The Raffles Hotel is an institution in Singapore and has welcomed presidents, kings, queens, and Hollywood royalty since 1887. The colonial-style luxury hotel is an architectural landmark and the pride and joy of Singapore. Situated close to the city center, guests can take leisurely walks to many great restaurants and the main shopping street. The Raffles also offers a host of fine-dining eateries in the arcade area, along with internationally-renowned designer boutiques. All suites are opulently decorated and display an impressive array of luxurious Persian carpets, antique furniture and priceless artifacts. A definite must-do at the Raffles is a visit to the legendary Long Bar where the famous cocktail Singapore Sling was invented almost 100 years ago!