The Raffles Hotel

Raffles Hotel is a colonial-style luxury hotel in Singapore.
Originally, a privately owned beach house, built in the 1830s, it was officially declared a national monument by the Singapore government in 1987.
It was established by Armenian hoteliers, the Sarkies Brothers in 1887, and was the first hotel in the region to have electric lights.
The hotel named after British statesman Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore has expanded over the years with the additional wings, a veranda, ballroom, bar and billiards rooms.

The last tiger shot

In 1902, a tiger escaped from a performing circus and took refuge under the Bar and Billiards room to rest for the night.
Staff spotted the tiger and requested for the help of areas well-known sharp shooter, Mr Charles McGowan Phillips.
It was dark and it took several shots before the tiger unfortunately met its demise.
The last tiger in Singapore finally laid its head to rest under the Bar & Billiard Room.

Interesting facts about Raffles Hotel in Singapore

The Tiffin Room restaurant at the Raffles Hotel is actually the oldest in Singapore.
Long Bar is where the Singapore Sling was originally invented by Hainanese bartender Ngiam Tong Boon.
The Raffles Hotel in Singapore has been the backdrop and inspiration for many books and movies.
One of the first guests was the author Joseph Conrad, who was a seaman at the time.