Heritage luxury in the heart of Singapore
371 Rooms / 28 Suites
Whether you’re in Singapore to experience its burgeoning art scene or get your adrenaline pumping at the world’s only Formula One Night Race, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore will put you in the middle of the action.
Located trackside and in the heart of Singapore’s central business district, this business hotel with a Palladian neoclassical façade has seen more than just Ferraris whiz by: Opened in 1928, its 442,397-square-foot grounds have housed a fort, the General Post Office, the Ministry of Finance, the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Japanese military wartime headquarters, the Marine Office and political rallies that led to the city-state’s independence in 1965, to name a few. Because of this rich past, the hotel was declared Singapore’s 71st National Monument.
Originally known as The Fullerton Building, it was, and still is, the center of Singapore’s commercial and social life. Walk past the doormen at the main entrance drop-off by the Singapore River and through the revolving doors, and you’ll be greeted by the warm hotel scent that permeates like lilies through The Courtyard in the sunlit 120-foot-tall lobby atrium. Afternoon tea, a chocolate buffet, cocktails and meetings over coffee are daily activities here.
The design was a win: Major PH Keys of Keys & Dowdeswell, a Shanghai-based architecture firm, nabbed the project through a design competition with his fluted Doric colonnades and lofty portico design over the main entrance.
The Fullerton’s location at the mouth of the Singapore River meant that it had unparalleled views out to sea. For 20 years, a lighthouse — installed on the rooftop of the building in 1958 — guided ships out in the harbor. The hotel’s Italian restaurant sits at the lighthouse today.
The building reopened as a boutique hotel in 2001, after three years and $280 million (SGD$400 million) in renovations. In the update, it gained its grand staircase, two new floors and two new columns. It has also won many accolades, including Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority Architectural Heritage Award, its status as a National Monument and Four Stars from Forbes Travel Guide.
Of the 371 rooms and 28 suites in this eight-story hotel, the bay-facing Esplanade Rooms and Fullerton Suites on the top floors are best for catching nightly light shows from the opposite Marina Bay Sands, and yearly fireworks and Formula One race cars. The grand Governor Suite has a verandah that opens up to the hairpin turn of the Singapore Grand Prix street circuit. This 828-square-foot suite has wall motifs that date back to the 1920s, and views of the historic Anderson Bridge and the next-door Fullerton Waterboat House.
Other rooms that also afford views of the bay area are the balconied Premier Quay Rooms, eight two-story duplex Loft Rooms (also with balconies), and the one-bedroom Palladian Suites. If you’d like a little more history thrown in, ask for Suite 777 — it was once part of the office for a Singaporean minister of finance. Or request the Heritage Rooms — these have the historic architectural cornices and original motifs from 1928.
Room sizes range from 387 to 2,169 square feet, and are all fitted with a bathtub and shower, individual temperature control and an in-room safe. The Presidential Suite comes with Bulgari bathroom amenities.
You’ll find everything you need within the columns of this Singapore hotel: four restaurants and a bar — Jade (Chinese), The Lighthouse Restaurant & Rooftop Bar (Italian), Town Restaurant (local and international all-day dining), The Courtyard (lobby lounge) and the Post Bar.
The Post Bar houses one of two original red pillar postboxes from the hotel’s General Post Office days. The other is at the Fullerton Heritage Gallery, where memorabilia dating back to 1932 is showcased, as well as tidbits, like how the iconic Merlion statue (a mermaid-lion hybrid) first took its place next to the Fullerton Waterboat House in 1972. You can still send mail through these boxes — just buy a stamp at the concierge desk. Any mail sent through it will be stamped with a special chop from the hotel.
While Wi-fi is located throughout the luxury hotel, the financial center will solve all business needs, including video conferencing and translation, interpreter and courier services.
Make sure to take a break at the 82-foot-long infinity pool, the spa and gym on the mezzanine level or at the salon, souvenir and jewelry shops on the lobby level. To soak it in exclusively, hang out at The Straits Club (for suite guests only) or arrange a ride in the hotel’s vintage Rolls-Royce limousines.