Upon stepping into the elegant lobby of Raffles the Plaza, one is almost surprised by how understated the interior is. While unmistakably luxurious, the décor is, thankfully, not overwhelmingly so. Tastefully adorned with stone sculptures and carvings, and the feel is one of Asian rusticity that will charm any weary traveller. Located in the heart of the city, just next to Raffles City Shopping Centre and City Hall MRT, the hotel offers business travellers convenience when going about their meetings as the Central Business District is located merely minutes away.

Exclusivity is the key at this much-lauded luxury traveller's haven, with the layout such that jet-lagged guests may proceed from the car to the reception, and then straightaway to the lifts without having to walk past a crowded hotel lounge, which is the case in many other hotels. Guests who prefer yet more exclusive service may opt for added Raffles Inc. Club services. This would accord the privilege of checking in at the Raffles Inc. Club on the 23rd floor, without having to queue with other guests at the hotel lobby. Guests who choose this service will be given a room on the 22nd -26th floors, with breakfast at the private lounge reserved just for this elite group.

Raffles the Plaza has 769 elegantly plush rooms, consisting of the Premier Deluxe guestrooms as well as 3 uniquely-themed Penthouse suites for guests who insist on nothing but the best. Premier Deluxe rooms are as their name suggests: boasting of a premier view of the Esplanade, luxuriously furnished with ornate furniture. Abstract paintings adorn the walls, while a plasma TV is the norm in every room.

The bathrooms are exceptionally unique. Fully white and pristine, an aura of zen-like elegance is especially predominant. The rain shower will ensure an invigorating start to any guest's day, while the large bathtub offers exhausted travellers the option of a blissful soak after that long flight. Attention to detail is apparent in each of the rooms, and will remind you that this hotel is well-deserving of the many awards it has won. Reading lights are placed at the sides of the bed, making reading notes or books a breeze. The well-stocked fridge and even the provision of a coffee machine take away the need for guests to leave the room at any time, which is especially important for the time-starved business traveller. Guests in need of a breath of fresh air can simply walk out to the balcony, which offers a breathtaking view of the city skyline.

For guests used to living in the lap of luxury, Penthouse Suites are the way to go. The aquarium-themed suite is especially unique. A large aquarium with colourful fish provides a welcome sight upon entrance into the room. The attached kitchenette is well stocked with a stove, fridge and toaster, and the large dining table which seats ten, allow hotel guests the option of entertaining away from home. A breathtakingly large bathroom, complete with an attached sauna and Jacuzzi-enabled bathtub, is the ultimate symbol of opulence. The Penthouse Suites have won fans all over the world, and it is easy to see why there are repeat guests requesting for their favourite theme in advance of their arrival.

SD Editorial's take on Raffles the Plaza
Unmistakably well-versed in the art of pampering, guests will not be disappointed at the level of hospitality Raffles the Plaza can offer. From everyday queries to nitty-gritty details, Raffles staff will be happy to assist with any services you require. For travellers who can afford it, a stay in this hotel is definitely worth what you pay for.