Review: Fairmont Singapore

Updated 4 July 2021

Ever since the resumption of activities in Phase 2, staycations have been growing in popularity among Singaporeans. Most hotels in Singapore are offering family-friendly staycation packages with up to 50% discounts. For instance, Fairmont Singapore, a luxury business hotel, has pivoted its offerings toward families. The Upsized Staycation deal allows up to two kids to stay for free, including breakfast, S$100 nett in dining credits, a S$50 nett return stay voucher and complimentary parking at Raffles City Shopping Centre from S$305++ per night. Fairmont Singapore is conveniently located on top of Raffles City Shopping Centre and connected to City Hall MRT station; it makes it an ideal staycation property to rediscover Singapore’s hidden gems.

Centerpiece artwork mounted behind the check-in desk – Diversity by Claudia Caviezel

Contactless Check-In and Check-Out

As we adapt to a new normal, Fairmont Singapore introduced an easy, safe and touch-less solution to check-in and out of the hotel with minimal physical contact and interaction.

Stepping into Fairmont Singapore, the entrance is flanked by a contactless temperature-taking device. The front desk is fitted with plastic panels between staff and guests to reduce exposure to the virus. The entire check-in process is seamless. Prior to my stay, I received an email to complete the pre-arrival registration. All I need to do is fill in my particulars, upload my identification card and make payment (pre-authorisation). Once done, I received the QR code, which I need to scan on arrival to collect my room key. At the end of my stay, I can do a self check-out by confirming the final bill via email and drop the key at the lobby.

North and South Tower

The I.M. Pei designed hotel offers 26 floors of 778 rooms in total, across two towers. If you are thinking of booking the refreshed rooms, the South Tower has been temporarily converted to serve as a Stay Home Designated Facility (SDF). Currently, only the (older rooms) North Tower is open for staycation.

Fairmont Signature Suite

Room Layout #1

The 56 sqm Fairmont Signature Suite comes with 2 private balconies. The junior suite comes with a king bed and living area. The room is tastefully designed with Peranakan touches such as bespoke carpeting, curtains mimicking traditional kebayas and canvas art hang above the headboard. With generous living space, it is perfect for a small gathering of 5. Depending on the room configuration, some of the suites comes with 2 TVs.

Room Layout #2

Layout of living area with L-shape sofa.

Room Layout #3

Room ending with 18 is privately situated at the corner closest to the North Tower. Unlike the other 2 layout, it has a vanity table by the bed. The view from the room is not fantastic especially on lower floors.

Choice of City or Pool View

In my opinion, both views were excellent. The pool view has a restricted view of Marina Bay Sands while the city view faces Bras Basah Bugis Precinct and City Hall.

View from Room #2013 balcony (City View)
View from Room #1903 balcony (Partial Marina Bay View)

Bathroom Layout for room ending 03 and 17

The marble bathroom is well maintained, but I am not a fan of shower/tub combos. Fairmont partnered with Le Labo for its bath amenities featuring Rose 31, a hallmark scent of the boutique fragrance maker.

Bathroom Layout for room ending 18

The bathroom layout for room ending with 18 is more spacious. I would prefer to have a separate bathtub and shower cubicle.

Like most hotels, Fairmont’s welcome care pack consist of a pack of masks, hand sanitiser and antiseptic wet wipes.

Fairmont King Room

Fairmont King Room (#1802) is the lead-in room. At 45 sqm, this is considered big based on Singapore’s hotel standard.

Tips: Room #01 to #03 facing the pool has restricted view of Marina Bay Sands while city view room is facing Bugis and Raffles Hotel.

Some of the room (#1610) feature wood plantation shutters in the bathroom.

Spacious modern leather-clad work desk and comfy lounge sofa.

Complimentary Coffee/Tea amenity and large wardrobe with personal safe, iron and ironing board.

There is no bathtub but a standing rain-shower with a marble slab bench.

Bathroom layout for rooms with wood plantation shutters.

The North Tower rooms have a view of either city or pool view. Some of the rooms facing the pool have a partial view of Marina Bay Sands. Request for a room ending with “02” if you like the view of the bay.

In-Room Dining

If you book the upsized staycation package, the S$100 dining credits can be used for in-room dining or at operating restaurants (excluding SKAI and JAAN). Simply scan the QR code for the digital menu and placed the order. Since I stayed for 2 nights, I have the luxury to spend up to S$200 in total!

Halal In-Room Breakfast

Stay in the comfort of your room, order in and enjoy every bite of your breakfast in bed! Simply call in-room dining or placed your order online and indicate your preferred timing to be delivered to your room. In addition, the in-room dining menu is from the halal kitchen.

Breakfast at Prego

Alternatively, breakfast is served at Prego but advance reservation and preorder breakfast is recommended due to limited dining capacity.

Swimming Pool

The outdoor pool and gym are located on level 8 are open from 7.00am to 7.00pm daily. You need to book your preferred slot (2-hour use) to adhere to the safety distancing guidelines.

Fairmont Mumcation Package

A pampering treat package created for all mums. At S$495++ per night for 2 pax, the Mumcation experience includes a 90-minute Aromatherapy Relaxation Massage (worth S$219) at Willow Stream Spa, afternoon tea (worth S$110) at Anti:dote, Uniqlo’s loungewear set (worth S$79.80) and lush’s bath amenities (worth S$15). 

Anti:Dote

In collaboration with Nespresso, the special afternoon tea menu features a selection of dainty sandwiches and pastries such as Nespresso Cocoa Macaron, Capsule Coffee Bonbon, Hazelnut Vanilla Caramel Praline Bar and more. The tea set will be served in a pristine chest of white drawers with free flow of TWG tea and coffee.

In a Nutshell

The Upsized Staycation package for S$305++ per night is a good deal (including free parking, S$150 worth of dining credits and a return stay voucher). If you plan for a staycation with your extended family, the deal allows you to book a second room at 50% off the rate! You can check out other available packages here.

Pros

  • Close to City Hall MRT Station
  • Surrounded by shopping malls and eateries
  • Each room has a balcony with a view of the city or pool
  • Contactless check-in and check-out
  • Family-friendly hotel

Cons

  • Tired rooms on the North Tower
  • The air conditioning temperature is not consistence
  • The room walls are thin and you could occasionally hear the clanking or hissing noises from the water pipes, especially when using the shower.

Fairmont Singapore
80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore, 189560
+65 6339 7777
Email: singapore@fairmont.com
Check In: 3:00 PM | Check Out: 12:00 PM

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Eligible for redemption of SingapoRediscovers vouchers!

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