At the Raffles Hotel Singapore: Inside a Grand Hotel Suite
Two bedrooms, three bathrooms, a parlour, a private verandah and butler serviceit must be a suite. Indeed it is, but the Raffles Singapore is exclusively comprised of suites, and this Grand Hotel Suite is but one of the higher categories.
What distinguishes the Grand Hotel suite from the others below it (Courtyard suite, Palm Court suite, Personality suite) is its location just up the Raffles' grand lobby staircase, in the main hotel building. The others, you see, are located in a neighboring wing, around a private "residents only" courtyard.
Okay, it also boasts far more original art, more antique furniture, the extra bedroom and bathroom, a separate office and living area. Add to that the fact that it costs an extra zero from the lowest category suite ($750 SGD for a courtyard suite versus $7500 SGD/$6000 USD for a grand hotel suite), and we are dealing with serious lodgings here.
The people who choose to stay in a Grand Hotel suite are varied, of course. There's the couples who've been saving up to do the Raffles properly, the families who need plenty of space, Asian guests in town for special occasions and, of course, businessmen on sweet expense accounts who know their hotels.
We only toured this suite, but already we can say that it'd be a pity to just give it one day, since you can easily spend half the time sipping Singapore Slings on the verandah. Regardless, if you do give the Grand Hotel suite a go, plan to spend the better part of a day enjoying it and the lush surrounds of the rest of the Raffles, while you have the desired resident's key.
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 and video: Cynthia Drescher for HotelChatter]