Where to Stay in Singapore

With the island nation's hotel scene reinvigorated by new offerings and the Golden Jubilee in full swing this Friday, here's a look at the best places to lay your head in Singapore.

Courtesy of Raffles Hotels & Resorts
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Raffles Singapore

This 128-year-old, 103-suite colonial masterpiece—the vision of four Armenian Sarkies brothers from Persia—is Singapore’s grand dame. One can safely say the property set the standard for the country’s hotel scene with its Belle Époque-era grandfather clocks, dripping chandeliers, and Victorian-style theatre—details which have inspired literati like Rudyard Kipling and Somerset Maugham. Today, liveried Sikh doormen are there to greet you, but you’ll encounter a gracious staff made up of 20 different nationalities throughout your stay—a true testament to the hotel’s global mindset. Check into one of the 37 Palm Court suites, which offer a tranquil view of the sunrise, and watch the light envelope the comforting teak verandahs and rows of palm outside. Then, head straight to the Long Bar, the birthplace of the Singapore Sling, which celebrates its centennial this year. Created by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon, the cocktail is made with pineapple juice, cherry brandy, Cointreau, lime juice, Dom Benedictine, and grenadine, which gives the drink its signature pink hue. From $1,400; 1 Beach Rd.; 800-723-3537; raffles.com.