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.
1. Straits Settlement Suite
The Straits Settlement – Singapore, Penang and Malacca – was administered from Singapore. 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.
2. Cathay Suite
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.
3. Padang Suite
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.
4. Temasek Suite
Temasek is the ancient name for Singapore. In this suite, Raffles pays tribute to the island’s distant and legendary past before the days of the Malacca Sultanate and the early European traders.
Size: 1,615 sqft / 150 sqm
– Spacious one or two-bedroom suites with king or queen beds
– Private balcony
– Separate living and dining room, dressing area
– All-marble double vanity bathrooms
– Separate bathtub and walk-in shower
– Luxury bathroom fixtures and amenities
– Complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access
– 55-inch televisions
– 24-hour Raffles Butler service
– Daily turndown service
– Coffee and tea facilities, including
complimentary non-alcoholic mini bar replenished daily
– Pillow menu
– Complimentary fruit platter
– Complimentary daily newspapers
– Express laundry service
– 24-hour in-suite dining