“Quiet, romantic, friendly smile all found in this garden in the city” This is something to get you reader started on this review. I have spent a romantic night over the Valentine day this year (2014) in Hotel Fort Canning (HFC). While searching for my ideal Valentine staycation, this hotel caught my eye with their greenery.
I have written a long review for HFC, if you looking for a short review this paragraph would help. HFC is located ideally near shopping districts of Singapore with Fort Canning Park behind them. It’s easily accessed via public transport with places for a drink near them. Clean, quiet and classy boutique hotel with private lounge at the lobby. Excellent and friendly service provided by the English speaking staffs. Comfortable beds and pillows in each room, you may select your type of pillow. Free flow Nespresso coffee and TWG are provides in each room. Cable TV channels and means for internet surfing is available in each room. Basic toiletries are provided in each room. International breakfast buffet is provided. HFC is a 4 star hotel with a slightly high price tag, ranges from 282SGD to 940SGD per night excluding taxes.
HFC is ideally located in the heart of the place where shopping, dining, wine and not to forget a walk in the park can be found. Hotel Fort Canning can be easily reached by taking a MRT train (subway train) and stop at Dhoby Ghaut station. A short walk of 8-15mins towards Park Mall shopping centre you will find the hidden paradise.
Entering the lobby you can find the friendly concierges greeting and helping you with your check in. If the counter concierges are busy with incoming guest, you may take seat at the private lounge with the comfortable sofa seats provide. Drinks and Nespresso coffee are available for waiting guest. The lounge also leads to a garden where you can take a seat and bask in the warm tropical sun.
Upon receiving your keycard, you will be escorted by the concierges to your room. All rooms in HFC are controlled by keycards for means of access. The concierges will explain the room controls before leaving. From here on you can experience the ubiquitous blend of technology with the guest in mind.
In the room you can indicate the need for “House Keeping” or “Do Not Disturb” with a touch of button without opening your door. Controls of all the lighting, I do mean all of the lightings can be control via a single remote controller. Controls of the air conditioning and curtains are also combined in the same controller. Cable TV and local TV programs are available for viewing. Feel like watching a movie, this hotel also provide rental of movie to watch. Want to surf the web, not an issue. You can surf the web via the TV with the wireless keyboard provided. This keyboard can acts as a secondary means of control like the remote controller.
I stayed in the junior suite that had the perfect view of the swimming pool out the window. There is only one type of this room in the hotel, special request need to be put up in advance for this room. It comes with a living room for you to have coffee and relax while watching the TV. The room comes with free flow of Nespresso coffee and TWG tea for your enjoyment. This suite comes with two toilets which is useful when the need arises.
The living room holds a comfortable L-shaped sofa together with an excellent view of the swimming pool and surrounding trees. You won’t realize you are in the city, a prefect getaway from the busy city life. The bath tub is located beside the bed which you can enjoy a romantic bubble bath with your romantic other half. You can lower the curtain with a touch of a button on the panel beside your bed; you will have no worries of people looking in. These simple white panels beside both side of the bed control the bedside lights and the curtains. These white panels lights up in the dark when it sense a hand above it, you won’t have to search blindly for the controls when you need it in the middle of the night. If you are the type that is concern about looks, you won’t have to worry about the lack of mirrors. The bathroom doors, wardrobe and the table top have mirrors on them. No needs to fight over the mirrors.
The toilets are clean and HFC provide basic toiletries for guests who forget them. You can choose enjoy a monsoon rain shower or normal shower head style for a quick shower. HFC provides a safe for your important belongings and laundry services are available as well. Do remember to lower the curtains while showering as some rooms are facing the park directly.
The next morning you can enjoy an excellent international breakfast buffet at the Glasshouse. It has a wide range of items for you to choose from. Like dim sums, toast, yogurts and salad are available for you to choose. At a corner you will find chefs who will cook eggs, pancakes and bacon for you. Tell the chef how you like your eggs to be done and it will be served to your table, freshly made. There is something to mention, the lovable restaurant manager of Glasshouse, Mr Gaugga. He looks after the guest a lot, on the lookout if the guest requires any assistance. An outspoken person, he have kept me entertain for my breakfast. Smile and say “Hi” for me if you visit the Glasshouse.
If you are looking for a comfortable getaway in the city or finding an ideal place for lodging for a vacation in Singapore, don’t miss out HFC. Experience the serenity and peace in the bustle lion city Singapore. Have a good day and welcome you to Singapore.
*note: All above points mentioned are my own personal experience with the mentioned hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by the lush greenery of a historical park, the heritage Hotel Fort Canning offers a discreet sanctuary of calm in the vibrant city and an epitome of style and modern comfort in each of its 86 guestrooms and suites. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Fort Canning Singapore