Raffles is Singapore’s best hotel – also makes it to global Top 100 list in Travel + Leisure World’s Best awards

Travel + Leisure readers have ranked the iconic Raffles as Singapore’s top hotel.
Raffles Hotel Singapore

Raffles Hotel Singapore has been ranked number one in the Top Singapore City Hotels category in the 2018 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, which honours the top travel destinations and companies around the globe as rated by its readers.

The iconic Singapore landmark also came in 9th in the Top 10 Asia City Hotels category, and 71st in the Top 100 Hotels Overall category. It is also the only Singapore property featured in the latter.

Home of the Singapore Sling, the Raffles opened in 1887; and its distinguished list of guests includes Charlie Chaplin and Noel Coward back in the day.

The historic hotel is a designated national monument and plans to reopen at the end of the year with a new lobby and refreshed rooms.

“Being recognised as the #1 Hotel in Singapore is extremely significant in this special year for Raffles Hotel Singapore as we embark on a new chapter in our illustrious history with our current restoration,” said Christian Westbeld, general manager of Raffles Hotel Singapore.

He added: “We look forward to welcoming our guests when this Singapore icon reopens and present Singapore and the world with a restored 19th century lifestyle destination that is designed to make Raffles Hotel Singapore the place to meet, spend time, shop and celebrate.”

Amendment: The previous version of this article mentioned the cost and length of the restoration. Raffles Hotel Singapore has clarified that the actual cost hasn’t been disclosed and finalised as the project is still in progress. As for timelines, it began a phased restoration in February 2017, with the hotel fully closing in December 2017, and a planned reopening for the end of 2018.