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The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore review

Part of The Fullerton Heritage precinct and the only hotel with a seat on the prime quayside location of Marina Bay, The Fullerton Bay Hotel mixes Singapore’s past and present in classic, elegant style with 100 rooms and suites with dazzling views of the water and city sky scape.

Traveller:
Tina-Louise Jackson
Room: Bay View Room
Address: 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore
Date: June 2023
Best for: A stylish getaway in the heart of Singapore

The Signature factor

The service. From the moment you step through the doors of Clifford Pier, you’ll feel thoroughly spoiled and ever so slightly glamorous.

Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore lobby
© Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore

The concept

The hotel’s glass facade makes the most of the Marina Bay Waterfront location with stunning water views from the lobby to the dining areas. Each of the 100 rooms and suites has floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies, with vistas of the waterfront or city sky scape. Designed by Andre Fu, you’ll be taken on a journey through Singapore’s vibrant history from past to present as you stroll through the hotel, with a selection of vintage nautical maps and contemporary art that reflects the location’s heritage.

First impressions

You’ll feel like a star from sweeping the driveway to the graceful Clifford Pier Entrance. Once the first port of call for immigrants arriving in Singapore, it now serves as the gateway to the elegant and modern Fullerton Bay Hotel.

From the grand entrance, The Landing Point stretches along an elegant six-metre wide indoor promenade, transitioning you from the old to the new, where a stunning 5-metre cylindrical chandelier suspends from the ceiling in front of the check-in desks. Yet it’s the scent that draws me in most – a heady mix of tropical and floral, reminiscent of a warm Singapore night.

The room

My Bay View Room is situated on the sixth floor, with stunning views across glistening Marina Bay and a balcony perfect for watching the sunset reflect on the glass towers of Marina Bay Sands opposite and watching the nightly light shows. Already a roomy 50+ sq metres, the natural light offered by the floor-to-ceiling windows gives a sense of even more space, the decor a mix of wood, leather and chrome.

An invitingly large bed dominates the room, a sofa where you can soak up the views in air-conditioned comfort, and, should you be visiting for work, a desk that can also take advantage of the view. A laptop bed stand allows one to work from the bed for a more decadent workspace. Even the bathroom offers a grand view, through a large glass picture window, with a large bath and separate rain shower.

© Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore

Top suite

The six suites are individually themed to reflect the wealth of cultures in cosmopolitan Singapore. Situated on the hotel’s upper floors and waterfront-facing, each suite is named after former Governors of the Straits Settlements. Whilst all the suites are at least 78 square metres, the Presidential Suite is a vast 152 square metreswith a generous living and dining area, a lounge and games room, a study and a bedroom.  Art, canvases and lamps are custom-crafted or sourced from private collections and galleries.

On my plate

The Landing Point, stretching down the indoor promenade linking Clifford Pier to the hotel, offers a 13-metre-long bar, perfect for an indoor sundowner taking in the views or afternoon tea. 

La Brasserie sits at the heart of the historic Fullerton Heritage District, a chic dining space serving local and international cuisine in a sleek modern setting with panoramic waterfront views.

Perched on the rooftop, Lantern is named after Clifford Pier’s historic Chinese name, ‘Red Lantern Pier’, serving gourmet snacks, fine wines, champagne and cocktails, perfect for an alfresco sundowner with a dazzling view.

© Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore

I wish I could take home…

Whilst there may be many items in the room that I would love to take home and would fit in my suitcase, it’s the view I would most like to take with me. Despite having made Singapore my home for 4 years, the view from Fullerton Bay is just picture-perfect. 

Spa life

Whilst the hotel has no spa, a 5-minute walk through the underground walkway will take you to Fullerton Bay’s big sister, the Fullerton Hotel, where you can bliss out at the award-winning Fullerton Spa.

Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore pool at sunset
The pool at sunset © Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore

Staying in

Whilst I could gaze at Marina Bay from the comfort of my room, bath or balcony from dawn to dusk, the 25-metre rooftop infinity pool is perfect for some relaxation time and a few laps, with or without a cocktail in hand, and the well-equipped gym perfect for working off a luxurious afternoon tea at The Landing Point.

Stepping out

Perfectly positioned in the vibrant financial, arts and cultural districts, you’ll be close to the river-side dining and entertainment areas of Boat Quay and Clarke Quay, the dining options of One Fullerton, the Shoppes and theatres of Marina Bay Sands, the Art Science Museum, Gardens by the Bay and Esplanade – Theatres by the Bay. For a local food fix, head to Lau Par Sat, an architecturally stunning covered hawker centre, just a 10-minute stroll from the hotel.

Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore pool
© Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore

The accolades

Too numerous to mention, the awards list is impressive and many pages long, gaining recognition for its stylish design, hospitality, views and waterfront dining experiences and consistently named one of the top hotels in Singapore by guests and travel experts alike. It’s easy to understand why.

Insiders’ tips

Join the I Prefer Hotel Rewards loyalty program, and you’ll enjoy benefits including loyalty rates, complimentary breakfasts and dining discounts. Book direct for a complimentary Heritage Tour – direct suite bookings also get a complimentary departure transfer.

Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore rooftop
© Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore

Green thumbs up?

Fullerton Bay Hotels is committed to achieving key goals in the Sustainability Vision 2030 outlined by Sino Group, the hotel’s holding company. The SV2030 is focused on three pillars – Green Living, Innovative Design and Community Spirit to achieve the Group’s vision of ‘Creating Better Lifescapes’.

As one of their Green Initiatives, and to do your bit, place the disc on your bed to let room service know that you don’t want your bed linen changed and help save gallons of water.

If only…

I’d got up early enough to watch the sunrise from my balcony.

Final verdict

The Fullerton Bay Hotel offers a stylish stay that will spoil you from the moment you step through the doors of Clifford Pier, a perfect blend of old and new, with definitely one of the best views in Lion City.

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