SingaROAR: location and cinematic views over Singapore.
SingaBORE: loud lobby attached to a mall and conference center; no free wi-fi
Hit it: great for business travellers (location), families (food choices and huge swimming pool)
Skip it: not so great for private romantic getaway in tranquil environment
“This is not true ‘– I thought… The cinematic views over the towers of Marina Bay Sands and Singapore’s contemporary skyline were so breathtakingly beautiful, the hotel could have got away with putting just a sleeping bag on the floor: I would have been happy regardless. The wall to ceiling window was the love trap I fell into right after making the first step into the room: having caught the look in the bellboy’s eyes, I understood he had seen it all before.
The hotel stands at 73 floors tall: my room was well designed and spacious, with a nice desk and huge flatscreen TV, but it was the view where in my mind Stamford Swiss Hotel earned its stripes. There were fruits. There were chocolates. There was a welcome letter. The management made me feel welcomed right upon arrival. The best word to describe the room is practical. It is easy on the eye. The hotel has won several awards as the Best
Business Hotel in the region: in the room you find a multipurpose office desk, LCD TV, well-stocked mini-bar. The bathroom comes with a tub and a shower in a cubicle. The hotel offers laundry service, but as a true business hotel, The Stamford provided me with an ironing board. High-speed Wi-Fi worked really well, however it wasn’t free: am I the only one to think that this day and age charging for Wi-Fi in hotels is like charging for toilets in restaurants and bars?
The hotel’s modern sleek interior is well-matched by the bar, New Asia, home to some incredible parties. The spectacular view from the 70th floor makes it an ideal spot for watching sunsets and cheering during the F1 night city race. The hotel boasts 27 meeting rooms, 15 restaurants, a modern fitness centre, fantastic leisure amenities at Willow Stream spa, six tennis courts and two swimming pools nested between skyscrapers.
It’s a business hotel attached to the Raffles City Shopping and convention centre. The hotel is very well located on Stamford road in terms of shopping (there is an entrance to the mall right from the hotel), transport (the City Hall MRT station is RIGHT BELOW the hotel) and entertainment (just a short walk from Boat Quay –a pedestrian enclave with restaurants, pubs, bars and clubs).