Grand Hotel Suites
A distinguished travel writer once said, “A Grand Hotel is a Pandora’s box of sweet dreams.” Capturing this and so…
Named for the most illustrious personalities of the Raffles story, the pair of Presidential Suites are the grandest hotel suites in Singapore. The Sarkies and Sir Stamford Raffles suites are located in the Main Building, overlooking the tranquil Palm Court and our legendary porte-cochère. Architecturally stunning, each comes with its own private verandah. The vast spaces – from the living room to the dining room and the bedrooms – are bedecked with carefully curated antiques and artworks. Functional areas include a walk-in wardrobe and your own personal pantry. Guests residing here enjoy 24-hour check-in and check-out.
The Sarkies Suite is named after the family that founded Raffles and managed it until the early 1930s. Hailing from Armenia, the Sarkies Brothers also owned the Eastern & Oriental Hotel in Penang, Malaysia, and The Strand in Yangon, Myanmar.
Aptly named after Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore, The Sir Stamford Raffles Suite honours the many achievements of this great man. Much revered for his foresight and talents, this British statesman, Lieutenant-Governor of British Java and Governor-General of Bencoolen was also an avid botanist, zoologist and historian.
A distinguished travel writer once said, “A Grand Hotel is a Pandora’s box of sweet dreams.” Capturing this and so much more, the four Grand Hotel Suites at Raffles evoke all the romance of voyages to unknown lands. Each takes pride of place in the Main Building and features one or two bedrooms, a spacious living and dining area, a walk-in wardrobe and a private verandah. Guests residing here enjoy 24-hour check-in and check-out.
The Straits Settlement Suite is named to represent an important period of Singapore’s history, where Singapore, Penang and Malacca made up the Straits Settlement. The term, very much in use during the early years of Raffles, conjures up images of steamy jungles, rubber planters and rich tin mines. It also appeared in the writings of Joseph Conrad and Somerset Maugham.
Cathay was the name for China, introduced to Europe by the most legendary of all explorers, Marco Polo. Persian in origin, “Cathay” is derived from Khitan or Khitai, which refers to the Mongolian tribe that conquered northern China, and our Cathay Suite is adorned with intricate Chinese ornaments.
Malay for “field”, the Padang is a venue of great historical significance in Singapore, just a stone’s throw away from the hotel. It was the place where Sir Stamford Raffles signed the Singapore Treaty with Sultan Hussein Shah of Johor on 6 February 1819, marking the start of Singapore as a British colony, and the Padang Suite holds a precious piece of this important day.
Temasek is the ancient name for Singapore. In the Temasek Suite, Raffles pays tribute to the island’s distant and legendary past before the days of the Malacca Sultanate and the early European traders.
A nostalgic tribute to the late 1800s when Raffles faced Singapore’s beachfront, our two Promenade Suites are nestled intimately in the front-most corner of the Main Building, overlooking Beach Road. Each suite is named after a prominent female figure of her time in Singapore and features a parlour, dressing room and luxurious bedroom with a king bed. Guests residing here enjoy 24-hour check-in and check-out.
Located in the Raffles Arcade, these five Residence Suites feature either one or two bedrooms and enjoy private access. Ideal for guests who seek large spaces during their stay in Singapore, each suite comes with a living and dining area, a kitchenette, an intimate office space, powder room and bedroom. These comfortable homes-away-from-home are named after famous local cinemas from the early to mid-1900s – a tribute to the days when the hotel’s neighbourhood was known as “The Place of Cinemas”.
The Alhambra Suite is a one-bedroom suite that was named for the Alhambra Theatre, which was opened in 1907 by motion picture industry pioneer Tan Cheng Kee. Located along Beach Road, the theatre subsequently became the first air-conditioned theatre in Singapore when it was bought by the Shaw Brothers in the 1930s.
Opened in 1947, the Diamond Theatre was located along North Bridge Road until 1977. Specialised in screening Tamil movies, the one-bedroom suite Diamond Suite is dedicated to this movie theatre.
Located along Beach Road, the Marlborough Theatre was opened in the 1930s by the Shaw Brothers. Its heyday was in the 1950s and 1960s, when the area was made popular by the original Satay Club, a favourite gathering place for the local community to enjoy authentic hawker fare, and the Marlborough Suite is a one-bedroom suite that epitomises this piece of history.
The one-bedroom Theatre Royal Suite is named after Theatre Royal, which first started as a Malay theatre situated along North Bridge Road. The theatre then switched to Indian movies from the 1950s to 1970s, the golden period of its colourful history.
Opened in June 1953 by the Cathay Organization, Odeon Theatre was very modern by the standards of that era. The only two-bedroom suite, Odeon Suite commemorates one of the city’s most successful cinemas.
The 12 Personality Suites are a tribute to renowned guests who have visited Raffles over the last century. Featuring unique memorabilia related to each legendary name in the parlour and bedroom, these suites come with either a king bed or two queen beds.
Renowned British playwright, novelist and short story writer, Somerset Maugham last stayed at Raffles in 1960 – more than 40 years after his very first visit. The suite features a personal letter written by Maugham, giving us permission to use his famous quotation: “Raffles Hotel stands for all the fables of the Exotic East.”
Gardner resided at Raffles in the mid-1950s when she was in Singapore for the Asia premiere of her film The Barefoot Contessa, and the suite pays homage to one of the most notable actresses of the 1950s.
When staying in the suite, be sure to look for the photo of Charlie Chaplin and his brother in the Tiffin Room that was taken in 1933 by Japanese photographer S. Nakajima.
The suite commemorates the author was once a seaman who, on his last visit to Singapore in 1887, visited Raffles and later described it in his novel End of Tether as being “airy as a birdcage”.
The multi-award winning British-American actress needs no introduction. The suite is named for the actress who resided at Raffles twice – first in 1957 and again in 1993 with singer Michael Jackson, her dear friend.
An original Kipling autograph sits in the suite, a tribute to one of England’s greatest writers who coined the phrase “feed at Raffles” during a visit.
The great British playwright, novelist and actor’s first visit to Raffles was in 1931. His last was almost 40 years later, in 1968.
One of the best known French novelists of the 1900s, Malraux stayed at Raffles on many occasions during his travels to the Far East – several of which took place during his appointment as Minister of Information and Minister of Cultural Affairs.
James A. Michener
“To have been young and had a room at Raffles was life at its best,” said Michener, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who became a regular guest after his first visit in 1949.
Formerly the Consul of Chile in Singapore in 1931, Neruda was one of Chile’s most influential contemporary poets and winner of the 1971 Nobel Prize for Literature.
The personification of heroism and one of the greatest film stars of all time, Wayne visited Raffles in the 1970s.
Award-winning journalist and travel writer, Young was a frequent guest at Raffles during his visits to Singapore. His last stay with us was in November 1998.
True to their name, these 35 suites overlook the verdant Palm Court, a hidden gem at Raffles Singapore reserved exclusively for our guests. Located next to the Main Building in the historic Palm Court wing, each of these superb 5-star suites is an oasis of peace and serenity. Breakfast on the verandah, cocktails in the parlour… Relax and take in the beauty of your urban sanctuary. Bedrooms have either one king bed or two queen beds.
Housed in the Bras Basah wing, one of the most historic sections of Raffles Singapore, the State Room Suites have two separate entrances – one leading to the parlour, the other to your sumptuous bedroom. Each spacious suite offers convenient access to the delightful boutiques in Raffles Arcade. Available with a king bed or two queen beds, your suite also features a verandah that overlooks Fern Court.
Clustered around the heart of the hotel, all 31 Courtyard Suites provide direct and easy access to the Main Building and many of Raffles’ iconic facilities. Indulge at Raffles Spa, shop at Raffles Arcade, and then come back to your own personal oasis. Step from your parlour to the verandah to admire lush gardens lined with leafy ferns – for a sense of serenity, sheltered from the tropical heat. A king bed or two queen beds await you in your beautiful bedroom.
Nestled in the Main Building above the hotel’s charming colonial-style Grand Lobby, our six Studio Suites invite you to experience Singapore, the Raffles way. Inspiring 14-foot /4-metre ceilings create a sense of openness and space. Available with a king bed or two queen beds, each suite features a verandah that offers views of the tranquil Palm Garden.