The Hotel Located at Beach Road, the South Beach development was met with much anticipation from the onset. Despite some initial hiccups, the opening of JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach in December 2016 set the development back up on the right track. Having heard raving reviews of the property since, we decided to check into the hotel at the start of the 2019, and frankly, the property looks as mint as a brand new hotel.
The Room Checked into the Club Premier Room, and as the name suggests, it comes with Executive Lounge access. It is a pretty large room considering this being the entry-level club room for the property, at 42sqm, the rooms here take on a minimalist style with all-white walls and shiny steel finishing. The collaboration with French designer Philippe Starck pays off, with the room looking suave. The king-sized bed takes centre stage with a modern art piece of a soaring open-arm individual hanging right above the bed frame. The floor to ceiling window gives the room lots of natural light and an impressive view of Marina Bay and the city skyline.
A corner room on the block, upon entering the room, the empty and long walkway leads you to the spacious bathroom on the right. There is a separate shower and toilet, with a large bathtub on the side.
The Facilities Not common, but guests get to enjoy not one, but two swimming pools at JW Marriott. The larger lap pool is located at level 6 of the East Tower, where you can get cosy on the lounge chairs in the water, and get up close to the Bay area while you suntan by the edge of the pool.
I headed up to level 18 of the main complex to check out the other pool as well, which boasts sweeping views of Singapore city skyline while being sheltered from rain or sun. A quick glance of the property’s instagram page, this also where you would find, perhaps the most instagramed section of the hotel.
If you are looking to simply while your day away, head over to the long stretch of sofas and this is a good spot to laze while catching up on your favourite reads.
Otherwise, you can pop into the spacious Fitness Centre, which must have been one of the best equipped hotel gym in town. I managed to visit the gym twice during my stay!
And should you fancy some competitive games with your fellow guests, grab your Table Tennis racket from the staff, and hopefully you would score some points while serving at this all-metal avant-garde table tennis table. There is even a billiard table!
If you have decided to splurge for a club room, the Executive Lounge located at Level 2 – above the all-day dining South Beach Kitchen – have you covered throughout the day with snacks, your much needed cup of coffee or for the love of wine, the unlimited house pour.
With offerings from Afternoon Tea to Hors d’oeuvres daily from 6am to midnight, this is an upgrade you ought to go for especially if you are doing a staycation over the weekend – one more reason to spend the whole weekend in the hotel.
The Restaurants For the Pandas, perhaps one of the most important thing at any staycation is the food! We visited South Beach Kitchen when the hotel first opened and were impressed with it. The morning breakfast offerings is quite widespread, though it could be quite chaotic as well. If you fancy privacy, have your breakfast at the Executive Lounge instead, though the spread is more limited.
Only opened in 2018, visit Madame Fan within the NCO Club if you are looking to impress your guests. The restaurant decor would be worth the slightly higher prices you see on the menu here – with and interesting take on Cantonese food. On certain nights, you can also expect a live DJ belting out songs at the main dining hall. Yes, and we are still wondering who exactly is Madame Fan?
There is also a Japanese restaurant within the main hotel building at the basement level, Akira Back, which offers a contemporary take on Japanese cuisine. One consistent theme across the restaurants in the property, I feel that the quality of the food is quite consistent, which is a good thing.
Rants With 634 rooms, this is a busy property. The queues while checking in, and the crowd at the swimming pools might not be the best reflection of a luxury property – although the service I encountered throughout the stay has been nothing short of exceptional.
Overall Experience For a city hotel, there is really nothing much you can ask for more here. The room is on point, the facilities first-rate and the restaurants exceptional. I am excited with the thoughts of spending another 24 hours of my upcoming weekends back here at JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach.
JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach
30 Beach Road
Tel: +65 6818 1888
For more information, check out the JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Website.
Ranted by The Rantee