The Hotel Located along Cross Street, I checked into The Clan Hotel Singapore recently for a staycation. While I definitely prefer a non-city staycay such as W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, I am interested to check out The Clan after seeing pictures of its room and facilities. It does look promising, and thankfully it doesn’t deviate much from online images. The Clan is also one of Far East Hospitality portfolio of hotels and given its location in the CBD, it definitely also appeals to business travellers.
The lobby of The Clan is sleek and gorgeous, denominated but the high ceiling height and full floor to ceiling window panes with a view of the CBD. My check-in process was relatively fast, and one of the staff offered to assist and ushered me to take a seat first.
And to begin, there is a welcome ritual where guests are served Tau Sar Piah with Nanyang Tea. This is a deviation from the typical fruit punch welcome drink at some properties, and I like this combination which pays tribute to the local surrounding in Telok Ayer which is also home to one of the most renowned old school pastry shop Tan Hock Seng, famous for its Tau Sar Piah.
The Room I checked into the Deluxe Room which at 24 sqm, is a pretty decent size. I like the interior design which spots a contemporary look with neutral tones.
My room has a view of Chinatown and it a beautiful facing of the heritage shophouses and their distinctive red rooftops.
My favourite corner is the bay window which comes with a cosy sofa cushion to day dream a little and gaze out into the city view.
There is also a decently sized work table should you need to turn on your laptop. The warerobe space is not huge, and it is open concept style which may not be that ideal for guests who plan to stay for many nights.
Otherwise, the bathroom is decked in sleek dark grey and earthy tones, complete with a spacious rainforest shower and a toilet bowl complete with automated systems by Japanese standards.
The Facilities The main facilities of The Clan are the Sky Pool and Sky Gym located on level 30. The staff informed me that the pool is only available for booking once per stay (note that it is not once per day), which doesn’t make much sense to me as you only get to use it once officially even if you stay beyond one night. In any case, I didn’t have much issue using the pool a few times during my two nights stay as it was quite empty during the hot day.
There are only eight chairs in the pool, and logically it only accommodates eight pax at any one time.
While it is not a huge pool, the city view makes up for it.
There is also a jacuzzi spot which was unfortunately not opened during my stay.
The gym also boasts an awesome city view and while it is not huge, the equipment is decent for cardio or weights training. You can activate the fitness program which will be played on the huge screen, and attend a virtual fitness class.
Other than that, my only gripe is that there are not enough benches for weights training, along with a limited selection of dumbbell weights.
The Restaurants There is only one dining concept and that is QĪN Restaurant & Bar by Tunglok. It is a modern Asian restaurant which specialises in reimagined Chinese classics like the Siphon Mushroom Tea, Chilli Crab Crostini and ‘Sang Mein’.
This is also where daily breakfast is served. Due to the high ceiling of the restaurant, there is plenty of natural lighting in the day which is gorgeous.
I had breakfast during my stay and the spread is and quality are quite decent. You get a mix of Asian dishes like porridge served in a claypot, along with the usual eggs and hash brown.
Kaya toast is also served to all diners at the start, which is not a surprise given that the main Ya Kun outlet is right around the corner from the hotel.
Rants I do not quite understand why the gym require a separate card for access. It is also strange that the front desk staff did not inform guests upon check in that they are required to get an additional card to access the gym. This is not isolated to myself, as I did check with others who have experienced the same during their stay at The Clan.
Overall Experience I had a good stay at The Clan and being one of the newest properties in the CBD, the contemporary yet sleek design of the room and the infinity pool appeal to me most.
The Clan Hotel Singapore
10 Cross Street
For more information, do check out The Clan Hotel Singapore website.
Ranted by The Ranter