This city landmark and architectural icon, named after Stamford Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore, is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking to immerse yourself in Singaporean history.
Opened in 1887, the hotel retains its traditional architecture among the current high-rise landscape of the central business district and has been designated a national monument by the Singaporean government. The Raffles has also served as a home-away-from-home to a long list of celebrities, politicians and dignitaries over the years.
Once you enter, you may never want or need to leave. Everything you need can be found on one of its three floors featuring 103 suites, 14 restaurants and bars, event spaces and even a shopping arcade. Take a stroll through the tropical garden courtyard, explore the museum or catch a flick in the Victorian-style theater.
Insider Tip: If you’re feeling thirsty, head over to the hotel’s famous Long Bar and try out their signature cocktail, the Singapore Sling.