Hotel Review: Swissotel The Stamford Singapore
The Swissotel The Stamford Singapore is one of two hotels of the brand in the South-East-Asian metropolis. The property was recently renovated and offers really nice rooms nowadays. Check out this extensive review to learn more about the hotel!
- Classification: Five Stars
- Room Category: Swiss Advantage Room
- Month of Stay: January
The Swissotel The Stamford is usually a little cheaper than those two properties, while the location is rather similar. You can walk to the bay in a few minutes and have the business district nearby, which I’d consider to be quite a good location, maybe even a notch better than where the InterContinental and Conrad are located. With that in mind, I was looking forward to seeing how the property would look from the inside.
Check-in at the Swissotel The Stamford Singapore
I’ll quickly speak about the check-in process at the Swissotel The Stamford as it was quite special. Why? Because the hotel offers check-in computers rather than “people” checking you in, which feels a bit odd for a property of this quality.
While there’s usually a member of staff who will be trying to help you quickly if there are any issues, I also struggled with my Le Club membership benefits as the computer didn’t say anything about that matter. Check-out was also a bit complicated as I couldn’t change to billing address. While I like innovation, I’m not sure whether the Swissotel Singapore did the right thing with installing these computers.
Swiss Advantage Room at Swissotel Singapore
To get this into context: The Swissotel Singapore The Stamford has more than 1.000 rooms on dozens of floors and thus is a massive affair. You won’t feel any of this upon entering the room though. For me, this meant getting into a foyer, where you can put your suitcase and find a wardrobe.
While the bathroom is on the side, the main room is around the corner (which is due to the round shape of the building). While the layout is unique, I really liked it thanks to the smart design, which I much prefered to rather basic modern design like at the Sofitel Saigon Plaza.
The bed is located in the corner of the room, facing a flat-screen television on the side. There are also two large nightdesks.
The other parts of the room are located closer to the window front and look really stylish and modern.
While the room doesn’t feel large, the design just feels smart to me. For example, there’s a couch with a large desk and another chair, which doubles as a working desk.
Then in the corner there’s an empty fridge with a coffee machine and some complimentary water.
Everything feels airy and incredible sleek – the design is a real winner at the Swissotel The Stamford Singapore in my opinion.
Another highlight is the small balcony, which sadly isn’t big enough to really fit furniture.
The views of Singapore Bay are amazing though and definitely an argument to stay at the Swissotel (and book a room with those views).
I’d especially recommend enjoying the views during sunrise as this is just a really special experience.
However, not only the stylish room and view are something worth mentioning, I also really enjoyed the bathroom.
Once again, this part of the room isn’t really big, but the design just feels so smart. There’s a sink with enough storage right next to the toilet in the middle of the bathroom.
Then to the left, there’s a shower-tub combo which looks so much better than what you will usually find in hotels with this arrangement like the Hilton Berlin.
The rain shower head also comes with a perfect water pressure, so I can really not find anything bad about the bathroom.
It’s fascinating that I really loved the room at the Swissotel Singapore even though it wasn’t particularly large, but not only is the design really stylish, but everything is so well thought through that it just fascinates me, even after staying at hundreds of luxury hotels.
Dining at the Swissotel The Stamford Singapore
I didn’t have the chance to try breakfast at the Swissotel The Stamford Singapore as I thought that prices were too high for the buffet at about 30 Euro / US-Dollar. Thus, I only ended up trying room service once, which was quite good and quickly brought to my room.
Furthermore, I had a drink at the pool (my Le Club Accor Gold welcome drink), which I very much enjoyed as well. The pool bar is generally a great place to have a snack or a drink.
Obviously, there are a couple other places in the hotel, where you can have a drink or food as the hotel has multiple bars and restaurants. I’m sure there’s something for every taste and prices are also okay compared to hotels like the Sofitel Legend Hanoi.
Pool & Gym at the Swissotel Singapore The Stamford
The Swissotel and the neighbooring Raffles are sharing their recreation area. The gym, while large and spacious and well equipped, was so full that I couldn’t take a picture. Yet, you can be certain that doing a full workout here is not an issue. The round-shaped pool is quite nice as well.
There are plenty of loungers to relax on in case you just want to spend one or another hour by the pool. While you don’t have a direct view of the bay, you can see some of Singapore’s skyline, which is nice as well.
Thus, the Swissotel Singapore does well in regards to the pool and other recreation facilities as well even though this area doesn’t feel as stylish as the rooms.
Overall impressions of the Swissotel The Stamford Singapore
I really enjoyed my stay at the Swissotel The Stamford Singapore. The location in the city centre and near the bay is nice, the views are great and the newly designed rooms are a real highlight without being overly spacious. The other areas of the pool are nice enough, but you can certainly feel that it’s a really large property. The only thing that leaves me puzzled are the check-in machines as this just doesn’t fit the upper scale approach of the property. That aside, I’d return to the hotel in a heartbeat!