Singapore is one of the world’s most dynamic and diverse destinations. What it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in character and personality. A melting pot of cultures and influences – Chinese, Malay, Indian and Peranakan, to name only a few – it is a truly unique place to visit. One of the most important decisions on any trip is where to stay, and, in Singapore you have a plethora of fantastic options. AccorHotels recently launched a state of the art lifestyle hub at the edge of Orchard Road, made up of the Mercure and Novotel hotels. We had the pleasure of spending a few nights in their company.
The first thing that should be noted about this fantastic concept is the location. So close to the beating heart of Singapore’s retail district you can walk but just far enough away that you can relax and unwind. We stayed in Novotel Singapore on Stevens, and, while we have had experience of Novotel previously and enjoyed it, this was nothing like any Novotel we had stayed in previously. The genuine warm welcome and attention to detail from all the staff was consistent but the design has been given a 22nd century makeover. Checking in was swift and painless, an important factor when coming off a 14-hour flight. We were escorted personally to our room, with some interesting conversation along the way. The room was a decent size, for us, a couple with a child of eight. Modern in design with a super comfortable bed and powerful shower. The team behind this new project have clearly done some travelling in their time.
The lifestyle complex includes two luxury hotels with a combined total of 772 rooms and 14 dining outlets, both inside and immediately surrounding both hotels, meaning you have plenty of choice within a stone’s throw of your room, ideal after a long day in the Singapore heat exploring this amazing city. Whether you have an urge for tapas, Thai, Indian, European or local Singaporean food, there are plenty of options. The complex has been designed to incorporate subtle references to Singapore’s nature, culture and heritage, past and present. From the shape of the concept – resembling the Chinese character ‘Ren’, which means people, to the 150-mere green wall, one of the longest in Asia. One of its biggest assets, in our opinion, is the team that makes it tick. The people in and around the hotel that are always on hand to help, should you need anything, always have a smile on their face and clearly take great pride in what they do and where they work.
We stayed in a premier room, on one of the higher floors, giving us a great view over the surrounding area, as well as access to the Premier Lounge, a comfortable quiet area where you can carry on with work if needs be, with soft drinks, tea and coffee available all day. There is also a free flow between 6.00 and 8.00pm, where you can enjoy a few drinks and some light bites and either get in the mood for the night ahead or unwind after a full day of tourist activity. With a 24-hour fitness centre, a 35-metre lap pool, an aquamarine infinity pool and outdoor tennis courts, there’s also plenty of opportunity for those that want to maintain their training regime on the road. It’s the perfect hotel if you are passing through Singapore en-route to somewhere else, if you are travelling for business or pleasure or, indeed, if you stay locally and fancy a change of pace staycation.
Novotel Singapore On Stevens
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