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Fullerton Bay Hotel Review: Stylish Glamor in the Lion City

Back in 1933, when hawkers plied Singapore’s waters on sampans, the Clifford Pier opened as a landing dock for immigrants.

A red oil lamp hanging from the art deco-style pier guided ships and boats entering the Singapore harbor.

Today, the iconic heritage building has been beautifully restored and reinvented as a destination brasserie in the Fullerton Bay Hotel.

Clifford Pier at the Fullerton Bay Hotel, Singapore

With colonial arches and curved trusses, it’s a grand spot to sample Singaporean/Asian delicacies like porchetta (slow-roasted crispy suckling pig) and wok-fried turnip cakes.

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The Clifford Pier is just one of the striking architectural features of the Fullerton Bay Hotel.

Indeed, from the moment you set foot inside, it’s a “wow” experience.

Main lobby of the Fullerton Bay Hotel, Singapore

The six-story boutique hotel has 100 rooms and suites.

Built entirely over water, it’s been named one of the “100 World’s Best Hotels” by Travel + Leisure.

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What to do in Singapore? Be sure to visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens – they’re an absolute oasis! (And you’ll love all the orchids)

Fullerton Bay Hotel rooms

Rooms are some of the most luxurious we’ve ever stayed in.

(And having stayed at gorgeous villa resorts with private pools, we’re no strangers to fine hotels!)

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All boast enormous wall-to-wall windows and glass doors opening onto decks with smashing views across glittering Marina Bay.

At night, we could watch the bay’s spectacular laser, light and water jet show without leaving our room.

Accommodations come complete with every comfort and state-of-the-art convenience.

Thing touch-of-a-button blackout shades, free high-speed Wi-fi, in-room Nespresso machine, pillow-menu, fluffy bathrobes and slippers – even a laptop bed stand and an extra flat-screen TV at the foot of your bathtub.

Can you say pampered?

Another great hotel in Singapore? We also stayed at the Grand Hyatt Singapore (perfectly placed for shopping!)

High-end luxury in Singapore

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On the rooftop, you find the hotel’s open-air, 80-foot pool (great for swimming laps).

Red Lantern, a sophisticated restaurant-cum-bar, is also on the roof. Here, you can enjoy more sweeping views of Singapore’s futuristic skyline.

For high-end luxury in Singapore, the Fullerton Bay Hotel gets it right.

If you stay at the Fullerton Bay Hotel

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Splendidly set on the waterfront at Marina Bay, the boutique-style Fullerton Bay Hotel is close to most everything you’ll want to see and do in Singapore and an easy walk from historic Clarke Quay (where you catch bumboat rides down Singapore River).

There’s a sister hotel

The Fullerton Bay Hotel is different from its sister property, the Fullerton Hotel, which is much larger (400 rooms).

After looking around the Fullerton Hotel, we were glad we’d booked the Fullerton Bay Hotel – it’s more intimate and seems more exclusive. (But the Fullerton Hotel looked lovely too!)

There’s no spa at the Fullerton Bay Hotel, but you can use the spa at the Fullerton Hotel.

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Photo credits: 2, 4 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Remaining images Fullerton Bay Hotel, Singapore

About the authors

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George Mucalov are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents. See About.

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Donna Janke

Wednesday 12th of October 2016

Fullteron Bay Hotel looks looks and sound luxurious. I'd love to stay here. The room looks wonderful and I love the view. Also love the ceiling in Clifford Pier.

Janice and George

Wednesday 12th of October 2016

We especially loved the Clifford Pier too -- it was probably our favorite space :-).

I. Levine

Saturday 8th of October 2016

What an incredibly beautiful hotel! It's on my list if I get to visit Singapore!

Janice and George

Saturday 8th of October 2016

You won't regret choosing this hotel -- it blew us away :-).