Opened at the mouth of the Singapore River in 1928 to celebrate 100 years since Singapore's British founding, the Fullerton Hotel was, at the time, the largest and most expensive building in the Lion City. It served as the General Post Office, Exchange, Chamber of Commerce, and Singapore Club before undergoing a $320 million refit to open as a hotel in 2001. Visually, it’s a showstopper, with coffered ceilings, cornices, and marble floors—a Palladian building in stark contrast to the neighboring bland office towers. The atrium lobby is refreshingly bright, with a grandness of scale that brings drama to the arrival experience. Rooms have vanilla-colored walls, and some open to the atrium. The 25-meter infinity pool is almost theatrical, with Doric columns rising behind. Leisurely afternoon tea is a fine excuse to linger in the atrium lobby and appreciate the airy space’s tranquil qualities.
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The Fullerton Hotel sits at a fascinating crossroads of old and new, of arts and commerce. Across the road stands the statue of Singapore’s mascot, the Merlion, spewing water from its half-mermaid/half-lion mouth. Two historic bridges—Cavenagh Bridge and Anderson Bridge, named for a British colonel and governor, respectively, edge the property. Just across Cavenagh Bridge sits the Asian Civilisations Museum, which explores the many ethnicities that make up modern-day Singapore. The Fullerton’s location on the Singapore River makes it a good base for cool morning walks, as well as the bars and restaurants along Boat Quay. The financial district, the Esplanade theater, and the mega-shopping and entertainment complex at Marina Bay Sands are all within a 15-minute walk.
Need to Know
Rooms: 372 rooms, 28 suites. From $360. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:The aptly-named Lighthouse Italian Restaurant & Rooftop Bar is where a lighthouse was situated from 1958 to 1979. Its rooftop bar is a popular place for wedding proposals (and plenty of drinking thereafter). The jack-of-all-trades international restaurant Town has a pretty riverside setting. Jade’s biggest draw is the weekend dim sum lunches. And reservations are recommended for the Friday and Saturday evening chocolate buffet at the Courtyard, under the atrium. Spa and gym details:Situated on the mezzanine level, the Spa Artisan offers the usual roster of massages, detoxifying treatments, facials, and nail art. The fitness center is open 24 hours.
Who’s it for: History buffs, arts and culture mavens, anyone on a grand Asia tour. Our favorite rooms: Many Heritage Rooms look dated for a reason. They are living museums, with architectural cornices and motifs that date from the building’s opening in 1928. Get the back story:Take the complimentary heritage guided tours, offered on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, for insight into the property’s history.
Luxury pressed sheets.
Rooms overlook the atrium courtyard, skyline, river promenade, or sea.
The Financial Centre—full suite of business and secretarial services.
Spa Artisan—traditional and contemporary Asian treatments. Natural and hand-made ingredients.
Post Bar—cocktail bar with adjoining outdoor East Garden.
Full gym with swimming pool, sauna, and steam room. 25-meter outdoor infinity pool.
Jade—fresh, modern Chinese cuisine in an elegant setting. The Lighthouse Restaurant & Rooftop Bar—authentic Southern Italian cuisine and cocktails with a view of the city skyline. Town Restaurant—refined international cuisine. The Fullerton Cake Boutique—handcrafted cakes and pastries. The Courtyard—light meals, buffets, afternoon tea, and cocktails.
The Fullerton Heritage Gallery—showcases the rich heritage and history of the precinct. The Fullerton Shop—lobby level shop with historic post-master keepsakes. Tirtha Weddings—Singaporean wedding specialists. LaPrendo—curated jewelry collection. Raffles Jeweller—range of pearl, jade, and diamond jewelry. Salon de Florere—salon offering hair and styling services.
Post Master Rooms
The Fullerton's stylish accommodations offer scenic views of the city skyline.
Elegant and contemporary accommodation with views of the sunlit atrium lobby.
These rooms feature views of the picturesque Marina Bay or the historic Singapore River.
These unique rooms each reflect the distinctive character of this historic building. Each room features details like architectural cornices and original motifs from 1928.
Luxuriously spacious, Esplanade Rooms are located on the top floor of the hotel, offering panoramic views of the Marina Bay or Singapore River.
These spacious suites, with an en suite living room, reflect a blend of Asian and Colonial influences.
These one-bedroom suites offer views of the riverside and bay. Palladian Suite 777 is particularly historic as it was once part of the office of the former Minister of Finance Dr. Hon Sui Sen.
Duplex style suites feature a spacious interior with high ceilings, and spiral stairs lead to the private bedroom above the living room on the lower floor. Each of the eight lofts features original double French doors leading out to a balcony with a view of the Marina Bay waterfront.
On the highest floor of the hotel, these suites have a generous living area, study, and a spacious outdoor terrace with views of the Singapore River and Marina Bay.
The hotel's grand suite offers elegant details down to the historic 1920's wall motifs. The living room opens out to a verandah flanked by 20-foot Doric columns on each side with views of Anderson Bridge. The room also features a luxuriously furnished bedroom, dining room, and kitchen, as well as a Bang and Olufsen entertainment system and wall motifs dating back to the 1920's.
Formerly the card room of the elite Singapore Club, this 2169 square foot suite is furnished with a baby grand piano and has a private elevator. The living and dining room extend into a glass-enclosed verandah with 20-foot Doric columns. A private study adjoins the handsomely furnished bedroom. The spacious bathroom features Bvlgari bathroom amenities.
The Straits Club
Guests residing in any of the hotel's 28 suites enjoy The Straits Club privileges which include round-the-clock personalized service, in-room room registration, complimentary daily Champagne breakfast, daily refreshments, evening canapes, and cocktails in the dedicated lounge. Other privileges include preferred laundry rates, pressing service, a movie collection, and a late checkout (if available). During their stay, guests may also use the meeting room for up to eight guests for two hours. The Straits Club offers the ultimate service experience by providing premium accommodation with the highest level of quality and comfort for the discerning traveller.