Grand Hotel Suites
The Grand Hotel Suites are distinguished by their location in the main building of the hotel, their spaciousness and elegant design and the quality of the antiques and artwork displayed. The five Grand Hotel Suites take their inspiration from the romance of travel in a bygone age. The five suites are:
Cathay is the name for China introduced to Europe by the most legendary of all travellers - Marco Polo. It is derived from Khitan or Khitai, which designates several Mongolian tribes who conquered the northern part of China and is Persian in origin. The Cathay Suite has some antique Chinese furniture and appropriate artwork to complement the theme.
Golden Chersonese Suite
Golden Chersonese is the name given to the Malay Peninsula in Roman times. It first appeared on a map by Ptolemy, the Greek mathematician, around 200 A.D. and continued to appear on maps up to the 16th century. The name was resurrected by the 19th century traveller and writer, Isabella Bird, with her book ‘The Golden Chersonese: Travels in Malaya in 1879'. Between the two world wars, the fast train between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur was christened The Golden Chersonese.
Hotel De L’Europe Suite
The Hotel De L’Euorpe was Raffles Singapore’s main competitor until it closed in 1933. Older than Raffles for several decades, it stood at the corner of Seah Street facing the Esplanade. The original hotel building was redeveloped in 1907 into an architecturally grand structure that rivalled Raffles Singapore. It was demolished in the 1930s when the present Supreme Court was constructed.
Straits Settlement Suite
The Straits Settlement - Singapore, Penang and Malacca - were administered from Singapore. The term was in use during the years Raffles Hotel was in its heyday. The name ‘Strait Settlements’ conjures up images of steamy jungles, rubber planters, rich tin mines and the writings of Joseph Conrad and Somerset Maugham.
Temasek is the ancient name for Singapore. In the Temasek Suite, Raffles Singapore pays tribute to the island’s distant and legendary past before the days of the Malacca Sultanate and the early European traders.
- Original 14-foot ceilings and common veranda
- The Grand Hotel Suites feature a parlour, two bedrooms, pantry and a private balcony
- Elegant period furnishings including Oriental carpets arranged on teakwood flooring