The Raffles Hotel: "That Old Empire in Asia Feel" Singapore Hotel Tip by AKtravelers

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Built in 1887 and named after the founder of British Singapore, the Raffles Hotel is more than just a place tourists stay -- it's a place tourists go to see. Partly, that's because Singapore isn't rich in either tourist sights or historical sites, and the Raffles fits the bill for both of these. Partly it's because the Long Bar is home of the Singapore Sling (see my To Do tip). But it's also because the Raffles harkens back to a preceived day long ago when elegance was prized, travel was done with big clunky trunks carried by porters from steamships and it leisure seemed to be the word of the day. You still see turbaned Sikh doorman at the Raffles just as you would have during the 19th century. I had been told that a dress code was still in effect and that men needed to appear in slacks and a collared shirt, but that wasn't true for the places I visited in the hotel (the gardens and the Long Bar), though it may be true if you wish to dine or take tea there, so be prepared. I did not stay at the Raffles -- sadly, it didn't fit my budget.

Address: New Bridge Road
Theme: Hotel

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  • Written Dec 22, 2009
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