Two much-anticipated hotels have made their debut in the Lion City. Here’s how they measure up.
The Location: Inside DUO, a pair of Ole Scheeren skyscrapers in Bugis. The Look: Southeast Asia’s first Andaz hotel sports modern artworks and André Fu–designed interiors that take their cues from the surrounding neighborhoods. Staff are dressed in outfits from local label In Good Company.
Room Count: 342, including 26 suites. Entry-level rooms are a generous 38 square meters; expect a complimentary minibar along with access to the Sunroom lounge for all-day refreshments and free wine and Andaz Pale Ale from 4 to 6 p.m. itness
Fitness Facilities: An outdoor infinity pool and a 24-hour gym.
Dining: Alley on 25 comprises seven outlets including Auntie’s Wok and Steam, which serves up double-boiled beef short rib noodle soup and homemade jiaozi dumplings.
Where to Drink: Rooftop bar Mr. Stork offers panoramic skyline views from the 39th floor.
More information here; doubles from US$277.
InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay
The Location: Robertson Quay. The Look: Architecture firm SCDA looked to the riverside area’s industrial past to create a sleek, contemporary hotel. The exterior of brushed copper and bronze, Italian marble, and slate gives way to a softer aesthetic within.
Room Count: 225 studios and suites, starting from 23 square meters, come with a cocktail kit by local bar collective Proof & Co and luxurious bathrooms. Club Lounge benefits only apply to higher room categories.
Fitness Facilities: A 24-hour gym and a small outdoor lap pool.
Dining: Flagship Italian venue Publico contains a brunch-focused deli, a riverside terrace, and a restaurant that offers rustic wood-fired pizzas and handmade pastas.
Where to Drink: One section of Publico deli transforms into speakeasy-style Marcello bar by night.
More information here; doubles from US$229.
This article originally appeared in the February/March 2018 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Double Bookings”).