Great for: Business or pleasure
What is it? Hotel
Will set you back: SGD $340 – $2400 p/n
Grandiose. The Fairmont in Singapore is big, to state the obvious. This is apparent from the moment the bellhop unloads your bags to when the doorman ushers you inside the high ceilinged and confidently decorated foyer. It’s a true hotel, a hotel in the traditional sense of the word, and the Fairmont does it well, with the Singapore branch having undergone an impressive renovation where no expense has been spared.
On the subject of design, I have to mention the lobby, which along with everything else, has been completely redone. Influenced by the unique Straits Chinese culture, also known as Peranakan, the lobby gives you the first taste of this with its vibrant mish-mash of design elements that are distinctly and authentically local. A giant contemporary blown glass chandelier takes centre stage, and serves as the first of many directional decorative choices that strike you in the lobby. The second is the eye-catching and incredibly vibrant landscape artwork on the reception wall. Some might call the lobby kitsch, I call it bold. It’s a well pulled-off entrée to the designer menu at The Fairmont, and hats off to Engstrom Design Group and Hirsch Bedner Associates for striking the right balance.
The design of the guestrooms is no less impressive. Styled with shades of grey, purple and dark wood, there is a vibrance and a personable feel in these rooms that is often not felt in large-scale hotels like The Fairmont.
The rooms are updated, fresh, spacious and extremely comfortable. Every detail has been considered, with the inclusion of home-comfort style soft furnishings, a large rain shower and a Nespresso coffee machine. Even the entry-level Deluxe rooms have a private balcony with city or harbour views, and the bed? Well, it was the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. Ever. I slept so soundly in these beds that I even asked the concierge what brand of pillows they use! As a guest, when you feel compelled to go to this kind of trouble, you know you are on to a good thing and The Fairmont certainly is.
If you’re in Singapore for a work trip, you will have no problems sending emails with each room having high speed internet access, however you do have to pay a fee for the privilege. There is the luxurious Willow Stream Spa, an outoor pool and six indoor tennis courts if you’re in the mood to sweat it out.
The Fairmont has a mind-boggling fifteen restaurants and bars. I can’t imagine any guest sampling every one of them, but the little glimpse I had into the culinary experiences on offer were definitely positive. You might even be lucky enough like we were to see a celebrity or two at the brand new cocktail bar, Anti:dote, with its lush and moody interior.
The Fairmont is in the ideal location in Singapore, a stone’s throw from the world-famous Raffles hotel and walking distance to amazing shopping on Orchard Road. Book your stay at the Fairmont Singapore here!