The­oldandthe beau­ti­ful

Sin­ga­pore’s leg­endary Raf­fles cel­e­brates its 125th birthday in typ­i­cally grand style

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

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

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