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“Nice setting but horrible staff”
Review of Fort Canning Park

Fort Canning Park
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Singapore Battlebox and Fort Canning Hill Tour
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Singapore Heritage Tour: Peranakan Museum, Spice Garden and Food Tasting
Ranked #43 of 837 things to do in Singapore
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Fort Canning Park is one of Singapore's most historic landmarks. It has witnessed Singapore's golden age, when Malay Kings ruled from its peak, and watched as the island transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a vibrant trading hub in the 19th century. During World War II, the hill was instrumental in Singapore's war efforts with numerous military buildings located there. One of these buildings was the Fort Canning Bunker or Battle Box, where the decision to surrender Singapore to the Japanese was made by the British. Many war relics from Singapore's colourful history have survived on the hill and are still visible today.Although the hill has since lost its imposing stature, its distinctive charm still remains. The lush lawns draw picnics, concerts, theatre productions and festivals, while weddings, parties and gatherings are a regular sight in the park's elegant indoor function rooms. Visit the park today and experience the tranquillity once enjoyed by the Malay royals of yore.
Reviewed March 9, 2014

We were really surprised at how small the rooms are. The "star architect" who designed the place should have known better to make ONE big room instead of two tiny ones, maybe then the bathtub would not have had to be on the balcony!
One more negative point was that the walls are not sound proof. You can hear everything your neighbors do and say and consider they can hear you too!

We were disappointed about the hotel management as well because we felt that guests were treated like a burden for the hotel staff. We were never greeted or even acknowledged, instead the receptionist was busy rolling his eyes at us whenever we asked about normal things like where the breakfast is located.

The sink in our room was badly damaged and we told the reception three times to fix it. But nothing was done during our 7 night stay.
It's a pity because this hotel has plenty to offer. Two big pools in a green sunny garden, a very good restaurant and the wonderful Fort Canning park which is a quiet oasis in the heart of the city at any time of the day.

If you like to walk you can reach big shopping malls, the Orchard road, Marina bay or Clarke Quay in 10 to 20 minutes by foot. In the late evening the hotel offers a sundowner with different types of wine for free in the lush garden. With a motivated staff it could be a good place especially in the beautiful setting.

So overall we cannot recommend this hotel considering the attitude and lack of motivation of the staff and management and the unpractical room layout.

Thank SiriGermany
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

Nothing too interesting here in Fort Canning Park. There are some amazing trees which look like they would be hundreds of years old - it would have been great to have some information on them because they were very impressive! There is a lot of shade in this park and we also saw a few runners. Nice varied terrain for a run.

1  Thank vanessaquake
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

Basically above the city this garden is another place to escape the city. Like botanical garden and the southern ridges. Don't expect any exotic plants. It's more like a quiet place to hang out.
On the northern side of the park, behind the National Museum of Singapore there is a escalator to go up to the gardens.

Thank Jon P
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

They have lots of shades so it is not so hot. There is also a spice garden where you can see some tropical spices in South East Asia. I had a run in this park and it was so pleasant!

Thank YKF888
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Reviewed February 22, 2014

I will never look at trees the same way again. Not after touring with Yap and Teck Seng, both volunteer guides, through Fort Canning. Besides talking about the history of the park (former residence of Malayan Kings, the Forbidden Hill, British stronghold, Botanical Garden, etc.), they also brought to life the true spectacles of the park: the giant trees, flowers and plants that have played witness to the park's history.

Their passion, knowledge and enthusiasm about the park, its history, and the beautiful grounds is absolutely mesmerizing. I can't think of any other way to describe it. One can't help but be drawn in by their stories.

Fort Canning is one of the highest points in Singapore. From atop the park, you have a bird's eye view of Clark Quay and the city skyline. It’s incredibly convenient to get to via Dhoby Gaut MRT or Bra Basah MRT. Based on one of the guest’s comments, public transport is probably easier as he had difficulty finding nearby parking.

My tour highlights include:
- Fort Canning Gate - try opening/closing it by yourself. It is HEAVY!
- Heritage Trees
- Keramat Iskandar Sha
- Sir Raffles former home
- The reservoir
- Learning about how figs get propagated (absolutely fascinating)
- The archaeological dig

A few tips:
- Plan to visit for at least hours
- Sign up for one of the FREE Saturday afternoon tours on the park's website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.php?option=com_visitorsguide&task=parks&id=16&Itemid=75
- Bring a bottle of water (there are no water fountains around)
- Bring mosquito repellent

I hope that when you schedule your tour, you also have the pleasure of touring with Yap and Teck Seng.

By the way, did I mention the tour is FREE?

Thank XtinaDunham
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