When travelling for 6 weeks from the UK to New Zealand it seems crazy to look forward so much to the last hotel on the homeward leg. We did and despite all the warnings of small rooms my husband and I found this hotel to be a jewel. Fantastic location, warm exotic ambience, especially if arriving after nightfall. Delightful jacuzzi/ sundeck area on the 2nd floor and a great reasonably priced restaurant on the roof.
Our room on the 3rd floor had an intriguing view across the rooftops with just a glimpse of one of the many temples. We loved it. Breakfast is slightly expensive but 10 mins walk down Neil Road you'll find the something Frog does western style breakfast. Don't try the local restaurants with pictures of food for breakfast unless you like sweet toast and undercooked watery poached eggs and ghastly coffee. Great cake shop 2 minutes along South Bridge road.
Only criticism of the hotel is they don't promote their own facilities enough. The room info books although nicely presented do not explain all that is offered in the hotel. Go and ask or explore for yourself. We nearly missed it all.
Hotel is within walking distance to everywhere of interest or the easy simple underground system [get a dollar back when returning your ticket at the end of your journey].
Anyone wanting sun and beach head for Sentosa. History buffs look for the Battle Box in Fort Canning Park, the Fort Siloso tour on Sentosa and the emotionally charged quietness of the War Grave cemetery at Kranji.
Biggest disappointment was the 'changed' Raffles. The new location of the Longbar on the 2nd floor condems it to being an ordinary characterless bar albeit with peanut shells all over the floor. No mention it being of the home of the Singapore sling and the characters who made the place famous. All that is tucked away in the new in-house museum. We're glad we saw it 24 years ago with all the original character and atmosphere of a true colonial bar.
Singapore is still one of the great stopovers and we'd come back to the Scarlet Hotel every time.
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