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Baby-friendly Singapore hotels:the Conrad, Raffles the Plaza, Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton?

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My husband is attending a 4-day meeting at the Convention Center (I believe it's adjacent to the Suntec City mall), and taking me and our 7-month old boy with him. We're thinking of staying at the Conrad, Raffles the Plaza, Four Seasons or (if it's worth the extra expense)the Ritz Carlton.
We are looking for a hotel that 1)wouldn't frown at the sight of a guest with a baby 2) within reasonable distance from the convention center 3)a nice bathroom. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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    Suntec City is a convention centre, and there is also a convention center in Raffles City, plus a few other places including out at Changi airport. Assuming the convention is at Suntec or Raffles Places, any of the above hotels would work. The only place a baby would be frowned upon is in one of the nicer restaurants in the hotels or elsewhere. In terms of closest proximity to Suntec, except for the Four Seasons/Regent, you could walk to Suntec from any of them. (Albeit slowly as it is so hot and humid.) If the convention is at Raffles City, then Raffles Plaza would be the closest, as it is part of Raffles City.

    That being said, you might prefer the Four Seasons as it is in a greener part of the city and is walkable to the Botanic Gardens and the shopping in the Orchard Road area, which might be preferable with a stroller than the more crowded downtown area around Suntec. You could also walk in the lovely Nassim Road area which is shady and has big private homes with gardens and the few remaining "black and white" colonial bungalows in Singapore. The Shangri-La would be another good choice for the same reasons and because they have some gardens and green areas which the other hotels do not, although the Four Seasons has some green areas. Your husband could get to Suntec or Raffles convention centre in 10-20 minutes by taxi (could take the MRT but it is a bit of a walk to the nearest station).

    I can?t tell how long you are going for. My experience in travelling with infants to Asia from the US is that the big time difference is very difficult for them to adjust to. They will be up all night (as that is their day) and want to sleep during the day. If you are only going for 4 days, then IMO it is really not worth bringing an infant, as it will take at least 3 days for them to adjust, and you will have to deal with another 3-day adjustment when you return to the US. I would leave the baby at home (that is what grandparents are for).


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    Hi Yvette! Just to add a few comments to Cicerone's great overview. The Four Seasons is connected to Orchard Road through a covered passageway leading to the Hilton hotel. The Hilton is next door to Forum Galleria a shopping mall that specializes in baby and children's items. This could be quite handy. However, Suntec City, Raffles City, and Marina Square are huge malls that will have everything that you might need as well. If you are breastfeeding Forum Galleria and Raffles City have very nice Mother and Baby rooms, and Suntec City has a Mothercare with a Mother's room. Singapore as a general rule isn't terribly stroller friendly so I would suggest bringing the lightest weight stroller possible as you will be frequently lifting it up steps and stairs. On the plus side :-), Raffles the Plaza has a terrific spa, The Amrita, so if you stay there be sure to book a babysitter and a spa treatment. IMO The Ritz Carlton is a tad more formal than your other choices but you will find that all three of the hotels are very welcoming to babies and families with young children. In fact, you will probably have more help than you need :-)! We have eaten at almost all of the venues in the three hotels (with five children including a small baby) and we are always made to feel welcome. Singapore is actually quite casual as a general rule and Singaporeans adore babies. However, if you are uncomfortable taking the baby into any of the restaurants then you will find tons of very low key family oriented restaurants within walking distance of all three hotels. The nicest bathrooms are, IMO, at the Ritz Carlton and the Four Seasons. I also think that the Four Seasons has the best baby cot (crib) of the bunch. It is a western size crib, and very sturdy. Otherwise, if you have a climber or a stander that likes to shake the sides of the crib, you might consider bringing your Graco travel cot. I personally think the Ritz Carlton and Raffles the Plaza have much better views than the Four Seasons, and if your husband's convention is at Suntec City both hotels are within easy walking distance to Suntec City. So really, at the end of the day, you can't go wrong with any of the three hotels. The Conrad is not in the same class as the other three hotels, IMO, so if it's in your budget I would go with the RC, FS, or Raffles the Plaza. Have a fantastic trip and be sure to let us know where you end up staying!

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    Sorry, one more quick clarification. The Regent/Four Seasons and the Four Seasons are not the same hotel in Singapore and in my review I was referring to the Four Seasons. The two hotels are very close to one another but the Regent/FS is more towards Tanglin Road and a bit closer to the Botanical Garden. The Regent/FS is approximately the same distance to Orchard Road as the Shangri-La while the Four Seasons is more convenient to Orchard Road because of the passageway to the Hilton. Hope this helps - sorry if I caused you any confusion!

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    Hi, I posted a reply similar to this earlier today, but for some reason it doesn't come up on the screen...hmmm what could be wrong?
    Wow! Thanks for your detailed suggestions! All of your comments are of great help.
    Concerning our decision to take the baby with us, my husband says its trip with baby or no trip at all! Fortunately, we are flying out from Japan, so its a 6-hr flight and one hour time difference. Hopefully, our little one can tolerate the six hours without too much of a fuss. Regarding the length of stay,its 5 nights tops.And yes, the convention is at Suntec.
    Shangri-La sounds really good with its botanical gardens and all, but we're hearing mixed comments- some people say it's getting quite shabby due to its old age.Is this true?
    At the moment, we are leaning towards the Four Seasons because of its great reputation (other than the view), however the rooms there appear identical to the ones at the Four Seasons in Tokyo, and we've stayed there a couple of times before.
    The trip isn't until 2005 but I'll be sure to tell you where we end up staying!

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    Hi Yvette, I believe that all of the rooms at the Shangri-la have been renovated. I know that most of the standard rooms in the Tower Wing and several of the rooms in the Valley Wing have been renovated. The renovated guest rooms are actually quite nice. The public areas definitely have an 80's vibe IMO and even though I think they have actually been renovated sort of have a drab appearance. Still, it is a good hotel. About the FS - we stay at the Park Hyatt when we are in Tokyo so I don't know about room comparison. The FS rooms are VERY Western without any Asian touches but I personally don't think any of the four hotels have an Asian or Singaporean feel. Sorry I went overboard with the details earlier I just know it is such a unique experience traveling with a baby and I always end up bringing eight thousand things that I don't need and leaving behind the one thing that I really need :-)! Traveling from Tokyo with your baby should be totally fine - you will have a great time!

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    Hi, dlh! Thanks again for the info. You didn't go overboard with the suggestions, I assure you. In fact, I will be grateful for any other details! As you may have guessed by now, this is going to be our first time traveling with the baby, so we really don't know what to expect!
    My husband changed his mind, and now wants to stay at the Shangri-la. I'm still interested in the Ritz and Four Seasons. We'll see how many times we change our minds until we finally book a hotel!

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