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“A JUNGLE OASIS IN BUSTLING CITY” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Fort Canning
Ranked #40 of 304 Hotels in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
Perth, Australia
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41 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A JUNGLE OASIS IN BUSTLING CITY”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Stayed at the Hotel Fort Canning for 1 week. Checkin very straight forward, staff very polite and helpful. Taken to room on 3rd floor by receptionist for an explanation of how things work. Clean room had everything I required and a firm but very comfortable bed. I have lower back problems but not on this bed. No pain in the morning - never slept better! Bathroom with a view was a nice touch. 2 swimming pools (one for laps, the other for relax) and a superb gym. Hotel located in a lush tropical park, nice to stroll around each morning before it became too humid. Closest MRT Dhoby Ghaut is a five minute walk away and has access to 3 train lines and great food and shopping at Plaza Singapura.
Can get busy on weekends with wedding party and guests.
Would stay here again without hesitation!

Room Tip: I found the easiest way to enter the lobby (if walking to avoid all those steps via the park) was vi...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank toorust
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Hfc_GM, Manager at Hotel Fort Canning, responded to this review, November 6, 2013
Dear toorust,

It was a pleasure reading your lovely review! Thank you for it and for staying with us!

We are so glad that you had a good one week at Hotel Fort Canning, and found the staff to be very polite and helpful, the rooms clean, and most importantly, the bed very comfortable for your lower back problems.

We love it that you "would stay here again without hesitation", and we certainly look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Best wishes,

Amy
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

I stayed in this hotel from 29 Oct-2 Nov. The front desk at checking didn't have the correct check out dates, even though I had a copy of the confirmation. Then, I was put in a room that had an adjoining room. The noise next door was terrible and very loud. Then, I had to check out late and they assured me that I would be charged a full extra day. When I returned to my room after the last work day, it hadn't even been cleaned! I was not amused. When I called the front desk, they told me I didn't tell them I wanted the room cleaned! Wow, I was not aware that I had to ask for something I paid for! I would advise not to stay here, the location is fairly remote for singapore.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Feelya
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Hfc_GM, Manager at Hotel Fort Canning, responded to this review, November 3, 2013
Dear Feelya,

We are terribly sorry that you had such an unpleasant stay at our hotel. We sincerely apologise for the service lapses due to miscommunication between departments, which we can reassure you is not the norm. The staff involved have been counselled and retrained.

We are glad, however, that you were graciously willing to accept our compensation for the less-than-stellar service of a night's accommodation. We hope that you will be kind enough to put this episode past you and give us another chance. We look forward to serving you again soon.

Best wishes,

Amy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

My wife and I stayed at Fort Canning Hotel mid 2012.

Can't praise enough.

Great location - excellent modern inclusions - stylish and clean.

Great breakfasts and well appointed restaurant.

No noise - with beautiful gardens and great views.

Stayed for 4 nights on our way from Sydney to London to break the trip.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Mike M
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Hfc_GM, Manager at Hotel Fort Canning, responded to this review, November 3, 2013
Dear Mike M,

Thank you for staying with us and for your very nice review!

We are very happy that you found the hotel to be stylish and clean, and the location quiet with beautiful gardens and great views. We are also glad you appreciated our breakfasts and well appointed restaurant.

We certainly look forward to welcoming you back to Hotel Fort Canning soon!

Best wishes,

Amy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Great rooms / Excellent breakfast / Very helpful reception team / Nice complimentary drinks with the other guests every afternoon / Quiet environment ...
It was an enjoyable stay.

Only one thing should be improved : sound isolation. If you decide to sleep late, you unfortunately hear everything happening in the corridor...

Room Tip: 220 is a great suite, 219 is smaller but nice
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank WinchLargo
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Hfc_GM, Manager at Hotel Fort Canning, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Dear harryh0udini,

Thank you for staying at Hotel Fort Canning and for your excellent review!

We particularly like your header - “Exactly what you expect from a great hotel!” - it means a lot to us and we have shared your lovely comments with all our team.

Thank you also for your feedback on the sound isolation. You might be pleased to know that we are taking immediate action to improve this, and we hope that you will have more peaceful nights (and mornings) the next time you stay with us.

Best wishes,

Amy
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Stuttgart, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I stayed there for a one night staycation right after our wedding in the afternoon! They upgraded our room after they learnt about our nuptials and the room was lovely! Can't remember the name of the room but it was one the few rooms with a small balcony, facing the city.
Location is lovely but would recommend you to take a taxi as it is on a hill. To get to the nearby shopping centers is a breeze as it takes a mere 7-10 mins walk downhill.
Breakfast was lovely as well. Love the pools! There were two and we swam at the one at the bottom.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank noorrehan
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Hfc_GM, Manager at Hotel Fort Canning, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Dear noorrehan,

Congratulations once again on your recent nuptials and we are so happy our gesture of upgrading your room added to your memorable day!

The room you were in was a Studio Suite and it is one of only 3 rooms in the hotel with a balcony. We are glad you liked the room and also the city park location of the hotel as it is one of our unique selling points! We are also gratified that you enjoyed breakfast at The Glass House which offers panoramic views of the tree tops, and the mineral water-cleansed swimming pools.

We hope to see you soon on your next visit to Singapore!

Best wishes,

Amy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this lovely old building. The hotel location was perfect for us and we loved the opportunity to be able to walk through the adjoining park. It is restful and quiet despite being in the centre of busy Singapore. The staff were courteous and friendly and we enjoyed our breakfasts in the Glass a House Restaurant. The hotel facilities were excellent and very happy with our room. The bathroom was modern and the bed was excellent. Thank you for a lovely stay.

Room Tip: If not happy with room for any reason always contact reception!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Cheryl C
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Hfc_GM, Manager at Hotel Fort Canning, responded to this review, October 29, 2013
Dear Cheryl C,

It was a pleasure having you stay with us, and thank you for your very nice review!

We are thrilled that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay, and that you found the hotel's city park location perfect, the hotel facilities excellent and that you were very happy with your room. Hotel Fort Canning is indeed "restful and quiet despite being in the centre of busy Singapore"!

We are very gratified that you found our staff to be courteous and friendly and that you enjoyed your breakfasts in The Glass House Restaurant.

We are particularly happy with your Room Tip - "If not happy with room for any reason always contact reception!" - as that is indeed the best way for us to help guests resolve any problems, many of which have instant solutions.

We certainly look forward to welcoming you back to Hotel Fort Canning soon!

Best wishes,

Amy
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Good rooms, which have been well designed and are very comfortable.
here ar 2 pools , the best Gym I have seen anywhere in a hotel and some good restaurants. Gattpopardo deserved special mention as a ver y good Italian restaurant.
Another Bonus is you are in the heart of c Singapore, with wonderful walks on the doorstep in Leafy Fort Canning Park.

However the service in the hotel is not great. The staff do not have the same professional standard as some of the other hotels )mainly chains) for the same price and the lobby and public areas don't function as seamlessly as other hotels. For example when I was there there was a wedding going on in the Lobby and et guests were wandering through or sitting in part of the bar.

Room Tip: Get a room on higher floor for added privacy
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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1 Thank mdcryan
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Hfc_GM, Manager at Hotel Fort Canning, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Dear mdcryan,

Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for your review.

We are happy you found our rooms to be good, well designed and very comfortable, and that you appreciated the two swimming pools, good restaurants (Gattopardo is very gratified with your commendation) and "the best Gym (you) have seen anywhere in a hotel". We are also very glad you found the location convenient and enjoyed the heritage park in which the hotel is set.

We are very concerned that you found the service less than spectacular as many of our guests have actually singled out our staff as the highlight of their stay. As we are a boutique hotel, we do things a little differently from the large chain hotels, but our guests are nevertheless our reason for being. Also, being a boutique hotel, our public spaces are limited, and when we have a wedding party, the guests sometimes do spill into the lobby. Not withstanding, we would like to thank you for your feedback and will see how we can manage this better in the future.

We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Best wishes,

Amy
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Property: Hotel Fort Canning
Address: 11 Canning Walk Hotel Fort Caning, Singapore 178881, Singapore
Location: Singapore > Singapore
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#23 Spa Hotel in Singapore
#31 Romantic Hotel in Singapore
#36 Business Hotel in Singapore
#40 Luxury Hotel in Singapore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Fort Canning 5*
Number of rooms: 86
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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