This was our second experience with the W brand of hotels and it was just as enjoyable as the first. A wafting air of familarity in the lobby, the unmistakable signature W scent, immediately invoked great memories from our last W experience. Contemporary artwork from the likes of Damien Hirst and a classic sculpture by Rodin carefully adorn the walls and various pockets of space on the second level of the hotel lobby. The W store is tucked in a corner, near to one of two languidly paced glass bubble elevators transporting guests one level up from the main driveway.
The staff on duty for the afternoon were smartly attired, courteous and attentive. We hung out at the Woobar for some drinks and light snacks as our room wasn't ready for check in. The Korean female staff (sorry we didn't get your name!) that attended to us was friendly, pleasant and made good recommendations. The drinks and snacks were well made and presented.
We were given an upgrade as housekeeping wasn't able to handover the room we signed up for in time and that bonus turned out to be a real pleasant surprise! The Away suite is decorated in typical W fashion with an eclectic mix of modern yet comfortable pieces. It is equipped with a generously sized lap pool, 2 slim HDTVs each equipped with a Bose sound system, quality bathroom fittings and Bliss products for luxurious bath times. The climate control system was a little bit of a letdown as it was generally cool in the living area but somewhat warmer in the bedroom. Even when the thermostat was set to the lowest level at18 degrees celsius, the overall room temperature did not correspond accordingly. Anyhow, we still managed to get a decent night's sleep. The other thing to note about the Away suite is that it is situated on level one of the property and the privacy levels in the lap pool area aren't the greatest and not completely shielded from rooms located on the upper levels.
The western themed restaurant, Skirt, has of late been chalking up a decent reputation serving reasonably good steaks with a reasonable price tag and we were not disappointed. Skirt dry ages their cuts of beef from Argentina, Australia and USA in 2 LED lit customized glass enclosures for not more than 25 days.
We were attended to by Navin, who we must commend for his product knowledge and passion especially displayed when making that lovely aged rum drink. Lovely dinner bread arrived in the form of an olive foccacia acoompanied with a seaweed cream dip. The meat doneness was spot on and we couldn't fault the side dishes.
Whilst we were enjoying dinner, my wife had sneakily SMS'd Shilpa from the concierge team who put together a really cool birthday surprise! I was greeted by a strawberry sponge cake made to look like a sandwich and served with a single candle on a black tray in the living room accompanied with a host of coloured balloons and a greeting card. What a fantastic way to end the evening with a really nice touch!
Our package came with a buffet breakfast at The Kitchen Table. The spread is international and the quality of most of the food was prepared to a high standard. Of worthy mention are the grilled chorizo sausages, a twist on french toast topped with nuts and raisins with sliced bananas in the middle, the fabulously crunchy and not too sweet chocolate cookies and the cold cut and salad selection. Again, we were attended to by another friendly and enthusiastic male staff (possibly the manager of the place. you showed us to the "chef's table" and were decked out in a light gray suit - cheers mate). It was busy in there alright but kudos to all the staff who were attentively clearing plates and refilling drinks.
W Hoboken has a great restaurant in Zylo and we're certainly blessed with Skirt and The Kitchen Table here at W Singapore.
Thanks to the W team (the valet boys, concierge, housekeeping and whoever we've not named) for a fabulous staycation experience! We've definitely been WOWed and will certainly be back for more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on a resort island with sparkling sea views, W Singapore - Sentosa Cove is Asia's new tropical playground and the perfect destination to sip, play and flirt. An oasis of modern luxury for discerning business travellers, vivacious staycationers and sophisticated globetrotters. ... more less
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