is supposed to be relaxing, a bergamot one, which is invigorating, and a cypress one, which is detoxifying. She went with the last one and fell asleep during the massage.

The bathroom in Amrita Spa
The bathroom in Raffles Spa
Spa products
Spa products
The masseur
The masseur
The spa and massage room
The spa and massage room

The spa is luxurious without being overtly opulent and there is a row of deck chairs  on the verandah facing the Swissotel Stamford Hotel. Just the spot to curl up with a magazine on a sleepy, rainy day.

Place to sit and laze after the spa
Place to sit and laze after the spa

I brought Asher to the open-air rooftop swimming pool for a swim:

Raffles Hotel rooftop swimming pool
Raffles Hotel rooftop swimming pool
Asher and I
Asher and I
There was a full moon that night
There was a full moon that night

Initially, we thought we will probably wander off the hotel to do some shopping nearby. In the end, we spent most of our time exploring the hotel itself!

I am ending this post with a video from the Ninja Girls, a group of Japanese bloggers who also stayed at Raffles Hotel during the same period when I was staying there with my family:

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To see more photos taken during my Raffles Hotel Summer Staycation, visit my public facebook album here. 

To read all my blog posts on Raffles Hotel, click here. 

About Raffles Hotel Singapore

There are a few hotels in the world whose names have become virtually synonymous with the cities in which they are located – and none more so than Raffles in Singapore.

Named after Sir Stamford Raffles, founder of Singapore, Raffles Hotel opened in 1887 and soon became the haunt of intrepid travellers from around the world. Regular guests included Noel Coward, Joseph Conrad and Somerset Maugham, who describe the hotel as embodying “all the fables of the exotic East.” Through their stories, The Long Bar, the Palm Court and the Bar & Billiard Room with its tiger, became familiar to people who had never even been to Singapore.

While preserving its atmospheric teak verandahs, gleaming white colonial facade and magnificent Gieves & Hawkes-clad doormen, Raffles is very much part of the modern, vibrant city of Singapore. It is now the proud flagship of the nine strong Raffles Hotel & Resorts.

3 comments
  1. Hi! Your pictures are lovely! 😀 Your post really got me interested. For the staycation package, is there a min 2 nights requirement?

  2. Hi ALvin, what offer did you get ? Short and Suite? or Rise and Shine? I am thnking of bringing mom and dad to this , coz they have an extra bed ? or was it on request ? appreciate…..

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