I spent my Christmas at Intercontinental Singapore. IC Singapore have a special place in my heart. My dad would bring the family for sunday brunch at IC Singapore since my primary school days.
I booked a business room for a 3d2n night stay using my Ambassador Weekend Voucher. The stay cost SGD400 ++ / room for 2 nights as the second night is free when using the weekend voucher.
During Check-In, I was informed that I was upgraded to a room with executive club access and the club lounge staff is expecting me. The friendly concierge escorted me to the club lounge.
Check In Lobby
Club Lounge Entrance
During Check-In, I was expecting a 1 category upgrade as a Platinum Ambassador but was pleasantly surprised to be given a 2 category upgrade from Business Room to Shophouse Club Room. I was given two exquisitely designed bookmarks as the ambassador welcome gift.
Ambassador Welcome Gift
The shophouse king room is located on the second floor, same floor as the lounge and above the adjoining bugis junction shopping arcade. The rooms were modern and recently renovated.
Overlooking the Shopping Arcade
The luxurious shophouse king club rooms are tastefully designed with modern colonial decor. The room has been pre-prepared for me with welcome amenities such as complimentary Evian mineral water & a fruit platter. It was pleasing to note that the room has been cooled prior to my arrival.
Shophouse Club King Room
Welcome Fruits Platter
The bedroom came with an ensuite bathroom with double sink, rainfall shower and deep soaking tub
Personally, Im not a fan of the IC branded Agraria bath amenities. It reminds me of Mama Lemon which is like our household dish detergent. Personal preference. =P However, I am quite pleased with the quality of the amenities (scent aside), the body lotion and conditioner were quite good.
Agraria Bath Amenities
The Intercontinental club benefits are amazing. It comes with made to order and buffet breakfast in the morning, afternoon high tea from 2-5pm and evening cocktails & canapes from 5.30 to 7.30pm.
Intercontinental Club Benefits
I love the club lounge for its sheer class and elegance, the beautiful Pernakan show pieces and the oversized lounge sofas. It was mind-splitting on deciding on whether should i spend more time in the room or at the lounge.
Intercontinental Club Lounge
There were easily 4 different sitting areas. From oversized sofas to proper dining seats and tables, business area with computers and cosy corners for 4.
Famished from the absence of lunch, I went for the high tea at the club lounge.
Afternoon High Tea Set
The kueh kueh and sandwiches were of good standard. The first serving of scones were dry but the second serving was hot and moist. Service was very good and my plates were always filled, second serving is always recommended. I left the lounge for a short nap back in the room. I returned later for the evening cocktails
Lounge Staff aka Bartender!
There were plenty of canapes choices. The variety was of IC standard however I felt disappointed with the quality of the spread. Was upset to see seaweed chicken. There were dimsum choices but the quality was no where near the standard of the next door Man Fu Yuan. I may be asking for too much here but I could fondly recall IC Hua Hin and IC Saigon offering far better options for their evening spread.
Choices of Bite-Sized Snacks
Spring Rolls and Seaweed Chicken
I took a plate of snacks and chilled at the seating areas. Although I was disappointed with the seaweed chicken, I was impressed with the drinks menu and cocktail choices. Unlike other lounges which offer mostly 1 type of red/white wine and the usual alcoholic bar drinks, IC Singapore offers 2-3 choices of wine per type and also a range of cocktails including the all famous Singapore Sling. Bravo!
Drinks Menu, Nuts Cocktail & Canapes
Singapore Sling, Canapes (The next day)
By this time, I had 2 glasses of red wine, 3 helpings of canapes and I was slowly making my way out of the lounge before i spotted these beautiful decor items
Christmas House, Cookies & Chocolate Boots
Peranakan Display Items
After admiring them, I went back to the room to enjoy my ambassador's free movie which I chose Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. After the movie, I took a slow walk and took some photos of the hotel exterior.
From Across The Street
The below is my personal favourite amongst the whole album
I am a big fan of the lobby lounge. There were times during my post grad days where I needed that little motivation. A trip down to the lobby lounge with a glass of draught beer by my side accompanied by the smoothing tunes of the piano cleared my mind and helps me to re-organise my thoughts.
Piano @ Lobby Bar
Not forgetting that this stay is meant to be a belated birthday celebration for me & Thanks IC Singapore for the cake! =)
The cake was not enough to serve as supper for me & I ordered some room service. The fish congee was quite good with generous portions of seabass. The watermelon popsicle was a little too sweet and the lychee froghurt was a dish to forget.
The only thing that awaits me now is the comfortable bed and tomorrow's breakfast.
Good Morning Singapore!
Yes i did. I woke up at ungodly 6am and strolled to the merlion park to take these sunrise shots
The Singapore Flyer & Marina Bay Sands
Singapore & Merlion
The stroll to the park was full of energy, the return walk was less than inspiring. I was famished, tired and the sole motivation of moving ahead was to have breakfast.
The Old Supreme Court of Singapore
After thousands of steps. I finally reached the steps of the Olive Tree Restaurant. The sound of freshly squeed juices and the aroma of toast & laksa filled the hall.
The Olive Tree
Self Improvised Siew Mai Laksa
The fresh juice station offered the common fresh juices made to order. The apple and orange juice were to my liking.
Fresh Juice Station
Self Select Choices From Buffet
The subsequent hours are filled with dining and sipping of afternoon tea, hitting a few cocktails and enjoying a glass of wine with good company & quite decent evening canapes. Before I knew it, I was having breakfast at the club lounge with hours to check out.
Breakfast Menu @ Club Lounge
As a dimsum lover, I could not wait to order the Steamed Glutinous Rice only to be reminded that I am having a dimsum lunch @ Man Fu Yuan later. I gave out a small sigh and ordered my second favourite, Eggs Benedict.
Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon (Added by me)
Assorted Buffet Selection
The breakfast was quite full and I took a walk to the swimming pool with a glimmer of hope that would burn some calories off.
Hotel Swimming Pool
During the late morning, the pool was getting busy. I returned to my room and was pleased to note that the housekeeping has made my room even though I'm checking out at 4pm later. As my stay comes to an end, it was worthy to mention that the lunch at Man Fu Yuan ended my staycation on the high note. I will cover my meal @ Man Fu Yuan in another blog post.
During Check-Out, it was pleasing to have a nice conversation with the Club Lounge Manager about my stay on one of the oversized sofas. Overall I had a wonderful stay at Intercontinental Singapore and these service standards are reasons why I will continue to place emphasis on Intercontinental for my upper upscale stays.
The Oversized Sofas & Beautiful Ceiling
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and have already an upcoming stay at another Intercontinental booked!
Edited : Wish to also add in that the club lounge staff were splendid in both service quality and service delivery. Special mention to club lounge staff Suriyana & great job to the manager Faizah in making the lounge feel luxurious, exclusive and welcoming.
More photos of my stay @ IC Singapore can be accessed via my gallery here
For more information about the hotel, visit their website here