Raffles Hotel, Singapore © C1815
The Raffles Hotel is a grand Victorian edifice rising from the pavements of the colonial district. Its elegant charm has enticed writers and entertainers such as Somerset Maugham, Rudyard Kipling, Joseph Conrad, Alfred Hitchcock, Ernest Hemingway and Charlie Chaplin. Singapore Slings have become the hallmark of the Long Bar and they may not be cheap or as original as they once were but they certainly are tasty. Here ceiling fans whirr above the heads of expatriates and tourists as they sip smart cocktails in superb colonial comfort. The Tiffin Room is best known for its afternoon teas and sumptuous Saturday night buffets. Gin and tonics alongside the odd game of snooker can be enjoyed at the Bar & Billiard. There are about 15 restaurants and bars at the Raffles Hotel and reserving a table for a meal is the best way to experience the place if you are not a resident. Other distractions include an upper-level museum containing vignettes and photographs on the lives of Charlie Chaplin, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Noel Coward, as well as a Victorian-style playhouse and numerous specialty shops and restaurants. One of the world's most famous hotels, the Raffles offers luxury, history and impeccable service.
Address: 1 Beach Road
Transport: The hotel is located on Beach Road and can be reached by MRT from City Hall Station