In the heart of the Chinatown, this impressive Furama City Centre provides a modern retreat for travelers. After already being treated to 2 great nights at Furama RiverFront, we were excited to discover another Furama property a quick taxi ride down the road. I am glad to say our expectations were blown away. So let’s get into the details in this Furama City Centre review.
The Perfect Singapore Stay: Furama City Centre Review
Being close to the downtown line the hotel is in the perfect location. You can easily get from Changi Airport to Furama City Centre using the MRT. All you need to do is change trains at the Expo stop, then you can take the blue downtown line all the way to the hotel. A perfect entry or exit for anyone arriving in the country by plane.
Getting Around The City
No doubt Furama City Centre is in the ultimate location for your stay in Singapore. Thanks to its convient postitioning you are in the middle of the famous Chinatown. It is also only a twenty minute walk to plenty more iconic sights. The MRT station is about 100m away, which is actually quite a big station with both the Downtown Line and North/East Line.
Arriving at Furama City Centre
There are actually a couple of different entrances to the main lobby of Furama City Centre, but we mostly used the main entranceway. The porter is always a friendly face before jumping on an escalator up to the main reception area.
Walking into the main reception lobby for the first time, this hotel feels super modern and very grand. The high ceiling towers above with colourful balloon-like artwork. On this floor is also the main restaurant and the executive club lounge.
A highlight was the accommodating hotel staff. We were able to check in slightly earlier than the normal 2pm check in time. This was prearranged the night before with the staff from Furama RiverFront. ‘
The entire check in process was speedy and efficient. They quickly scanned our passports and then one of the friendly staff members showed us to our room on the 20th floor! In the elevator, you have to san your room key-card before selecting a floor. Unfortunately on one side of the elevator of room key would not seem to work. Though, there are four elevators so there was never a line or queue to use the elevators during our stay.
The Executive Club Room
When we got to the room there was a big welcome spread on the bed. This included a card, balloons, elephant towels, a fruit platter and a mix of cup cakes. What a perfect welcome to what become the perfect stay. It has to be said I’ve been so impressed by the level of service and plain friendliness of the staff at both Furama hotels, making us feel right at home in a new county. The cupcakes went down a treat, with a very nice mango and some fresh bananas.
The first thing you notice when entering the room is the view. It is very impressive being all the way up on the 20th floor and gave us a whole new perspective on this great city. Looking out you can see the Singapore Flyer (largest Ferris wheel in Asia) the river, as well as the light show that happens there later in the evening. The first few hours were spent just sitting in the chair by the window watching the view. In the distance, you could also see all the ships entering Singapore harbour, as well as all the planes coming into land at Changi Airport. This view certainly was a stand out highlight of our stay, so deserves a special mention in this Furama City Centre review.
The room is extremely modern with a large comfortable bed in the centre. A purple feature wall runs behind the headboard of the bed as well as a beautiful chaise in the corner providing an additional seating area. The desk size was perfect and the office chair which came with it was perfect, much more comfortable than the wooden chairs you often find alongside desks in hotel rooms.
The bathroom completed our luxurious stay. With a huge freestanding bathtub as well as a great walk-in shower. To compensate for this space, the basin and mirror are located in the hallway instead of in the bathroom. We actually found this good as one person could brush their teeth while the other was in the shower or something similar, decreasing the time spent waiting for each other to get ready in the morning.
Echo (The In Room Assistant)
The Echo device also deserves a special mention in this Furama City Centre review. Echo (also known as Alexa) is a device that you can ask questions and it gives you an appropriate answer. Echo can also turn on/off any lights in the room, or the TV just by voice command. I spent a good amount of time talking to Echo as it would surprisingly answer all sorts of interesting questions. Some examples include “Echo, will you be my girlfriend?” to which she replied, “I am sorry, I only see you as a friend”. Getting friend zoned by a robot is always good for the self-esteem. You can also ask her to tell a joke, although I’ll leave you to see what happens there.
Apart from a little laugh Echo was extremely helpful throughout the duration of our stay. Whether we wanted to know the time back home, any news, and what the weather is outside. This gave us a heads up to the thunderstorms which occurred throughout our stay. Allowing us to prepare with umbrellas provided by the hotel.
What I love about Furama in Singapore is that they offer Handy, and the Furama City Centre is no exception. With unlimited data, free domestic and international calls it was perfect for first timers like us in Singapore. When we arrived in a new destination clueless, all it took was a quick google search to find the best sights to see in that area.
Most of all though, the major benefit was having maps. We could easily find out what would be the most efficient and quickest transport option to get around and check out top restaurant reviews, so we could eat the best Singapore has to offer.
The Executive Lounge
On the ground floor was the executive lounge and of course we visited for the delicious cocktail evenings on offer to club members. Tiger beer with some cheese and crackers is always a good way to cool down after a day exploring. The lounge was smaller in size, though with comfortable seating, excellent staff and entertainment on the television, it was still perfect for our stay.
Buffet breakfast was served here as well. Offering a good selection of bread, bacon, sausages, bakes beans and Asian options there were choices for all preferences. On a tablet, we were shown an la a carte menu which we could order from including freshly made egg dishes.
Overall the Furama City Centre was a really enjoyable stay. The staff again made us feel so welcomed and helped with anything that we needed. The room itself was clean and had plenty of room for 2 people. Oh, plus the view of the city was one of the best views we have had. The close proximity to the Chinatown MRT makes the location of Furama City Centre great for anyone who wants to get out and explore.
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Backpackers Wanderlust was a guest at Furama City Centre, however, as always, all opinions are my own.