Hotel Highlights

  • Handy Central Business District location
  • Luxuriously elegant interiors with jaw-dropping views
  • Lantern rooftop lounge bar and pool for posing

Overview

Super-centrally located in Singapore's business and cultural district, The Fullerton Bay Hotel is a must for luxe lounging, offering elegant rooms, fine dining and boho Lantern rooftop bar and pool, all with bayside views to die for. Boasting swish public areas designed by rising talent Andre Fu and bedrooms that doff their cap to the Lion City's colonial and pan-Asian roots, a stay here guarantees modern glamour.

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

98, including six suites.

Check–out

Check-out, 12pm, but flexible for a half-day charge before 6pm (after you'll have to pay for an extra night). Check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $461.74 (SG$580), excluding tax at 17.7 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast at SG$38 a person.

Also

All rooms are indulgently appointed, with a wall of glass and private balconies for aquatic views, slick desks and laptop lap supports for ergonomic emailing, and lavish bathrooms with separate baths and showers divided from the sleeping area by the flick of a shutter. Vintage prints of the hotel's historic Collyer Quay location adorn bedroom walls, with bespoke art and artefacts adding to the rich local feel.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, DVD library, gym, pool, Jacuzzi, meeting rooms. In rooms: flatscreen satellite TVs (including one in the bathroom), DVD player, iPod dock, minibar, Molton Brown toiletries, Nespresso machine and coffee, Gryphon tea selection.

Our favourite rooms

For extra romance the eight Premier Bay View rooms on ground-level offer covetable outdoor sun-decks overlooking the bay (the two corner ones even sport Jacuzzis, ideal for quaffing bubbly amid the bubbles). Feeling flush? Then bed down in one of the five lavish themed suites, named after former governors of Singapore and individually styled to match the city's cosmopolitan make-up – choose between Chinese, Malay, Indian, Peranakan and Colonial decor.

Poolside

Soak up jaw-dropping views of Marina Bay, the space-age three-towered casino complex and Singapore's skyline while you swim in the spectacular 25-metre outdoor rooftop pool. There are two Jacuzzis and loungers for flopping with a cocktail afterwards.

Packing tips

Look-at-me bags, shades and heels, with a nautical twist for bayside glam. Singapore does chic.

Also

Butler service is available in Suites. The hotel has a strict no smoking policy, but guests can enjoy an alfresco cigarette on the Landing Point or Clifford terraces.

Children

Welcome: the hotel provides free baby cots and extra beds for under-12s, who stay gratis with paying adults. Babysitting is available with staff for SG$100 an hour, with a day's notice.

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

With soaring 10-metre ceilings, sweeping curtains and wall-to-wall bayside windows, sleekly linear Clifford is the hotel's modern French brasserie, where dark wood, high-backed chairs, overscaled dressers and pretty pendant lamps ensure an elegant mood. It's open for breakfast, lunch or dinner, with an 800-bottle wine library to sample while tucking into grilled wagyu striploin, roasted cod or duck confit (reservations recommended). For more informal grazing, the airy Landing Point lounge by the marbled lobby promenade beckons with sink-in sofas and sassy stools grouped around a long bar and outdoor terrace. Pop here for a chilled Lemongrass infusion, refreshing affogato or afternoon tea with scones, or linger for a vintage Negroni, a recreated 19th-century Old-Fashioned cocktail or a more cutting-edge tipple. Light meals span mango and avocado salad, Vietnamese spring rolls and dim sum.

Hotel Bar

Bag a pew at hot venue Lantern, the hotel's seductive seventh-floor rooftop lounge bar which serves up delicious cocktails and killer views of the bay, including vertiginous vistas of the iconic Marina Bay Sands Casino opposite. This lofty poolside perch opens from midday to 2am, with a striking lantern-inspired circular bar, dreamy cabana day-beds at each end for chilling and vibrant contemporary furniture in inviting clusters. Try the signature Red Lantern cocktail, a lip-smacking blend of tequila, watermelon, cucumber, cointreau and lime, a homage to the area's heritage when red lanterns hung on the pier to welcome immigrants and seafarers.

Last orders

The glitzy Landing Point is open from 7am–11pm; demure Clifford serves breakfast from 6.30am–10.30am, lunch from 12pm–2.30pm and dinner from 6.30pm–10.30pm.

Room service

Available 24-hours, with a variety of Asian and Western dishes from Clifford's menu including mouth-watering desserts.

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Dress code

Upscale chic rules here, so pack this season's nattiest threads. Work a sophisticated look at formal Clifford brasserie and a sexy one at more casual rooftop bar Lantern.

Top table

Any of the waterside window tables at Clifford, or take up residence on the terrace if it's not too hot. The comfy banquettes at the back, or two private dining salons at either end (seating six to eight) are sociable hang-outs for groups.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

The historic Customs House, next door to the Fullerton Bay Hotel at 70 Collyer Quay, is home to a clutch of stylish restaurants if you fancy popping out for a bite. Florence-born Procacci at #01-04 (+65 6532 9939) serves up Italian delicacies in a relaxed wood-lined space, with bay views from the alfresco terrace; Nueva Cuba at #01-03 (+65 6535 0538) does what it says on the tin, offering the city's first modern Cuban fusion food and a Latin bar. Kinki (+65 6533 3471) at #02-02 is all about funky Japanese.

Wander the opposite way and you'll come to waterside complex One Fullerton, at 1 Fullerton Road, with its brace of bayside dining destinations. Jing at #01-02 (+65 6224 0088) is hip hotelier Loh Lik Peng's answer to modern Chinese, dishing up roasted Peking duck and signature lobster noodles in a dark, design-savvy space that's all brown, taupe and gold, open to the outdoors. Also here are Japanese grill San-Sui Sumiyaki & Tsuki Bar, at #01-05 (+65 6423 1555) and timber-decked international eatery Pierside at #01-01 (+65 6438 0400), where the menu spans poached lobster linguini, chargrilled octopus and red plum and water apple struedel.

For a real treat, head to chef Tetsuya Wakuda's first restaurant outside Australia, Waku Ghin (+65 6688 8507) at the mezzanine Casino Level 2 of the Marina Bay Sands complex. Serving only evening tasting menus, this intimate fine-diner creates Japanese-meets-modern Euro dishes, and boasts a sake bar and caviar lounge. Its name reflects the 'silver metal' knives used by Tetsuya.

Local bars

Rooftop bars are all the rage in Singapore right now, with a clutch of vertiginous views to choose from. Perched precariously on top of the Marina Sands SkyPark on the opposite side of the bay to the Fullerton, Ku De Ta bar (+65 6688 7688; www.kudeta.com.sg) is one of the latest additions, and is sister hang-out to the Seminyak, Bali, original of the same name. Offering ridiculously gorgeous vistas of Singapore's skyline and seaside setting, it boasts a glam white outdoor bar and a sultry mix of indoor/outdoor dining. Be sure to reserve (reservation@kutdeta.com.sg) and dress to impress. Entry is via the velvet rope at Marina Bay Sands North Tower at 1 Bayfront Avenue.

It's a bit of a tourist trap, but historic hotel Raffles (+65 6412 1816; www.raffles.com), at 1 Beach Road, is just a short walk or taxi ride from the Fullerton Bay Hotel. No visit to Singapore is complete without clinking glasses in this elegant colonial edifice, but we suggest bypassing the over-hyped Long Bar and settling into the intimate Writers Bar off the main lobby instead, named in homage to the literati who have stayed here. The classic Singapore Sling was invented at Raffles, but it's a dash sickly and pink. Opt for something less flouro to accompany the old world charm.

Local cafés

There are several cafes at the One Fullerton complex.

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The Fullerton Bay Hotel

80 Collyer Quay, Singapore, 049326

The Fullerton Bay Hotel is located in the heart of Singapore's CBD on historic Collyer Quay, slap on the Marina Bay waterside between the Customs House and Clifford Pier. Don't mistake it for the older Fullerton Hotel Singapore nearby.

Planes

Fly into Singapore's Changi Airport (www.changiairport.com), then grab a taxi for the 25-minute ride to Marina Bay.

Trains

Singapore's efficient subway and light-rail Mass Rapid Transit system (MRT; www.smrt.com.sg) takes 35 minutes from Changi Airport – hop off at the Raffles Place stop. Overland trains from Malaysia and Thailand on Malaysia's KTM railway (www.ktmb.com.my) connect to the Singapore Railway Station on Keppel Road near Tanjong Pagar, a 12-minute drive from the Fullerton Bay Hotel.

Other

The Singapore Cruise Centre (www.singaporecruise.com) is a 12-minute drive away if you're arriving by sea. Cruise ships and ferries dock here.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Daven Wu , Epicurean word-slinger

I’ve always loved the way Americans use the word ‘insane’ with the emphasis on the second syllable to mean that something is fantastic. As in ‘You gotta try this lasagne, it’s insane!’, or ‘Ohmygod, she is insanely hot!’

But it always felt wrong when I tried it out. As a Malaysian Chinese who’s lived his whole life ...

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Anonymous review by Daven Wu, Epicurean word-slinger

I’ve always loved the way Americans use the word ‘insane’ with the emphasis on the second syllable to mean that something is fantastic. As in ‘You gotta try this lasagne, it’s insane!’, or ‘Ohmygod, she is insanely hot!’

But it always felt wrong when I tried it out. As a Malaysian Chinese who’s lived his whole life in Singapore and Australia, I might as well have pretended I spoke Yiddish. Oy vey. So, who knew that one morning I’d wake up at the Fullerton Bay Hotel and the first thing that popped into my head – ‘This is just insane!’ – would feel so natural and appropriate?

From the depths of my vast king-size bed, buried beneath a fluffy avalanche of white linen (judging from the quality of my sleep, it’s at least 400 thread count), I look out the full-length window of my Bay View Room onto a panorama straight out of some Bond flick.

Looming over the mirror-flat water are the three massive towers of the Marina Bay Sands casino/resort. Catching a glint of the morning sun, its giant cruise liner-shaped roof looks like a futuristic ark that’s become beached on the trio of buildings after the flood waters have receded.

Forget the hokey, time-worn cliche of Singapore as a boring old grump that jails everyone for dropping chewing gum. This is a country that has one of the highest GDP and per capita incomes in the world – and it has bigger fish to fry.

If I ever need a snapshot of Singapore Redux, it’s that dawn view from my room. And in the evenings, when the Marina Bay Sands puts on a synchronised water, music and laser show, the best seats in the house are also from my bed. Or, if you have the energy to leave your nest, the second-best seats are up on the rooftop bar, Lantern.

On our first day, the monsoon arrives early and turns the skyline into a translucent wall of misty noise and wet heat. ‘I do love this Nespresso coffee machine,’ Mr Smith says contentedly, as he takes a cup of steaming Lungo out onto the timber-decked balcony and sits on the cushioned bench to watch the thunderstorm.

Cleverly, the 98-room Fullerton Bay makes the most of its location in the city’s buzzy Central Business District. A hundred years ago, this was the spot where visitors and new migrants arrived by water taxi. Called Clifford Pier, it is now home to both the hotel’s foyer and a fancy Chinese restaurant. The original period ceiling has steel ribs and ornate buttresses, the double-height windows draw in the vista of the bay, and enormous chandeliers lend the whole place a delightfully over-the-top vibe.

Elsewhere, the floor is inlaid with glittering mosaic tiles, and the public spaces are furnished with a low-key Chinoiserie palette of historical black-and-white photos of the area, rosewood, vintage travelling chests and acres of marble.

Yet despite the Fullerton Bay’s grand statement pieces, it retains an unusual intimacy. For one thing, it never seems crowded. ‘I feel like I’m on a luxury yacht,’ Mr Smith murmurs as we walk down corridors lined with windows that overlook a central water courtyard.

Even the bedrooms have a cosiness that’s belied by their larger-than-average square footage. A glass wall separates the bathroom from the bedroom, and stainless-steel-edged doorframes and wall corners bounce light off the bay straight into the room.

Just about every luxury has been carefully thought about – from the Molton Brown toiletries and TV above the extra-large bath tub, to the easy-to-use light switches by the bed and wardrobe doors that click shut with the reassuring heft of a bank vault.

One morning, during a breakfast of fresh tropical fruits and a perfect made-to-order mushroom omelette in the high-ceilinged Clifford restaurant (in the evenings it serves up mod-French brasserie fare), I suddenly notice the low-slung stools next to each table for ladies’ handbags. It’s a small gesture, but it speaks volumes about the hotel’s commitment to the cause.

At just seven stories high, the Fullerton Bay is the only hotel in Singapore that’s built right on the water, which explains both the Sydney Harbour-front vibe and why it’s got some of the best views. In a city where hotels try to outdo each other with the most lofty vistas, there’s something to be said for seeing its highrise horizon from a much lower perspective.

‘I think a cocktail is in order,’ Mr Smith says one afternoon as we sit bubbling happily in one of the two private glass-encased Jacuzzis on the hotel’s rooftop pool deck. Around us soar gleaming skyscrapers filled with bank, law firm and Fortune 500 HQs.

While I imagine every office above us is moaning about the diving euro, I’m mentally making plans to nip down the road to the hotel’s sister property, the Fullerton Hotel, for a spa treatment. I calculate that I have a one-hour window first for a full-blown afternoon tea here in the hotel’s lobby lounge, the Landing Point.

Clearly Mr Smith has read my mind. ‘I feel so sorry for all those guys stuck in their air-conditioned cubicles, slaving away trying to save the world from financial ruin,’ he says pitilessly as he wiggles lower into the gurgling water.

‘I know, isn’t this just totally insane?’ I say.

 

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