Hotel Review: Capri by Fraser in Singapore

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Rates

Rates from 250 Singapore dollars, about $208, at 1.20 Singapore dollars to the U.S. dollar.

Basics

The relatively sleepy and leafy stretch of the Changi area on Singapore's far east coast may seem an unusual spot for a stylish new hotel -- and yet, in September, there it appeared: Capri by Fraser, a sleek property with 313 rooms designed for travelers who may be staying awhile. The rooms, described as "studios," are large, with sofas and kitchenettes, meant, no doubt, to appeal to the conventioneers and businesses in the new forest of office buildings sprouting around it.

Location

In the heart of Changi Business Park, the hotel is adjacent to the Singapore Expo convention center, a short walk from the Expo train station and about a 30-minute taxi ride from downtown Singapore. It's also next door to a large mall packed with a supermarket, clothing and shoe stores as well as a long list of restaurants, bars and fast-food places that sell everything from egg tarts to Subway sandwiches.

The Room

Spacious and well designed -- with built-in adapters for international travelers and a small kitchenette equipped with saucepans, plates, utensils, a microwave, an induction stovetop and a medium-size refrigerator -- our "studio deluxe" would have made for a comfortable stay of several weeks. There was a king-size bed, DVD player and large-screen TV. The pale wood furnishings and décor punctuated with cheery orange and chocolate accents in throw pillows and artwork were pleasing to the eye. But our bedside lamps didn't work; even after a maintenance worker repaired them, one flickered out completely.

The Bathroom

A similarly roomy affair with a large shower area outfitted with a rain-shower head and a hand-held nozzle. Toothbrushes, a sewing kit, an ironing board and a large laundry basket, along with an abundance of Malin + Goetz toiletries, were provided.

Amenities

This is a hotel with something for just about everyone -- a spa that offers massages and Javanese slimming sessions; a small business center; in-room dining as well as a Western-style restaurant and bar; washers and dryers on every floor in plush rooms that each have a different theme (a foosball table offers distraction in one; a workout bike in another); free bikes (the beach is about a 30-minute ride away), parking, wireless Internet and airport shuttle; a 24-hour glass-encased rooftop gym and a rooftop pool. (But swimmers beware: office workers in the surrounding glass buildings have a fairly good view of all sunbathing action.) There's also a generous happy hour on weekdays with free-flowing wine, beer and cocktails. Expect slow service, though -- after waiting more than 20 minutes for my Long Island ice tea, the waitress explained that the bar had only one cocktail shaker.

Breakfast

Breakfast wasn't included in the basic room rate; we were encouraged to try the weekday buffet for 28 Singapore dollars. But after examining the sparse Western spread of scrambled eggs, dry-looking chicken patties, limp bacon and tiny croissants, we headed elsewhere.

Bottom Line

An off-the-beaten-path hotel that provides top-notch comfort and service, despite a few small kinks.

Capri by Fraser, Changi City, 3 Changi Business Park Central 1; (65) 6933-9833; capribyfraser.com. 

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This article originally appeared in The New York Times.


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