Furama City Centre Hotel, Singapore


September 2006

I felt a bit let-down when I first entered the Furama hotel. I'd heard they just finished a multi-million dollar renovation, so I had high expectations, but I entered a dull, dingy frumpy lobby. Things looked a lot better when I got to my room. Apparently all the money was spent there. Everything was definitely new, if not very distinctive. Like many hotels in Singapore, they went with a bland 'corporate' look with lots of blond woods and clean lines. Nice, but there's nothing special about it at all. My room had a fantastic view of the river, government buildings and the Esplanade cultural center beyond.

While the room looked okay, there were a few little niggling problems. The most annoying problem was the air conditioning. No matter what temperature was set, it wouldn't get colder than 25°C. I presume it was some kind of energy saving measure, but as I need it cool to get a good night's sleep, it was very annoying. Also, although I was on a supposedly non-smoking floor, there was a strong odor of stale cigarette smoke in the hall.

Hotel Facilities include several food outlets, a very tiny fitness center, swimming pool and business center.

Rooms feature air conditioning, mini-bar, internet access (extra charge), color television with most major international channels, combination safe, iron and hair dryer.

Pluses: Excellent location for business, dining and shopping. Two subway stations within a block's walk. Very friendly and helpful staff.

Minuses: Fitness center uselessly small. Room air temperature not adjustable.

Rooms at the Furama City Centre Hotel may be booked through the link below: