“Raffles stands for all the fables of the exotic East,” British writer Somerset Maugham once said. He was referring to none other than Singapore’s grande dame, the Raffles Hotel, where he stayed at the same hotel suite on all of his three visits. The heritage hotel, one of the remaining 19th-century hotels in the world, is an iconic landmark in the Civic District, and is currently undergoing a year-long restoration to preserve its history.
While swanky new hotels such as Andaz Singapore are taking over towering skyscrapers, heritage hotels have a certain charm that can’t be replicated. Whether they’re housed in old shophouses in some of Singapore’s buzziest districts, former army barracks once home to British soldiers, or old post offices, each historical hotel is different.
Take the newly-opened Six Senses Singapore, for instance, which is made up of two hotels in beautifully restored shophouses, nestled in one of the city’s most bustling districts. It marks the entry of a new brand into the local market, while serving as a reminder of Singapore’s past.
We’re looking forward to the opening of Six Senses Maxwell later this year. In the meantime, let’s revisit these heritage hotels that boast old-world charm and centuries of history, whether it’s the world-famous Raffles Hotel or the grand Capella Singapore.