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On a recent trip to Singapore we stopped by the Raffles Hotel. Whether you are in Singapore for a holiday or just passing through to other destinations, a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel is a must when visiting Singapore.
Raffles Hotel was first opened in 1887 and has become a Singapore icon that is a blend of luxury, history and colonial design.
Situated in the heart of the business district, Raffles Singapore is a very beautiful Hotel with its classic colonial architecture that has been perfectly preserved.
Phase One of the renovations to Raffles begun in February 2017 and Phase Two has since started on 13 August 2017. Most of the hotel is now currently closed for restoration, there is still some accommodation available.
As phase Three will start in the middle of December 2017 with the hotel completely closed you may have to re-schedule your Singapore Sling. A grand re-opening is planned for Raffles Hotel in the Fall of 2018. You can read more about the Raffles Hotel renovation here.
We strolled around the outside of the Hotel before settling in at the Billiard Room for a Singapore Sling.
Just one of the beautiful Orchid displays throughout Raffles Hotel.
The three storey main building replaced the original bungalow in 1899, built in a late Victorian Italianate Revival style. This addition included a dining hall to seat 500 people and 23 additional guest rooms.
I loved sitting in the Billiard Room and sipping my Singapore Sling. It was a much needed cool drink from the heat in Singapore. The large windows and tall ceilings let in plenty of light to this beautiful room.
There is so much history to read about the Raffles Hotel and its many changes over the years. The Singapore Sling was created in 1915 by Bartender Ngiam Tong Boon to allow ladies visiting Raffles to enjoy alcohol in public. You can read more about the History of the Raffles Hotel here.
Have you had a Singapore Sling at Raffles Hotel?