From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:This striking 320-room eco-chic airport hotel provides stylish shelter around Singapore's busy airport. The carbon-fiber-mesh exterior, which resembles a latticework of orchids, naturally cools the structure by blocking 60 percent of the sun's rays. The building shape enhances air flow, as do the open corridors between guest rooms, minimizing the need for air-conditioning. Door frames are rubber lined for better sound proofing and double-glazed floor-to-ceiling windows offer fascinating (and noiseless) airfield views. Beds come with comfortable Ploh sheets, and bathrooms have rain showers and are naturally lit by opaque corridor-facing windows. Business travelers will appreciate the ergonomic chair and elongated desk, and a $38 fee gets you into the Club Lounge, which has free Wi-Fi and around-the-clock snacks. Even locals come here for the well-priced international buffet at Azur, which has everything from prime cuts to local noodle dishes; expense account travelers, meanwhile, head to Imperial Treasure, the latest outlet of Singapore's top Cantonese restaurant. Silk Air and Singapore Airlines passengers can check in for their flight in the lobby; for passengers on other airlines, bellmen will still transport luggage to the terminals.2009 Hot List
When to go: Whenever flight connections require an overnight in Singapore.
Which room to book: Runway-facing rooms and those that open onto the palm-fringed pool feel like an instant upgradefor the same price as other standard rooms.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›