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Whether you’re staying in town for a day, a week or even longer, there are plenty of options for places to rest your head at night. In recent years Singapore has seen a burgeoning number of boutique hotels targeted at a more creative and urban demographic. The city also offers the visitor a choice of more traditional establishments; many such hotels have been around for decades and have built a dependable reputation for delivering a good night’s sleep amid the roar of the Lion City. From the fresh new kids on the block to classic hospitality stalwarts, here’s our selection of Singapore’s best hotels.
Fullerton: Classic charms
A grand old dame at one end of the Cavenagh Bridge, the Fullerton is a neoclassical Palladian-style building constructed in 1928 to house the General Post Office, Exchange, Chamber of Commerce and Singapore Club.
The 400-room luxury hotel retains its Doric columns and is resplendent when lit up at night. Guests staying in one of the suites can enjoy pampering under the Straits Club privileges, which include evening canapés and cocktails in a Peranakan-themed lounge and round-the-clock service. The infinity pool offers one of the best views of the city skyline.
Lloyd’s Inn: Concrete chic
Lloyd’s Inn is something of an outlier when it comes to boutique hotels in Singapore. Since undergoing a major revamp led by Singaporean design agency Farm in 2014, the 34-room hotel has been stripped of anything superfluous, bucking a trend set down by rival boutique establishments to go crazy with themes and motifs.
Most of the finishes are raw concrete, which juxtapose nicely with the lawns, trees and shrubs outside. The minimalist approach is combined with a meticulous attention to detail. For instance, guests here are always treated to kimono-style bathrobes.
You can soak in the mosaic-tiled dipping pool if the weather gets too hot. If you’re staying in a skyroom you can cool down in even more luxuriant circumstances by making use of the private outdoor tub that comes with its own sky-high view.
The Daulat: Eastern promise
The Daulat on Madras Street is housed in a three-storey former shophouse typical of the Little India area during the first half of the 20th century. It retains the French-influenced façade today but in 2013 the interiors were converted into 16 new guest rooms.
Although simply designed with white-washed walls and warm parquet flooring, the Daulat boasts such quirky touches as quilted upholstery and cushions to add a welcome touch of heritage. Each room is fitted out with a Nespresso machine to satisfy your daily fix of caffeine and the toiletries are by Penhaligon’s from London.
Four Seasons: All in the detail
The Four Seasons has been welcoming travellers with its trademark hospitality since 1994. Guests are greeted by a four-metre-high bronze statue by homegrown sculptor Sun Yu-Li; it’s one of 1,500 original artworks throughout the premises, located in the main shopping district on Orchard Boulevard.
No detail is left unchecked: guests can select the firmness of their pillows and mattresses and if you’re left-handed, don’t be surprised that your cutlery is arranged accordingly. After a long day the spa’s treatment package promises a relaxing treat. Otherwise, the cocktail bar has an innovative menu by Javier de las Muelas from Barcelona, including the Singapore Sangria. This signature drink adds a tropical twist to the classic by incorporating fruits such as mangosteen and lychee.
ParkRoyal on Pickering: Green and pleasant
Despite its location in the city’s business district, ParkRoyal is a surprisingly restful place, thanks partly to the four-storey sky garden. Over 15,000 sq m of the hotel’s undulating balconies and plazas are covered in lush greenery. Opened in 2013, it has attained the country’s highest environmental award: the Green Mark Platinum.
Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa: Into the woods
In 2007, Japanese architect Miyake Masaki created Amara Sanctuary Resort on Sentosa Island, a tranquil getaway just to the southern tip of Singapore. Surrounded by gardens and forest atop a hill, Amara evokes a rustic sensibility thanks to its colonial architecture.
This 140-room resort’s design is anchored by understated luxury, from wooden boardwalks to a pool that boasts a vista of the sea. Aimed at creating memorable shared experiences, the resort offers activities such as yoga and history tours.