It is said that when the Japanese soldiers stormed the Raffles Hotel during their capture of Singapore in 1942, they encountered the guests of the Raffles Hotel dancing one final waltz.
So many legends wrap themselves around The Raffles Hotel that it is sometimes hard to know what is true. But who cares, I am just happy there is such a legendary hotel in a world of bland accommodation places (though Singapore has an over representation of interesting hotels, as we see in this week´s blogs).
The waltz legend touches upon the colonial character and good times had here by people such as Joseph Conrad, Rudyard Kipling and Somerset Maugham (the Writer´s Bar was one place I had to have a drink) as well as Ava Gardner, Jean Harlow , Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor. It is also where that cocktail, the Singapore Sling, was invented in 1910.
Today it is a restored colonial hotel that makes full use of its history, atmosphere and reputation attracting visitors from all over the world. Prices are steep, but the experience is unique. Curious visitors like us are able to view some of the grounds and take tea in one of several tearooms with fans whirring overhead and the bustle of streetlife outside"?¦just like in them olden days.
For the colonial touch: http://singapore-raffles.raffles.com