Staycation at Intercontinental Singapore

Mother’s Day is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of May where we live. This year, to celebrate this special day, we chose to have a one night staycation at award-winning Intercontinental Singapore.

The Hotel

Intercontinental Singapore is centrally located in Bugis, adjoining Bugis Junction shopping mall, which is connected to Bugis MRT station. It is also minutes away from Marina Bay and Central Business District.

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The interior design of the hotel is Peranakan-style inspired blended with Western luxury style. This can be seen from the photos below of the main lobby and lobby lounge.

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Our Choice of Room

We took a Heritage Room located within the 3-storey Heritage Wing, which is reminiscent of traditional shophouses from the 1920s.

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One disadvantage of the Heritage Rooms on the 2nd storey is that they are only accessible by stairs. Hence not suitable for those with problems going up and down the stairs. Moreover, to get to the various facilities of the hotel, you will have to walk past the Lobby Lounge. We did so with the kids in swimming costumes!

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Our room faced the busy North Bridge Road. But thanks to excellent sound-proofing, we were isolated from the noise created by the bustling activities on the ground floor.

Another disadvantage of staying in this room was that we had to keep the louvred doors shielding the full-height windows shut at all times. This being a room on the 2nd floor, opening the louvred doors will mean that pedestrians along the adjacent road can look through the windows right into the room. However, this shut daylight out of the room.

The interior of the room is in Straits-Chinese (a.k.a Peranakan) style. The interior looks a wee bit tired as the last refurbishment was around 4-5 years ago. The room was well cleaned with spotless sheets (would expect no less actually). For newer interiors, the rooms within the ‘tower block’ were recently refurbished but with a more Western style interior as we were told during check-in.

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The bathroom with both shower and bathtub facilities. Toiletries by American luxury home fragrance brand Agraria was provided.

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The in-room tea and coffee making facility offered a selection of TWG tea and Coffex premium and decaf with coffee press.

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We did not try this but it would really be useful for overseas travellers. A mobile handphone for use during the stay with unlimited mobile internet access and free local and international calls.

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Our Experience

Our little ones had a dip in the hotel’s Swimming pool at 4th storey. The 1.4m deep main pool is approx 30m in length with a baby pool and a jacuzzi pool flanked on both sides. Lounging chairs and a pool side bar complete the outdoor experience.

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The little ones enjoyed our time in the room.

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The hotel staff were friendly and professional during our check-in and in attending to our various queries and requests; such as complimentary car parking and late check-outs.

Breakfast was included in our room rate for 2 adults and 2 children in Ash & Elm. A good variety of International breakfast items that left us spoilt for choices.

With its advantageous location, dining options are not restricted to within the hotel even though it offers a few good choices such as the award-winning Chinese restaurant Man Fu Yuan. Food and beverage outlets are aplenty within Bugis Junction and Bugis+ shopping malls, along the adjacent North Bridge Road and Victoria Street.

Will we go back for another staycation? Likely but this time, we will go for a room with newer interior within the ‘tower block’.

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