The Hotel As the second InterContinental property in Singapore, I checked out InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay over the CNY weekend for some quiet recharge time. I was not disappointed. Located in the buzzing and hip Robertson Quay district, the two years old IHG property spots a contemporary design and is more befitting of a business hotel than its sister property in Bugis.
The lobby is located on level four, and my check-in experience was seamless. The counter staff was professional and took great initiative in asking if I would require a late check-out. As an ordinary IHG Rewards Club member, I was accorded a very early check-in (before 1pm) and was granted a late 4pm check-out.
While it is not a huge property, the lobby area is relatively spacious and offers comfortable seats should you need to wait for someone.
The Room With 225 studios and suites, the room size in this property are famously small due to the way it is constructed. I checked into the 23 sqm Club Studio Room and was pleasantly surprised by the designer managed to work around the space constraints.
Upon entry to the room, I was greeted by the spacious bathroom area which include a rainforest shower. There is a sliding divider which separates the bedroom from the bathroom should you require some privacy. Otherwise, it is a good open concept layout for couples.
The full floor to ceiling glass panes here is definitely one of the best design of the rooms in this property. There is ample natural light in the day, though be warned that the glass panes aren’t fully obscured unless you are an exhibitionist.
There is also a working table by the side, a comfy sofa seat by the window, and ample tea and Nespresso capsules should you prefer to chill in the room.
The Facilities The Fitness Centre opens for 24 hours, though it is strangely located on level one on the street level which require guests to change the lift twice. It is not huge, but sufficient with three treadmills and basic weights corner. There is also ample water bottles, towels and newspaper in the gym.
Located on lobby level, while the swimming pool at the property does not boast an infinity pool nor is particularly big, it suffice if you are just looking for a dip. It is not that wide and it was pretty crowded in the day during my visit, so you can forget about doing some serious swimming here.
For the Club Studio Room, it also gives me access to the Club InterContinental Lounge. Located at level four of the property, I must have spent too much time at the Club InterContinental Lounge during my stay.
The lounge isn’t particularly spacious, though there are also ample sheltered outdoor seats.
With all-day coffee and tea, club guests get access to an afternoon tea set during mid-afternoon, and free-flow cocktails and wines during the evening.
The afternoon tea set comes with a selection of the usual sandwich and scone, along with local kueh and chocolate tart to complete the set.
For the evening spread, is is fairly limited but good quality bites.
The Restaurants Breakfast is served at Marcello, the all-day dining concept where you can also grab some coffee and healthy grubs. Publico Restorante is worth trying for its freshly baked pizza, or alternatively, the famous Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is also located within the same building though it is not managed directly by the hotel.
While the breakfast spread at Marcello is slightly wider, I choose to have breakfast at the lounge which offers better privacy. The selection at the lounge is not too bad, as you get to order from an ala carte menu as well as a small buffet spread of pastries. The tea selection at the lounge is also fairly good, where the staff would be more than happy to recommend.
Rants Small rooms overall, even for the suites. This is not that ideal a hotel for families. For tourists, this location is not that close to an MRT station though the nearest Clarke Quay or Fort Canning stations are approximately 15-20 minutes walk away.
Overall Experience My stay at InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay was quite a pleasant experience. I like the Robertson Quay vicinity, and the contemporary interior of the room here. Quality precedes quantity here, and it is a pretty good value for money stay by Singapore’s standards.
InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay
1 Nanson Road, Singapore 238909
Tel:+65 6826 5000
For more information, check out the InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay Website.
Ranted by The Rantor