Eddie Cheng

Swissôtel The Stamford (史丹福瑞士酒店)

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"Swissôtel The Stamford” is a luxury hotel in Singapore managed by Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts. Designed by architect I.M. Pei, “Swissôtel The Stamford”, at a height of 226 metres is one of Southeast Asia’s tallest hotels.

Located in the heart of Singapore, this hotel is part of the Raffles City complex comprising two hotels, the Raffles City convention centre, Raffles City shopping centre, and an office tower. When completed by the South Korean firm SsangYong Group in 1986, “Swissôtel The Stamford” (then “The Westin Stamford” before being sold to the Fairmont Raffles Hotels International group) was the world's tallest hotel building.

The facilities of this five-star luxury hotel leave absolutely nothing to be desired: 11 exquisite restaurants and five bars, such as the superb Equinox Restaurant and the award winning JAAN, two beautiful outdoor swimming pools, six tennis courts and a state of the art fitness club with yoga and Pilates. Zen calm and ultimate relaxation is achieved on a daily basis in the hotel's Willow Stream Spa, one of Asia’s largest spas. The trendy City Space Bar is the ideal place to sip a cocktail whilst enjoying breathtaking views of the tiny RED DOT.

On the sports front, the hotel is seated at Turn 9 of the annual Formula One Singapore Grand Prix.

It is also the host of one of Asia’s most exhilarating vertical race – the Swissôtel Vertical Marathon. Inaugurated in 1987, it is also the 8th leg out of 9 vertical races in the Vertical World Circuit which unites some of the world’s most iconic skyscraper races in nine capitals across four continents, mainly New York, London, Basel, Berlin, Taipei, Milan, Ho Chi Minh City and Brazil. The race to the top comprises of 73 storeys, a total of 1,336 steps up to the helipad at 226 metres above sea level.

* The boring (technical) bits:

Ideally, with such fine architecture, I would have preferred setting up a tripod for a LE (to capture the movement of clouds, if any) & converting it to monochromatic tones (to accentuate the converging lines). Alas! It is not easy (or should I say, I don't have the guts) to execute such a shot; what with the high security around this 5-star hotel (esp. after 9/11 & with 60+ levels of potential guests popping their heads out at the balconies above me!).

I, thus, made do with using the rays of the (low angled) morning sun to work its magic. This photographed was timed-stamp at 7:45am.

Here's presenting you my perspective of Swissôtel The Stamford. I hope you like it.

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