Expect a hyper-local experience that permeates the hotel’s design, dining options, and service.
Hotels inspired by local sensibilities may be nothing new, but Andaz Singapore still manages to surprise and impress with its attention to detail. In line with the hotel chain’s concept of being global in scale yet local in perspective, its Singapore debut draws inspiration from the lively surroundings—from Bras Basah to Bugis.
Shaped by famed interior designer André Fu, the hotel features unique corridors that mimic the pathways between rows of shophouses, door locks that resemble postboxes, and furniture crafted with local fabrics and techniques. In addition, this hyper-local experience extends to the outfits donned by the hotel staff, which are from local designer label In Good Company. Guests will also spot modern artworks from various artists and sculptors, adding pops of color to the entire space.
The hotel offers 342 contemporary guest rooms, with its 26 suites being especially sought-after thanks to their floor-to-ceiling views of the city. I stayed in the King View room, which was welcoming with its cozy ambience accented by warm russet and mustard tones. Upon entering, I found myself marveling at the smart use of space. The en suite bathroom and walk-in closet helped to create the illusion of a much bigger room, as did the elegant day bed.
In-house guests can also enjoy a complimentary minibar with locally sourced snacks, non-alcoholic drinks that are replenished daily, all-day complimentary refreshments at Sunroom, plus access to the Andaz Lounge Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. daily, where complimentary wines and Andaz Pale Ale await.
Even though Andaz Singapore is practically surrounded by local dining hot spots, there’s no reason not to spend a day just checking out the restaurants within the hotel. Guests will be spoilt for choice by no less than five dining concepts including Auntie’s Wok and Steam, Plancha’Lah!, Smoke & Pepper, The Green Oven, and Icehaus. Personally, Auntie’s Wok and Steam appealed to my Asian palate. The restaurant’s Szechuan-inspired dishes, including flavorful pork dumplings and an incredibly moreish beef noodle soup, left my taste buds satisfied.
Guests looking for a tasty snack or a gift worth bringing home ought to check out Pandan, a bakery specializing in local confectionary pandan cake, but with an unusual twist. The fluffy and fragrant pandan cakes are glazed with flavors like chocolate ganache, coconut, and more.
After a dip in the infinity pool, why not head upstairs to Mr Stork? The hotel’s rooftop bar offers 360-degree views of the city’s skyline. What sets it apart from any ‘ol bar is its adorable teepee huts, which offer intimate spaces for guests to nest in with their loved ones. Popular picks from the menu include Choose Ruby, a citrusy tipple crafted with lemon, ginger, fresh mint, vermouth and Ceylon arrack, served in a photo-worthy elephant mug.
Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser Street, Singapore 189354