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“Yet another great Ascott Residence” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ascott Raffles Place Singapore

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Ascott Raffles Place Singapore
Ranked #108 of 309 Hotels in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Yet another great Ascott Residence”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2011

We opted to stay at the Ascott as we are big fans of the Ascott in Sathorn, Bangkok and knew we wouldn't be disappointed by the facilities.

Rooms: If you're looking for five star, then you really do get it with the overall ambience and design of the rooms. The beds are super comfy. The room offers all the mod cons expected in a self contained 5 star unit and more - huge flat screen TV, espresso maker, Microwave, desk, lots of cupboard space and washing machine/dryer (note: it's a combo so give yourself a good 3 hour turnaround time). The bathrooms are very plush with wall to floor granite, separate bath, rain shower, lovely l'occitane products.

Hotel: They have really managed to keep the old world charm when upgrading this place. The only thing to note is the musky smell of the corridors. It's not unusual, especially coming from Bangkok, but should note as I am a little touchy on the nose when it comes to smoking in hotels etc. But it didn't effect me that much.

Staff: Always courteous and helpful. Nothing was ever a problem. They're very attentive, so if you're looking around, they'll make an effort to assist.

Pool/Gym: Pool was pretty cool. But just a pool to cool off in. The Gym was nothing to rave about. We are gym goers so didn't find it adequate enough. But if you just want to do a couple of exercises or cardio, then it's fine.

Nearby: La Pa Sat one block away which is open to late - great for a snack if you arrive back to the hotel hungry late evenings. MRT across the road made it very accessible to all the other locations. We only had one day so chose shopping at Bugis Junction - covered air-con and street complex with cineplex, fresh groceries, restaurants and lots of cool clothing bargains. Then Clarke Quay for dinner. That was more expensive than I thought it would be but the atmosphere was upbeat and fun with some outdoor bars and some indoor night clubs. The Marina Bay Sands and city flyer walking distance or short taxi ride.

Cons: I wouldn't normally base my decision to stay at a hotel by what they offer for breakfast, but it was not 5 star. It wasn't the quality that was the problem, it was the variety. Basically they don't have a kitchen so it was a very small buffet of cold food. Of course a toaster, but just white bread. couple of cereals, some cold meat, boiled eggs, muffins and fruit. Coffee/Tea and Juice. The only reason I'm complaining about that is we spent more money on accommodation for final romantic weekend to end our holiday than we did for 4 days at other 5 star hotels in Thailand, where we travelled for 3 weeks. We wanted to be pampered and it was just disappointing.

No views from the studio rooms, but we only ever sleep and rest so didn't miss it.

Pros: Proximity to attractions and transport facilities, and hotel amenities.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Canberra, Australia
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15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2011

"Brilliant" sums it up in one word... Great location, Fantastic staff, just an overall nice place to spend your time in Singapore. Close to La Pa Sat which is an added Bonus. Walking distance to Marina Bay Sands. Just mention La Pa Sat to the taxi drivers and they will get you there everytime. Taxi's are so cheap just becarful of the Black Chrysler's as they tend to charge more. Overall a great stay in Singapore... sometimes a tad humid but the People are so Courteous and Polite. We will be back!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank dwac1000
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2011

Amazing place! The room's huge, with lots of living space n furnished with amenities like a fully equipped kitchen, fridge/freezer, oven, dishwasher n even a washer/dryer machine!
The bathroom is spacious with separate glass door panels to toilet, wash basin area n the bathtub. Complete with a standing showerhead n rainfall showers as well!
There're two televisions; one facing the bed n the other facing the sofa lounge.
The king sized bed is heavenly, ensuring u a good night sleep.
Do check out their infinity swimming pool, overlooking the busy city area.
Complimentary wifi provided n if u're bored late nights, check out their list of complimentary DVDs library although I feel that they need to improve on this as there's not a wide range of selection.
Staffs are helpful, friendly n approachable.
A great stay n definitely, i'll be back! =)

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Krimie
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Adelaide
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222 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2011

Only apartment in Singapore I could find that would do daily bookings. Stayed 3 nights. Apartment Booking and rate not correct on check in even tho made direct thru website. Booked on a special offer price which made it affordable. Room given was great, large and a view of river but twin beds! Reallocated a king bed room as booked, but at back of hotel, smaller & dark but still of high standard! But it had the washing machine / dryer needed after a couple weeks touring and was the main reason booking here! Location a bit out of the way but very convenient to the business area. Swimming pool unique. Would recommend if kitchen/washer high priority.

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank philljan
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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2011

We have just returned from a 4 night stay in a Premier Studio room at the Ascott. The room was absolutely huge, well furnished and clean. There was more than enough room to store luggage and lounge around (there is a couch and a desk in the room, as well as a table and chairs). Our room was on the road side of the building and even though there was a busy intersection outside we could not hear a thing - Very good double glazing! We had a nice view of the sculpture at the intersection.

We had a twin room and the beds were king single sized and nice and firm. There was a well stocked kitchen and even a dishwasher and washing machine in the room!

The bathroom was huge, with separate sections for the toilet, basin and shower/bath. You can screen off the bathroom from the main bedroom, but all doors within the bathroom are glass.

In general the staff were very helpful. They let use their computers to check in for our flights as there was no business centre. Really the only downside was the lack of usual hotel amenities such as a business centre, but there is free wi-fi for those who move with the times!

The hotel was well located with an entrance to the Raffles Place MRT station right outside the door. There is also a hawker's centre less than a block away. As the hotel is located in the business district there are not a lot of shops and cafes around, but it is no trouble to get anywhere with the MRT so close. It was also walking distance to the new Marina Bay complex.

We would have no hesitation recommending the Ascott if you are looking for accomodation that is not in the heart of Orchard Road but is still fairly central. The Ascott would also be perfect for a longer trip as the rooms are far bigger than standard hotel rooms and you have the added benefit of kitchen and washing facilities

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TheTravellingGlutton
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Melbourne
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46 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2011

Like everyone, we were blown away by our 'Studio Premier' room. Walking into the spacious room with music playing in the background, we wished we were staying more than one night! With all amenities that you would need including a stove, microwave, fridge and lots of closet space, you can definitely be there for long term.

No views from the room as it's very close to the next building but that just means lots of privacy.

The pool is stunning, some deck chairs to relax on (free apples & towels), 'rooftop' type garden with tables & chairs, gym was alright (lots of machines, not so much weights based) and nice living room area where you can browse through some books, magazines while snacking on some chocolate and having a cuppa.

Conveniently located near the Raffles Place MRT ($1.90 from Changi airport + $1 deposit for card that is refunded on return) and the Lai Pa Sat Festival Market (home of hawker style food and satay street). Staff were super helpful and recommended stall #8 Best Satay for the best satays on Satay Street.

Breakfast was included which was buffet style - selection of fresh fruits, cheeses, meats, pastries, hard boiled eggs, cupcakes, toast, cereal, tea, coffee, milk and juices.

Room Tip: cheap bookings through agoda.com
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank GratitudeTravels
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Singapore
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31 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2011

Everything about this place is above my expectations except that I was expecting a room with a view of the bay but instead, there were just small windows with no view as the next building is very near. Maybe the rooms with views are occupied by long-term staying tenants. Also, as this is a serviced apartment and not a regular hotel, the in-room phone does not connect you to the staff. There is a dim light along the window that we cannot find the switch to turn off. Despite all these, my stay is an enjoyable one as everything is very new and clean. Bed is comfortable, bathroom has a bath tub as well as a rain shower. And the toiletries are of good quality too. The cable provides many channels and the kitchenette is well stocked with pots and pans, plates, cups and cutlery. The premise has a very beautiful fish tank swimming pool and a gym with very new equipments and TVs. There is a Jacucci at the rooftop as well. The location is very good for business traveller as it is right in CBD, and for tourist who wants to sight-see. The history of the building also adds to its charm.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank LucyDiamonda
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Property: Ascott Raffles Place Singapore
Address: 2 Finlayson Green Ascott Singapore Raffles Place, Singapore 049247, Singapore
Phone Number:
Location: Singapore > Singapore > Marina Bay
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#49 Business Hotel in Singapore
#50 Family Hotel in Singapore
#55 Romantic Hotel in Singapore
#89 Luxury Hotel in Singapore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Ascott Raffles Place Singapore 5*
Number of rooms: 146
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ascott Raffles Place Singapore is a paragon of cultured living set in the heart of Singapore's financial cityscape. The heritage building restored from its 1950 splendour, is a distinct and exclusive residential experience with its Art Deco architectural facade set against the modern cityscape. The prime location grants immediate access to the multitude of business and financial institutions in the CBD area. Also close are the renowned entertainment and shopping districts, international restaurants and cultural destinations unique to Singapore.Each of these serviced suites at Ascott Raffles Place Singapore is designed to articulate sheer luxury and ensure absolute peace of mind. Be lavished with unrivalled personalised services and extensive business support in the comfort and privacy of an elegant, fully-equipped home. With a commanding view of Singapore and designed for optimum luxury, Ascott Raffles Place Singapore provides the extravagant comfort, elegant suites and the supreme privacy desired in a luxurious serviced suite. ... more   less 
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