After our flight with Cathay Pacific to Singapore we took a taxi from the airport to our hotel, the InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay. We selected this hotel as it was brand new, just operating for a few months, and cheaper than the ‘old’ InterContinental at Bugis.
The InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay is located along the Singapore River, close to the Robertson Quay and Clarke Quay commercial areas where you can find many shopping and dining options. The hotel itself is located in a quiet dead-end street in a residential area, so you won’t be bothered by traffic noise. The closest MRT stations are Fort Canning on the Downtown Line and Clarke Quay on the North East Line, both are about ten to fifteen minutes walking so for a lot of excursions it’s often easier and more convenient to make use of the relatively cheap taxis. Luckily most of the city centre is in walking distance with just a nice and quiet walk along the pedestrianized riverside.
The hotel itself is divided into two main parts, at ground level you find the hotel restaurant ‘Publico‘, an Italian style deli, a gym which you could only access by walking outside along the building and of course the main entrance where you could find the elevator to take you to level 4. At level 4 you have the main lobby where you can find the check-in and a small bar in the centre, at the elevator end the restrooms and the meeting rooms and at the other end there is the Club InterContinental. On the outside terrace which runs all the way around level 4 you can find the swimming pool, which was the first pool which I felt to be bigger than it appeared on photographs. Even though it was quite narrow it had a proper length to do some swimming to keep in shape.
With my Ambassador status we got an upgrade to a more spacious Club Deluxe Studio Twin on level 9 which provided a lateral view on the Singapore River. When entering the room you had the bathroom on the left hand side with some storage closets along the wall on the right. The Bathroom was divided into three areas, in the centre you had a wash basin alongside which were available all toiletries and towels as well as a hair dryer and even a scale. At the left hand side behind the glass wall there was the spacious rain shower, which was surprisingly simple to use while at the right hand side behind another glass wall was the toilet cubicle.
The Club Lounge
As we booked a club rate for our stay this meant we would have access to the Club InterContinental on level 4. To enter this area we had to scan our key cards at the entry door, after which the door opened to let us in. The inside portion of the lounge was on the small side with some tables and seats along the windows and the bar and food area along the wall. Even though the inside was rather small the lounge boasted a wonderful spacious terrace on which we spent most of our time in the lounge, enjoying some warmth and sun while we could. As even the WiFi reception outside was exemplary there was no need to sit inside at freezing air-conditioning temperatures. As usual the lounge was designed in a way you could serve your own drinks and food but there was plenty of staff present making sure you couldn’t make a mess and you were served by them instead.
In the afternoon you were served afternoon tea, with an emphasis on the sweet part. Most of the items where delicious although maybe a bit on the small side but of course you could order extra’s if you wanted. The tea selection was also exemplary with some very nice flavours to choose from.
In the evening there was a selection of canapés as well as a small buffet with some salads, cold cuts, cheese and bread. The highlight however was the cocktail menu with some very delicious freshly made cocktails and mocktails.
As on the last day of our stay the club lounge was reserved for a private event, probably due to the Singapore Airshow taking place that week, the hotel arranged for us to have breakfast in the restaurant instead. If we wanted to have afternoon tea or evening cocktails there where made arrangements as well, all clearly explicated in a letter when we checked in, this was quite a contrast to our stay in the Crowne Plaza Belgrade where they just rudely put us in a corridor without proper explanation . This story will be published in the future.