Photo courtesy of The Fullerton Hotel
Stately Luxury on the Singapore River
For over 80 years The Fullerton Hotel has stood where the Singapore River meets Marina Bay as a member of Singapore’s old guard. The historic hotel invites guests to enjoy the same refined opulence it has offered for decades. The space has an understated type of grandeur—unless we’re talking about the doric column-backed outdoor terrace pool—wow. In terms of location, the Fullerton is ideal. From here you'll have easy access to some of the city’s best museums and attractions. Plus, when the sun sets, you’re on the doorstep of downtown dining and nightlife around the quays and marina. Inside the Fullerton is the Post Bar—a great meeting spot for a drink and a bite. You’ll also be close to Singapore’s underground train system, a fascinating, convenient, and air-conditioned mode of transport for zipping around the city. The hotel’s best-kept secret is its air-conditioned underground passageway, which gives guests easy access to all the action on the Marina, including its sister hotel, The Fullerton Bay. This photo was taken on the terrace of the Fullerton Suite, which overlooks the Singapore River.
The Fullerton Hotel
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.
By Sanjay Surana, AFAR Contributor
Dim Sum at Jade
The Fullerton's modern Chinese restaurant, Jade, is a great choice for gourmet dim sum. The setting is elegant, the service impeccable (not always easy to find), and the prix fixe weekend dim sum brunch option is reasonably priced. The brunch is "all you can eat" but you can still order off the menu. Of course, if you are here during Chinese New Year they will prepare yusheng or lo hei for you—a salad in which each ingredient symbolizes prosperity. Each diner is given long chopsticks and the salad is mixed and thrown in the air—the higher it goes the more prosperous the new year will be. Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Column-backed Sunset Swim
The Fullerton's pool is tucked away on the second floor's column-backed terrace overlooking the Singapore River. It's a relaxing spot to swim a few laps, soak up the sun or enjoy a casual pool-side lunch. The Fullerton's heritage architecture is on full display and elevates the pool experience with colonial-era grandeur. Request one of the suites that opens onto this level, providing immediate pool access.
1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178
+65 6733 8388