Singapore is a destination on the rise when it comes to art and culture. National Gallery Singapore recently opened, and it holds the largest public collection of modern art in Southeast Asia. The city also now hosts a Biennale from October through February. In addition to these new attractions — and an ever-changing skyline — travelers can still find much that’s familiar, including the shops and boutiques of Orchard Road, the night markets, and the hawkers (street-food vendors) selling their famous chilli crab and Hainanese chicken rice.
When it comes to hotels, our readers favored iconic landmarks known for their discreet service and sense of place. The Fullerton Hotel, for example, is set in a Neoclassical building that was once the Singapore General Post Office, a library, and an exclusive club. “Beautiful hotel with a rich history,” said one reader. “The architecture is stunning,” added another. Raffles Singapore, meanwhile, first opened its doors as a hotel in 1887, and the 103 suites feature four-poster beds, antiques, teak flooring, and 14-foot ceilings. All overlook lush grounds. “The rooms are beautifully done in a period fashion,” wrote in one fan. “You feel like you are alone in the jungle, as you sit outside your room with a cocktail.”
Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as City or Resort based on their locations and amenities.
Newer builds, including the Shangri-La and the Mandarin Oriental, also rated highly. The Mandarin Oriental is located in Marina Bay, close to the business district, while the Shangri-La occupies a prime spot just off of Orchard Road. Many readers wrote in to say that they loved the Valley Wing, an exclusive section that has 131 rooms and suites and caters to celebrities and politicians. “We loved our butler, Raja,” said one respondent. “We’ve visited him four times now!”
But which hotel rated even more highly with our readers? Read on to see who grabbed the No. 1 ranking.
“Great location,” “fantastic service,” and “spectacular views” are just a few of the reasons our readers loved this hotel, which is located on Marina Bay. Others include the 4,200 pieces of art by notables such as Andy Warhol, the Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant, and the spacious rooms (the smallest are 549 square feet) offering uninterrupted vistas of the water and the city skyline. Many respondents also raved about the club floor (concierge level), with one describing it as “nothing short of wonderful.”