Stopping over for a few days to break the long trip from Cape Town back to Adelaide, the Swissotel Merchant Court did not disappoint. Arriving at the hotel at 07:00am, long before the standard check-in time of 15:00pm, we were invited to leave our luggage with the concierge, and proceed to the pool area for a complimentary welcome drink and a swim while our room was readied for us. At 10:00am we were able to use our room. The room was well sized, with 2 queen size beds, and a very spacious bathroom. More than enough space for the three of us.
The hotel is located in Clarke Quay, and overlooks the river. Just across the road is the Central shopping centre. We used the taxis to get around, as they are cheap and quick.
The buffet in the Ellenborough Cafe is exceptional, if a little pricey. We also ate in Chinatown, which is a 10 minute walk from the hotel, and in Central shopping centre, where a large number of authentic Singaporean eateries are located.
After checking out at noon on our last day (our flight was at midnight that night), we were once again invited to leave our luggage with the concierge, and relax by the pool, have a shower, and only leave when we wanted to.
We were hugely impressed with the service levels we experienced during our stay, and without exception, every single member of the hotel staff that we interacted with made us feel both welcome and special. Next time we are in Singapore, this is where we'll stay.