The Hotel Located at Raffles Place vicinity, the latest hotel to open in Singapore’s CBD is perhaps the best mid-range hotel in town now. Capri by Fraser China Square is the second Capri property in Singapore, after their first hotel at Changi. Taking up what was previously an open space in front of China Square Central, the brand new building adds well to the business district, where an affordable business hotel seems to be lacking.
The Room Checking in after work on a Friday evening, the spacious 29sqm Studio Executive room is perhaps a perfect start to the weekend. Made even better a very well designed interior decor, with a complete kitchenette if you are looking for complete escape from the outside world. Make your coffee with the complimentary Nespresso capsules, or keep your fresh ingredients in the fridge before cooking them with the stoves provided.
We love the toilet, spacious and well designed, less the bath-tub though – which we always felt encourages water wastage. The Malin + Goetz dispenser installed in the showers in stark contrast to the tub, giving guests free flow shower foam and shampoo but yet save on the thousands (or more) of plastic bottles wasted each year. And yes, not complaining that it is Malin + Goetz!
The Facilities All you need for a fun and enjoyable one, Capri has it all. The rooftop swimming pool gets you a city view when you swim to the edge of the building. This is perhaps of the best rooftop pool in the midst of the Singapore city.
You can even get a good view of the heritage shophouses in Chinatown right beside the pool.
And if you are feeling in need of some shade, just head into the Spin and Play room. The facility provides guests a space to wash their laundry, and included perhaps the most state-of-the-art Air Hockey machine. Just hit the start button, and I am sure you will be having as much fun as I did – in a laundry room, no less.
For the Pandas, a staycation should not just be for the soul, but also for taking time to take better care of yourself. And we will always make a mandatory stop at the hotel’s fitness centre. The spacious and brand new gym has the right machines and best of all, it is open 24 hours. Now, that’s one less reason for skipping gym.
For guests with access to The Den, the hotel’s lounge may come across as an extended living room where you can enjoy much privacy. During our visit, we did not encounter a single other guest in the Den surprisingly, or even a staff. While the space is frankly quite cosy, the hotel needs to provide more reasons to justify the price tag for the higher category rooms.
The Restaurant The all-day dining concept Jun in the hotel is operated by Creative Eateries, the group behind various dining concepts in Singapore including Bangkok Jam, Eat at Taipei, and Shabuya. Serving an international spread for breakfast, Jun focuses on Chinese and Local Singaporean cuisine during lunch and dinner services.
The breakfast service includes both buffet spread and an ala carte order including brunch favourites such as omelettes! While the spread is strictly not as elaborate as other hotel breakfast buffets, Jun does well in ensuring a quality spread.
We visited Jun for dinner as well, and if you are looking for an accomplished restaurant in CBD focusing for local zichar dishes in a comfortable dining environment, Jun is worth a try.
Rants Up the ante at The Den.
Overall Experience Perfect spot for a staycation in CBD, top marks for its rooftop swimming pool, the 24-hour gym and a well-designed room. Rooms are rather affordable for CBD, with prices starting from low S$200++.
Capri by Fraser China Square
181 South Bridge Road
Tel: +65 6437 0888
For more information, check out the Capri by Fraser China Square Website.
Ranted by The Rantee