Brought to you by Carlton Hotel Singapore
Singapore is a top destination for business travellers. At last count, there were more than 400 hotels offering over 63,000 rooms to visitors. So how do you choose where to stay on your next jaunt? Here’s everything you need to know about Carlton Hotel, a glistening cluster of three glass towers located in the heart of the city.
Space is definitely not an issue at Carlton. There are 940 rooms spread across the Main Tower (reopened in 2015 after extensive renovations), the Executive Wing and the Premier Wing. Natural light floods all rooms thanks to large windows that look out onto city or pool views. Premier Club Rooms are on the top floor of the Premier Wing and boast bay windows, perfect for gazing at the cityscape. They’re also slightly larger and come with access to the Premier Club Lounge on the 19th floor.
Every room is furnished in an understated style and features a Sealy Posturepedic mattress, a minibar, air-conditioning, high-speed wi-fi, an in-room safe, a Herman Miller desk chair and coffee- and tea-making facilities. If a luxurious bathroom is a must on your hotel checklist, opt for a Studio Room with a large window that offers panoramic views of the city while you soak in the tub.
The turquoise outdoor swimming pool on the fifth floor is the perfect place to unwind after a hectic day. It’s open until 10pm should you want to have an after-work dip and the adjoining Equator@Poolside bar is open for cocktails and snacks until 9pm. Wellness worshippers can easily make time for exercise, too. The on-site gym features both cardio and weight-training equipment, as well as a sauna, and is open from 5am to 11pm. Yogis can take part in the weekly yoga class, Saturdays at 8am near the gym. LifeSpa Prestige offers massages and facials and there’s an on-site hair salon should your tresses need a last-minute zhoosh.
Room service is available all day and night but it pays to venture to one of the hotel’s three restaurants. Café Mosaic, on level one, caters for most tastes with an international buffet, as well as an à la carte menu featuring Asian and Western dishes. Seafood is a key focus, with oysters and salmon sashimi regularly on offer, as is dessert – the specialised in-house pastry team can whip up cakes for celebrations on request.
For Cantonese specialties, it’s hard to go past the dim sum at Wah Lok on level two. Decorated in a modern oriental style – think dark wood, brightly coloured patterns and a unique cascading chandelier – the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner every day. Be sure to order the baked barbecue pork buns.
For something more casual (albeit surrounded by polished marble), head to Tuxedo Café & Pâtisserie in the lobby for gourmet sandwiches, coffee and cakes. The latte art isn’t the only detail worth appreciating – take notice of the bow ties on every chair.
The added extras
There’s complimentary wi-fi throughout the hotel (of course) but guests can also access a personalised smartphone in their room. The device offers complimentary internet and calls to selected countries, as well as the PressReader app so guests can stay up-to-date with headlines from around the world. You’ll also find interactive city guides on the phone should you need a hand exploring Singapore.
The meeting spaces
Carlton’s function spaces truly cater to every need. Whether you’re hosting an intimate conference for 12 or throwing a canapé-laden ball for 500, one of the 13 flexile function spaces will meet your requirements. The hotel can also provide a dedicated host to ensure your event runs smoothly.