Words by Carlie Tucker
Consistently named one of the best cities for Aussie travellers to mix business and pleasure, Singapore is a booming hub for international travel.
The city has seen a recent reinvention of sorts, transforming itself into a vibrant destination that not only caters to business travellers but also offers up a sweep of cultural fun should you have a free minute or two to explore. And, like any bustling international business centre, it provides an array of hotels that provide a perfect 'bleisure' base. Here are just five eligible contenders for the next time you're in Singapore on business:
Hotel Jen Singapore Orchard Gateway
With hotels perfectly placed in ultra-convenient locations across the globe (including Brisbane), Hotel Jen serves up a healthy dose of modern style for busy travellers. This Singapore property is no exception, holding down a key position on Orchard Road. The spoils of the city are quite literally at your doorstep, making it easy to make the most of your stay no matter how brief it might be.
Hotel Jen prides itself in providing the best of the basics – comfy beds, a great shower and fast, free WiFi – but there are plenty of other amenities to assure your convenience. This includes a range of dining options, a roof top pool with exceptional city views and a 24-hour fitness centre. As a SmartSTAY property you will also have access to complimentary WiFi and breakfast as well as one garment pressing during your stay when you book through your FCBT Travel Manager.
Presenting excellent value for money, this boutique hotel offers a different approach to staying in Singapore. With just 17 available rooms, guests are treated to a completely personalised experience. Each room is different, decked out in fresh, modern designs that are defined by an individual theme that range from The Executive to the Klapsons Suite. Though, there are some standard comfort features that are guaranteed across the board. This includes a pillow menu, Nespresso coffee machine, daily newspaper and limousine service upon request.
Klapsons may be a boutique hotel, but that doesn't mean it skimps on some of the other onsite conveniences found in larger hotels. Dining comes in the form of the chic, bistro-style Sleeping Rhino and fuss-free Lucas Deli. Alternatively, impress colleagues with top cocktails with top views at Fabrika – the onsite rooftop bar.
One for the business traveller that demands 5-star amenities when on the road, the luxurious Fairmont Singapore is a centrally located stay from which to conduct your business. There are 769 guest rooms and suites, each decked out with signature Fairmont style. This includes plush interiors, a private balcony and incredible city views. There are also 15 different dining options, a wellness spa and state-of-the-art meeting facilities.
Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of staying at the Fairmont Singapore, though, is the range of services that cater to guests' every need. This includes a Limousine service, fully-equipped business centre and currency exchange. What's better is that this SmartSTAY hotel offers complimentary internet access, breakfast and Fruit Amenity to FCBT clients.
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport
Designed with the modern business traveller in mind, this Changi Airport hotel provides a conveniently located stay that offers short term travellers a quick in and out option. In fact, it was named the World's Best Airport Hotel for 2015. Though, it's not all about the location on this one. There are also a number of top features that are sure to sway you to book your stay the next time you're in Singapore.
Each room provides the signature Sleep Advantage program, which includes premium bedding, aromatherapy, quite zone floors and a wake-up call. Onsite business services, including a dedicated business centre, will keep you productive, while eight different meeting facilities, onsite dining options and a 24-hour fitness club with pool and spa will help ensure all aspects of your daily routine are catered to.
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Carlton Hotel Singapore
Positioned in the heart of the Civic District, the Carlton Hotel Singapore bills itself as an 'upscale business hotel'. Aside from its convenient location that puts you within close proximity to a key business precinct, it offers up 940 quality guest rooms that aim to provide a home away from home with all of the amenities required by a business traveller. This includes top quality posturepedic beds, Internet Protocol Televisions, rain showers and high-speed WiFi throughout the hotel.
There is also a dedicated business centre with comprehensive business support. This includes everything from internet usage, printing and binding services and a courier service. You can also take full advantage of the fitness centre, spa and Club Lounges to unwind after a long day at the office. This SmartSTAY hotel provides FCBT clients with complimentary internet access, a guaranteed early check-in from noon and a room upgrade (subject to availability).
It would be remiss to discuss top staying options in Singapore without the mention of pod-style hotels. The Pod is the latest in this movement, providing discerning guests with a quick and easy staying option at budget-friendly prices. It's a minimalistic approach to overnight stays, but you may be surprised at the number of amenities that come with a pod stay.
Guests are invited to choose from front entry single pods, side entry single pods, female-only pods and the Queen Pod. Each comes with a personal locker, reading light, fold-down table and a personal power socket. An overnight stay also comes with the services of a personalised concierge service, complimentary WiFi and breakfast as well as use of the onsite business centre.