Top 3 Luxurious Heritage Hotels to Stay in Singapore!

Written by Katherine

February 16, 2022
Last Updated on February 29, 2024

Looking for hotels with a rich heritage to stay in Singapore? Look no further as I share with you three of the best luxury heritage hotels in Singapore that we have stayed in before, one of them is even a national monument! <( ̄︶ ̄)>

The Capitol Kempinski Hotel, Luxury in a Restored Building

I have a confession to make. I have a bad history with Capitol Singapore and I don’t like it. But this stay with The Capitol Kempinski Hotel changed my perception of the hotel. (´• ω •`)

Brief History of The Capitol Kempinski Hotel

Once known as the Capitol Building and Stamford House, The Capitol Kempinski Hotel opened in late 2018 after years of restoration work and updates.

Connected to The Capitol Kempinski Hotel is The Capitol Theatre, a widely-loved theatre of the older generation. I loved it when older Singaporeans talked to me about the memories they had in this place, about their dates and how the mall area used to be alleyways. A visit to The Capitol Theatre is a must if you are staying at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel. Better still, catch a show in the theatre so you can marvel at the beauty of the interior. (´ ω `♡)

2018: If only I knew Ju Ji Hoon was here, I would have snapped more photos. At least he walked past me. (╥_╥)

Why Should You Stay at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel?

The Capitol Kempinski Hotel doesn’t occupy a big compound but its Deluxe Room is bigger than what we have imagined. As you would expect, the room is one of elegance and heritage. You would be able to find little surprises in some corners of the room.

The best thing about the room has to be the big bathtub for me! Not only is it big enough to fit two people comfortably, but it also has a cool TV at one end of the bathtub! Honestly, this TV is one of the best I have experienced in all the hotels we have gone to. Most of them usually have really bad speakers where we hear more static than the actual audio from the TV. (҂ `з´ )

The most amazing thing at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel has to be the special tunnelling effect along the walkway where the Classic Rooms are located. It’s weird to highlight this but I felt as if I was going through the twilight zone every time I walked into this area. Experience it for yourself while taking a walk to the swimming pool located at this level! (´・ᴗ・ ` )

To read more about our experience at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel, head over to my blog post here! I will be sharing about the hits and misses of this place but be assured to know that I still highly recommend staying at this place~! (◕‿◕)

Bonus Tidbit

If you are staying at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel, you might want to take the opportunity to visit CHIJMES, one of Singapore’s national monuments and a 5 minutes walk from the hotel. CHIJMES was formerly the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus Chapel. Part of the site was demolished to build our Mass Rapid Transit Corporation headquarters. The remaining site was then given an uplift to redevelop for commercial purposes.

The former chapel is being used as a function hall venue and is now known as the CHIJMES Hall. If you have watched Crazy Rich Asians, their wedding took place at the beautiful CHIJMES Hall. A lot of tourists would drop by here to take beautiful photos of the exterior, either in the daytime or nighttime. Besides the chapel, you would also be able to find lots of good food and beverage outlets here~! ( ´ ▽ ` )

Credit: Crazy Rich Asians movie

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, a luxurious Heritage Hotel with Singapore’s History

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore is one of the most beautiful and iconic hotels in Singapore. It is also one of the hotels that I have been looking forward to visiting! ٩(。•́‿•̀。)۶

Brief History of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

Originally known as the Fullerton Building and also home to Singapore’s General Post Office in the past, the building was redeveloped to become The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. The hotel was officially announced as one of Singapore’s national monuments in 2015.

The interesting thing about The Fullerton Hotel is that it has its own gallery to showcase the building’s history. You will be able to find it on the left side of the lobby once you enter by the front entrance. Even if you are not staying at this hotel, I highly recommend coming here to learn about the building’s history as well as marvel at its beauty. ( ´ ▽ ` )

Why Should You Stay at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore?

If you have a choice, I would definitely recommend staying at the Marina Bay View Room. Not only is the room HUGE, but it also has one of the most fantastic bay views that I have ever seen. I could hang out on the balcony for the whole day, be it sunshine or rain, and could never get bored of the view. (☆ω☆)

Located near the Boat Quay area, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore is the only hotel that has a swimming pool by the river. You could hang out at the side of the pool and just wave to all the visitors on the river cruise. Or you could simply just chill and do some people-watching. OR you can be like me, sitting on the edge of the pool as babe tried to capture the photo. I was feeling super awkward posing to the world. (*/ω\)

The greatest thing about staying at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, besides that fantastic bay view, has to be the superbly impressive service. We stayed there for babe’s birthday, unannounced in our booking, and the level of attentiveness from the service staff was top-notch. Hungry and need more food during the breakfast buffet? No worries as the staff would always check in with you if you would want more food. They deserve to be one of the best hotels in Singapore. (* ̄▽ ̄)b

You can read more about our stay in my blog post here! WARNING: It’s a pretty lengthy post as I had so much to say about the hotel. (´• ω •`) ♡

Bonus Tidbit

Do head over to the Boat Quay area if you want to wine and dine. But I would want to warn you of restaurants that might hard-sell their food to you. So it would be good to do some research before your visit there! I would usually recommend Dallas Restaurant and Bar since we had our solemnisation there and they have really good food. A lot of people would usually drop by for drinks and watch football. (´・ᴗ・ ` )

Also do take a walk around the area at night. Night lights might not be the prettiest, but seeing The Fullerton Hotel Singapore at night is actually really beautiful. Don’t forget to also find the Sir Stamford Raffles statues in the area, one opposite the Boat Quat F&B area and the original one in front of the Victoria Memorial Hall. (*¯︶¯*)

The Clan Hotel, Culture Meets Modern Luxury

After introducing two hotels of heritage, this final hotel is slightly different. It is not a heritage hotel but is one that is built based on its inspiration from its surrounding Chinese associations. Located in the Telok Ayer neighbourhood, The Clan Hotel is a hotel that welcomes you with its cultural elements once you step into the grand lift lobby.

Why Should You Stay at The Clan Hotel?

Singapore has an influx of new hotels and each of them is coming up with its unique selling point. The Clan Hotel is unique such that it includes a lot of Chinese cultural elements all around the hotel yet still exudes luxury. From the hotel lobby to its in-room welcome package, you will be guaranteed to enjoy a cultural experience once you walk into the hotel.

Even though I have not been to a lot of gyms, I have to say the Sky Gym at The Clan Hotel is a MUST to visit. You could enjoy a fantastic view of Chinatown while working out or even try their on-demand virtual classes! Being a Chinese cultural-rich hotel, they even have two wooden dummies so more people can do their Ip-Man moves~! (#`Д´) Not a fan of gyms? You can always go to the Sky Pool to have a swim or just have a dip to enjoy the amazing view as well~! ( ´ ω ` )

One of the best things for us is definitely the breakfast. Most breakfasts served in hotels are usually just okay, pretty normal. But I have to give praise when praise should be given right? The Clan Hotel’s breakfast is served at the Qin Restaurant & Bar, a restaurant under the TungLok Group. If you didn’t know, the TungLok Group usually has great food at their restaurants. <( ̄︶ ̄)>

So needless to say, breakfast was superb at The Clan Hotel~! Even though it was an ala carte menu, we had one of the most fulfilling breakfasts at a hotel and couldn’t stop raving about it while we were eating. (´・ᴗ・ ` )

There are many little surprises you would get while staying at The Clan Hotel. You can read more about them in my blog post here!

Bonus Tidbit

There are actually a lot of heritage buildings in the area. Just in front of The Clan Hotel, is the Ying Fo Fui Kun (应和会馆), which is a national monument gazetted in 1998. This is the oldest clan association in Singapore. Along Telok Ayer Street, you would also be able to find another national monument, the Thian Hock Keng Temple. So find time to walk and explore the Chinese culture in this area if you are staying at The Clan Hotel.

There are also a lot of Korean BBQ restaurants in the vicinity. Heck, there are a lot of restaurants in the area but we are suckers for Korean BBQ that we have them for every staycation. (¬‿¬ ) If you are staying at The Clan Hotel and want to try some Korean BBQ, I suggest probably dropping by Wang Dae Bak for a meal. We went to their Pocha branch for dinner and it was PACKED! You can read about our experience here~! (◕‿◕)

Need More Ideas for Your Stay?

If the above three Singapore heritage hotels are not enough, you could also consider staying at Raffles Singapore or Hotel Fort Canning.

Raffles Singapore is known for its long history in Singapore and it is also one of Singapore’s national monuments. A lot of well-known guests, such as Michael Jackson and Queen Elizabeth II, have stayed in the Raffles Hotel. This has made Raffles Singapore one of the most popular hotels for a lot of celebrities to stay in.

We, unfortunately, have not stayed at Raffles Singapore before and probably wouldn’t due to the price. If you are in the same situation, you could consider dropping by the Long Bar for its iconic Singapore Sling! For someone who doesn’t drink a lot, I love the Singapore Sling. But I also ended up getting a sneak attack from the alcohol content and was knocked out after. (*/ω\)

Another alternative would be Hotel Fort Canning. Though not a national monument, the hotel building was formerly a British military administration site in the early 20th century. With the beautiful Fort Canning Park as its background, we would definitely find a chance to stay and explore in future.

Hope you had a great takeaway from this post to book your next Singapore heritage hotel to experience its heritage and culture! (´• ω •`) ♡

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