The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore is an inspiring example of architectural achievement with its neo-classical features such as fluted Doric colonnades, reflecting its trademark harmony and a lofty portico over the hotel’s sophisticated entrance on which is viewed the Royal Coat of Arms crafted by Italian Cavaliere Rudolfo Nolli. The timeless beauty of its exterior is matched by the tastefully accented interior, and travelers to Singapore find this award-winning hotel to be a fascinating display of Singapore’s history and modern eloquence.
The northern end of the building covers the site of Fort Fullerton, a fort built in 1829 to defend the settlement against any naval attacks. When the fort was later expanded, a sandstone monolith, the Singapore Stone, was discovered with an inscription potentially dating back to the 13th century. Although this antiquity was destroyed, a fragment was salvaged and is now preserved in the collection of the National Museum. It was this fort that gave way to the first General Post Office and the Exchange Building in 1874, and later the Fullerton Building opened its doors on the same site in June 1928. This historic building has also seen use as a makeshift operating room for wounded British soldiers in 1942, and a refuge for Governor Sir Shenton Thomas and Lady Thomas who sought sanctuary in the sleeping quarters of the Singapore Club. It is here where General Percival discussed with Sir Shenton the idea of surrendering Singapore to the Japanese and, as a result, the Fullerton Building became the headquarters for the Japanese Military Administration in Singapore.
This prestigious hotel has seen abundant transformations and yet, through it all, it has been able to maintain the elaborate architectural wealth within its walls. The room in which the British Governor was first told to surrender to the Japanese during World War II was changed into an exclusive lounge with a one-of-a-kind, barrel-vaulted coffered ceiling. The Fullerton Light, a revolving beacon emanating light from the roof of the building, was installed in 1958 to replace the historic lighthouse. Since the building was designed for natural ventilation before the age of air-conditioning, architects carefully devised internal air-wells to continue the flow of air throughout the building, protecting the historic integrity of the structure.
Recipient of esteemed awards such as Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List Award and the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s architectural heritage award, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore has proven itself to honor the traditions of its past, while at the same time transforming those traditions into prominent and inspired architectural beauty, making this distinguished hotel the destination of choice for luxury travelers.
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, a charter member of Historic Hotels Worldwide since 2011, dates back to 1829.