As the highway from the airport sweeps into downtown Singapore you can not miss The Fullerton, draped like a carpet at the feet of the skyscrapers of the financial zone.
Indeed, for many years a lighthouse on the building served as a guide for ships coming into the port of Singapore. And there are still old mariners who visit the hotel and go to see the lighthouse which is now an Italian restaurant with magnificent views.
In 2001 the former GPO building was re-opened after a five-year reconstruction as a 400-room luxury hotel. Since then it has won a slew of awards and accolades, most recently as Conde Nast Traveler’s No1 hotel in Singapore. The Fullerton is named after Sir Robert Fullerton, the first governor of the Straits Settlements.
Guests enter a vast lounge area where the post office counters once stood, and to one side the Post Bar has been created which is popular with financial services types, and straight out of Wall Street or London. There is also a smart casual dining restaurant and a signature Chinese restaurant on the same floor.
The beautifully appointed Straits Club Lounge is popular on the 4th floor. This offers complimentary cocktails and snacks, a reading room and a relaxed place for breakfast, and is an upgrade that business guests often take. Club members also have there own private check-in facilities.
Rooms in The Fullerton are finished to a high standard with such Asian delights as electric curtain closers and a cat-flap that allows shoes to be left for cleaning at any time. Marble bathrooms include a separate shower with rainfall head. And views over the Asian Civilisations Museum or habour are spectacular.
The infinity swimming pool on the front terrace provides another novel experience: a view over downtown Singapore while swimming at a higher level.
For extra comfort an interesting range of suites is available: Palladian Suites have harbour and riverside views; Loft Suites are double-storey duplexes liked by honeymoon couples; or for the ultimate in luxury The Governor and The Presidential suites should be considered, the latter has an air-conditioned terrace shielded with bullet-proof glass, and both have high ceilings and the aura of a fine stately home.
Excellent service comes as standard at The Fullerton, and reflects the work ethic of the Singaporeans. This is the sort of unobtrusive service that is so efficient that you hardly notice that it is going on, and a very seductive charm for any hotel.
But where this hotel really scores is its location. You step over the door and into the financial district of Singapore with its soaring skyscrapers, and an abundance of dining options along the riverside that snakes its way through the city. It is also minutes away from the Raffles Hotel and the Raffles City shopping mall, and the hotel’s vintage Rolls Royce is the nicest way to get there.
Emirates Airline offers 24 flights a week – including 17 direct non-stop services – from Dubai to Singapore, and its award-winning premium classes provide an extremely comfortable travel option.