The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
Set right in the heart of the Raffles Place central business district, this sprawling Palladian pile was once home to a general post office. Today, though, the vast marble atrium where locals once lined up patiently to buy stamps is filled with well-heeled businessmen in pinstripes and Japanese wives leisurely sipping tea. The 400 rooms are, given the mainly business clientele, equipped with large writing desks and both wired and wireless Internet connections; the on-site 24-hour business center offers translation and video-conferencing services (although guests wanting to make a really strong impression at their next meeting should pony up to hire the hotel’s vintage Rolls-Royce and driver). The ground floor Post Bar attracts a lively Friday-night crowd with its specialty cocktails. The hotel’s pièce de résistance, though, is the 25-meter outdoor pool that overlooks the Singapore River and the city's skyscrapers.