While we'd been to Singapore before, we'd never stayed in the Chinatown area. It was very authentic, in that 1) no one spoke English and 2) no one understood us when we spoke in English.
We arrived in Singapore just as dawn was breaking and were looking forward to our early check in but this wasn't to be. Unfortunately our room wasn't ready and rather naively we decided to leave our bags at the hotel and have an early morning wander around a still sleeping Chinatown. Singapore is always hot and humid, even early in the morning and as the sun's rays intensified and the humidity kicked in we started to feel very, very unwell. I'm sure the 14 hour flight from Barcelona contributed somewhat to the situation.
Back at the hotel we were shown to our room and while it was a spacious room it wasn't very nice. It overlooked the internal foyer and smelt very damp. Grae was told that another room wouldn't be available till after 2.30pm and we'd have to vacate this one pronto. So back outside into the stifling heat and humidity we went. My memories of those hours are a little hazy but I do remember the ceiling fans at the long bar at Raffles and thinking $26SD was a little steep for a Singapore Sling considering they're free on the flight. Back at the Furama Hotel the upgrade to the executive suite on the 22nd floor with commanding views of Singapore almost made up for the harrowing first few hours we'd spent in tiny city state. We also got to experience the executive lounge with free canapes and drinks on the first night before heading out to Boat Quay for the evening.