What is the appearance of the hotel? Check the entrance and reception
The hotel is like a British colonial building, and I felt as if I had time slipped into the colonial era. It’s more like a Western-style building than a hotel. It was beautiful when it was lit up at night.
There was a red carpet at the entrance.
There was a spacious lobby.
There was a doorman standing by the door who opened the door for me.
The lobby seen from the 2nd floor.
A beautiful flower is displayed in the center of the lobby. You can take nice photos in front of the flower.
A lounge in the lobby.
A sofa space on the 2nd floor.
If you go up another level, there was another sofa space.
The front desk is at the back of the lobby.
You will sit here and check in.
Lobby floor elevator hall.
The elevators had presence.
Inside of the elevator.
Guest room floor elevator hall.
There were many photos of guest who have stayed in this hotel in the past hung on the walls to the corridor.
Guest room floor corridor.
Area in front of the guest room door.
What is the Courtyard Suite like?
Guest room door.
The door seen from the inside was white.
The room of the courtyard suite where I stayed has a living room as soon as you get in, followed by a bedroom and a bathroom. The living room is the smallest out of all the rooms, and the bathroom was very spacious.
The bed had a nice mattress and it was a very nice bed.
There were different kinds of pillows, and if you don’t like the pillows on the bed, you can ask the front desk for new ones.
There is a bedside table with a lamp, phone and a clock.
There is a TV across the bed.
Next the bed and next the bathroom door is a desk.
If you open up an opening in the desk, there is a mirror.
The bathroom seen form the bedroom.
There is a living room right by the entrance with a sofa, arm chair and a table.
There was a TV in the living room as well.
There was a window by the entrance. The room faces the courtyard just as it says in the name.
There is no private balcony, but the corridor in front of the room is half open, with tables and chairs lined up. The corridor extends in a straight line, looks like a very long balcony and is a comfortable space.
The courtyard has a lawn in the middle, surrounded by the beautiful building and tropical trees.
The bathroom was spacious.
There is a large bathtub in the middle of the room, with a bath table allowing you to eat and drink in the bathtub.
There is a sponge.
You can use a bath pillow as well.
There is a shower room with a hand held shower. The water pressure was strong enough.
The facilities were new, and there was a rain shower.
There was shampoo, conditioner and body soap prepared in the shower room. They smelled very nice and elegant.
There were two sinks which was very useful.
There were two mirrors and the space was very bright.
Body lotion and mouth wash.
Soap and cotton.
There was a toothbrush set, comb, shower cap and razor in the drawer to the sink. The amenities provided were high quality.
The hair dryer was in the drawer to the desk.
The bathroom seen from next to the bathtub.
There was a bathrobe hanging next to the bathroom door.
Closet and safe
There were closets on both sides of the TV.
It was useful since there were two of us staying.
There was a light in the closet. Inside were hangers, laundry bags, and slippers.
The other closet.
There was a safe in the closet which was a drawer type.
Mini bar and cafe
There was a cafe corner on a chest.
There was an espresso machine, electric kettle, and two free bottles of water.
There were two types of cups, coffee capsules and tea bags. The tea was the finest and very delicious. However, the butler will bring you tea and coffee if you ask, so you do not have to make them yourself.
There were glasses and wine glasses. It was nice that there was a wine opener as well.
If you open the fridge you will find lots drinks which are free. There was also red, white wine, champagne bottles and gin. It was the first time I stayed at a hotel that this many drinks prepared.
Restaurants in the hotel
I had lunch at a restaurant called “BBR by Alain Ducasse,” produced by a renowned chef Alain Ducasse.
Inside of the restaurant.
Mediterranean dish brought in a pan.
Food was very delicious.
It was not cheap, but it was worth paying. Lunch and dinner are the same menu.
I had breakfast at the “Tiffin Room” on the first floor.
The restaurant was a beautiful colonial-style space.
You can choose one egg dish and everything else was buffet style.
Cereal and fruit.
There were many kinds of cheese and smoked salmon.
Many kinds of bread.
I chose a “Japanese Bento.”
Poached egg was delicious.
A Chinese restaurant called “Yì by Jereme Leung.”
It was a restaurant with a modern and elegant design, with a soft tone based on white.
There was an outdoor bar called “Raffles Courtyard” in the courtyard.
Surrounded by palm trees and white beautiful arches, this cozy outdoor bar offers a tropical atmosphere.
The Raffles Courtyard seen from above.
There was also the Long Bar, the birthplace of the Singapore Sling, which has become a major cocktail offered at bars around the world.
There were tourists from all over the world coming to try the original cocktail.
“Writers bar” at the corner of the lobby.
Surrounded by magnificent Victorian pillars that go up from the floor to the ceiling, the lobby is filled with soft natural light from the skylights, and you can enjoy snacks and drinks here.
Shops in the hotel
There was a shop in the hotel called “Raffles Boutique.” They sell caps, t-shirts, cups, tea and many other items and the price was reasonable.
The hotel is connected to Raffles Arcade with many luxury shops.
Facilities in the hotel
The hotel had an outdoor pool, but it was not very big. Deck chairs are lined up on the poolside, and trees are planted around it.
The location of the hotel is in the center of the city, so you can see tall buildings in the distance, but the pool is quiet and I couldn’t believe that I was in the middle of the city.
There is a pool side bar that serves Singapore sling.
Tables by the pool.
All guests can order free Singapore Sling and you can take it up to your room if you like. I had mine next to the pool.
There is a gym in the hotel. It is open from 6am to 11pm.
It is fully equipped with the latest training machines such as running machines with LCD panels and exercise bikes.
There was also a spa at the Raffles Arcade.
There are many other luxury hotels around the hotel, and also bars, restaurants, arcades and museums. It is in a safe neighborhood.
Staff and guests
There is a butler for each room, so you can ask anything and get first-class service. Unfortunately, the hotel has just opened, so the staff many not be used to their jobs yet.
Most of the guests were elderly Westerners. The hotel is an upscale hotel, so everyone was well mannered and I was able to spend a relaxing time in the hotel.
Access from the airport is good. Get off at City hall Station on the green subway line from the airport. Taxi is pretty cheap as well. If you walk a little ways, you can get to Bugis, Merlion and Bay Sands, where there are popular shops and arcades for young people. There are 3 subway lines available. The hotel is not so far from Orchard and Sentosa Island, so it is convenient for sightseeing as well.
The hotel is a little pricy, but the service was worth paying for. There are rooms facing the city, but it is not recommended because of the sound of a cars. The Courtyard Suite is recommended because it is cheaper than other rooms. Facing the beautiful courtyard, it was a quiet and relaxing space. Restaurants and bars are also expensive, but they are in the middle range among Singapore’s finest restaurants. I asked for a bottle of wine at the bar, and it was very delicious. I highly recommend staying at this hotel if you have the chance to.