An invitation from Raffles Singapore
Raffles Singapore has created the Raffles Walk of Fame tour, as part of its line-up of activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its city’s founding. Lasting 45 minutes, it will give visitors a chance to get acquainted with the property and follow in the footsteps of the many world leaders, celebrities and royalty that have visited the hotel.
Every Saturday, starting from 6 June to 29 August, the Raffles Walk of Fame tour will be conducted four times a day – 9am, 11am, 3pm and 5pm – by volunteer guides from the Preservation of Sites and Monuments Division (PSM) of the National Heritage Board (NHB).
Usually only accessible to in-house guests for their privacy, Raffles Singapore has, this time, designed a tour that will open its heart to visitors both local and foreign. “The hotel has played a key role in the history of Singapore. Therefore, it is only right that as the country celebrates its Golden Jubilee, we share this national treasure with members of the public,” explained Simon Hirst, General Manager, Raffles Singapore.
The tour will start in the hotel lobby, which dates back to 1899 and occupies the first building in Singapore to have electric lights and fans. En route, visitors will visit some of the 103 suites that make up the hotel, including one of its two presidential suites where Queen Elizabeth II and Michael Jackson have resided.
Also part of the itinerary are fascinating facts about the celebrities and famous personalities that have resided in the hotel. For instance, learn about the three different occasions that literary giant Somerset Maugham stayed at Raffles Singapore.
Look out for the Hall of Fame, where the photograph of the original visionary owners of the hotel, the Sarkies Brothers, hangs proudly on the wall. Hear the real story behind the tiger that hid under the billiard room. Admire the pristine condition of the silver beef wagon in Raffles Grill that had to be buried during the Second World War in order to preserve it.