First, the very good: location in Singapore's CBD next to Boat Quay and Raffles Place MRT station. Hard to beat, particularly for finance or legal types.
The hotel has a lot of style. It was redeveloped from the old post office, keeping the distinctive facade of this historic Singapore landmark. This turns into its main flaw, as the rooms' design has had to fit into a frame that was never made for a hotel. The rooms I stayed in were large, but oddly shaped: in one case, the main door opened directly into the bed, with the bathroom behind it and near the window; in another case, a broad but shallow room, with a wide window into the internal atrium. While this offers a change from the standard business hotel layout (deep room, outside window, bathroom and corridor first), it also takes away the sense of privacy and cosiness one expects while on the road.
The lobby does a decent job at being hipper than most. Restaurants are up to standard, as is hotel service. The rather obscure gym contrasts with a nice outdoor pool.
Bottom line for me: I tried the hotel shortly after its opening a few years ago. I was unconvinced, so it took me a while before trying again earlier this year. I guess I will try it again in a few years, but not too soon.More
- 011 65 6206 1888
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