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Stay As Long As You Want At The New Raffles Manila

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  Site Where: 1 Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue, Makati City, Manila, Philippines, 1224
November 15, 2012 at 9:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

The luxury and comfort of Raffles Hotels is bringing its brand over to The Philippines with brand new building in the heart of Manila.

Located in Makati City, the area of Manila known as the "Wall Street of Manila", the 30-story hotel will offer guests a choice of a short or long stay. No matter your length of stay, you'll sleep in the lap of luxury because this place only offers suites. In fact that's the smallest unit you can get, with 32 suites for short stays, 110 apartments and 127 residences for extended visits.

It's 'firsts' all around as this is the first hotel-residence for Manila and the first new hotel to open in the city in 20 years, so you can imagine how exciting the news is. Interestingly, the building will also house a Fairmont, another first.

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Le Royal Monceau Paris Gets On The Cigar Room Bandwagon

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  Site Where: 37 Avenue Hoche, Paris, France
September 21, 2012 at 9:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Long Bar: High style almost overshadows the pricey drinks

In case you hadn’t noticed: cigars and hotels are a combination that’s all the rage right now. Fresh off our visit to London Fashion Week’s epicentre that is The May Fair Hotel, word comes that Le Royal Monceau Paris (part of Raffles Hotels & Resorts) is opening Le Club Viñales this fall.

Before you get your calendar out and start planning a visit, Le Club Viñales will be members-only, a “sanctuary for the happy few”. Those who are lucky enough to get inside will find leather club chairs, books, and international magazines, as well as a private terrace for the summer months.

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Doing High Tea at The Raffles in Singapore

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  Site Where: 1 Beach Road, Singapore , Singapore, 189673
August 22, 2012 at 2:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

High Tea has become one of the best litmus tests of how a hotel can impress its guests. Singapore's Raffles Hotel is no different. The entire hotel, a vintage colonial building surrounded by gardens and lush tropical plants, is one of the must-see attractions for visitors. Not only is it the original property of the hotel chain, it is a landmark building for the city.

Lots of planning needs to go into partaking in this tea service. No, we're not talking about which hat to wear or whether the finger sandwiches have crusts or not. Although very important, these thoughts can't happen until you make a booking for high tea. And The Tiffin Room at The Raffles takes reservations no more than three weeks before you want to partake in the pomp and circumstance. Fortunately, we planned ahead for our own tea time. Here's how it went:

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How To Make Your Own Millefeuilles at Le Royal Monceau in Paris

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  Site Where: 37 Avenue Hoche, Paris , Paris, France, 75008
June 7, 2012 at 3:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

HotelChatter Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes us behind the pastry counter at Le Royal Monceau in Paris as he demonstrates the make-your-own millefeuille option diners have for dessert.

Located in an airy private dining room off the lobby lounge area, La Cuisine is the hotel’s main restaurant, which, in addition to the rest of the hotel’s dining outlets including the upscale Italian Il Carpaccio, is overseen by Executive Chef Laurent André who worked with Alain Ducasse for 14 years before joining Raffles. The pastries (which we’ll get to in a moment) are the domain of renowned French patissier, Pierre Hermé.

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Discover the Art of Paris with the Art Concierge at Le Royal Monceau

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  Site Where: 37 Avenue Hoche, Paris, France, 75008
May 25, 2012 at 2:34 PM | by | Comments (2)

We love specialty concierges here at HotelChatter so when we learned that the Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris has an art concierge on staff, we had to know more.

Domoina De Brantes holds a Masters Degree from the Sorbonne in Conception and Production of Cultural Projects and will take hotel guests anywhere in the city to learn about the art scene.

Favor the urban vibe and grit of graffiti? View street art and meet the artists. Want to know more about the treasures of the Louvre? Bien sûr, she will accompany you providing illumination and insight. Her complementary guest service is becoming known, so make arrangements with her at the time you book your room.

Ms. De Brantes is part of the fulfillment of Le Monceau's wish to be known as a Parisian domicile infused with an artistic soul. The hotel, a recent Philippe Starck remake in elegant detail includes an art collection, private state-of-the-art cinema and an art gallery that is open to the public. The Arts District Gallery, 90 square meters of space within the hotel is currently showing “HYPERPHOTO,” Jean-François Rauzier's art photography. It is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 8pm, and Sunday 11.30am to 7pm (free entrance).

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At the Raffles Hotel Singapore: Inside the Lobby and a Courtyard Suite

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  Site Where: 1 Beach Road, Singapore, Singapore
February 3, 2012 at 4:24 PM | by | Comment (1)

Walk right into the multi-story, Victorian era lobby of the Raffles Singapore and you won't get very far. There's a "residents only" velvet rope reminder, though that doesn't halt half the curious travelers who wander in to either hit up brunch in the Tiffin Room or just snap a photo to say, "I was here."

To be honest, we immediately fell into the same awe from the moment we scratched our name into the heavy registration book at reception. To really be at the Raffles—it's an experience from another time, as anyone will say. However, being actual "residents," we just as quickly snapped into eagle-eyed guest mode. Sure, the Raffles is pretty but is it functional too?

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At the Raffles Hotel Singapore: Foie Gras and Long Bar Slings

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  Site Where: 1 Beach Road, Singapore, Singapore
February 2, 2012 at 8:03 PM | by | Comments (0)


Raffles Grill

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think Raffles? Besides luxury and expensive digs, we mean.

The Singapore Sling, right? More specifically, the first thing usually comes to mind at the thought of the Raffles is a fruity, red Singapore Sling from The Raffles Singapore's Long Bar. Of course a visit to the Raffles isn't quite complete without a Sling, no matter how touristy it's become, but there are plenty other dining and drinking options underneath the victorian roof of this historical hotel. Here's a few of our favorites:

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At the Raffles Hotel Singapore: Inside a Grand Hotel Suite

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  Site Where: 1 Beach Road, Singapore, Singapore
February 1, 2012 at 3:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

Two bedrooms, three bathrooms, a parlour, a private verandah and butler service—it 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.

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At the Raffles Hotel Singapore: Getting Bearings

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  Site Where: 1 Beach Road, Singapore, Singapore, 189673
January 30, 2012 at 3:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

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 wings—housing the upscale shops—have been constructed to seamlessly blend with the iconic white structure of the original building.

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Where Bedtime Stories Come Standard

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  Site Where: 1 Beach Road, Singapore, Singapore
January 18, 2012 at 12:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

Captain Whalley emerged like a diver on the other side, and in the desert shade between the walls of closed warehouses removed his hat to cool his brow. A certain disrepute attached to the calling of a landlady of a boarding house. These women were said to be rapacious, unscrupulous, untruthful; and though he condemned no class of his fellow creatures...

And thus begins our bedtime story tonight. You see, as we write this it has just turned midnight. We're in Singapore, in one of the 103 suites (called "residences") of the famed Raffles Hotel. Every moment surrounded by the colonial architecture, lush flora and entire history of the Raffles seems a fantasy. Even turndown service reinforced this, with the placement of a 4-page story excerpt from Joseph Conrad's "End of the Tether."

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L'Ermitage Beverly Hills Is Still Waiting to Make the Jump to Viceroy

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  Site Where: 9291 Burton Way [map], Beverly Hills, CA, United States, 90210
January 12, 2011 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Raffles L'Ermitage in Beverly Hills is gaining quite the rep, first as Angelina Jolie's kinky sex den, then as a Tiger Woods mistress pad. It could use a makeover to wipe the slate clean, so we checked up on its impending changeover to the Viceroy Beverly Hills.

The change was supposed to take place in early 2011, but the hotel is still operating as the L'Ermitage and it's business as usual.

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Le Royal Monceau in Paris Will Reopen on October 20 with a 'Starck' New Look

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  Site Where: 37 Avenue Hoch, Paris, France, 75008
September 27, 2010 at 2:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

Mon dieu, ces hotels Parisiens are going in for ze refurb at ze moment, non? If it’s not the Hotel Athenee or the Marais Bastille, it’s the Royal Monceau, which has been closed since June 2008 and is due to reopen on October 20.

Why have the works taken so long? Because, Mesdames et messieurs, they’ve been conducted by prolific hotel designer Philippe Starck no less. And because, to start the renovations, he threw a "demolition party" and invited his guests to destroy whatever they could destroy of the hotel.

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