The Barracks Hotel opened its doors to the public for the first time in December, and we were lucky enough to get a peek into a relaxing weekend here before it’s official opening. The property is Far East Hospitality’s latest instalment of their three-property development in Sentosa, housed in a conserved colonial building that was built in 1904 for the British Army.
Here, we’ve condensed our stay to the five things that made The Barracks Hotel such a memorable stay:
1. It is a preservation of the old with a celebration of the new
Each of the 40 rooms and suites have been tastefully furnished with contemporary finishings for the modern traveller, but include vintage details that transport guests back to a world of old-school charm. Conserved items include the columns with moulding trims, the traditional timber louvred windows and the moulded timber doors. Although other furnishings are new, the key at Barracks is the attention to details. The leather headboard was reminiscent of a vintage luggage case, complete with leather straps along the side. Guests looking to sleep in without being disturbed by the natural sunlight in the morning will find rooms here perfect. The Premier rooms do not include windows, and sunlight only streams in from the frosted door leading to your private veranda.
2. Technology is key
Each room is stocked with a Nespresso machine and capsules, along with a Marshall speaker for travellers to jam out to their favourite tunes in the comfort of their own room. With streaming being the norm, each room is fitted with a 35-inch television with interactive features, allowing you to watch Netflix or Youtube from your phone with ease. The water-closet has also a special feature not usually found in other establishments: a fully functioning built-in bidet.
3. Make use of any of the facilities in Far East Hospitality’s Sentosa developments
The Outpost and Village hotel is located just next to The Barracks Hotel, and a short stroll along the covered pathways will lead you to one of the modern buildings. The Barracks Hotel has two exclusive pools of their own, but guests here are also entitled to the four other thematic pools in Outpost and Village. Activities hosted by the other hotels, such as art jamming and yoga, welcome guests from Barracks as well.
4. Conscientious Equerry Service
A relaxing vacation should not involve planning, but unfortunately, not everyone can enjoy the same luxury. Holidaymakers at Barracks, on the other hand, have access to a personalised Equerry Service, ensuring round the clock service for a seamless trip. From bell-boy service to in-room dining, they are able to arrange for activities like sunset cruises, and can even help you run errands. This ensures guests make the most of their time from their stay, instead of spending hours planning ahead of time.
5. Heritage Tours
The Barracks Hotel makes for a beautiful past waiting to be explored. As such, the hotel has designed a 45-minute complimentary heritage tour exclusive to guests at Barracks Hotel. The tour was curated by heritage enthusiast Jerome Lim, and the team at Barracks have been trained by him to conduct these tours. It talks about the heritage of the land and buildings that The Barracks Hotel Sentosa occupies, and happens twice daily.
Make reservations for your heritage hideaway at The Barracks Hotel here.