The Regent is one of the older hotels in Singapore, and you can tell by its structure - hotel rooms are arranged in a square, overlooking the spacious lobby. Newer hotels, constrained by space, are often crammed into tiny corridors to maximise the number of rooms.
Despite the slight wear and tear to the facade, the hotel is nonetheless extremely comfortable and provides excellent creature comforts.
The rooms are spacious and clean, and I especially liked that L'occitane products are provided in the bathroom.
The restaurants are also excellent choices. While they may be pricey (you can get much cheaper food options if you walk out to Tanglin Mall), the food is delicious. My family and I ate at Basilico for brunch and we all loved the enormous Italian spread. The many cheeses available are a rarity in Singapore and if you're a dairy-fan, it's a must-try. The Chinese restaurant Summer Palace also produces exquisite and comforting Chinese fare.
The one standout feature of this hotel for me has to be the pool, or rather the pool service. Most 5-star hotels in Singapore boast of a pool, and while the one at Regent is not big, and has a rather strange and sudden drop off into the deep end, the service was by far, the best I've experienced. The staff are incredibly attentive - bringing guests water and cut fruits on a regular basis. I saw one staff go out of his way to help a guest in a wheelchair take a dip, while another helped a clueless dad hunt down a hairband to tie his daughter's hair. Smiles were never in short supply.
The one thing that perhaps works against this hotel is its location. For guests who prefer a quieter location, far away from the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road, this is the hotel for you. My family and I were hoping to do the odd bit of shopping, but options were scant. You can take a 15-minute walk to the heart of Orchard Road, or catch a bus. We decided to stay in and enjoy the hotel instead.
All in, this is a great hotel to stay in, although prices are rather steep.