In Singapore's bustling downtown, TTGmice editors, S Puvaneswary and Mimi Hudoyo, discover a property perfect for both business and leisure travellers alike.
The rooms are beautiful and modern, with a tad of quirkiness. There is even an aluminium rocking chair, designed by Philippe Starck, that sits in rather charmingly quaint incongruity to the modern decor.
The in-room IPTV enables guests to easily control their curtains and blinds with the push of a button. Room service can also be ordered via the IPTV.
We stayed at the hotel’s Club Deluxe Room which is furnished with a king-sized bed, sofa bed, and a mirrored wardrobe.
As Club Deluxe Room guests, we enjoyed exclusive access to the Executive Lounge to enjoy breakfast, afternoon tea, evening hors dâ€™oeuvre and evening cocktails. We only stayed at the hotel for a night, and could only experience the evening cocktails. Still, we were impressed by the wide selection of hot and cold drinks and desserts.
The hotel features 1,664m2 meeting and event space. The ballroom, located within a restored 1930s heritage building adjacent to the hotel, can accommodate up to 280 people, banquet-style with a mezzanine to cater for 50 seats banquet-style. There are 15 rooms located at Assembly, one event venue at The NCO Club and one outdoor venue at Ebb6.
The hotel has two Sky Gardens, the Ebb6 and Flow18, offering aerial views of the city. The Ebb6, an open air area with a swimming pool on Level 6, is a vantage spot to view the annual F1 race, while Flow18 at the top of the hotel offers a spectacular view of Singapore’s skyline. There is also a fitness centre and spa.
Of the hotel’s eight F&B options, the NCO Club is its latest addition. It opened in April 2018 with four eclectic concepts. Madame Fan serves traditional Cantonese cuisine, and has an intimate, classy atmosphere. Fish Pool is a champagne, caviar and oyster bar. Topping off a dining experience here is the diving pool centrepiece which comes alive on Friday and Saturday nights with mermaid performances. Stagsâ€™ Room is an intimate wine lounge featuring a private reserve of vintage and exclusive wines from Americas and Australia, offering well-heeled guests a private estate experience, while Cool Cats is a cocktail bar with live music performances.
Breakfast at Beach Road Kitchen serves up an international buffet, including Indian, Chinese, Japanese and Singaporean favourites. We were especially impressed with the noodle station as it featured a wide selection of noodles of different colours and textures, alongside an equally impressive variety of vegetables and meat selection, on top of two soup flavours, tom yam and fish. The roti prata was equally memorable as the bread was soft and not oily, accompanied by thick and creamy dhal curry.
Another restaurant is Akira Back, a contemporary Japanese restaurant which offers an extensive menu with modern twists.
The hotel enjoys a superb location, being situated across from Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre and above the Esplanade MRT station which allows guests to be whisked quickly to the Marina Bay entertainment and business district just two train stops away.
Attractions such as the National Gallery Singapore, Civilian War Memorial, Gardens by the Bay, and Esplanade â€“ Theatres on the Bay, as well as popular shopping malls Marina Square and Raffles City, are within walking distance.
Superb. Upon arrival, the concierge greeted us by our names before escorting us to the front desk. The check-in process was speedy and the fruit basket and snacks in the room made us feel more welcomed.
When we went to the Executive Lounge with our laptops to work, the receptionist offered to find us a port where we could plug our wire in. She also asked if we needed an adaptor and offered us a drink.
A luxury business hotel with a resort feel. Its enviable address, within the city’s business hub and close proximity to key tourist attractions, makes it ideal for both leisure and business travellers.
Number of rooms 634