Singapore’s legendary Raffles celebrates its 125th birthday in typically grand style
HOWmanyhotels have a resident historian, a keeper of memories, a guardian of secrets? At Singapore’s legendary Raffles Hotel, Leslie Danker fills just such an unlikely role.
This dapper gent is a kind of roving archive, always happy to sit with guests and chat, to conduct impromptu tours. If you are lucky enough to find him with time to spare, he may take you to the Raffles Museum in one of the hotel’s colonnaded arcades, where there are sets of monogrammed china and etched glassware, programs from the 1953 coronation ball and a collection of steamer trunks from the days when one travelled by sea, with boastful luggage labels, ballgowns and servants. Danker points to black-and-white photographs of famous guests and fancy-dress parties. There’s Edward,
The marble and columned lobby and atrium The light-filled Tiffin Room A Courtyard Suite
A royal welcome