Bit of a strange one, a hotel as a tourist destination? Well, it doesn’t seem so strange when you’ve passed one of the many front doors of the Raffles Hotel. Its colonial grandeur impresses. You’ll soon get lost in the maze of floors and halls featuring quaint little boutiques, museums, bars and everything a guest on a luxurious stay could dream of.
Built in 1887, the Raffles Hotel holds many stories. Upon researching the place, you’ll be sure to be impressed by its famous guests. Somerset Maugham is said to have written some of his stories after overhearing conversations in the courtyard. Ernest Hemingway was a frequent patron of the Long bar, where the famous Sling cocktail was concocted for the first time. Other names include Charlie Chaplin, Rudyard Kipling and Alfred Hitchcock.
I loved wandering around the hotel halls and looking over the courtyard where people were glamourously sipping cocktails and eating shrimps. For a second, you might forget where you are and think you’ve gone back in time but a slight tilt of the head towards the sky and the Singapourean skyscrappers will remind you what year it is. They certainly offer a a surprising contrast with the hotel’s historic stones.
Several hours can be spent amidst the hotel’s walls, lazing about, admiring the pretty shop signs, drinking and gossiping, … they certainly won’t be lost and who knows, come night time, you might see a glimpse of Hemingway’s ghost mumbling to himself down one of the many Raffles halls.
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