The Raffles Hotel This legendary hotel in downtown Singapore is an icon of old world travel and luxury. Named after Singapore's founder, Sir Stamford Raffles, it opened in 1887. Author Joseph Conrad was one of Raffles Hotel's earliest guests. Rudyard Kipling wrote about dining at the hotel soon after. Other authors including Somerset Maugham (who called the Raffles Hotel the symbol for "all the fables of the Exotic East") and Noel Coward continued the Raffles' literary tradition. In 1967, "Pretty Polly", starring Trevor Howard and Hayley Mills, was filmed here. Raffles Hotel hosted Queen Elizabeth II during her state visit to Singapore in 2006. If it's good enough for all those folks (and plenty of other celebrities too), then I suppose it'll do for me.