Hotels in Singapore
As a major financial center with a steady flow of business travelers and also a popular stopping point for leisure travelers, in part thanks to the number of budget airlines based there and serving the rest of Southeast Asia, there are hotels in Singapore for every budget. Among the best hotels in Singapore is the legendary white washed Raffles, which opened in 1887 and is where the Singapore sling was invented. The colonial ambiance remains, with potted palms and lazy ceiling fans, as well as four-poster beds in many rooms.
While there are other hotels that also make the most of the country's colonial history, notably the Fullerton Hotel in the grand old General Post Office building, a number of Singapore hotels opt for a more contemporary style. The most striking of them is the Marina Bay Sands, a mammoth project with more than 2,500 rooms most with floor-to-ceiling windows some with views of the Singapore skyline. The most notable feature, quickly becoming one of Singapore's most photographed sights, is the SkyPark with an infinity pool 650 feet in the air.
Housed inside five refurbished 1929 shophouses, this retro-inspired Chinatown hotel is decorated with vintage designer furniture from hotelier Loh Lik Peng’s private collection. In the mirrored lobby, Verner Panton’s Cone chair and Arne Jacobsen’s Swan chair add visual interest to the space.
A 31-story business hotel near the Fountain of Wealth (the world’s largest fountain).
Set right in the heart of the Raffles Place central business district, this sprawling Palladian pile was once home to a general post office.
Of the numerous five-star hotels lining the marina frontage, the Ritz-Carlton is the most thoroughly impressive.
778 black-and-taupe rooms and a John Portman–designed atrium, on Marina Bay Harbor.
Room to Book: Panoramic balcony rooms are on the highest floors and look over Marina Bay harbor.
Doubles from $380.
Squint a little and it’s easy to imagine how the all-suite Raffles must once have felt when the sea lapped up along its promenade, and Noël Coward and Somerset Maugham sat in the lobby bar tossing back Singapore Slings beneath the lazily twirling fans.
All 320 tech-enhanced rooms are equipped with iPod docking stations and walk-in rain showers. The top-floor Club Lounge (available for $60) has Wi-Fi (85 cents/minute), as well as evening canapés and cocktails.
This Lion City mainstay, built on reclaimed land, was renovated in 2005, with all 527 rooms and the dramatic, fan-shaped atrium receiving a facelift. Most harbor view rooms have glazed, acoustic floor-to-ceiling windows, which simultaneously provide scenic ocean views and deflect heat.
Just 50 miles east of Singapore is Nikoi Island,a 37-acre private isle off the coast of Bintan fringed by powderywhite-sand beaches. Its 10 Indonesian-inspired bungalows areconstructed from driftwood and outfitted with built-in daybeds,stone-floored bathrooms, and thatch roofs.
Located in the Orchard Road shopping district, this 1,051-room hotel is popular with both business travelers and tour groups. The cavernous lobby is decorated with black and white Italian marble and a 70-foot, gold-etched mural entitled 87 Taoist Immortals.
It’s no wonder that Capella chose the recently revitalized Sentosa for its Asian debut.
Three wings consisting of unusually shaped rooms (imagine odd angles and curves) on 15 landscaped acres a few blocks from pedestrian-friendly Orchard Road.
After owner Loh Lik Peng restored the New Majestic’s 1928 Chinatown building, he turned over the interiors to local artists, filmmakers, and fashion designers. The result is dazzling: rooms clad in mirrors or eye-popping murals, furnished with hanging beds or glass-encased tubs.
Formerly Raffles the Plaza
A budget the size of South Carolina's. A park suspended 650 feet in the air (and large enough to hold four A380 jets). More than 7,000 employees.