I love to combine history lessons with travel. Staying at the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore was a learning experience wrapped in luxury. The elegant hotel started out as an official building and served as a post office. Originally built in 1928, in 1996 the post office closed and in 1998 renovation began. The Fullerton opened in 2001 (after about $400 million in renovations) and has been dazzling tourists and business traveler ever since.
Fullerton Hotel Singapore Review
This summer we made our first trip to Singapore to combine work and fun. Mr. Momtrends landed some meetings and I landed a review of Universal Studios Singapore and a plum hotel review. Unofficially we spent three nights under the radar booked under Mr.Momtrends name at the Fullerton. Then when we returned from Malaysia we stayed as guests of the Fullerton. So I can attest to the level of service as a spy and fully revealed as a blogger.
What to Expect Fullerton Hotel Singapore
For the first stay we were in a Quay Room (400 square feet) and on the official visit we scored a deluxe duplex Loft Suite (1173 square feet). Back in the day, this spot must have been a grand office for some dignitary. The room has grand French doors and a private bedroom and bath suite on the second level (the above photo is a view from the top). We set the girls up on fold out beds on the first floor. And everyone loved the set up.
The interiors are a blend of sleek modernity and warm Asian flair. The well-appointed bathrooms were a dream for me--and touches like Bulgari toiletries were very impressive. Check out how lovely our laundry was returned to us (note fees for kid's laundry is 50% of the adult price):
The hotel is dripping with charm. Don't be fooled by the large size, there are plenty of places to carve out solitude and it never feels standardized--in fact, no two rooms in the hotel are the same. The hotel sits on the Marina Bay and is a short 25 minute can ride from the airport. Be sure to set aside time to enjoy the lobby, either for tea in the afternoon or for the delicious sushi buffet. Looks tempting doesn't it!
Reviewing the Fullerton without devoting a paragraph to the pool would be a travesty. The infinity style pool has amazing views of the city and is a zen-like abode (except when our kids are there) to refresh after travel or swim laps. The 25 meter pool was a big draw for our family and a welcome spot after a day of exploring.
The kids could have spent all day at the infinity pool, but we did drag them out to see the sights. We explored Universal Singapore, took a river cruise and walked all over the harbor. The girls especially like all the bridges we could cross on foot and spotting the new home of the Merlion, the official mascot of Singapore. And don't miss the nightly light show on the bay--you can view it from the Lighthouse restaurant. For adult relaxation, there's a well-appointed gym and a lovely spa, the Artisan.
The dining options include the Jade formal Chinese dining, the Courtyard (the sunlit atrium lobby of the hotel, The Courtyard is where guests can enjoy a light meal, a signature Japanese or Indian Curry buffet, leisurely afternoon tea, the hotel'??s famed chocolate buffet), Town (all-day dining and home to the wonderful breakfast buffet), the Lighthouse (fancy Italian with wonderful views), and the Post Bar (trendy cocktails). We had a very special 8-course meal at Jade. We were treated to beautifully prepared Chinese food.
Don't forget to stop in the gallery. It's open all day and holds old artifacts of the pre-hotel days. And tourists can still mail postcards here and get a special stamp.
When I sat down with a lovely woman from the marketing team for drinks at the Post Bar I got filled in on the history and learned about "The Fullerton Way"--which boils down to delivering excellence. Everyone on staff speaks English--so Americans will feel right at home.
The stunning lobby is often flooded with music from above (there's often a pianist playing on the second floor). Down below the kids were fans of the enormous koi pond (a touch of fend shui--the colors of the fish symbolize different elements and bring harmony to the hotel).
The Fullerton Hotel is a Preferred Hotels & Resorts hotel member and has been qualified by Preferred Hotel Group to be part of its Preferred Family collection of family-friendly hotels. Many of the guests book with a Preferred Travel Agent. There are 400 rooms and suites, but don't envision chaos--it's all calm, skillful presentation making the hotel seem quite intimate. The next time we return to Singapore, I know where we will be staying.
And now for the official Momtrends Fullerton Hotel Singapore Review:
What you can get here that you can't find anywhere else: An elegant historical site updated with all modern conveniences in a perfect location.
If I were GM I'd change: Keep the hotel shop open longer hours. I tried to purchase souvenirs a few times but the shop was closed.
Food highlights: Sushi bar in the main lobby.
For those pint-sized visitors with picky palates: The morning buffet has everything from bagel to miso soup. Our kids loaded up on fresh fruit and made to order eggs each morning.
Activity highlights: Singapore River Cruise drops off and picks up from the Fullerton.
Come for the: Exquisite views of the waterfront area and Singapore'??s modern architecture.
Stay for the: Sublimely comfortable rooms, which are bright and amazingly well turned out.
Splurge on the: Evening drinks at the Long Tail Bar
Favorite souvenir: Souvenir Fullerton stamps to benefit children'??s charity.
High Season/Low Season: September will be busy as the Formula 1 race rolls into town.
Where to go for more information:www.fullertonhotel.com
Here's how Momtrends travel reviews work. We're given access to extraordinary places thanks to creative help. For this trip, we were given planning help plus one night free. Were we given special treatment? Probably. But you can't change the physical location or the essence of the resort to fool one travel writer. All the opinions, photos and experiences should give you a great feel for this resort.