Keywords: Hotel - Room review - Fullerton - Heritage hotel
Month of visit: August 2021
Youtube video review: Esplanade Room (The Fullerton Hotel Singapore) | Hotel Review
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore is an upscale and luxurious property housed in a heritage building in downtown Singapore. The hotel is conveniently located, some five minutes walk away from Raffles Place MRT and a minute away from Singapore's iconic Marina Bay.
We had booked an open-date staycation voucher from their website which included an upgraded room (Esplanade room), breakfast for two, $150 dining credits, 11am check-in and 6pm check-out. Although this particular voucher is no longer available, other value-for-money vouchers are on sale and can be purchased from their official website.
Entrance to the hotel.
Our check-in experience was rather fast as we had arrived well before the official check-in time. When we went down to explore the lobby at 3PM, we found many guests trying to check-in and they were assigned to sit at tables instead of standing in long lines.
Majestic common areas of the hotel.
The Esplanade rooms were all situated on the highest floor. We were very impressed with the elegant walkway heading to our guest room.
Elegant lift lobby and walkway heading to our guest room.
Do check out this well-appointed room in our immersive 360-degree room tour below.
360-degree room tour of the room.
The Esplanade room comes with a sizeable entrance walkway which led to the bathroom on the left and a walk-in-wardrobe on the right. This area was marble tiled and had nice wooden finishings.
Entrance of the Esplanade room.
The walk-in-wardrobe can be accessed by a sliding door and had two built in cabinets. One of them was empty and can be used to store your luggages and other belongings while the other had bedroom amenities. This included clothes hangers, bathrobes, bedroom slippers, extra pillow, iron set, laundry bag and a built-in safe.
Walk-in-wardrobe near the entrance door.
Directly opposite was a beautiful marble tiled bathroom.
Overview of the bathroom.
The WC area was separated by a sliding door from the main bathroom so more than one guest can utilise the bathroom at any one time. A heated toilet seat and bidet made using the toilet comfortable. Opposite the WC room was the free-standing shower area with both a rain shower and hand-held shower available.
Separate WC area and free-standing shower.
Adjacent to the free-standing shower was a built-in bathtub which was of a good size and by a large mirror.
A built-in bath tub.
Our favourite part of the bathroom was a white marble-tiled vanity area. This single vanity area was where all the bathroom amenities were placed.
White marble vanity area.
Heading out of the bathroom and into the main bedroom area, guests can find that the marble tiles are replaced by a carpeted flooring. As this is the largest non-suite room in the property, the bedroom area is extremely spacious and ideal for families. Our room was elegantly furnished with intricate wallpaper and false ceiling designs.
Overview of the spacious bedroom.
Upon entering the bedroom area, guests can find a fully stocked minibar.
A mini-bar area tucked in a corner.
A good selection of paid items were available. Do note that even the hand sanitiser and alcohol wipes are chargeable so do check with guest services if you are unsure to avoid unwanted charges. Complimentary items included teas by TWG and drinking water. A Nespresso machine was also available.
Complimentary and paid minibar items.
The work desk was positioned directly in front of a good sized flat-screen television that was mounted onto a feature wall. This made viewing of the screen uncomfortable. The table was extremely heavy so moving of this furniture may not be a good idea.
A work desk in front of the television.
To mirror your laptop on the television screen, you can directly connect your laptop to a HDMI port that can be found in one of the wooden drawers. Interestingly, one of the drawer opens up to give a flat surface where you can place your laptop. A telephone was also found here.
Drawers and space to place your laptop.
The king sized bed was positioned directly opposite the work area and television. The bed was very comfortable and a low bench was placed directly in front of the bed.
A comfortable king-sized bed.
The bedside tables had light control switches and power sockets within easy reach.
As we had requested for a Marina Bay view (the other view being a river view), we were treated to a gorgeous view of this iconic bay. A sofa was available to lounge on while soaking in the views. If you prefer a balcony, you may instead opt for a "Marina Bay View room".
Sofa overlooking the Marina Bay.
This hotel has a small pool deck overlooking the impressive colonial facade of the hotel on one side and the Singapore River on the other. Many lounge spaces were available but because of the small space, most of these lounge decks were angled and had restricted views. Also as the pool isn't large, advanced booking for pool slots is recommended. The hotel also has a fitness centre which we did not utilise.
A small pool deck overlooking the Singapore river.
Happy hour was served daily at Town restaurant where diners can order drinks at a discounted price. We also had dinner and breakfast at the same restaurant on the lobby level of the hotel. For all our dining, we opted for outdoor seatings which overlooked the river.
A relaxing outdoor dining space at Town Restaurant.
Happy hour at Town Restaurant
A good selection of beverages and bar bites were available during the Happy hour held daily at Town Restaurant. We enjoyed the Fullerton Sling thoroughly.
Happy hour at Town Restaurant.
Dinner at Town Restaurant
The dinner menu was rather extensive and we opted for Western cuisine. There were a few options for pasta and our cream based spaghetti was flavourful. We also had slow cooked beef cheeks and Impossible burger which were both really good.
Dinner situation at Town Restaurant.
Breakfast at Town Restaurant
The breakfast at the same venue was an ala-carte buffet style but the selections were not great. Nonetheless, it was a pleasant dining experience and we do recommend securing an outdoor seat. One thing to note about outdoor dining in the morning is the presence of birds which may occasionally come to disturb you.
Breakfast spread at Town Restaurant.
We always look forward to the coffee at Fullerton Hotels as their Fullerton Bear latte art is always so adorable. When seated, we were served a bread basket and a fruit platter. The main courses were free-flow and you may order them as a set or as individual items. As mentioned earlier, the breakfast menu is somewhat limited. For example, only scrambled and sunny side up eggs were available and not omelette or poached eggs. There were also no sweet treats like waffles or pancakes.
A free-flow breakfast selection.
Concluding remarks: This hotel is largely popular because of its reputation as an ultra-luxurious property. The service standards were high and hotel rooms and common areas were in excellent condition despite it being housed in a building built in 1928. The hotel offers good promotion packages these days and it may be wise to take advantage of this opportunity to have a staycation here.
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore