In Singapore's bustling downtown, Mimi Hudoyo discovers a property perfect for both business and leisure travellers alike.
Situated across from Suntec City and just two train stops from the Marina Bay entertainment and business district, the 634-key hotel is located conveniently above the Esplanade MRT station.
Attractions such as the National Gallery Singapore, Civilian War Memorial, Gardens by the Bay, and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, as well as popular shopping malls Marina Square and Raffles City, are within walking distance.
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 d’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.
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 from wok to cuisine, and has an intimate, classy atmosphere. Fish Pool is a champagne, caviar and oyster bar. And to top it off, the diving pool centrepiece comes alive on Friday and Saturday nights with mermaid performances. Stags’ Room is an intimate wine room and lounge featuring a private reserve of vintage and exclusive wines from Americas and Australia, offering well-heeled guests an authentic 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. I was 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 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 F1 Race, while Flow 18 at the top of the hotel offers a spectacular view of Singapore’s skyline.
Besides a fitness centre and spa, the hotel also features a total of 1664m2 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.
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.
Rates From S$568 (S$416)
– Additional reporting by S Puvaneswary