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Staycation: Ascott Raffles Place Singapore

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My nephew celebrated his birthday earlier this year in a suite at the Ascott Raffles Place. I thought it was a fantastic idea to celebrate the birthday in a service apartment (it was in a Finlayson Suite, 108sqm), because it had a kitchenette and enough space for a family celebration! More space than we usually have in our little pigeonhole homes.

Since we were there for the party, we decided to stay over as well. We booked a 1 bedroom room and stayed in the Collyer Suite, which is 52sqm, a lovely size for a family. In case you think we were trying to be chi-chi, all rooms here are called suites. I love the whole vibe of the building – both the interior as well as the Art Deco heritage of this building (which was the former Asia Insurance Building) amidst all the new modern less soul-full buildings at Raffles Place. You can read about its history here. It also still contains the world’s first high rise mail chute from the 1880s, and a “crown” installed at the top of the building to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II! Read more about the restoration of the building here on the architect’s website.

 

It is a small property, with only around 7 units on each floor, so it feels very cosy. They have an interesting swimming pool which we didn’t swim in because it was far too windy and chilly for my liking for the kids – I’m always worried they might catch a chill from swimming! We also liked the live band playing in the evenings. We didn’t get to try The Royal Mail restaurant, but I have heard good things about it.

Here are a few more photos of the room, taken by Abacus:

The kids hardly have a chance to hang out at Raffles Place, so one evening we scooted around the Marina Bay area, and the next day we had breakfast at Lau Pa Sat. It was nice to be able to walk around the area on the weekend when it was much more deserted than weekdays. Imagine trying to use a skate scooter around the CBD on a weekday?

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Overall it was a lovely stay that is quite boutique, very unique, and throws in a little bit of history.

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