The I.M.Pei-designed Swissotel the Stamford Singapore, one of South East Asia’s tallest hotels, remains one of the city's most desirable addresses for its panoramic views, excellent facilities and unrivalled access to Singapore’s shops and restaurants.
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Swissotel Singapore’s location can’t be beaten. Located by the F1 track, atop City Hall MRT Station, part of the Raffles City complex that also comprises Fairmont Singapore and Raffles City shopping centre. It’s connected to Suntec City, Marina Square, Esplanade Theatres and Esplanade MRT station by the subterranean CityLink Mall. The Orchard MRT station is just three stops away by train, Marina Bay Sands a mere five-minute taxi and 20 minutes to Changi Airport.
Address: 2 Stamford Rd, 178882, Singapore, Asia.
Style & character
After 30 years in business, first as Westin the Stamford and then as Swissotel the Stamford, this property may appear to be losing some of its shine to swish new lodgings, and truth be told, some of the furnishings in the public spaces are indeed looking a tad dated. Given its extremely central location, you will find the colonnaded hotel lobby flooded with people at any time of the day. Despite this, the well-maintained property remains spick and span.
Service & facilities
Befitting the sheer scale of the hotel, the facilities here are impressive - a Willow Stream Spa, six tennis courts, two free-form swimming pools, a state of the art fitness centre as well as a smaller Amrita gym for the use of guests of the Stamford Crest suites. The service team seems eager to please although cracks appears when they get too busy (instead of facilitating our request for a mobile phone charger, the front desk officer asked that we place a separate call to the concierge).
- Fitness centre
- Room service
- Tennis court
There are 1,261 rooms and suites (six categories of rooms and two categories of suites) spread over 73 storeys offering views of either the city - which are truly mesmerising - the harbour or the pool. The lead-in classic room is spacious and comes with a wooden headboard adorned with local artwork, floor-to-ceiling glass windows affording panoramic views and essential oil-infused Pürovel bath amenities.
For added space and a touch of luxury, book the Stamford Crest suite. Located on the upper floors, the suites are one of the most elegant we've seen and comes with separate sleeping/living quarters. Lovely touches include an electricity-powered essential oil burner as well as complimentary access to the Living Room on the 65th floor for breakfast and evening snacks. Nespresso coffee machines are available in all suites and two room categories (Executive Club room and Swiss Advantage room).
Food & drink
The sheer diversity and array of dining options within the property is mind-boggling. One Michelin-starred Jaan situated on the 70th floor serves a trio of seasonally changing modern French tasting menus (priced from S$198/£113 for five courses) by chef Kirk Westaway featuring dishes like the young British chef’s take on heirloom tomato.
Ground floor Prego, by chef Antonio Facchinetti, serves pan Italian cuisine headlined by a parade of rare fresh pasta like pizzoccheri, a buckwheat pasta with broccolini, potatoes, bitto cheese and butter sage sauce as well as strozzapreti pasta with braised ragu, pecorino romano and shaved fresh fennel.
For local fare, Kopi Tiam fields local favourites like chilli crabs and laksa and Cafe Swiss serves an all-day buffet including an extensive breakfast spread featuring a selection of sausages (the café tends to be packed on weekends, come before 9am).
Access for guests with disabilities?
There are five Classic rooms available for guests with disabilities that are fitted with bathroom railings and lower peepholes.
Families with kids (aged 12 and below) will be greeted with a special room setup with kids size bathrobes and slippers. A children’s menu is available for in-room dining and at Prego. Baby cots are available upon request and do not cost extra.
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