The Place One of the first skyscrapers to be built along Orchard Road in the early 1980s, Tang Plaza has been the home of the Singapore-oldest old-grown departmental store, Tangs. Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel occupies the hotel wing of the prime development in the shopping belt of Singapore, which spots a octagon-shape signifying good luck. The hotel, together with the building, have been undergoing renovations in recent years to update its hardware, with the Executive Lounge of the hotel reopening only in early 2016.
Retaining the Chinese oriental influences throughout the development, the signature green-tiled roof and grey walls facade gave way to a shimmering gold lobby once you step into the hotel’s entrance. The three-storey high lobby is decked out with wooden panels, and framed by the white pillars of the building, giving it a grand yet welcoming hallway.
The Room Took an early leave from work on a Friday afternoon, and checked myself into the Executive Room, located at the higher floors of the hotel. A rather large room measuring 32sqm (i.e. 366sqft), and unique to the octagon-shaped of the building, each room is trapezium-shaped and gives space to more natural light into the room.
The 46-inch television gets you entertained while lazing in the room, although we would have preferred that Marriott does away with the fees for wireless internet – which you can simply enjoy complimentary internet access once you sign up as a Marriott Rewards member. It’s a straightforward hack.
With a room this size, you can have high expectations of the showers too. Complete with my favourite THANN toiletries, I made an effort to shower more during my stay here. A small detail at the showers impressed me much, the rather dim red lights in the toilet that lit-up once the toilet lights shuts-off. Guests will not be required to turn on the glaring lights when a visit to the toilet is required in the midst of your night rest, minimising disruptions to your sleep to the minimum. Kudos to Marriott Singapore for incorporating this fine detail into the design.
In between showers, trips were made to the Executive Lounge, where you get to enjoy your breakfast, before-dinner appetisers (from 6pm to 8pm), and of course, complimentary beverages and light snacks throughout the day. From the lounge, you can get a 180 degree view of Orchard Road, from the iconic ION Orchard, to the towering residences along Orchard Boulevard. Head here to unwind, and perhaps flip through the endless supply of magazines and newspapers.
The Facilities The key highlight of our stay here is the spa experience at the brand new Serena Spa, with branches in India, Maldives, Seychelles, and also a Spa Express offshoot at Changi Airport. With strong India influences, the signature spa experiences here are Ayurveda-inspired massages. With five treatment rooms, and each with an attached shower facilities, you would not need to be walking back-and-forth a centralised facility. Frankly, the most impressive facility here is the built-in steam room shower, where you can enjoy both experiences in a single space.
Recommending either the Serenity Full Body Massage (S$160 for 60mins, S$220 for 90mins) or the Deep Tissue Massage (S$180 for 60mins, S$250 for 90mins), the former is a treatment that is more invigorating rather, while the Deep Tissue Massage is characterised by harder strokes. Pick one that suits your needs for the day. Serena Spa is opened daily from 10am to 10pm.
Take time during your stay to head to the 24-hours Fitness Centre too, one of the most well-equipped gym I have seen in hotels along Orchard Road; or head to the swimming pool with Tang-inspired pavilions by the side. If you can afford it, consider checking yourself into one of the premium Pool Terrace rooms overlooking the pool to make your stay even more memorable.
The Restaurants Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel has some of the most inspiring dining concepts along Orchard, with the well-liked Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant at Level 3, the lobby level all-day dining concept Marriott Cafe, and the latest revamped restaurant Pool Grill on Level 5. For more dining options in Orchard Road, here’s some of our recommendations.
The Surroundings You are right smack in the midst of the shopping action here at Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, with Orchard being the shopping belt of the sunny island. If shopping is not your favourite activity, take the train from Orchard MRT and the world is your oyster – or just Singapore la.
Rants We like both the Pool Grill and the Swimming Pool here, but we would much prefer to have a more private time at the waters, rather than having diners at Pool Grill soaking in views of us chilling at the swimming pool.
Overall Experience This is one hotel where you can literally book a staycation, and spend the entire weekend here, without even stepping out of the hotel. The 24-hours fitness centre, the swimming pool in the midst of Orchard Road, the spa that pampers your soul, the Executive Lounge with views of the city, restaurants that makes your palate salivates, and a room that provides the much-desired rest. 24 hours may be too short.
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
320 Orchard Rd
Tel: +65 6735 5800
For more information, do check out the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel Website.
Ranted by The Rantee