The St Regis Sin­ga­pore

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - TRIED & TESTED HOTEL - Jeremy Tredin­nick

BACK­GROUND The St Regis opened in April 2008; since that time a plethora of com­pet­ing lux­ury brands have en­tered the mar­ket, and the 20-storey ho­tel is plan­ning a re­furb this year. WHERE IS IT? Just around the bend in the road at the far western end of the fa­mous Or­chard Road shop­ping street. Changi air­port is about 30 min­utes away by car depend­ing on traf­fic, and the Or­chard MRT sta­tion is a 10-minute walk away. WHAT’S IT LIKE? A study in re­fined el­e­gance. Or­der an air­port trans­fer and you’ll be met by a Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tal Sil­ver Spur, in­side which is an iPad and wifi con­nec­tion while you’re be­ing swept into town in style. The 299-room ho­tel fea­tures im­pres­sive chan­de­liers ev­ery­where you go, silk wall­pa­per in the cor­ri­dors, plus a fine-art col­lec­tion that is broad-scoped and in­ter­est­ing at every turn. ROOM FA­CIL­I­TIES There are four room cat­e­gories and six suite types. I was in a Pent­house room (52 sqm, all lo­cated on floors 18 to 20). Red-brown wood ve­neer cov­ered the wall pan­elling, work desk and cab­i­nets, and by the win­dow – which of­fered great views to­wards the Sin­ga­pore Botanic Gar­dens – was a curv­ing red sofa, a jacket stand, an easy chair and ot­toman.

The long work desk un­der the 42-inch TV was leather topped and great for work­ing on – two uni­ver­sal sock­ets and other ports were re­cessed un­der a flap, though the lack of a USB port was no­tice­able. How­ever, there was a USB port in the iHome alarm clock/mu­sic sys­tem on the bed­side ta­ble, which also al­lows you to charge and play your iPod, iPhone or iPad. A con­trol panel on each side of the huge bed con­trolled the lights – there were three mood light­ing modes – plus the drapes and black­out cur­tains.

The bath­room fea­tured heav­ily veined beige and brown mar­ble, twin sinks with old-fash­ioned taps, a free­stand­ing bath fac­ing a mir­ror with an in-built TV, and a walk-in shower with mas­sage wa­ter jets for your spine, as well as fra­grant Lab­o­ra­toire Remède bath­room prod­ucts.

There’s no need for a Ne­spresso in the rooms as the sig­na­ture St Regis but­ler ser­vice means free tea or coffee is brought to your room when­ever re­quested – also part of the ser­vice is com­pli­men­tary shoe shin­ing and press­ing of two clothes items per day, as well as a pack­ing/un­pack­ing ser­vice.

This isn’t a mod­ern, avant-garde room ex­pe­ri­ence, more a nod to old-fash­ioned com­fort, and as such I found it served my needs well and ex­uded a classy, lux­u­ri­ant qual­ity that was a plea­sure to re­lax in. RESTAU­RANTS AND BARS Four restau­rants in­clude Brasserie Les Saveurs on the ground floor, of­fer­ing con­tem­po­rary French cui­sine be­side floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows; renowned Can­tonese restau­rant Yan Ting on the mez­za­nine floor (L1U); and on Level 2, with both in­door and al­fresco pool­side ar­eas, the trat­to­ria-style Ital­ian La Brezza. The ground floor also houses Shinji, a one-Miche­lin-star Ja­panese eatery man­aged by a third party. The Draw­ing Room is the “English par­lour” lobby lounge area, and close to the ho­tel’s main en­trance is the As­tor Bar, a dark, clubby room serv­ing clas­sic cock­tails, fine whisky and live jazz. MEET­ING FA­CIL­I­TIES The 709 sqm John Ja­cob ball­room is on the mez­za­nine level, while five meet­ing rooms are lo­cated on the ground floor, where you’ll also find a busi­ness cen­tre. LEISURE FA­CIL­I­TIES An out­door pool, looked out on by a mid-sized gym, is found on Level 2, as is the Remède Spa, Asia’s first branch of this US spa brand, which boasts seven treat­ment rooms, steam rooms, an out­door spa gar­den, sig­na­ture treat­ments such as the warm jade stone mas­sage and black olive eu­ca­lyp­tus scrub, plus a “Pedi:Mani:Cure Stu­dio” by French po­di­a­trist Bastien Gon­za­lez.

VER­DICT A ho­tel for those who like a clas­sic lux­ury ex­pe­ri­ence. It might not be the first choice for hip, trendy mil­len­ni­als, but there’s still a lot to be said for old-school qual­ity amid su­perb sur­round­ings.

This isn’t a mod­ern, avant-garde ex­pe­ri­ence, more a nod to old-fash­ioned com­fort and tra­di­tional style

PRICE In­ter­net rates for a Pent­house room in mid-April start from S$549 (US$380) in­clud­ing tax and sur­charges.

CON­TACT 29 Tan­glin Road, Sin­ga­pore 247911; tel +65 6506 6888; stregissin­ga­pore.com

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