Marina Mandarin Hotel Singapore

Marina Mandarin Hotel

5 stars - review by

With a modern sloping façade and atrium soaring 21 floors, this is a hotel that definitely catches the eye. In fact artwork plays a major role in its interior design, both in public areas and in guestrooms. There is even a full-time artist-in-residence employed by the hotel. There is a good mix of leisure and business amenities; the Meritus Club executive lounge is one of the best in Singapore and the hotel is also noted for its imposing swimming pool and spa services.

Location

Rubbing shoulders with a host of other flagship five-star properties, Marina Mandarin overlooks Marina Bay and the mouth of the Singapore River, convenient for the Colonial District and the city’s commercial hub. It is sited at Marina Square with Esplanade MRT station virtually next door, so getting around town and to and from the airport is a breeze. It is a popular place for business travellers attending events at the adjacent Suntec City exhibition centre and equally inviting for serious shoppers with three huge indoor malls just minute away on foot.

Rooms

The 575 units, from Deluxe and Premier Rooms to the cavernous suites, offer some of the most stylish interior design in town, resplendent in polished dark wood and fashionable modern art. Each room comes with ergonomic chair and work desk, flat screen TV, marble bathroom and balcony with waterfront or city views. There are dedicated interconnecting rooms for families. For guests with deep pockets, the show-stopping Presidential Suite provides dazzling floor-to-ceiling Bay views and an opulent parlour sitting room and fully featured kitchen.

Bars and Restaurants

Marina Mandarin offers a microcosm of the city’s famous culinary landscape with a handful of delightful restaurants. Try contemporary Cantonese at Peach Blossoms, Pan-Asian live cooking stations at AquaMarine or dive into a sizzling steak at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. There is also delectable cakes and light bites, specialty coffees and traditional afternoon tea. The hotel’s Atrium Lounge is the place to unwind with silky cocktails and even smoother live music in the evenings.

Facilities

The hotel’s signature amenity is the striking open air swimming pool, filled with 100% mineral water – a rare sight in Singapore. Indulgent spa and skincare services are on offer at St Georges Spa or guests can work on those abs day or night at the hi-tech 24-hour fitness centre. Also open 24/7, the business centre and Meritus Club executive lounge takes care of all the needs of the demanding business traveller.

Review

Staying at Marina Mandarin is (quite literally) a breath of fresh air. Not only are the rooms artfully designed but you also get the rare pleasure of a spacious open air balcony to soak up views of the city skyline or waterfront. It is a safe bet either for a shopping and sightseeing weekend or for high-powered business with separate teams of staff dedicated to serving the needs of each.

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