Last year, the rooms in the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore underwent a massive renovation and they look fantastic - my previous stay in the Four Seasons Executive Suite has left such a lasting impression that I was really eager to check it out again on another weekend. Therefore, when One-Ninety Restaurant re-opened back in March 2019, I decided that it would be a good time to drop by for lunch and more importantly to check out one of the crowning jewels from The Suite Collection.
The Four Seasons Hotel Singapore is a participating hotel in American Express' Fine Hotels & Resorts program - American Express Centurion and Platinum members will get to enjoy exclusive perks like USD 100 F&B credit and a guaranteed 4:00PM late check-out when booking an eligible rate. For this stay, I stayed in one of the largest and most luxurious suites on property - the Ambassador One-Bedroom Suite.
Located on level 19 of the property, the Ambassador One-Bedroom Suite features intricate kamchen pottery and it draws design inspiration from the Peranakan culture in Singapore. Considering where the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore is located in Orchard, the suite is truly massive and the humongous living room, dining area, bedroom as well as a fully-equipped kitchenette span over 162sqm of floor space.
It goes without saying at the luxurious Ambassador One-Bedroom Suite here at the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore is designed to impress from the moment you step through the main doors of the suite. The foyer of the suite is bigger than the bathrooms of many luxury hotels and the door on the left of this leads to the bedroom (as well as the full bathroom) but more on this later.
There is a powder room here (on the right) by the main entrance of the suite which is great for those entertaining guests or using this as a (opulent) day-time office. The half-bathroom is also located away from the living room and dining room for additional privacy. You will also find a refrigerated private bar here in the foyer but if you would like to chill your Champagne bottles, there is a bigger fridge in the pantry that you can use.
The half-bathroom located near the entrance of the Ambassador Suite is actually really spacious and it even comes with a massive lighted mirror for your guests if they wish to touch up on make-up or to look decent before getting out. The guest bathroom is also spacious enough (and located far away from the living area) for it to be private but as a rule of thumb, you should always try not to make it too quiet when you have guests over (feel free to use the sound systems in the suite!).
The main living area of the Ambassador One-Bedroom Suite has a beautiful carpet in deep red with a beige floral motif. The warm tone of this living area also features a plush sofa with plenty of seating space. The massive sofa seats at least four adults very comfortably and there are two arm chairs located near the window as well. You will find two LED TVs here in this suite and the biggest one is located in the living room (as you would expect). The 65-inch LED TV with wired connectivity comes with a wide range of cable and satellite channels that you will be able to select from. There is also an on-demand movie option available on the TV as well as a Bose speaker that you will be able to connect to if you wish to stream your own music - CD and Blu-ray player can be provided upon request.
While staying at the luxurious Ambassador One-Bedroom Suite in the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, I received a massive plate of fruits as well as some local snacks on the side. I must have mentioned this previously but I really do enjoy receiving a plate of fruits (as compared to chocolate pralines) as a welcome amenity. I realised that when you book special Virtuoso Rates or FHR rates at luxury hotels, your welcome amenities tend to be slightly better than an average guest who book the Advance Purchase rate.
The Ambassador Suite comes with a massive dining table with comfortable seating for up to six adults - booking a special Virtuoso Rate or the FHR rate (if you have The Platinum Card) will give you USD 100 worth of F&B Credit which you can then use on things like room service. Honestly, with a suite like that, the last thing you would want to do is to actually leave it.
The living room transitions seamlessly into the dining room of the suite and as mentioned earlier, the Ambassador One-Bedroom Suite comes with a fully-equipped kitchenette that has its own private entrance - this means that you can arrange for food and drinks to be prepared in or delivered to the room in private. Complimentary tea and coffee can be found in the kitchenette - even though it is not uncommon to find a selection of TWG teabags in your own room and suite, staying in the Ambassador Suite means having eight different kinds to choose from and with some to spare. If you are more of a coffee person, you will also be able to find some Lavazza coffee capsules in the top drawer here. There is also a full-size refrigerator here if you wish to utilise the kitchenette for entertaining guests.
Located adjacent to the living area, on the other side of the arrival foyer, is the bedroom as well as the master bathroom. The first thing you will notice when you walk in is that the toilet is somewhat separated from the main bathroom. If the guest bathroom is full and someone needs to use a separate bathroom, you may consider letting them in to the master bedroom - I personally try to keep people away from my bedroom if I have people visiting.
The bedroom of the Ambassador One-Bedroom Suite is stunning - the interiors may not be excessively-done up for it is tasteful, timeless and elegant. There is a small working area located by the side of the room and there is also a small sofa located on the other end of the room if you wish to read a book or a magazine. There is another LED TV here (even though, nowhere near the size as the one located in the living room) in the bedroom so you can enjoy your favourite channels while being in bed.
There is only one of each signature suite here at the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and the only Ambassador Suite is located on Level 19 of the hotel. Therefore, you can be certain that the view from your bedroom (and the living room) is one that is set to impress. The area surrounding the hotel has mainly low-rise buildings so it is actually possible to enjoy a rather panoramic view from the comfort of your own bedroom. If you are lucky, you will also get to witness a magnificent sunset from your room.
While the living and dining room is probably where this suite stands out the most, my favourite area of this beautiful Ambassador Suite is actually the bedroom. Like all guests who stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, you will have the option of having a plush, signature or firm mattress topper that goes on top of your customisable Four Seasons Bed.
As if the plush bed wasn’t sufficient, two of the pillow cases in the Ambassador Suite had my initials on them - that’s MC for Mark Chua. Honestly, I never know what to do with these - is it appropriate to take them (since I do not suppose the hotel plans on keeping these for another guest with the same initials) or is it not? I left them behind since the pillow cases were larger than the typical pillows that I use back home but I cannot say that I was not tempted to bring them home with me as a form of keepsake.
Located by the side of the bed is where you will find an assortment of buttons that control all the lightings in the room - you will be able toggle between the different choices to find one that suits the mood best. Additionally, you will also find a couple of universal power outlets as well as a USB charging port to keep your devices juiced as you drift off to deep slumber in the comfortable bed.
If you have stayed in the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore previously, you will notice that the bathroom of the Ambassador Suite looks very similar to the bathrooms pre-refurbishment. Now, some work has definitely been done here and the most obvious difference has got to be the free-standing tub that is located by the side. I really like the elongated space here and the ample space around the sinks - this makes it easy to share the space in the morning and the evening with someone else. For those looking for something a little more environmentally-friendly, there is also a separate rain-shower that you can enjoy.
Bath amenities in the Ambassador Suite are provided by Guerlain - the Eau de Cologne Impériale range smells lovely but I certainly did not like how the bottles were designed. The screw-top containers made them different to handle in a shower and I would pick a squeeze bottle over that any other day.
To ensure that I get the best possible experience at the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, the amazing team over there actually sent up a bottle of my favourite Negroni alongside my meal orders. It felt like a waste to not use the massive dining room while I was there so I could not resist ordering up a few local favourites (since the horfun and laksa are both great at the One-Ninety Restaurant downstairs) for dinner.
Over the years, I have gotten quite accustomed to ordering food to be sent up to the room and therefore booking a room rate that comes with an F&B credit has become increasingly attractive to me over the years. The seafood horfun was delicious and honestly, you cannot quite go wrong with a plate of comforting chicken rice while you are in Singapore. It goes without saying that these dishes are incomparable to ‘the real thing’ but if you are lazy and would like to enjoy a private and quiet dinner, in-room dining really the way to go!
Breakfast at One-Ninety Restaurant is also not to be missed - there is a good selection on offer and I really like that they do feature seasonal ingredients that change from time to time. More importantly, the staff are all trained to anticipate and delight guests - if there is something that you are really craving for that is not on the buffet line, feel free to let a restaurant staff know and you might just find it on your table moments later (I had a craving for carrot cake on my previous stay and someone actually whipped it up for me on the spot).
The Ambassador One-Bedroom Suite over at the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore is easily one of the most opulent and luxurious suites that I have stayed in in 2019. The property looks great post-refurbishment, the F&B is strong but most importantly, the staff on property is what stands out the most.The Four Seasons Hotel Singapore is part of the Virtuoso network and booking a Virtuoso Rate (essentially the Best Available Rate) will give you exclusive amenities like property credits (typically USD 100), room upgrades and complimentary breakfast. These perks can only be accessed when you book with a Virtuoso advisor and The Shutterwhale partners with ClassicTravel.com to bring these perks to you at no additional charge. Most importantly, you can still earn elite-qualifying nights and points if the hotel participates in a loyalty program (e.g. Marriott Rewards).
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