‘At Hotel Fort Canning you are immersed in 18 hectares of lush tropical gardens, right in the middle of the city’.
Hotel Fort Canning (click here) is located in the heart of Singapore. This converted 1920’s British outpost features 86 rooms and is perched atop Fort Canning Hill with Clarke Quay on one side and the national museum on the other side.
There is a great deal of history within the walls of the award winning heritage Hotel Fort Canning. Originally built as an Administration Building of the British Far East Command HQ in 1926. It has hosted numerous different military factions during its time.
*During 1942 -1945 the building was occupied by the Occupation of the Japanese Military, when the the 2nd world war had ended, British Armed forces regained control of the building and had it up until Singapore’s independence in 1965 where it was commandeered by the Singapore Armed Forces. In 1976 it was left abandoned and remained unoccupied until 1995, where it housed Fort Canning Country Club. In 2002 the present owners took over the premises and launched a premium members-only club called The Legends Fort Canning Park. This was in operation until July 2011 where the decision was made to fully restore the building into the luxury hotel we know today as Hotel Fort Canning.
The entrance and lobby of Hotel Fort Canning is beautiful. An internal grand staircase welcomes you at the guest drop off. As you walk into the check-in there is a glass floor that holds some of Singapore’s oldest history (dating back to the 14th Century when the Majapahit kings ruled Singapore, I told you this place had history!).
We stayed on the left wing of the building in the deluxe room. Our room was adorned with high ceilings and luxuriously appointed with Italian designed Poltrona Frau Furniture. Our semi separate floor to ceiling marble bathroom was set against a charming oversized picture window that directly overlooked the pool and garden area and onto the Orchard Road skyline.
Food & Beverage:
Our buffet breakfast was pretty average to be honest, with not much selection. I don’t know if we got there late and everything was gone because of meetings earlier in the morning or was just unlucky. However, the a la carte lunch at The Salon, was very tasty, we had a great choice of local and international cuisines which I really did enjoy. Click here to read the full review.
Pool & Gym:
Within the hotel, there are two large pool areas. A lap pool, free-form and a kid friendly one, all pools are chemical and chlorine free (big plus) which are filled with mineral water and treated by an ecologically safe process using NASA technology.
The gym is located in the Legends Club it was extremely large and certainly well equipped with TechnoGym equipment, it also had a separate yoga/Pilates/stretching area and a large change room.
Hotel Fort Canning is also renowned for its spacious outdoor air conditioned facilities.
- Spacious bedroom
- Opulent décor
- Fort Canning Park at the doorstep
- Beautifully appointed marble bathroom with gorgeous parkland views
- The open glass from bedroom to bathroom offers little to the imagination when it comes to going to the bathroom, there are blinds that come down, however are noisy and slow
- Very poor Wi-Fi in our room
- Pool area was somewhat disappointing, while very large and clean, the surrounding areas lack character and felt a bit sterile
What unfortunately left us on a bit of a sour note was at checkout. Due to morning meetings we skipped the included breakfast at the restaurant for the lobby’s better Wi-Fi and had 2 coffees at the bar. Upon checkout, we were charged $20 for the coffee, which we could have made in our room for free with the Nespresso machine. When bringing this to the attention of a staff member as we were leaving, it was simply brushed aside. While the money wasn’t an issue, it was the lack of common-sense from the particular staff member that really annoyed me.