The Hotel Located in the buzzing Robertson Quay, I checked into the M Social Singapore for the first time recently, a property under the Millennium Hotels And Resorts. Positioned as a lifestyle boutique hotel, there are 293 rooms broadly categorised as alcove or loft-style room. The lobby area is pretty small, with self-check in stations even though I was assisted by the staff upon check-in.
The Room I checked into the Loft Premier Room, one of the most popular room categories here. At 22 sqm (236 sf), it doesn’t feel as small due to the high floor to ceiling window which gives that sense of expansiveness visually.
The ground level is where the bathroom, work desk, sofa, TV, mini-bar are placed, where the upper mezzanine fits a queen size bed. I opted for this category as I always find it quite interesting to have a bed at the mezzanine level. That said, there are also practical inconveniences such as the need to use the bathroom in the middle of your sleep and it is not fun to navigate those steps down from the bed.
For one, I think the room is very well-designed and it maximises the space constraints very well. It is Instagram-worthy, which appeals to the millennials and young working adults. However, for serious work in the room, I find that the work desk is too small.
While the bathroom boasts a rain shower, the space is quite tight which is not a surprise given the room size. The other similar room category is the Loft Gallery Room, except that the bed is on the ground level while the sofa, TV and work desk is on the upper mezzanine.
There are also various room packages such as their Mix and Stay which includes a cocktail making workshop in the evening; or the Bottled Up Happiness package which includes a perfume making workshop.
The Facilities The outdoor pool is probably the most popular spot in the property to chill the day away. The lap pool design also makes it easy for some serious swimming, if that’s your staycation agenda.
Otherwise, head to the gym located on the same level, which is decent in terms of equipment. It is a small gym, and pre-booking of gym slot is required. It only allows for one room per slot up to two people from the same room, and all the gym slots were full during my stay.
The Restaurants As the only dining concept, Beast & Butterflies is a Modern Asian restaurant where you can expect fusion dishes on the menu.
Breakfast is also served at Beast & Butterflies, a modest selection of Continental, American and Local delights like Kaya Toast set and Nasi Lemak. Decent breakfast quality, where I had the kaya toast and the American option.
Co-work Space If you need to work from elsewhere, there is also a co-work space package provided by its sister property right across the bridge at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront.
For S$16/day* (usual S$32++), ‘Millennium I’ includes drinks, complimentary high-speed internet, full day parking, 30 pieces of A4 black and white printing, complimentary mail service and storage. At S$35/day* (usual S$70++), ‘Millennium II’ has additional benefits such as complimentary gym access (by appointment) and dining options. Enjoy a Bento Lunch Set or 2 options of snacks from the Alfresco Menu.
Rants Dining options within the property is limited to just Beast & Butterflies. If you are looking for a spacious stay, this property is not for you. I am also quite confused by the front desk which gave conflicting instructions if I could book my gym slot upon check in, and I didn’t manage to get a slot during my stay.
Overall Experience That said, M Social Singapore is priced quite competitively and I do like Robertson Quay. The loft room is a dreamy experience, and this makes a good option if you want an affordable staycation experience in Singapore.
M Social Singapore
90 Robertson Quay
For more information, do check out M Social Singapore website.
Ranted by The Ranter