The famous gleaming white frontage and tall arched windows of The Raffles hotel in Singapore’s Civic District. Photo: Alamy

The Raffles, Penang’s E&O, the Metropole in Hanoi – famous writers’ favourite Asian hotels, and how they celebrate their literary legacy

  • Kipling paid the The Raffles a backhanded compliment, Noel Coward praised the sangfroid of staff at the Metropole, Somerset Maugham was everywhere
  • Today, heritage hotels have suites named after illustrious former guests, and one has launched a writers’ residency programme to keep up the literary link
Topic |   Asia travel

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The famous gleaming white frontage and tall arched windows of The Raffles hotel in Singapore’s Civic District. Photo: Alamy
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