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A lovely start to our holiday
We landed early in the morning after our Singapore Airlines flight from England. I had written before hand to explain our early arrival and asked if we could we leave our baggage in a safe area. Better than that. We were shown into our suite immediately after the registration formalities were completed, thus allowing us to freshen up before exploring the city. The newly refurbished suite was huge. Immediately upon entering, there is a sitting area, containing a dining table and chairs, a sofa and cocktail cabinet, this lead into the bedroom which had a huge double bed. Both rooms had flat screen TVs. All utilites were controlled by a couple of ipads. The bathroom had a free standing roll-top bath, seperate hand basins, an excellent walk-in shower and separate toilet. All in a very tasteful style. Our butlers catered to our every whim. The breakfast, served in The Tiffin Room had an enormous range of cold items and hot dishes were cooked to order. We had been looking forward to a game of snooker (we last played there about 10 years ago) but were quite disappointed to find that The Bar and Billiard Room has been converted into a rather pricey European-style restaurant. Therefore we opted to eat the Asian-style dishes served in The Court Yard Restaurant. In fact we ordered every dish on the menu, which proved to be just right for the four of us to eat tapas-style. Sadly the Corvid-19 outbreak has greatly reduced the number of tourists in Singapore, but on the brightside, it means that the already excellent service we received was exemplary. We were due to book in at Raffles for the Eastern and Oriental Express, but the venue was changed to The Fullerton Hotel. Raffles laid on complimentary use of their limousines to transfer us and all our baggage there. Fabulous service.
Stayed for 4 nights in a Palm Court Suite as part of 70th birthday celebrations. Arrived late after overnight flight from London weary but excited. From the moment we stepped into the entrance lobby till the moment we sadly left this was pure unadulterated luxury delivered with an understated customer service which is second to none. The birthday cake and celebrations with the butlers started the celebrations and throughout the stay the attention to detail was first class. The hotel recently refurbished is a fantastic blend of colonial splendour with all the latest technology blended into the fabric of its operation. The grand lobby is breath taking, the writers bar an excellent way to spend an hour or so in conversation after dinner with an extraordinary choice of cocktails and spirits, and the restaurants are the icing on the cake. Breakfast offers every option possible and if it’s not on show ask for it - The Tiffin for Indochine food in the evening is very good and well worth a visit - room service adds another level to the options for a lazy evening relaxing. Our visit to the Long Bar and the infamous Singapore Sling was late morning before the queues and crush started and well worth the effort as is the outside restaurant for light lunches. The room itself was very spacious, and like the rest of the hotel maintained to the very highest standards with plenty of gadgets to ensure a relaxing and restful stay. In the heat of the day the roof top pool was an absolute delight along with pool side service for drinks and fresh fruit and later on cocktails in the pool bar. If your thinking of a holiday location post vivid then add Raffles to your list - cannot wait to return again perhaps linked to a F1 GP.
A refined taste of luxury
From the first contact with Raffles butler, Ms Reena Thomas, to the smooth drive back to Changi Airport, our stay was a pure pleasure. Ms Thomas graciously took care of all of our advance requests, the polished staff took care of the rest, and we could focus on enjoying the delights of a world-class hotel in the middle of Singapore. We had high expectations, knowing the reputation of Raffles Hotel, and we can say that our expectations were in every way surpassed. We stayed in one of the twelve "personality suites" (James Michener, room 215), and the price included a sumptuous and delicious breakfast. (All the rooms at the Raffles Hotel are suites; the personality suites each have some memorablia of the famous Raffles guest in question.) The suite had a four-poster bed, a separate parlor, a dressing area (for once, lots of room for your clothes) and a roomy bathroom with his-and-hers sinks as well as an old-fashioned bathtub in addition to the shower stall. Raffles Hotel has expanded over the years, and we requested a map so that we can find our way around; getting from the public area to the "residents only" buildings is not an easy task. The immaculately kept grounds, however, are worth exploring, and once you find your way to the Raffles gift shop, the Long Bar and other restaurants you will find impeccable service. For us, this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience - which we hope that we can repeat!
Do not leave Singapore without visiting !
When we visited last year, we could only go to the Long Bar as the main hotel was still being refurbished. So we just had to go back and how pleased we were that we did. It is like stepping back into a bygone era with all the modern day comforts. The service is as you would expect - first class. We chose to have afternoon tea there. What a treat. When we could not possibly manage all the glorious food put in front of us, it was boxed up for us to take away. When we thanked the staff for their attention and kindness, their reaction was to thank us for coming. What a total delight !!
Tiffin Room Lunch
Decided to take advantage of the 3 for 4 deal which was great value and very tasty! There is also a current promotion of 25 percent off drinks. The hotel are very careful about checking temperatures etc. Everyone picks a dish off the shared menu and they also cater to special dietary requirements. Highly recommend!
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