Part of the waterfront development that includes sister property Fullerton Hotel and dining hub One Fullerton, the Fullerton Bay Hotel opened in 2010 and touts itself as the only hotel located on the Marina Bay waterfront. Unlike its sister hotel, Fullerton Bay’s architecture skews heavily modernist, typified by the glass facade, a cylindrical lobby chandelier more than 15 feet in diameter, and finishes in gray, burnt orange, and eggplant. Contemporary Asian art, commissioned by the hotel, appears throughout the public areas. Vintage maps around the building give a hint of the area’s nautical importance. The location places the hotel on the edge of the financial district, across the water from the tri-towered Marina Bay Sands, and between the heritage buildings of Clifford Pier and Customs House (the entry point for many of the city’s early settlers). Accommodations are pleasingly roomy, starting at 540 square feet, each with a balcony. The rooftop pool offers broad views of the bay.
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Given its proximity to the Fullerton Hotel—a few minutes away by foot—the Fullerton Bay is close to the same sites as its sister property. The visually striking ArtScience Museum, designed by Moshe Safdie to resemble an open lotus, and the nearby Louis Vuitton store on a floating island are an easy walk around the bay. Out the back of the hotel, Singapore’s top Spanish restaurant, Catalunya (82 Collyer Quay), serves excellent tapas; its newly-launched late-night series (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday) is rambunctious, but in a good way.
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Rooms: 94 rooms, 6 suites. From $440. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:To get a sense of the culinary influences at the brasserie-style Clifford Pier, set in a 1933 building, just look at the signature dish—homemade duck rillettes. Afternoon tea here is a local take on the luxury-hotel tradition, with sandwiches like bak kwa (grilled pork) jam and hae bee hiam (fried prawns), and drinks such as the addictively sweet, shockingly pink, rose-syrup milk concoction bandung. The Landing Point, with its 30-foot bar and tables overlooking the bay, makes a pretty, and cool, hideout for an evening libation. Spa and gym details:While there isn’t a spa, the rooftop fitness center is open 24 hours.
Who's it for: Advertising honchos on expense accounts, fashionistas, globe-trotting CEOs, honeymooners. Our favorite rooms: The Premier Bay View Rooms come with a Jacuzzi. There are only two (rooms 109 and 118) and they have 12-foot ceilings, a position in the corner of the property, and a whirlpool that looks onto the bay. Table with a view:Reserve a table nearest the waterfront at Lantern, the rooftop bar that’s undoubtedly one of the city’s most pleasurable places to order a tipple. Signature drinks include the Merlion—tequila, ginger, honey water, lime, and seltzer. Nibble on truffle fries, enjoy your drink, and watch the nightly light show staged across the water at Marina Bay Sands.