Raffles Hotel

Raffles Hotel, Singapore 2010

The Raffles Hotel is a colonial-style hotel, built in 1887, in Singapore, named after the founder of Singapore, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. It is the flagship of the Raffles International Hotel chain and is known for its luxurious accommodations and fine dining. The hotel has a tropical courtyard garden,  a museum and a theater in Victorian style.

The Raffles Hotel was founded by four Armenian brothers, Martin, Tigran, Aviet and Arshak Sarkies. They opened a beachfront and Bras Basah Road on December 1, 1887, a ten-bedroom colonial style bungalow. Over the years, the hotel has been extended; new wings have been added, the main building has been expanded, a veranda, a ballroom, a bar, a billiards room and other buildings and rooms have been added.

In 1987, the Singapore government declared Raffles Hotel a national monument. The Raffles Hotel is particularly famed for two things: it is the place where the last wild tiger of Singapore was shot in August 1902, and Ngiam Tong Boon, a bartender of the house, invented the Singapore Sling between 1910 and 1915.

 

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