The City Hall MRT station is directly below and there’s a connecting walkway to the Raffles City Shopping Centre. Many tourist sites like the arts centre are within walking distance and the airport is only 20 minutes away by taxi.
The top three tiers of the hotel are reserved for Stamford Crest guests, comprising of 29 suites with spectacular views over the city and harbour front. The standard rooms are of course smaller, but come with sturdy desks and Nespresso machines. Some guests prefer the lower floor rooms because it affords a better view of the Formula One racetrack.
The lobby is large and there are a good number of reception desks and elevators - which can make it confusing for first time guests. But there are a good number of staff standing at the main doors to greet and assist guests as they come in, which I thought was a nice touch.
Eating and drinking
There are 16 bars and restaurants to chose from. But possibly the most renowned is the Equinox restaurant with it’s 70th floor views, a great place for high tea. The New Asia bar just upstairs on the 71st floor is a favourite for it’s buzzing atmosphere and stunning night time panorama. If you want a quiet evening drink, then there’s always the Cityscape cigar bar.
There’s a full size gymnasium on the premises as well as an outdoor pool, shared with the guests from the adjoining Fairmont Hotel. The pool isn’t overly large, but there is a separate children’s pool. There’s also a spa and tennis courts too.
The service was impeccable, and I loved the front door greeters who made my life just that little bit easier.
Who stays there
Seasoned business travellers, savvy tourists and Formula One enthusiasts.
Given it’s prime location, room rates skyrocket, (and are often booked out a year in advance) during the Formula One Grand Prix. There are usually special promotions for weekend breaks as well as kids room deals. Internet is charged at $29.96 a day for in-room use, while WiFi is only available in the lobby and public areas. Internet is free on the executive floors, so depending on your usage, it could be worth paying a little more for the room.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Great views / scenery
- Live entertainment
Pros & Cons
- Great central location
- Prime position for views of the Formula One night race
- Expensive internet charges