The best Singapore hotels to watch the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

Many of the Lion City’s top hotels around the circuit provide the best vantage points of the on-track action below.

By Matt Lennon, March 3 2022
The best Singapore hotels to watch the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

Singapore is back on the Formula 1 calendar in 2022, and the Marina Bay Sands Circuit is sure to provide another captivating setting for battle between reigning World Champion Max Verstappen and the best of the chasing pack’s stars, including Lewis Hamilton.

The Lion City’s three-day festival of speed and adrenaline will take place from September 30 to October 2 as the start of a new seven-year deal with Formula 1 around the twisty Singapore Grand Prix circuit.

As the world’s first night-race for Formula 1, debuting in 2008, Singapore’s street circuit has provided its fair share of thrills, spills and controversy and for many, the best places to watch it all unfold can be high above.

Here are six of the best hotels for the Singapore Grand Prix which, if you book early enough, can secure you a great view of various parts of the five-kilometre Marina Bay circuit.

 

The Marina Bay circuit, as seen on Google Maps
The Marina Bay circuit, as seen on Google Maps

Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore Hotel

Positioned right in the middle of the track, the cars will be flying past at top speed along Raffles Boulevard as they exit Turn 4, so if you have a room in the luxury hotel facing north or with a view of the Singapore Sports Hub, you should be well positioned with a good view here.

The spacious Ritz-Carlton club lounge boasts views overlooking Singapore’s Marina, while the hotel has in the past also hosted a huge Grand Prix after-party.

It’s worth noting that from this vantage point, you’ll certainly hear the F1 cars snaking their way through the Turns 18-21 complex, but there’s usually a great big grandstand in the way blocking the view, although you may catch a glimpse as they zoom towards the end of the lap.

The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Club Lounge can be found on the top floor
The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Club Lounge can be found on the top floor

Mandarin Oriental Singapore Hotel

Pretty much next door to the Ritz-Carlton is the Mandarin Oriental Singapore, with very similar views although you might be better placed here to see the cars approaching the Esplanade section of the track (Turns 14-17).

Try and grab an Ocean View room or Marina Bay view room here for the best spots to catch the F1 action.

Mandarin Oriental is well placed to catch the F1 action on both sides
Mandarin Oriental is well placed to catch the F1 action on both sides

Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay

Positioned right at the Marina Square shopping precinct, Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay (once known as Marina Mandarin Singapore) is also well located to Singapore’s underground metro to help you get around the city.

For the Grand Prix, you pretty much can’t go wrong with any vantage point with north-facing rooms capturing the Turns 6-8 complex at Memorial Corner.

If you’re facing the other direction, you’re in pole position for views as the cars approach Turn 14 and turn right back towards the Esplanade and head for the Marina section. 

Catch some of the circuit's fastest spots from Parkroyal Marina Bay
Catch some of the circuit's fastest spots from Parkroyal Marina Bay

Swissotel The Stamford Hotel

If you’re catching the F1 activity from here, this is one of the slower parts of the circuit. The cars turn left after the high-speed run out of Turn 4 and then enter one of the twisty parts of the course. 

As the cars head out of Turn 9 and along Esplanade Park, there’s a bit of speed to be enjoyed here if you can get a view of this, but not like other parts of the lap. Make sure you’re in a Harbour View room here for the best look at the on-track action.

Swissotel The Stamford Singapore is one of the city’s biggest hotels with more than 1,250 rooms. There’s also the Level 65 lounge if you’re in a room granting access to it.

The luxury Swissotel will provide great views of the F1 cars
The luxury Swissotel will provide great views of the F1 cars

Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore

Located outside the circuit precinct itself, if you’re able to get a room facing south towards the marina, you could see two parts of the Grand Prix circuit – the high speed section out of Turn 4 and also the approach sections to this immediately after the slow left-right-hard-left opening corner complex at the start of the lap.

While the Benjamin Sheares Bridge and overpass might obstruct the view somewhat of the opening corners, you should be well placed for the high-speed section. So make sure you book a room with a view of the harbour.

Pan Pacific Singapore also boasts the Pacific Club lounge on Level 38 with 360-degree views of the harbour and city. If your room offers access to this, you’ll be set for a great view of the race. The lounge is open until 10pm daily which might help you catch the whole race, although there may be extended hours for the Grand Prix.

There's bound to be some on-track action seen from the Pan Pacific
There's bound to be some on-track action seen from the Pan Pacific

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

One of Singapore’s most historic hotels, The Fullerton is often seen on television broadcasts of the Singapore Grand Prix as helicopters catch the action from high above.

North-facing rooms have great views of the on-track action as the cars navigate the Singapore Sling corners and race over the Anderson Bridge before the hand left-hander back onto Esplanade Drive, so the Esplanade Room will really be the prize pick.

If you like the bridge section of the track, The Fullerton is your bet
If you like the bridge section of the track, The Fullerton is your bet

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

One of the city’s icons, the Marina Bay Sands is positioned to give F1 pundits some distant views over the final corners of the lap.

Unfortunately the hotel is positioned side-on to the circuit's front straight and pit lane, but if you’re in the closest tower, try and get a room overlooking the gardens as these have balconies and you may be able to see a small portion of the track.

It’s important to note that while it’s always tempting to go for a room overlooking the harbour, these rooms don’t offer balconies, so you’ll be watching from a window.

It will still be a reasonable view overlooking the grandstand and the marina part of the circuit, but not the same as having a balcony.

An amazing hotel but you might struggle for a great view of the track
An amazing hotel but you might struggle for a great view of the track

The Singapore Grand Prix will be Round 18 of the 23-race season in 2022 and by the time the F1 circus reaches the Lion City, we should have a clear view of who the leading contenders are for the World Championship. So make sure you’re in position when commentator David Croft utters the words “it’s lights out and away we go” in Singapore.


05 Oct 2017

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I wonder what the entry requirements for Singapore will be like in September/October this year? Perhaps back to normal or is this wishful thinking? More and more countries and even the likes of Bill Gates and the WHO have spoken of Covid ending within this year or to make Covid "endemic". I hope this happens sooner rather than later, perhaps by July or so as some countries are subtly hinting at.

Would be awesome to be able to fly into Singapore without tedious pre-planning, no need to wear a mask on the plane (or anywhere else after arrival), no more testing, vaccine passports or any of this other nonsense.

There are some signs what currently seems like a pipe dream could happen by then, but then a part of me says that it might not. Whatever happens, if Singapore doesn't ease up on its ultra authoritarian rules (which are some of the strictest in the world, possibly the strictest) then this event won't be able to be held. Imagine going to prison for being a spectator not wearing a mask! No joke, this is actually happening in Singapore (look up the case of a British expat who was arrested, charged in court and later deported for not wearing a mask on the train a few months back). They've always had strict rules in Singapore, but this is a step up even for them.


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