Raffles Hotel Singapore recently released a new book, ‘A Life Intertwined’, by Resident Historian, Leslie Danker, marking the hotel’s 133rd birthday. Produced with the support of the National Heritage Board (NHB), the aptly-named memoir recounts the rich history and heritage of the iconic property through Danker’s collection of mementoes and trivia, as well as interesting anecdotes from his 48-year career at the hotel.
Interspersed with clippings, illustrations, notes and photos of Raffles Hotel Singapore’s illustrious history, ‘A Life Intertwined’ is a nostalgic recollection of Danker’s personal stories and reminiscences of the hotel. The book chronicled his first visit to Raffles Hotel Singapore when he was 18 years old, from his first position as the hotel’s maintenance supervisor in 1972, his personal recount of the transformation of the Grand Dame through two restorations, to his journey of becoming an ‘accidental historian’ shortly after the first restoration began in 1989, because of his in-depth knowledge of the hotel.
Leslie Danker, Resident Historian, Raffles Hotel Singapore, said, “A Life Intertwined is my love letter to the Grand Dame, where I have been working for the past 48 years. Raffles Hotel Singapore has provided me with a lifetime of wonderful experiences and I am delighted to do my part in sharing her stories on her 133rd birthday. I hope that readers will be able to learn more about her rich heritage and history through my recollection.”
Christian Westbeld, General Manager, Raffles Hotel Singapore said, “The timely release of ‘A Life Intertwined’ with Raffles Hotel Singapore’s 133rd birthday celebrates not only the highlights of the rich heritage of our Hotel throughout its 133 years of history but also of Mr Danker’s remarkable career and contributions to the hotel. With his keen interest in learning about the iconic building and its historical beginnings, there are few others who know the hotel’s history as well as he does. Mr Danker has been an important and valuable member of the Raffles team and we are grateful for his commitment to preserving the heritage of Raffles Hotel Singapore.”
While journeying through Danker’s own collection of old press releases, keepsakes and photos of the hotel, readers will also learn more about the National Monument’s role in Singapore’s history since its establishment in 1887. Being the longest-serving employee at Raffles Hotel Singapore, Danker also shares interesting anecdotes of his encounters with celebrities throughout his career, and fascinating animal sightings at the hotel in the memoir. ‘A Life Intertwined’ is available for purchase online and at Raffles Boutique, as well as other leading bookstores.
To mark the launch of Leslie Danker’s memoir, Raffles Hotel Singapore is introducing A Life Intertwined with Raffles Hotel staycation experience, which starts at S$880*++ a night, with a special 50 percent off the second night. Other special privileges and benefits include:
- Complimentary breakfast for two
- Complimentary Heritage evening experience for two at The Grand Lobby
- A trishaw tour around Raffles Hotel Singapore through historical precincts highlighted in the memoir
- An autographed copy of ‘A Life Intertwined’ by Leslie Danker
Specific to staycations, the following measures have been taken:
- Suites will be kept vacant for a 24-hour window between departures to ensure optimum cleanliness and sanitisation procedures are applied.
- Increased sanitisation of high-touch points using medical-grade disinfectants and a daily disinfection process of the in-suite minibar with hygiene seal.
- Air filters will also undergo cleaning at an increased frequency.
- Guests are empowered with contactless check-in and checkout procedures, cashless payments, contactless in-suite dining and housekeeping services with safe distancing, to further ease any discomfort.