Raffles Hotel Tours

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Founded in 1887 as a 10-room bungalow on the shores of the Singapore River, the resplendent Raffles Hotel has grown to icon status throughout the Far East, attracting celebrity guests from Charlie Chaplin to Queen Elizabeth II. In 1915 another legend was born when hotel bartender Ngiam Tong Boon introduced guests—and subsequently the world—to the Singapore Sling cocktail. A multiphased restoration program is returning the Raffles to its original 19th-century glory.

The Basics
The Raffles Hotel Singapore’s landmark status makes it a must-visit for any Singapore visitor, guests and nonguests alike. Join a walking tour through Singapore’s colonial days: Sip afternoon tea in the Tiffin Room, order a classic Singapore Sling in the Long Bar, or simply marvel at the spectacular colonial architecture, then visit other points of interest like the Raffles Landing Site and buzzy Clarke Quay.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • A stop at the Raffles Hotel is a must for history buffs, architecture fans, and first-time visitors to Singapore.
  • Visit the hotel on your own or as part of a historic sightseeing tour.
  • Be sure to check the dress code for the experience you’re planning. The hotel’s bars and restaurants range from casual to somewhat formal.

How to Get There
The Raffles Hotel is located just a couple minutes from Singapore’s famous Orchard Road shopping street, 20 minutes from Changi International Airport. It’s easy to reach by rapid transit: take the metro to the Raffles Place MRT stop.

When to Get There
What type of experience you’re looking to have will determine the best time to visit the hotel. Many travelers come for a Singapore Sling at the historic Long Bar or Billiard Room, both open throughout the day and into the night. Another popular option is an afternoon visit for high tea.

The Man Behind the Name
Like many buildings, roads, and monuments in Singapore, the Raffles Hotel gets its name from Sir Stamford Raffles, the British statesman who founded modern Singapore in February 1819. Interestingly Raffles also founded the London Zoo—one of the world’s oldest—as well as Singapore’s first botanical garden on Fort Canning Hill. Mt. Sophia was named after Sophia Hull, Raffles’ second wife.
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Address: 1 Beach Road, 189673, Singapore
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Singapore by Night Tour with Dinner

With this Singapore evening experience, you can enjoy the best of the city during the lively nighttime hours. You’ll start with dinner at a wonderful restaurant. Then explore the Bugis Street night market to shop for souvenir bargains, and end at the Smoke and Mirrors bar where you can try the iconic Singapore Sling if you select the upgrade option when booking.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Tour: Singapore by Night Tour with Dinner

During this Singapore dinner experience, enjoy the best of the city during the lively evening hours. You’ll start by dining at a delicious restaurant. Then explore the Bugis Street night market with a private guide, and end at the Smoke and Mirrors bar where you can enjoy the views with a famous Singapore Sling in hand (if option selected).
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Singapore's Colonial District Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the colonial history of Singapore on this walking tour of the city’s colonial landmarks with a knowledgeable guide. While you learn about Singapore’s era as a British colony after Sir Stamford Raffles arrived here in the 1800s and the lingering British influence, you’ll visit the Supreme Court (and its viewing deck), St Andrew’s Cathedral, and CHIJMES, all of which are within walking distance of each other in the downtown area, near Fort Canning Park.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour: Singapore Unique Night Tour Including Trishaw Ride and Bumboat Ride

At night, Singapore transforms into an illuminated metropolis like no other. Travel between the city’s evening attractions with ease on a private sightseeing tour that includes rides on a trishaw (three-wheeled rickshaw) and rowboat. While you receive the undivided attention of a private guide, you’ll get the inside scoop on areas such as Little India and Gardens by the Bay, and discover cultural information that you won’t find in the guide book.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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