Yesterday afternoon we were invited to have a sneak preview of The Barracks Hotel Sentosa, Singapore’s latest hotel opening which will see it welcoming guests from 1st December 2019.
Once a British artillery outpost, the final two of six heritage buildings in the development have been restored to establish the 40-room property.
Far East Hospitality, a subsidiary of the giant Far East Organisation, is already known for a number of hotels in Singapore such as the Oasia Downtown and the Village Hotel Bugis.
The Barracks Hotel Sentosa is the final instalment of a three-property development by the group on the island.
The first hotel in the series is Village Hotel Sentosa, a 606-room family-oriented property with a big focus on kids, including their own check-in area, in-room age appropriate amenities, family swimming pools and movie screenings at the pool deck.
Next door The Outpost Hotel Sentosa is the adults-only option, aligning its strategy around romantic stays, with customised minibars in the 193 guest rooms.
A new concept opens at The Outpost Hotel Sentosa during the first quarter of 2020, including a restaurant and day club alongside a rooftop pool, the only such example on Sentosa. Guests staying at The Barracks Hotel Sentosa will also have access to this pool.
That leaves the final property of the trio, the much more intimate and secluded The Barracks Hotel Sentosa, with just 40 rooms in two redeveloped 115-year-old heritage buildings, tucked behind the two larger properties.
The concept here is a high-end finish and more personalised service in a private, quieter section of the development.
Location and access
Unlike the other two properties in the project, The Barracks Hotel Sentosa has a completely separate entrance on Gunner Lane.
At the top of the road you’ll reach the hotel driveway, which leads you straight to the reception area between the two buildings which comprise the property.
If you’re arriving by car, there is onsite complimentary parking available for hotel guests.
Public transport is easily accessible, with Imbiah Monorail Station, connecting to VivoCity and the Singapore MRT network, just a 3-minute walk away from the hotel.
There’s quite a bit of history in this part of the development, and as such each guest staying at the hotel will be offered a complimentary 45-minute heritage tour during their stay.
This takes a look at the history of the buildings, their design and some of the more fun and quirky facts about their former usage over the years prior to this project.
Guests are also entitled to a complimentary welcome drink, free Wi-Fi and local telephone calls.
The Barracks Pool
Two pools in fact, each 47m long, are located behind each of the two converted former barracks buildings.
Guest rooms all overlook the pool, either with a spacious balcony or a terrace with direct pool access in the case of the ground floor rooms.
The swimming pools in front of both buildings are certainly the focal centrepiece of the property, in a peaceful and well finished setting.
The 40 rooms and suites in The Barracks Hotel Sentosa are distributed as follows.
|Premier King||29 sq m||27|
|Premier Twin||29 sq m||6|
|Suite||59 sq m||6|
|Accessible Queen||29 sq m||1|
There are 34 Premier Rooms in total, available with one king bed, twin beds or a queen bed in the single accessible room.
These rooms all measure approximately 29 sq m in total, not the biggest hotel rooms in Singapore, but that is largely constrained by the building’s original layout.
Large double doors open into the bedroom and the king size bed, opposite a 55-inch wall-mounted Smart TV, which allows connectivity to your own personal devices.
Flooring is in dark wood, with some wood panelling on the walls and ornamental lighting in colonial style. There’s a small writing desk in the corner and ample power outlets, including USB charging sockets.
Note some plug sockets we saw in the rooms were Singapore Type G 3-pin style, while others were the more useful multi-standard types.
A minibar and tea and coffee making facilities are also provided, with complimentary Nespresso capsules and Singapore Collection heritage teas.
Air conditioning and lighting controls are all within bedside reach.
The room is open into the bathroom, which gives a feeling of space. Here the flooring and walls transition to white marble tiles.
All bathrooms have a freestanding bath, in a starkly contrasting black colour, and a separate shower.
Again the finish of the fixtures and fittings appears to be to a very high standard, based on the rooms we were shown.
Toiletries in all rooms and suites are by Appelles Apothecary.
Premier Rooms – Pool Access
Commanding a slight premium, approximately an extra S$50 per night compared to the Premier Rooms for dates we checked in 2020, are the pool access rooms on the ground floor.
Access is through the bathroom with a small outdoor seating area available. Each pool access room also has a small semi-private jacuzzi area at the entrance to the main swimming pool.
Not for sale at this stage, the hotel’s suites are still having some finishing touches applied. Each suite measures a generous 59 sq m.
Two of the suites have a corner aspect, with the other four in the middle of each building. The layout of the corner suites is slightly different with the living room and bathroom having terrace and pool access, whereas for the other suites the bedroom leads out to the pool deck.
The spacious bathrooms feature an oversized circular bath tub in the suites.
We viewed a corner suite, which has a generous seating area at the end of the building and a semi-private jacuzzi pool, which links to the main pool.
Indeed all suites in the hotel are on the ground floor and therefore benefit from direct pool access.
The living room and bat