Raffles Hotel Singapore Rating: 5.0 PearlsSingapore
The Raffles in Singapore is a sight many visit even if they are not staying at the hotel; the colonial-style building opened in 1887, and after extensive renovations, reopened in 1991. It has hosted everyone from Glenn Close to the Queen of England and it has a hall of fame to prove it. Numerous amenities contribute to its iconic feel, including a museum, a shopping arcade with high-end shops such as Louis Vuitton, antique-filled common areas, and beautiful gardens. The hotel also features fifteen restaurants and bars, an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a luxurious spa. All rooms are spacious suites with classic decor, including oriental rugs and mahogany furniture -- though the tube TVs in some rooms could use an update. This hotel is a solid luxury choice for business and leisure travelers, and anyone who appreciates history and old-fashioned charm.
The Fullerton Bay Hotel Rating: 5.0 PearlsSingapore
This upscale boutique opened in 2010 is one of the newest hotels on the Marina Bay waterfront. It's intimate by Singapore hotel standards (100 rooms), and with its top-notch service and wonderful amenities, the property feels exclusive and private. Spacious rooms have masculine decor, with dark colors and wood accents, and come equipped with high-end amenities, including Egyptian cotton linens, Molton Brown toiletries, Nespresso coffeemakers, and iPod docks. Double-glazed floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning bay and skyline views. The vistas can also be enjoyed from the balconies and the deep soaking tubs (note that the glass walls between the tubs and the rooms do have privacy shades). The stylish rooftop bar, the huge pool, and the great dining options round out the experience.
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore Rating: 5.0 PearlsSingapore
The 608-room Ritz-Carlton Millenia is one of the premier luxury options in Singapore. Notable highlights include the grand lobby with glass roof, huge rooms with incredible views of the water, and an extensive art collection with works by Andy Warhol and Dale Chihuly. Upscale rooms are decorated in neutral colors and feature flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. Minibars are well-stocked and bathrooms have separate soaking tubs and showers. The hotel is packed with amenities, including a 24-hour business center, pool, fitness center, and spa. There are three restaurants on-site and the location is in the Marina Bay area, within walking distance to the heart of downtown.
Capella Singapore Rating: 5.0 PearlsSingapore
The Capella is an upscale property in historic colonial-style buildings on Sentosa Island. Beautiful rooms have contemporary decor with Asian-inspired touches, and high-end amenities such as rainforest showerheads, iPod docks, and big flat-screen TVs. Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, most with great South China Sea views. Many rooms have balconies and all have spacious bathrooms. A soft color palette, hardwood floors, and warm lighting all make rooms even more appealing. This hotel also has a butler assigned to each guest on arrival, a fleet of Mercedes and Rolls-Royce Phantoms, and an excellent spa. The location, away from mainland Singapore, is quiet and relaxed. With fine dining, a comfortable library, a bright fitness room, and lovely outdoor pools, this hotel is a premier luxury pick.
The St. Regis Singapore Rating: 5.0 PearlsSingapore
The 299-room St. Regis Singapore is one of the most luxurious hotels in the city. From the extensive private art collection to the beautiful rooms, this hotel has incredible attention to detail. Rooms are comfortable and elegant -- even the standard executive deluxe rooms are spacious -- and feature floor-to-ceiling windows with great city views. High-tech amenities include bedside controls for drapes and lights along with big flat-screen TVs. Huge marble bathrooms have standalone soaking tubs and rainfall showerheads. Additional hotel highlights include a sleek outdoor pool, an indoor tennis court, a luxurious spa, a "Bentley Fleet" for car service around town, and butler service. There are also numerous on-site restaurants. However, there's a pesky fee for Wi-Fi.
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore Rating: 5.0 PearlsSingapore
Once home to the General Post Office, the Fullerton is one of Singapore’s grand dames. It has the extensive amenities you'd expect at a 5-pearl hotel, including four stately dining venues, a bar, a well-equipped fitness center (though machines lack individual TVs), a spa, and a pretty infinity pool with views of the Marina Bay and the skyline. There's even an art gallery and a room with a permanent exhibit of stamps, maps and old photographs. But it’s starting to show its age, and rooms, though luxurious, lack wow factor; they have neutral color palettes and hard mattresses. Its fairly central location and understated elegance make it a fine luxury pick, but it’s worth checking prices at its more impressive sister property, the Fullerton Bay Hotel.
Shangri-La Hotel Singapore Rating: 5.0 PearlsSingapore
The 747-room Shangri-La, located near the Orchard Road neighborhood, is a glamorous option in Singapore. The hotel has three wings, providing accommodations of varying levels of luxury and prices. The Tower Wing offers the most basic (but still elegant) rooms, while the Garden Wing rooms are a step above, with private balconies, and the Valley Wing has suites with butler service. Across all categories, rooms are upscale, with big flat-screen TVs and marble bathrooms. All wings share the hotel's amenities, including six restaurants, a small spa, outdoor pool, fitness center, and tennis courts. While the hotel does offer free Wi-Fi, the location isn't within walking distance of major attractions.
Singapore Marriott Hotel Rating: 4.5 PearlsSingapore
This 393-room Marriott is an upscale business hotel with top-notch amenities: A fitness center, a spa, five dining options, and a gorgeous pool. The location on Orchard Road, an iconic street lined by shops, is another upside. Rooms are modern and high-design: Dark wood accents and shades of blue, grey, and gold in the carpeting and furniture give them a sophisticated look. Tech features include flat-screen TVs inset in the walls, as well as iPod docks, but there's a fee for Wi-Fi. This hotel is a solid, luxurious option for travelers of all types -- families, couples, business travelers -- but the inland location means there are no water views.
Fairmont Singapore Rating: 4.5 PearlsSingapore
The Fairmont is a huge rooms and 16 restaurants and bars, centrally located above the Raffles shopping mall in the heart of downtown. Spacious rooms are sophisticated and modern, with high-end amenities including Nespresso coffeemakers (except Fairmont Rooms) and flat-screen TVs. Most of the rooms have at least one balcony with gorgeous views of the Marina Bay and the skyline. The hotel also has the Willow Stream Spa, a modern fitness center, and two outdoor pools. But there is a pesky fees for Wi-Fi and parking, and the quality of the bathrooms varies from room to room.
Hotel Fort Canning Rating: 4.5 PearlsSingapore
The Hotel Fort Canning is a modern boutique in a beautifully restored historic military building. This early 20th century building has been completely renovated and includes lovely rooms with innovative layouts. Some room categories feature open bathrooms and private decks, while all have plush beds, international plug extensions, and flat-screen TVs. But some guests may feel that the glass-enclosed bathrooms lack privacy. The excellent property amenities include three pools -- one for kids -- along with an Asian bistro, a pizza bar, a cocktail lounge, and a fitness center. The hotel is in a quiet location on a hilltop surrounded by a park, but is close to most attractions and four subway lines.