Arrival/Check-In: The beauty of Singapore is you’re always just minutes from any given destination, so having landed at Changi Airport at 10 p.m., I arrived at Swissôtel The Stamford in 15 minutes. The lobby was still busy with travelers coming back from a stroll or a late dinner. While waiting my turn to check in, I checked out the large lobby, which boasts the Lobby Court and beautiful local flowers. Be aware the elevators are heavily trafficked and take about five minutes for each ride.
Guest Quarters: My Classic Room was on an upper floor, featuring amazing views of Marina Bay. Unfortunately, the room had a faulty air conditioner, and after several attempts to fix it, the staff upgraded me to a new room. The staff were professional and friendly, and due to my full day of meetings, they offered to move everything for me while I was out.
My new Stamford Crest Suite was not only cool but also beautiful. The entryway led into a living space with floor-toceiling windows, a couch, a lounge chair and a large desk facing a flat-screen TV. The open-area bathroom featured a powder room that opened to a white and dark-jade marbled bathroom with double sinks, a full vanity, a stand-alone shower and a large spa tub with open shutters overlooking the bedroom. The entire bathroom provided excellent lighting. The closet area off the bathroom had its own dedicated lounging couch and full-length mirrors, which I found decadent and useful. Through double doors from the living room, the bedroom featured floor-to-ceiling windows offering excellent natural light and amazing views of the city. While working from my king-sized bed, I watched an intense thunderstorm envelop the city, followed by sunshine not long after.
Services/Amenities: One of the best parts of the hotel is the service. Club floor guests have access to the Swiss Executive Lounge, and suite guests have access to the private Living Room on the 65th floor, featuring a peaceful and comfortable atmosphere for tea, breakfast or evening cocktails.
Swissôtel The Stamford and the Fairmont Singapore are separate properties connected via a large mall, and they share the same spa and several restaurants. For a unique experience, Equinox is located on the top floor of the Swissôtel and offers breathtaking, 360-degree views and modern European dishes. If you can squeeze in a lunch at Mikuni, located in the mall area, I recommend the bento boxes for a tasty lunch in an elegant business atmosphere. For after-work outings, a must-try is Anti:Dote, located in the lobby of the Fairmont, an edgy hot spot offering locally crafted cocktails; it was our go-to meeting spot at the end of long workdays.
◆ The Swissôtel lies just a 10-minute walk from Marina Bay, a great place for a morning jog or to view the amazing scenery.
◆ Between the Swissôtel and the Fairmont, the dining options are plentiful, but try Anti:Dote, a unique cocktail bar.
◆ The amazing views from the top are a sight to behold, from sunrise to ships coming into port to Marina Bay lit up for nightlife.
Swissôtel The Stamford
2 Stamford Road
tel 65 6338 8585
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