Singapore , Singapore (PressExposure) June 28, 2011 -- Fort Canning Park, one of Singapores historical landmarks, is being revived with the opening of a fashionable Singapore boutique hotel(http://www.hfcsingapore.com), Hotel Fort Canning.
Nestled between Orchard Road, the Clarke Quay entertainment hub and Central Business District, Hotel Fort Canning Singapore (http://www.hfcsingapore.com) features a collection of 86 stylised rooms and suites. The hotel is designed to offer guests premium services and extensive facilities in a green oasis.
Once used as a base for the British Far East Command during World War II, the property has been sensitively restored by award-winning Singapore architectural company DP Architects maintains a sense of the colonial stateliness with many original features including a multi-columned façade and a grand staircase.
In addition to its magnificent historical architecture, the remarkable glass-topped Archaeological Pits embedded in the hotel lobby floor are filled with 14th and 19th Century artifacts unearthed by Dr John Miksic, Resident Archaeologist and associate professor at National University of Singapore. The pits serve as a reminder of the close relationship of the building with its surroundings and are an experiential way for its visitor to learn more about Singapores history.
The private lounge, a mixture of classic and contemporary interior complemented by signatures furniture pieces from award-wining Italian designer Poltrona Frau, offers an elegant and serene ambience to mingle over a cup of Nespresso coffee or TWG tea. Daily cocktail hour from 6:00pm to 8:00pm with unlimited serving of wines, champagnes and canapés, also an offer a fine touches in hospitality.
Each room and suite ranges in size from 30 to 94 sqm offer exclusive postcard-perfect views of lush greenery of a century-old heritage park or the vibrant city of Singapore. Guests will appreciate some of the fabulous items by award-winning Italian furniture designer Poltrona Frau and eco-friendly bathroom amenities by the luxurious THANN of Thailand.
The cutting edge entertainment system such as Zeppelin Mini ipod docking system by Bowers & Wilkins and smart TV; present a higher level of entertainment. The interactive control panel by the bed side allows guests to control room temperature, mood lightings and curtain without leaving the comfort of your bed.
Guest in residence at this boutique hotel in Singapore (http://www.hfcsingapore.com/rooms_deluxe.html) will enjoy around-the-clock concierge services, from restaurant reservations to flight bookings and administrative services. Equipped with the latest iPads at the reception, savvy staff are able to assist you at anytime. Complimentary wireless internet access within the hotel also allows guests to stay connected while on the move.
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Wine and Dine
The hotel offers a choice of superb dining venues that will delight even the most discerning guests.
Gattopardo a specialty restaurant at Hotel Fort Canning Singapore serves contemporary Southern Italian cuisine featuring fresh Sicilian seafood from the Mediterranean, delicious pastas, wood-fired pizzas and premium Italian wines. Diners can expect a different and refreshing style of cooking from Chef Lino Sauro who brings his 25 years of culinary experience fo the fore creating a rich variety of original dishes with varying depth of flavours.
For guests who may have a more adventurous palate may venture to some of the best Asian cuisines with a contemporary twist at The Glass House. The modern Asian bistro offers an all-day dinning menu featuring dishes from Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and most especially Singapore. The bistro boasts a stylish modern interior with floor-to-ceiling glass walls designed to maximize the stunning views of the park flourished with majestic heritage trees (80 90 years old) and the city skyline.
After an action packed day, relax and unwind over a glass of cocktail at the Tisettanta Lounge. Tisettanta Lounge specialises in Italian inspired cocktails with flavours such as fresh herbs, tangy citrus, aromatic nuts and rich chocolate. These healthy detoxifying remedies and drinks are inspired by top Italian designers.
24-hour in-room dining is also available, served in quirky traditional handmade bamboo tiffins, reminiscent of Singapores heritage and home-spun style.
Recreation and Leisure Facilities
THANN Sanctuary first in Singapore, this spa is set within Hotel Fort Canning. The spa offers four tastefully Thai-inspired decorated rooms and couple suite with a wide range of spa treatments based on THANNs art of natural therapy. The products are 100% paraben-free with absolutely no artificial colours or fragrances, and some are made of vitamin E-rich extracts of rice bran oil, all are stylishly packaged in recycled materials.
Other facilities of this Singapore boutique hotel include a 240sqm gymnasium which features the latest TechnoGym equipment and two outdoor swimming pools with a water filtering system that is based on NASA technology.
Guests can enjoy a leisurely one-hour guided Heritage Trail and learn the interesting history of the heritage city park in which Hotel Fort Canning sits. Highlights include visiting a live archaeological dig, smelling herbs and spices in the Spice Garden, marvelling at giant Raintrees, and coming up close and personal with the Fort Gate after which the park is named.
Conference and Catering Facilities
Conference and catering facilities in a park setting are highlighted by the 460-seater Legends Ballroom and 230-seater Lavender Ballroom with contemporary lighting and audio-visual equipment. Both Ballrooms can be partitioned into smaller function rooms for meetings and dining. There are also three smaller function rooms Jasmine 1 & 2, and The Living Room with floor-to-ceiling windows that take in the tree-top views of the park - truly spectacular.
A tour of The Battle Box, a World War II bunker where General Percival surrendered Singapore to the Japanese on 15 February 1942, is recommended as a unique pre-event or function activity.
Hotel Fort Canning is a 5-minute walk from Orchard Road, and a 10-minute stroll from Clarke Quay/Boat Quay, as well as the Museum & Civic District, and a 30-minute drive from the airport.
Rates start from SGD320++ for a Deluxe Room inclusive of breakfast, wireless internet access, evening cocktail hour at private lounge.