Raffles Hotel Historical Building, Singapore

Raffles Hotel Historical Building, Singapore

The Raffles Hotel stands as a significant historical landmark in Singapore, representing the essence of the city and drawing countless visitors. This luxurious colonial-style hotel was founded by Armenian hoteliers known as the Sarkies Brothers on December 1, 1887. It was named in honor of Sir Stamford Raffles, the British statesman who laid the foundations of the city. In 1987, a century after it first opened, Singapore designated Raffles Hotel a National Monument for its historical importance.

Throughout its existence, the hotel has welcomed prominent individuals from around the world. Notable guests have included renowned figures like Charlie Chaplin, Somerset Maugham, Elizabeth Taylor, and Karl Lagerfield. It has also left a mark on local history, as it was the location where the last tiger in Singapore met its end. The hotel's Long Bar is renowned as the birthplace of the iconic national cocktail, the Singapore Sling, and its lobby is a celebrated venue for New Year's Eve festivities.

In its early years, the hotel introduced innovative features like powered ceiling fans and electric lighting. Over time, it expanded with wings, a veranda, ballroom, bar, billiards room, and more. During World War II, as Japanese forces took over Singapore in February 1942, hotel guests had a final waltz, and staff discreetly buried silver items, including the beef trolley, in the Palm Court. The hotel was renamed Syonan Ryokan under Japanese rule but was later retaken by the British in 1945.

In 1989 and 2017, the hotel underwent extensive renovations to restore its 1915 grandeur. All guest rooms became suites, the Long Bar moved to a nearby shopping arcade, rooms were updated for comfort and soundproofing, more suites were added, and modern technology was integrated. Food and beverage outlets were revamped, the Writer's Bar got its own space, and the Jubilee Theatre became a stunning ballroom.

Today, the Raffles Hotel shopping arcade boasts 40 specialty boutiques and is home to most of the hotel's restaurants. Additionally, a lush tropical garden graces the premises, adding to the hotel's charm and appeal.

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Sight Location: Singapore, Singapore (See walking tours in Singapore)
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