At the Raffles Hotel Singapore: Getting Bearings
If you want to talk about hotels with storied pasts, the Raffles Hotel Singapore simply can't be left out. Today, its 103 suites (yes, all suites) command over $500 per night and those who can't afford to splurge for a stay still find their way to the hotel's famous Long Bar for a Singapore Sling. Raffles is just one of those places you must hit, and it's been that way since the early 1900s.
All this week we'll be taking you inside the Raffles, beyond the keyed "residents only" entrance gates and into the inner sanctum enjoyed by everyone from Ava Gardner and Charlie Chaplin to modern heads of state. And there will be opium beds.
First, to get our bearings, a look at the Victorian architecture that so clearly identifies the place as the Raffles. All of the hotel suites are located in a period wing, complete with original paintings (as a result, no rooms have the same decorations) and even the newer wingshousing the upscale shopshave been constructed to seamlessly blend with the iconic white structure of the original building.
Tomorrow: Inside a courtyard suite at the Raffles, aka an average room.
Disclosure: We stayed for one night at the Raffles, as a guest of Singapore Airlines, while on assignment for Jaunted.com. However, all photos and opinions are completely our own
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher for HotelChatter]