With stately Doric columns, cornices and coffered ceilings, the iconic Fullerton Hotel stands like a mighty fortress against a shining cityscape at the mouth of the Singapore River. High-ceiling suites, Italian marble floors and a lobby museum meld ultra luxury with the building’s revered history.
Located in the heart of colonial Singapore, just steps away from the pedestrian 1870 Cavenagh Bridge fronting the Asian Civilizations Museum. Walk another few minutes to Raffles Landing, marking the site of the city’s 1819 origin; the New and Old Parliament buildings, National Gallery, and Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall.
Three minutes to Boat Quay, a lively row of historic trading houses with restaurants and bars, and another five-minute walk to Quay Clarke’s bustling nightlife bathed in shifting red and green lights. Chinatown and Little India are only a few subway stops away.
Style & character
It was once Singapore’s largest central edifice, the 1928 Fullerton Building housed the General Post Office, a social club and government departments. Retaining its behemoth neoclassical façade, the hotel was proclaimed Singapore’s 71st National Monument after it opened.
The lobby’s museum-like Fullerton Heritage Gallery showcases this history, also explained with two complimentary guided tours. A luxurious feel prevails with the marble two-tiered stairwell dominating the pillared, elegant central atrium accented with leafy palm trees.
Service & facilities
Smiles and thoroughness to detail abound with above and beyond service as a desk clerk, for example, will leave his post to retrieve water bottles for overheated guests. The outdoor second-level infinity pool also provides cooling relief against the backdrop of Doric columns with river and Marina Bay views.
Massive, rounded chandeliers illuminate three ballrooms holding up to 600, while the fourth-floor Straits Room is an ideal wedding and banquet venue for up to 220 guests. A 10-minute walk leads to several other Fullerton Heritage waterfront properties with restaurants and entertainment venues, including the sister Fullerton Bay Hotel.
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A soft-vanilla colour theme dominates. From elegant Courtyard and balconied Premier Quay rooms to high-ceiling, two-story lofts and suites with outdoor terraces, the Fullerton’s 400 rooms offer many choices with panoramic skyline and/or waterside views. Standard rooms feature spacious bathrooms with extra-wide shower heads and comfortable chairs.
The upper-floor Fullerton Suite opens to a backyard-like terrace, while the exquisitely-furnished Presidential Suite has its own glass-enclosed veranda beneath the Doric columns. Plush bedding and free Wi-Fi for all rooms.
Food & drink
Five restaurants please global palates. Appropriately named, the Lighthouse Restaurant and Rooftop Bar was once a working lighthouse but now specialises in Italian fare including Trittico Della Baia (34 Singapore Dollars/£19) an antipasti seafood trio of citrus tuna tartare, marinated red prawn and giant scallop with crispy bacon. Taste dim sum specialties like sautéed Wagyu beef with garlic and black pepper sauce (36 Singapore Dollars, £20) in Jade, which offers creative Cantonese dishes.
The buffet spread at Town Restaurant gives new meaning to power breakfast, while the contemporary Post Bar pays homage to the hotel’s previous life as the General Post Office. Light fare in the lobby Courtyard, while the concierge-level Straits Club offers complimentary champagne breakfast, afternoon teas and daily buffets.
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