Raffles Hotel in Singapore
Raffles Hotel in Singapore

Raffles Hotel is a colonial-style hotel in Singapore. It was established by two Armenian brothers from Persia—Martin and Tigran Sarkies—in 1887. In later years they were joined by younger brothers Aviet and Arshak and kinsman Martyrose Arathoon. With their innovative cuisine and extensive modernisations, the firm built the hotel into Singapore’s best known icon. It was named after Stamford Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore, whose statue had been unveiled in 1887. The hotel is currently managed by Fairmont Raffles Hotels International and houses a tropical garden courtyard, museum, and Victorian-style theatre.

The buildings take up a large area of a block in Singapore and consists not only of the Hotel, but also many other shops that range from name brand clothing stores and accessories, food and drinks.

By far the one that is recognised even before we arrived in Singapore is High Tea at Raffles. We thought that would be a great idea to do – but we didn’t have a booking!! So note to ones self – make a booking before you get there. We were planning to stop off for a few days on our return trip from the Middle East, so we made a booking and I will describe this in a latter post.

Taking photos around Raffles was great – many different things to photograph – from water features, stair cases, food, to lead-light signs on the buildings.

Raffles Hotel Lead Lights on the Verandahs
Raffles Hotel Lead Lights on the Verandahs

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