We've stayed at Fort Canning Hotel when we visited Singapore on a stopover vacation over Christmas. What makes this really special is its location inside the Fort Canning park tucked away from the bustling city, the fact that this is a historic landmark building converted into a hotel which is much nicer than the anonymous hotels that could be just anywhere and its perfect location to some of the city's major attractions and the public transportation system.
The hotel does, however, at the same time suffer a bit from some of these things so it's a bit of a mixed bag experience - which we still liked.
First of all, the fact that this is a historical buidling limits the number of hotel rooms. Not that we are keen of staying in one of the mega-hotels, but just 80-something rooms in a location away from the busy streets of the city means there is not much going on in the hotel during the day or in the evenings. So don’t be surprised to see the hotel lobby and bar totally deserted – and the bar closing down at 10PM due to no guests around.
We found it very pleasant to have the hotel’s two large outdoor pools completely for us during most of our stay. The downside: there’s not hospitality at all around the pool, the service-telephone to order a drink or some food did not work and an empty glass we left by the pool was still there after three days. So obviously nobody from the hotel had taken care of this facility all the time! And that’s an impression we had a couple of times: this is a great location with a lot of potential. A bit more care and professional hospitality could elevate this into a true luxury experience that the rooms already offer.
Our room was very stylish and well designed. Great work of the architect and the interior designer to fit such contemporary and luxurious rooms into a historic landmark. We had a sleeping sofa in the room that was used as auxiliary bed for the kids. This was OK but I would not want to see an adult trying to sleep on the rather hard support this provides.
Fort Canning Hotel is located very conveniently to one of the biggest Metro stations. A 5-minutes stroll down the park and off you go to most any place within the city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by the lush greenery of a historical park, the heritage Hotel Fort Canning offers a discreet sanctuary of calm in the vibrant city and an epitome of style and modern comfort in each of its 86 guestrooms and suites. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Fort Canning Singapore