CHECK IN: Six Hotels Along Singapore's F1 Track

13 Oct 2009

Start making plans for next year's Grand Prix with these six hotels offering scenic views of the F1 night race in Singapore

Conrad Centennial Singapore 

What's it like? Just five minutes' walk away, Conrad Centennial is the closest hotel to Suntec City, home to a shopping mall, the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre and the office towers surrounding the Fountain of Wealth. It is also a short stroll from Millenia Towers, making Conrad Centennial a convenient hotel for both business and pleasure.

Fast facts: Enter the lobby and you will be greeted by Turbulence, a striking 15-feet floating sculpture titled. This sculpture by renowned Venezuelan sculptor Rafael Barrios is part of Conrad Centennial's art collection valued at over S$6million (US$4.3million). 3,400 original works adorn guestrooms, public areas and food and beverage establishments. Contributions by international artists, include influences from the Eastern culture.

Fairmont Singapore

What's it like? Fairmont Singapore is part of the Raffles City complex, comprising Raffles City Convention Centre, Raffles City Shopping Centre and Raffles City Tower. The hotel is also situated above City Hall Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station. Citylink, an underground shopping mall, connects the hotel to office towers and shopping malls in the Suntec City area.

Fast facts: The Willow Stream Spa in Fairmont Singapore is one of Asia's largest luxury spa and fitness facilities. It offers spa experiences based on lifestyle: couples can enjoy an "Evening Soiree" and stiletto-wearing shoppers can indulge in a "High 'Heals'" experience.

Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

What's it like? Mandarin Oriental lines Raffles Boulevard along with Marina Mandarin, Pan Pacific Singapore and The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore. Its prime spot at the waterfront offers unobstructed views of Marina Bay. Mandarin Oriental is also just a short five-minute walk to the Esplanade - Theatres On The Bay, one of the world's busiest arts centres.

Fast facts: The hotel houses the first Morton's Steakhouse to open outside the US, but that is not the only noteworthy thing about Mandarin Oriental. The fan-shaped exterior is unmistakable and has long been a landmark in the Singapore city skyline.

Pan Pacific Singapore

What's it like? Pan Pacific Singapore is connected to Marina Square and Millennium Walk Shopping Centre via covered skybridges.

Fast facts: Pan Pacific has a phone extension created to cater to all the guests' needs. Titled "ServiceOne", hotel guests only need to push a button for requests requiring the Concierge, Housekeeping, In-room Dining or the Bell desk. This streamlines the process and eradicates hassle for guests.

SwissĂ´tel The Stamford

What's it like? Just like its sister hotel, Fairmont Singapore, SwissĂ´tel The Stamford is part of the Raffles City complex and sits atop the City Hall MRT station, providing easy access to all parts of the island.

Fast facts: As one of Southeast Asia's tallest hotels, guests on the higher floors will not only get a bird's eye view of the race track, but also panoramic vistas of Singapore, Malaysia and some outlying islands of Indonesia. The I.M. Pei designed property is also Singapore's largest business and conventions hotel.

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

What's it like? Just like the other hotels, Suntec City Mall and City Hall MRT station are just a stone's away but what makes The Ritz-Carlton stand out is its design. All 608 guest rooms  have a view of either the Marina Bay or Kallang Bay set against the city skyline. Each bathroom also has an octagonal glass window for those relaxing in the bathtub to soak in the sights of the city.

Fast facts: Art connoisseurs will also appreciate The Ritz-Carlton's 4,200 pieces of artwork and sculptures. Artists featured in the hotel include Frank Stella, Rainer Gross, Andy Warhol, Dale Chihuly, David Hockney and Henry Moore. The extensive collection is valued at approximately S$5million (US$3.6million). And all of these are housed in a building designed by Pritzker-award winner Kevin Roche.

Jarrel Tan

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