Concierge.com's insider take:
Want the luxury of the legendary Raffles Hotel at a slightly more reasonable price? Join the other value-conscious types across the street at the Fairmont, and you'll get access to the historic hotel's restaurants and facilities. The perks and location make up for the relatively bland design and ho-hum crowds, which skew toward business types in Hillary Clinton–inspired pantsuits. Still, rooms are well maintained and spacious (standards start at 412 square feet), with modern honey-wood furniture, fluffy white duvets, and muted art. The upper floors—with their panoramic views—comprise a hotel-within-a-hotel dubbed Raffles Inc. Business travelers will find it's worth upgrading to one of these 84 rooms for the large working desks and access to meeting rooms, a gym, and a private lounge that serves complimentary breakfast and evening cocktails. Overall, the Fairmont has 769 rooms, so it's no wonder the staff seems a tad overworked. But the size is an advantage at feeding times, with 16 on-site dining outlets offering everything from Japanese to Italian to spicy Szechuan.
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