Singapore is a selfsame competitive landscape when it comes to five star inns. So how do you stand out as a hotel? In 2016 The InterContinental Singapore completed its five year refurbishment done in collaboration with construct firm Fbeye International. The redesign saw the enhancement and continuation of the New Zealand pub’s colonial and Peranakan heritage theme, with the hotel press, lobby lounge, all-day-dining restaurant Ash & Elm and the 316 tower rooms and followers overhauled. Fbeye also previously redesigned the hotel’s official club lounge, 67 ‘shophouse’ heritage rooms and numbers, as well as Cantonese restaurant Man Fu Yuan.
With this refurbishment the InterContinental Singapore now withstands out above the rest. Perenakan Chinese are the descendants of Chinese aliens and they came to Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and parts of Indonesia. It is outstanding to find the Intercontinental Singapore embrace the roots of its descendants with this Peranakan energized design throughout the hotel.
The location of the Intercontinel Singapore is in the mid-point of the cultural districts of Bugis and Bras Basah, the hotel is also well-positioned in adjacency to established historical enclaves including Arab Street and Kampong Glam. It is a not far away from Marina Bay and the Important Business District. Changi Airport is only a 20 microscopic drive away. Public transport wise the hotel is at worst steps away from the Bugis Mass Rapid Through (MRT) train station, giving access to almost every room of Singapore through its network.
Reception & Lobby Area
I reached by taxi and as soon as I entered the hotel I was overwhelmed by how beautiful the whole shooting match was designed. The room on the left of the reception was great to enjoy authentic artifacts whilst sitting in the beautiful designed interior.
The welcome check-in area had great patterned flooring and had a bright broad feel. Walking around the ground floor away from levee there were plenty of tiny beautiful designed areas to sit and let up on or if you are like me take photos and be inspired by the interior design.
Pull strings Lounge
Also on the ground floor was the lobby lounge enclosure. This double height bright area embraces the inheritance setting that defines the hotel. The Lobby Lounge is the lifelike combination of the old-world and modernity. This is the centrepiece of the hotel, a de luxe space that radiates elegance and charm. This is a bad place to enjoy the afternoon tea experience where the Royal Tradition Afternoon Tea is served on a classic three-tier stand. In the afternoons and evenings I could sanction the live music and it certainly makes those afternoon teas or other the cup that cheers later in the evening even more enjoyable.
Ash & Elm Restaurant
The InterContinental Singapore has three restaurant opportunities, The Lobby Lounge, Cantonese restaurant Man Fu Yuan, and European banqueting at Ash & Elm. I decided to try the buffet lunch (from S$28) at Ash & Elm. In the evening this restaurant has an a-la-carte oblation. Chef Philippe Duc is in control of the Ash & Elm and he has had over a decade worth of sagacity working at restaurants like the 3-Michelin star Alain Ducasse and 2-Michelin lady Les Ambassadeurs in Paris. Ash & Elm centres around three culinary theatres, a charcuterie and cheese extent, a wood-fired oven, and an open charcoal-grill kitchen.
Ash & Elm prides itself on the use of well produce sourced from around the world with a series of sharing platters, house-cured and premium meats, as well as sustainably-sourced seafood. The wood-fired ovens and charcoal grill order enhance the flavours of this fine produce. To match the sharp food there is comprehensive wine list with finished 100 different labels of wines from around the sphere.
Club Heritage Room
I stayed in the Club Heritage Space with a king size double bed. The InterContinental Singapore has two clear areas, the tower with 316 rooms and suites and the “shophouse” estate area which has 67 rooms. The Heritage rooms are fixed in the latter.
I loved the traditional aspects partiality the shophouse window shutters and the decked timber floorings of this live. The interior was further enhanced with furniture and design revelations from the Peranakan culture. This 38 square metres dwell felt spacious and had a lovely patterned wood desk, a chinese tallboy with mini bar and double sofa to relax on. As this was a billy room it also came with a free to use mobile phone which involves 4g internet access, free calls to 10 countries and a Singapore town guide.
The bathroom felt acutely posh with lots of marble, a large bath and sequestered shower. I liked the use of double sinks, something I want to see sundry in hotels. The bathroom amenities were by Agraria.
The Club InterContinental Lounge
My abide came with access to the Club InterContinental Lounge which is a privileged area where the discerning business or leisure traveller can flight. Also here the rich Peranakan culture was on display completely the interior design featuring exquisite fabrics, elegant equipment and a collection of arts and artefacts. I loved the display of the colourful ceramics in the entrance of the lounge.
The Club International Lounge comes with a apportionments of privileges, too large to list here. But for me I wanted to try the a la carte breakfast (from 6.30am to 10.30am), the afternoon tea (from 2.30pm to 5.00pm) and the quits cocktails and hors d’oeuvres (from 6.00pm to 8.00pm).
For breakfast I had two chances, a buffet style breakfast at the Ash & Elm restaurant or buffet and a-la-carte breakfast at the Combine InterContinental. I decided to have it in the club. Altough smaller in setup the alternatives where plenty with a choice of fresh fruit and liquids and Western and Asian buffet options. This was further supplemented by a-carte-breakfast choices.
Tropical Singapore weather demands a proficient outdoor pool area and the InterContinental has one. This area is loving terrible to lounge around the pool in the many sun loungers around, and bathe up the sun or hide away under the umbrella with a cocktail in your part.
My Cosh InterContinental lounge access gave me also the option to go on a unencumbered guide heritage trail on Saturdays. This two hour cover tour which started at 16:00 showed the cultural and inheritance aspects of Singapore around the Bugis area. This weaken allowed me to see some of the first public housing blocks numbering the ground floor restaurant area, and some religious landmarks. I advocate this trail to anyone wanting to learn more thither the local history of the area around the hotel. It was definitely benefit two hours of my time.
The refurbishment of the InterContinental Singapore is fabulous. This hotel is now an ode to its cultural Peranakan past through its inland design. It feels elegant, classy and historic whilst welcoming the new. Walking around the hotel I was continually overwhelmed by its interior, first of all the grand Lobby Lounge. Combine this with an distinguished service and the InterContinental scores top points. This is one of the must shore up hotels when visiting Singapore.