19 Nov REVIEW: WESTIN SINGAPORE
Singapore is a beautiful city (and a business hub), where East meets West, that makes for a great stopover destination before further exploring Asia. It’s a very modern, clean and safe destination with countless great hotels to choose from. The Westin Singapore is a Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) property that perfectly captures the essence of the city and I was lucky enough to spend a night there (this was my fourth visit to the hotel) on my recent trip to Asia.
Overall: The Westin Singapore is hands down one of my favorite Westin hotels globally! It’s basically a Westin on steroids! From the impressive lobby to the high-tech, modern rooms and the stunning pool it beautifully combines “coolness” with understated luxury. Every detail and amenity has been carefully thought through with the international traveler in mind. Whether you are there for business or pleasure the Westin Singapore will serve as a perfect base to explore the city and enjoy everything it has to offer.
Booking: The Westin Singapore is a category 6 SPG hotel and redemptions start at 20.000 points per night. However, you can often find rooms for under SGD300 (€190) which is really good value, given how nice and luxurious the hotel is. To book a room, just click here.
Getting there: Singapore is a very easy city to navigate and getting to the Westin is no exception. The best way to get from the airport to the hotel is by taxi which costs roughly SGD20 and takes about 15’. All taxis in Singapore accept credit cards (including usually AMEX, hurray!) so you don’t need to worry about local currency. Getting a regular taxi from the airport is quick, completely safe and costs pretty much the same as any cab-hailing app, such as Uber (or Grab, which is the local one). The hotel is located in Asia tower, close to Marina Bay and the main financial/business district. It’s a really nice location as you are close to all the key businesses but also to many of the main local attractions/landmarks (the huge mall at Marina Bay, Marina Bay Sands hotel, food courts/hawker centers etc.).
Checking-in: The main lobby is on the 32nd floor of Asia tower and the rooms start from higher floors so immediately think breathtaking views! Before you get on the lift, on the ground floor, you will also find a nice café where you can pick up snacks, coffee etc. Once you get to the 32nd floor prepare to be amazed by the stunning lobby. It really is a beautifully designed lobby, with ultra-high ceilings, very modern décor and panoramic views of the city. The main bar of the hotel is right next to the lobby (it’s essentially an extension of the lobby) so you can enjoy drinks while taking in the city views. The lobby/bar area definitely set the tone for the rest of the experience…
The room: Upon entering my Premier Club floor room on the 43rd floor I continued to be amazed by this hotel. The room was very tastefully done and oozed understated luxury. The centerpiece was of course the massive and extremely comfortable Westin Heavenly bed which was just a bliss to sleep in. In the marble bathroom, the eye-catcher was undeniably the bathtub next to the window with endless views of the city. Even though I only ended up using the walk-in shower, the bathtub could not have been more idyllic. What impressed me the most though is how well equipped the room was for international travellers: multiplugs, USB ports and even a free phone with unlimited local data/calls that you can take with you during your stay (but obviously have to return as the end)! And of course free, super high-speed internet! Everything you need for an enjoyable stay is there and more importantly, it works perfectly!
360 degree pictures from a previous stay in a similar room
Rest of the hotel: The hotel has a gym, a spa and a pool which are all located on the 35th floor along with the Club lounge. The gym is a big open space with great views of the city and everything you need for a good workout. Most importantly, it’s open 24/7! You can even rent sports gear (trainers and shorts) during your stay for just SGD6. The pool is one of the most impressive features of the hotel: a big, infinity pool with great views of the city. You will definitely want to spend some time there relaxing and cooling off after a hot day in Singapore or before you get your day started. As an SPG Platinum guest, I also had access to the Club lounge which is one of the best we’ve seen at an SPG property. Same style as the rest of the hotel and just a nice, all-around space where you can work or grab a drink during the day. We would have maybe liked to see a bit more of the functional character of the rooms carried through to the lounge e.g. more multiplugs or USB ports, but at this point we are really just trying to find some fault with the hotel J
The Club Lounge
Food/Service: The buffet breakfast menu at the main restaurant is really extensive and offers a wide array of both Western and Asian (including Singaporean) classics. It’s served in a big, open-space area with panoramic views of the city (once again!) so it’s great way to start your day. As an SPG Platinum, you get free breakfast for two which you can enjoy either at the main restaurant or at the Club lounge. The latter also offers an impressive variety of breakfast items and even has a station where you can order fresh egg dishes. Not something you see very often in a Club lounge! The breakfast in the lounge was more than enough but obviously if you have the option then you might as well go for the more extensive breakfast at the main restaurant. Between 6-8pm the Club lounge also offers free alcoholic drinks, light canapes and well as some hot dishes. It probably won’t and shouldn’t be a substitute for your dinner in a culinary paradise such as Singapore, but it’s definitely a nice way to get your evening going. Overall, service was impeccable throughout the hotel as is usually the case in Asian properties. We only noticed that in the pool area it sometimes took a bit longer to get a towel or a lounger but overall this was only a minor thing and it certainly didn’t take long enough to really make it an issue.
The Club Lounge
Breakfast at the main restaurant