Standing at 226m high, Swissôtel The Stamford is one of the tallest hotels in Southeast Asia. Since it opened in 1986, it has become an iconic landmark of Singapore, right in the heart of the City Hall area, with Changi Airport just a 20-minute ride away and MRT stations around the corner.
But the hotel, which is popular among affluent modern business travellers, isn’t resting on its laurels. It has just completed the first phase of a comprehensive multi-million dollar renovation. The result of this: new Premier Rooms and Premier Harbour View Rooms, part of a total of 1,261 guestrooms and suites that will undergo a total overhaul by the end of 2018.
As Swissôtel The Stamford is known to combine world-famous Swiss hospitality with cutting-edge technology, its newly renovated rooms feature rustic teak wood and hand-crafted stone wall accents reminiscent of the Swiss Alps. Each room also comes with a snack basket inspired by picnic carriers, a bedside chair that is a modern take on the traditional rocking chair and a Nespresso machine for when you wish to perk up with a cup of fine coffee. You’ll also spot hints of the iconic Swiss cross emblem throughout the room, in the form of robe hooks, door pulls, artwork and more. Step into the bathroom and you’ll find a specially designed vanity box with amenities from Swiss brand Pürovel.
The revamped rooms feature a new In-room Management System that controls all the features in your room, as well as lets you enjoy selected housekeeping and laundry services conveniently from a single interface. Also in place is a lighting system with different mood settings and motion sensor safety lights that will adapt to your movements if you get up at night. The latter also helps to conserve electricity as they turn off automatically when you are not in the room.
Other ways in which the new rooms contribute to efforts to stay green: An improved fibre network infrastructure will reduce energy consumption by 40 per cent while increasing internet bandwidth by 10 times. In-room air-conditioners that detect condensation and automatically shut off when balcony doors are left open. And when you leave the room, there’s no need to worry about local SIM card activation or data roaming – a hotel-provided Handy Phone lets you make complimentary local and international calls or surf the Internet on the go.
That said, you probably won’t need (or want) to leave the hotel premises, as it houses 15 dining options to take care of any craving you might have. Indulge in Szechuan and Cantonese fare at Szechuan Court, fine Japanese cuisine at Mikuni, regional favourites at Asian Market Café, local food at Kopi Tiam and even an Asian and European buffet at Café Swiss.
Or make it a special treat at the award-winning, Michelin-starred JAAN, which is on the annual Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list for the fifth year. This intimate 40-seat restaurant showcases Chef de Cuisine Kirk Westaway’s seasonal produce-driven menu, which goes well with the choice of nearly 500 labels of Old World and New World wines. If you want to extend your after-dinner drinks session, Swissôtel The Stamford boasts no fewer than four in-house bars, including the new and highly-anticipated Bar Rouge from Shanghai.
Located on the hotel’s 71st storey, the club offers a gorgeous view of the Marina Bay skyline as well as a dynamic cloud-shaped light installation and raised performance cages. Each month, there are themed nights featuring cutting-edge music played through a Mode Audio sound system custom built in California. And the best way to enjoy all this? Book the exclusive 72nd-storey VIP mezzanine for a private party, so your guests can literally feel on top of the world.
For more information and to make a reservation, visit www.swissotel.com/hotels/singapore-stamford.