The Fullerton Bay Hotel, Singapore | HOTEL REVIEW
INTRODUCTION TO THE FULLERTON BAY HOTEL
The Fullerton Bay Hotel sits in an enviable location in Collyer Quay, looking across the Marina Bay complex. The clean, modern design by Andre Fu is a wonderful contrast to its much older sister hotel across the street, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore.
Date of stay: May 2018
Room: Bay View Room
Reviewed by: Chinmoy Lad
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WHAT I LOVED
- Location. Singapore is small, but even so, The Fullerton Bay Hotel is set on Marina Bay, right by the waterfront. The hotel is within easy access to most of Singapore, and is also well connected through the MRT.
- View. If you book one of the Bay View or Premier Bay View Rooms (or suites with a view), then you’ll enjoy a stunning scene of the Marina Bay Sands complex and beyond, from ground view. It’s perhaps not Singapore’s best views (some of the hotels across the harbour that have higher floors enjoy more enviable views, including across Singapore’s skyline which is set behind The Fullerton Bay Hotel, but it’s certainly not a bad view!)
- Design. The contemporary structure and interiors, designed by Andre Fu, are a wonderful mix of new and old. The structures, angles, lines and colour schemes offer a glimpse into the past but the furnishings and fittings are decidely modern and contemporary in style, in many places often accented by chandeliers that wouldn’t have looked out of place a hundred years ago.
- Rooms. The rooms are spacious but not overly large, with the Deluxe Room starting at 45 sqm/484 sqft). All rooms feature a sizable balcony. The Suites start at 78 sqm/840 sqft. Perhaps the room to get here is the Premier Bay View Room with Jacuzzi which features an outdoor, ensuite jacuzzi, although we are not entirely sure of the need for a heated jacuzzi in Singapore’s heat…! We did find the themed suites to be a bit too much for our design tastes, however, with its themed wall paneling, although the overall look and feel is maintained.
- Service. While it is hard to judge service on a short stay, staff were welcoming and greeted me by name consistently upon arrival and departure, a sign of the hotel’s boutique nature. Turndown was efficient and timely, and the concierge team were fantastic for pre-arrival and during my stay in setting up some basic requirements and reservations. The staff were also great with special requests, such as sourcing out a very specific shopping item I was looking for (that I couldn’t find in Hong Kong).
POINTS TO NOTE
- Deluxe and Premier Room. Due to the building’s structure and orientation, the Deluxe and Premier Rooms don’t necessarily enjoy a lot of privacy or quiet, facing Clifford’s Pier on one side, and a bar scene on the other side. Although parties in Singapore don’t typically happen very, very late into the night, you may still wish to enjoy a darker, quieter and more private scene at night (or even during the day) than is afforded by these two rooms. Luckily, Virtuoso offers upgrades at the time of booking (if available), so book Premier for the confirmed upgrade to the Bay View Room at the time of booking.
- Spa. The boutique hotel doesn’t have its own spa, but access to the spa at its sister property next door, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, is provided. While the arrangement with the shared spa is certainly beneficial to guests staying at The Fullerton Bay Hotel, it’s a spa (and hotel) that is in need of a refresh and upgrade in its facilities offered. We did enjoy a very good massage there thanks to our therapist Diane, but the rooms and facilities are relatively bare, and rather tired, for a hotel of its standing.
- Dining. Unfortunately due to our short stay we did not get to sample much cuisine at Fullerton Bay Hotel (except the breakfast on offer – a buffet spread with hot items made to order), however the dining venues offer an excellent ambiance, in particular Clifford Pier and Landing Point which are among your first entry points at The Fullerton Bay Hotel, featuring al fresco terraced dining options, quintessential afternoon tea and arched ceiling.
GENERAL INFORMATION AND GETTING THERE
- The Fullerton Bay Hotel is a 30-minute drive from Changi Airport (SIN).
- The hotel is a 10-minute walk from Raffles Place MTR Exit
HOTEL FACT SHEET
- LOCATION: Collyer Quay, Singapore
- OPENED: 2010
- HOTEL ROOMS: 100
- RESIDENCE VILLAS: 0
- RATES FROM: USD 500/night++
Rates are only an approximation and subject to change and availability
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