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5 iconic Singapore hotels with a colonial heritage

Heritage meets luxury at these hotels built during Singapore's colonial era

Goodwood Park Hotel

The distinguished Goodwood Park boasts a deeply romantic castle-style tower and a rich history. Built in 1900 as the Teutonia Club, an exclusive retreat for German expats, it became a hotel in 1929. The grounds were also later used for war crimes trials after World War II. It still has a majestic air, with elegant columns and classical archways, and rooms are mostly done up in the tropical colonial shades of cream and beige. Highlights include the wooden-shuttered poolside suites, and classy Sichuan restaurant Min Jiang. High-rollers stay in the aristocratic Brunei Suite, which is all things luxurious and most of all, only accessible by its own private lift. How’s that for exclusivity? 

The Fullerton Hotel

Originally designed as an office building that was home to the General Post Office and various government departments, The Fullerton was acquired by a Hong Kong company in 1997 and reopened as a luxury hotel in 2001. The Palladian building is a striking landmark on the edge of the Singapore River. Inside, the soaring atrium makes the most of the unusual wedge-shaped floorplan. The room aesthetics are cool, clean and serene; all come with the latest gizmos and gadgets for staying connected. Only some of the award-winning hotel’s 400 rooms offer unobstructed views of the city, so be sure to request for one when booking. Otherwise, feel free to soak in the view from the 25m rooftop infinity pool. 

Raffles Singapore

Established in 1887, it still evokes an era when travel and romance went hand in hand, even if droves of tourists now flock here for a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar. Despite the clichés, the Raffles legend endures, thanks to its fusion of timeless elegance, classical architecture and tropical gardens. Refurbished in 1991, all 103 rooms are now suites, and 12 are named after famous guests such as Rudyard Kipling, Noel Coward and Somerset Maugham. The Grand Suites are the most nostalgic, with lofty ceilings, polished wooden floors, opulent drapes and balconies overlooking the garden. Among the numerous bars and restaurants are the traditional Raffles Grill and The Tiffin Room. 

The Capella Singapore

Set against a lush rainforest, old meets new seamlessly at Sentosa’s six-star luxury hotel, where modern fixtures hug restored colonial buildings. Guests have the VivoCity shopping mall, Resorts World Sentosa and a range of watersports and other activities at their doorstep, but there’s also a day spa with a lavish treatment menu for those who wish simply to stay put. There is an adjoining property for long-term tenants. Both come with strong recommendations from guests for their fantastic views and service, where the staffs are more than willing to go out of their way to fulfil special requests for food and concierge services.

Hotel Fort Canning

Colonial-era architecture and a rich history set Hotel Fort Canning apart from chain hotels that take up a lot of the five-star attention in Singapore. Nestled amongst the tranquil greenery of Fort Canning Park, the building, built in 1926, originally served as the headquarters for the British Military administration, and was converted into the beautiful boutique hotel it is today in 2011. With 86 luxurious rooms and two full-sized pools, the property is a relaxing retreat that allows visitors to mix the modern pleasures of Singapore with a little old-world charm. 

Goodwood Park Hotel
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Goodwood Park Hotel

The distinguished Goodwood Park boasts a deeply romantic castle-style tower and a rich history. Built in 1900 as the Teutonia Club, an exclusive retreat for German expats, it became a hotel in 1929. The grounds were also later used for war crimes trials after World War II. It still has a majestic air, with elegant columns and classical archways, and rooms are mostly done up in the tropical colonial shades of cream and beige. Highlights include the wooden-shuttered poolside suites, and classy Sichuan restaurant Min Jiang. High-rollers stay in the aristocratic Brunei Suite, which is all things luxurious and most of all, only accessible by its own private lift. How’s that for exclusivity? 

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The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
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The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

Originally designed as an office building that was home to the General Post Office and various government departments, The Fullerton was acquired by a Hong Kong company in 1997 and reopened as a luxury hotel in 2001. The Palladian building is a striking landmark on the edge of the Singapore River. Inside, the soaring atrium makes the most of the unusual wedge-shaped floorplan. The room aesthetics are cool, clean and serene; all come with the latest gizmos and gadgets for staying connected. Only some of the award-winning hotel’s 400 rooms offer unobstructed views of the city, so be sure to request for one when booking. Otherwise, feel free to soak in the view from the 25m rooftop infinity pool. 

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Raffles Singapore
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Raffles Singapore

Established in 1887, it still evokes an era when travel and romance went hand in hand, even if droves of tourists now flock here for a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar. Despite the clichés, the Raffles legend endures, thanks to its fusion of timeless elegance, classical architecture and tropical gardens. Refurbished in 1991, all 103 rooms are now suites, and 12 are named after famous guests such as Rudyard Kipling, Noel Coward and Somerset Maugham. The Grand Suites are the most nostalgic, with lofty ceilings, polished wooden floors, opulent drapes and balconies overlooking the garden. Among the numerous bars and restaurants are the traditional Raffles Grill and The Tiffin Room. 

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The Capella Singapore
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The Capella Singapore

Set against a lush rainforest, old meets new seamlessly at Sentosa’s six-star luxury hotel, where modern fixtures hug restored colonial buildings. Guests have the VivoCity shopping mall, Resorts World Sentosa and a range of watersports and other activities at their doorstep, but there’s also a day spa with a lavish treatment menu for those who wish simply to stay put. There is an adjoining property for long-term tenants. Both come with strong recommendations from guests for their fantastic views and service, where the staffs are more than willing to go out of their way to fulfil special requests for food and concierge services.

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Hotel Fort Canning
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Hotel Fort Canning

Colonial-era architecture and a rich history set Hotel Fort Canning apart from chain hotels that take up a lot of the five-star attention in Singapore. Nestled amongst the tranquil greenery of Fort Canning Park, the building, built in 1926, originally served as the headquarters for the British Military administration, and was converted into the beautiful boutique hotel it is today in 2011. With 86 luxurious rooms and two full-sized pools, the property is a relaxing retreat that allows visitors to mix the modern pleasures of Singapore with a little old-world charm. 

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