With an enviable location directly across the street from the venerable Raffles Hotel, the Fairmont Singapore is a contemporary 26-story high-rise hotel in the heart of Singapore, overlooking Esplanade Park and Marina Bay.
Designed by I.M. Pei and opened in 1986, the hotel shares a massive four-tower site with its sister hotel, the 73-story Swissôtel The Stamford. Both hotels rise atop the Raffles City Convention Centre complex, which Pei envisioned as a "city within a city" and which includes a shopping mall with more than 180 food and fashion retail stores.
The generously-proportioned rooms at the Fairmont Singapore average at least 415 square feet and include a king bed, chaise longue, electric blinds and curtains, and working desk. All well and good, but it's the floor-to-ceiling windows with the electric blinds that will take your breath away. You wake in the morning and with the flip of a switch from your bed, you're witness to a breathtaking view of Marina Bay.
Long after you've returned to your home country, the view from your room at the Fairmont Singapore will linger in your memory.
Bathrooms include a walk-in shower with rainforest showerhead. Toiletries are by Le Labo in their signature fragrance Rose 31, a scent that fragrance writer Chandler Burr once defined as "a good hit of armpit from a hot young woman."
Breakfast at the Fairmont Singapore is served in the Italian trattoria, Prego, and features an extensive buffet highlighting Mediterranean, Asian, and Pan-American cuisines. The result is a little like eating at the erstwhile Delegates Dining Room at the United Nations.
While it's easy to remain within this "city within a city," the Fairmont Singapore is within easy walking distance to the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay complex. Also known as "the Durians" for the buildings' resemblance to that notorious tropical fruit, the Esplanade Theatres complex contains numerous entertainment options, including a concert hall and theatre, and various dining establishments.
From the Esplanade Theatres, Merlion Park is just across the Esplanade Bridge. After dinner along One Fullerton, take an evening stroll back to the Fairmont Singapore and toast to this futuristic city-state from your balcony aerie high above the city.
Listed as one of the world's best hotels in 2012 by Travel + Leisure, the Fairmont Singapore is a sanctuary of civility in a dynamic setting.