Recommendations for Singapore hotels

By BJ01 | May 31, 2019, 08:29 AM
Wanting some recommendations please on 4-5 star hotels in Singapore for a 2 day 'drop and flop' after a busy month in Europe. Budget $300-400/night. Have stayed in Singapore many times but seem to always gravitate towards the Swissotel and whilst nice, want to try something different. Great pool area would be welcome and something close to the MRT would be a bonus.

Thanks in advance.

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By fatty | May 31, 2019, 09:39 AM
Swissotel / Fairmont at Raffles City is hard to beat for location and connectivity.

Parkroyal on Pickering is cool with outdoor garden.
Marriott Tang Plaza
Fullerton Bay (cost may or may not fall in range)

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By Theresnormissin | May 31, 2019, 10:12 AM
I'd recommend the Intercontinental Robertson Quay. It's a new hotel which I believe opened in the last 18 months or so so everything felt fresh. The hotel doesn't feature 'Grand Gestures' like double or triple height lobbies so its give a more boutique feel than others. I found the lounge very enjoyable and not too busy, it is a mix of indoor and outdoor and we appreciated the choice between air-conditioning or not. The lounge had great mix of cocktails, and their high tea is a nice experience. However it is set on the lower level so depends how much you value a view of the skyline. There is a pool, it is not as extensive as some other hotels. Again this is at a lower level which may or may not be an issue for you.

The hotel is about 800m from Fort Canning MRT and a little further to Clarke Quay MRT, which is a bit of a stroll in the heat. The staff were great and couldn't do enough to help, for example providing all day access for myself and my partner to the club lounge after we had checked out as they knew we had a 9pm flight. We have no IHG status and we didn't ask for this perk.

I'd also second the Park Royal on Pickering that Fatty reccomended above.
Last edited by Theresnormissin at May 31, 2019, 10.14 AM.
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By 346 | May 31, 2019, 10:24 AM
I like the Park Royal on beach Road - stayed many times, no complaints at all.
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By jianga | May 31, 2019, 10:36 AM
Park Royal on Pickering. The architecture is very interesting with a lot of mini gardens throughout the building. Rooms are not huge but felt very....'zen'.... with use of timber decor. The infinity pool is nice too with a view of the city. It's in-between Chinatown and Clarke Quay MRT stations so only a couple of hundred meters away.

Also look at Andaz By Hyatt. New-ish hotel very modern with a nice rooftop infinity pool and bar. Very close to Bugis station as well.
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By Aidan | May 31, 2019, 11:37 AM
"Great pool area would be welcome and something close to the MRT would be a bonus."

With this in mind got the perfect place, Hotel Jen Orchardgateway (situated on Orchard Road), it has an infinity pool and direct access to MRT below. You dont have to go out in the heat to get to the MRT.

Also within your budget.

Cheers.
Last edited by Aidan at May 31, 2019, 11.58 AM.
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By hakkinen5 | May 31, 2019, 12:10 PM
Pan Pacific is great. One of the most amazing breakfast spreads. If you nab a Saver rate, it'll just fit in your budget.
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By Mjkcan | May 31, 2019, 01:04 PM
Seconded orchard Jen. Also Naumi.
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By David | May 31, 2019, 01:45 PM
Some good recommendations here, although I'd agree with you, the Swissotel is hard to best - a great hotel in a superb location. Intercontinental Robertson Quay sounds worth checking out but as noted, not super-handy to an MRT station. Pan Pacific is always well regarded but could be outside your budget range. Hotel Jen Orchard Gateway definitely worth a closer look, it's built into the top of a shopping mall so you can be get 100% hermetically-sealed from the searing SIN heat and humidity. It seems less well-known than many of the big name hotels but I know plenty of people who've stayed here and enjoyed it.
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By desafinado74 | May 31, 2019, 02:47 PM
I stayed at the Sofitel Singapore City Centre last year, and I really enjoyed my stay there. The hotel is less than 2 years old, the customer service is excellent, it sits on top of Tanjong Pagar MRT, and the pool area is very nice too.
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By tungaroa | May 31, 2019, 03:23 PM
I have to go with the Intercontinental in Bugis Junction. The lounge is great place to while away the late afternoon, the Unerground station is 3 minutes walk. Bugis Junction has excellent food offerings and is attached to the building via a covered walkway (in the event of rain).
Taxis are a pain at times, especially around the end of day as they are mostly pre-booked so trying to hail one is difficult to say the least. Access to an Underground is great :)
the rooms are really comfortable :) The heritage rooms are by far, my favourite. I stay here at least 3 times a year..
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By Waz wandering | May 31, 2019, 03:53 PM
I’ve always enjoyed the Fullerton Hotel particularly if you can get a room upgrade to include the balcony overlooking the bay, although I can’t vouch for the pool area. Fullerton Bay is also excellent and has a very nice pool area and adjacent bar overlooking Marina Bay. Both are close to MRT and a very reasonable leg stretch to all of the relevant Quays and the food and beers on offer. Either however might blow your budget but hey, you can’t take it with you.
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By Notso Swift | May 31, 2019, 04:07 PM
I second the Intercontinental (old one Middle road) it has been my go to for the last 3 years (with one exception)
I may be a bit old fashioned but this is what I want in a hotel
Advance booking on a Suite is about 430SGD, so a regular Club room should be perfectly in your range (Always get a club room for included breakfast, afternoon tea and cocktails)

If you are going to be there on the weekend join as an Ambassador, which will get you one weekend night free and an upgrade. that costs 200USD first year, and you don't get the advance rate, only full flex, but it will work out a little cheaper and you have the upgrade plus a year of membership
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By Sutty | May 31, 2019, 04:19 PM
You would be hard pushed to go past Royal Plaza on Scotts 👍👍. Brilliant position great condition ( club lounge excellent )
Look at reviews hard to beat
Cheers mike
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By travelalot | May 31, 2019, 04:35 PM
The Swissotel is nice & the Hilton has a nice Exec lounge, but the rooms are nothing special. Conrad is a bit out of the way for me personally.
Last time I stayed at the older Intercontinental and admittedly returning quite late at night, it seemed to me that the lobby was full of working girls.
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By Scotth | May 31, 2019, 04:44 PM
I think the Regent on Cuscaden Road is perfect for the "drop and flop" type of stopover. It's like a quiet, beautiful cocoon but just a short walk from Orchard and the Botanic Gardens if you're a jogger. It also has a great bar, several restaurants and the John Portman architecture is pretty impressive.
Alternatively, the Sheraton on Scotts Road is not quite as elegant but it does have a terrific pool.
Last edited by Scotth at May 31, 2019, 04.45 PM.
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