1 Beach Rd, Singapore
Despite the growing modernity of Singapore, Raffles Hotel remains one of Singapore's most famous landmarks, and a Singapore Sling
in its Long Bar
is usually at the top of every visitor's to do list.
Raffles began its life on 1st December 1887 as a humble bungalow hotel with just 10 rooms. It soon became synonymous with luxury and grandeur, boasting Singapore's only electric lights and fans, and attracting rich and famous guest from around the globe, including Somerset Maugham, Noel Coward and Charlie Chaplin. It has suffered its share of hardship too, during the great depression of the 1930s and the Japanese occupation during World War II, but a multi-million dollar restoration between 1989 and 1991 returned the building to its elegant splendour of the 1920s. Take a walk along its breezy verandas to explore palm-filled courtyards, a shopping gallery
, the Raffles Hotel Museum
, and 18 food and beverage outlets.