Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Destination: Raffles Hotel Sinapore

I have had the pleasure of visiting the Raffles Hotel Singapore on two occasions.  Both times were with my close friends who live in Singapore.

Just walking through the hotel, you get a sense of history behind the building.  Founded as a ten-room colonial bungalow in 1887, the Raffles Hotel Singapore has survived occupation, war, financial hardship, and a prolonged two year closure for extensive $160 million renovation.

When the hotel reopened in 1991, visitors found it had been not only restored to it's former glory stylistically, it had been improved, by converting all guest rooms to suites with teak-wood floors, handmade carpets, and 14-foot ceilings.  To say that the hotel is beautiful is an understatement.

Visitors to the famous  Long Bar, birthplace to the Singapore Sling, get to get a feel for what the hotel was like in it's heyday.  As live music plays in the warm night air, the fans moving air gently through the room, if you close your eyes, you can almost believe you have been transported to another time.

I highly recommend you add this to your list of places to visit.

Raffles Hotel
1 Beach Road
Singapore 189673

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