Sir Standford Raffles was the man credited with shaping the island of Singapore. It was his vision that made this country a Mecca for business and commerce. Since he has so much to do with the history of Singapore, it seems only fitting that you will find his name and likeness all over the island, including Raffles The Plaza Hotel.
Now don’t confuse The Plaza with the turn of the century Raffles Hotel that is across the street because these two hotels are very different. While the original Raffles is traditional, The Plaza is modern and contemporary. The lobby is large and filled with stunning art and natural lighting. The only think that is not in line with The Plaza’s modern feel is its service, which can be described as nothing less than old school. I’m not the only one that found their staff friendly and helpful. They have received awards from Conde Nast, Travel & Leisure and Singapore’s Tourism Board.
They have decorated their rooms in subtle hues that I found comforting and cozy. The room had everything I could want from broadband internet service to fresh fruits and flowers. I really loved walking out onto my own private balcony. The designer bathrooms feature glass sinks and showerheads that simulate tropical rain. The guests in the suites have a private sauna and Jacuzzi as well.
If you don’t happen to have your own private spa facilities, then try out the hotel’s spa. The Amrita offers an array of massage and body treatments. If a massage isn’t your thing then workout your stress in The Plaza’s Fitness Center. They have numerous weight training and cardiovascular machines as well as personal trainers. After working up a sweat, cool down in the hotel’s beautiful pool.
When its time to eat, you won’t ever have to leave The Plaza hotel. They have over 17 restaurants and bars located right on the property. Some of my favorites included: Prego Ristorante, Sze-Chuan and Inagiku. Prego’s is a trendy restaurant whose cuisine focuses on Italian American dishes. Sze-Chuan is an elegant eatery that serves up Chinese dishes and Inagiku is Singapore’s premiere Japanese restaurant. The hotel also has several bars, delis and cafes for more causal meals.
Raffles The Plaza is the hotel where I always stay when I’m in Singapore and is it any wonder why with their numerous restaurants, sophisticated bedrooms and awarding winning service!