InterContinental’s second Singapore outpost offers a cosy and luxurious nest in the heart of an upcoming lifestyle district, finds Pamela Chow
It can be hard to find a novel spot in Singapore, which is why InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay benefits from the element of surprise in its location.
In this up-and-coming riverfront neighbourhood of Robertson Quay, cafes, bars and restaurants huddle up against quiet residential clusters, lined by cobblestone streets reminiscent of European canalways.
The district is situated away from the city crowds of Singapore, and the nearest station, Fort Canning, is 15 minutes away by foot.
This InterContinental property puts a fresh spin on luxury hotels with a modish and laid-back vibe. The hotel’s plush interiors – down to the lounge and meeting spaces – are inspired by the modern home.
The warm communal Quayside Lounge sits within the lobby on the fourth storey, where guests can relax over tipples at a mini-bar and wait to be checked in.
Guests who have the privilege of patronising the Club InterContinental lounge can take a day to soak in the captivating view of lush greenery sprawled amidst Singapore’s rustic housing estates.
Consistent with the hotel’s common spaces, the rooms are comfortably chic with a touch of homely cosiness. Daylight floods in through the expansive floor-to-ceiling glass panels – a feature across all rooms – and the open-concept bathroom vanity adds to the feeling of spaciousness.
I stayed in the Club Studio room, which gave me access to Club InterContinental. Each room is fitted with a Bose sound bar and Nespresso machine, as well as a mini-bar with DIY recipes for guests who like to mix it up during their stay.
Moving away from traditional design, InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay takes cue from its trendy surrounds, and offers ‘two-and-a-half’ dining spaces.
By day, Publico Ristorante is a relaxed restaurant with indoor and al fresco areas, and Publico Deli is an American diner-style café that serves brunch grub and coffee. Come evening, half of Publico Deli transforms into Marcello, a bar specialising in Italian craft cocktails.
Publico Ristorante’s menu is stocked full of authentic Italian fare, including my favourite dish: the highly raved-about Tartufata pizza endorsed by the hotel’s general manager Mark Winterton.
The staff was not only knowledgeable about their brand, but also passionate. Working in Club InterContinental and dinner at Publico Ristorante was all the more enjoyable and comfortable with personable waitstaff, and friendly managers who were more than eager to recommend.
InterContinental’s newest addition is an easy choice for travellers in search of premium hospitality with a touch of home.
No. of rooms: 225
Rates: From S$250 (US$189) a night
Tel: 6826 5000