Hotel Review: Hotel Fort Canning Singapore (Premium Room)
Keywords: Hotel - Room review - Fort Canning Park - Heritage
Month of visit: October 2021
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Hotel Fort Canning Singapore is situated within Fort Canning Park, just five minutes by foot from Dhoby Ghaut MRT station. As this hotel is on elevated ground, walking to the hotel may be a challenge as there are slopes and stairs and the route is unsheltered. This hotel is nearby major shopping and dining establishments like Plaza Singapura and The Cathay but what sets this hotel apart from others is the lush greeneries surrounding the hotel.
Throughout the hotel are lush green spaces where in-house guests can lounge and take in the atmosphere. This venue is also fairly popular for wedding receptions.
Green spaces within the hotel.
The interior of the hotel is fairly modern for a conserved historical building. There are only two dining outlets; Tisettanta Lounge and The Salon so dining options are fairly limited. We had booked the Premium room which is one category above the entry deluxe room. The premium room is slightly larger than the deluxe room and features a glass-enclosed verandah overlooking the park so it is worthwhile paying the nominal upgrade fee for this room category.
Lobby area of the hotel.
The stairway and corridors leading to guest rooms were quite beautiful with many antique features retained and refurbished.
Stairway and corridor leading to our room.
Do check out this well-appointed room in our immersive 360-degree room tour below.
360-degree room tour of the room.
The Premium room was sizeable at about 39 sqm and gives off a very modern and homely vibe. With the exception of the bathroom, the room has wooden flooring. Immediately to the left of the entrance was a minibar area with a coffee machine and bottled drinking water on the counter top.
Entrance of the Premium room and mini-bar area.
The glassware and a kettle can be found in one of the drawers together with teabags and coffee capsules. Concealed in the cabinet beside was a mini-fridge which was empty during our stay.
Complimentary coffee and tea and a mini-fridge.
Directly opposite and on the other side of the entrance was the main wardrobe area. A sliding door with long mirror panels concealed the wardrobe.
There were many shelves and drawers for guests to store their belongings. This was also where all the bedroom amenities such as an in-room safe, bedroom slippers, clothes hangers, ironing set and laundry bags were found.
Many available storage spaces and bedroom amenities.
A king sized bed was found in the middle of the room and directly in front of a small television. If you wish to connect your device to the screen, you will have to contact the front desk for a different remote control just to change the source.
King sized bed in the middle of the room.
A power socket to charge your devicies can be found at one of the bedside tables. Both bedside tables have control panels to turn on or off the lights. The air-conditioning temperature can be controlled from one of the control panels too.
Bedside tables with light and air-conditioning control switches.
The selling point of this room category is the glass-enclosed verandah. This was a good sized study area with a single seater chair and work desk which overlooked the park. This verandah was separated from the main bedroom area by an antique looking wooden door.
A glass-enclosed verandah overlooking the park.
The work desk was fairly simple but functional if you have some business matters to attend to. Wet wipes were provided here as well.
A small work desk.
The bathroom was separated from the main bedroom area by a corridor. The transition between these two areas can be distinguished from the white marble tiles lining the bathroom.
Corridor connecting the bedroom to the bathroom.
The dry area of the bathroom consisted of a single vanity with standard bathroom amenities provided in a nice wooden box.
Vanity area with bathroom amenities.
Directly behind and separated by a similar white wooden door as the study area was the wet bathroom. The wet bathroom had white marble floors and walls and was gorgeous. A standing shower and a free-standing bathtub were available. Interestingly, the bathroom had views of the park as well.
A beautiful white marble bathroom.
The nature views were much welcomed and in the mornings and evenings, many people could be spotted so if you are shy, don't forget to lower the blinds.
Park view from the room and bathroom.
The facilities of the hotel are not located within the main building and can only be accessed by changing lifts which may be confusing at first. This hotel has a two storey pool deck and three main pools. A long rectangular pool can be found on the lower deck and this was ideal for guests who wish to do laps. For those seeking a more relaxing dip instead, they can opt for the nicer recreational pool on the upper deck. Next to the recreational pool is a small shallow pool for your little ones. Surrounding the pools were private cabanas and sun decks which guests can utilise.
Three pools and outdoor seatings.
The fitness centre was located a few floors below the pools and was well equipped. A wide range of equipment including free weights and cardio exercise equipment were available. There was also a small dance studio at the back.
A well equipped fitness centre.
As mentioned, there were only two dining establishments available within the hotel grounds. Daily breakfast was served at The Salon.
The Salon, Hotel Fort Canning Singapore.
Breakfast at The Salon
The restaurant was packed throughout the morning and can get really noisy because of the relatively low ceilings. Each guest can only opt for one main item each from a selection of Continental, Western and Asian breakfast. Fortunately, beverages, pastries, yoghurt and fruits were free-flow.
Breakfast spread and selections at The Salon.
The pastries were quite good given that many hotel breakfasts don't serve good pastries. Unfortunately the mains that we opted, Eggs Royale and scrambled eggs set were underwhelming. Only one poached egg was plated and a croissant instead of sourdough bread was served. The scrambled eggs portion was very small and was not prepared well. The quantity and quality of side items accompanying the main dish was in truth, miserable.
An average breakfast.
Concluding remarks: This hotel is exciting in a sense that it is located within Fort Canning Park and the premium room allowed us to enjoy nature from the comfort of our guest room. The room itself was clean and homely but some problems were noticed such as poor sewage and broken holder for the shower handle. Breakfast was very average at best. Given the selling points and price range of this hotel, we still found this stay to be of good value.
Hotel Fort Canning, Singapore