Interior designer Andre Fu has looked to the Bugis neighbourhood of Singapore to inspire his latest hotel, the first Andaz in South-East Asia. A must-visit is Mr Stork, the splendid 39th-floor rooftop bar.
The Andaz Singapore is located on floors 25 to 39 within the gleamng Duo building (designed by German architect Ole Scheeren), a mixed-use skyscraper complex in Bugis. It is located near cultural districts like Kampong Glam, Bras Basah and Little India. All around are traditional shophouses, shopping malls and restaurants. There is a direct underpass to the Bugis MRT. The CBD is a five-minute train ride away while Orchard Road takes about 10 minutes.
Style & character
The hotel features quaint and intimate interior spaces inspired by the neighbourhood’s alleyways and shophouses, designed by renowned Hong Kong-based architect and interior designer Andre Fu. From fabric to furniture, the public spaces celebrate Singapore’s urban spirit. Witty detailing abounds, such as guest room doorbells set into customised post boxes. Artwork is everywhere, like a metallic sculpture by Andre Mendes that soars through the atrium lobby.
Service & facilities
Check-in is casual, with guests sitting at one of the many cosy seating clusters in the spacious 25th-floor lobby. My check-in was done seamlessly in under five minutes. Staff are attentive to guest needs – this is especially the case at the restaurants, where waiters are both friendly and efficient. The expansive outdoor pool area with lush landscaping and stunning vistas beckons on level 25. There’s a comprehensive 24-hour fitness centre at level 28, with floor-to ceiling windows with superb views.
There are complimentary all-day refreshments at Sunroom, while Andaz Lounge Hour offers red and white wines and Andaz Pale Ale from 5pm to 7pm daily.
- Fitness centre
- Room service
- Steam room/hammam
The hotel has 342 rooms, including 26 suites. The standard 409 square-feet Deluxe King rooms offer understated earthy hues and floor-to-ceiling soundproofed glass windows showcasing skyline vistas. The bed, with premium linen, is sink-in comfy. The en-suite bathroom – with folding shophouse-inspired doors – has a rainfall shower head and luxury bathrobes. Newspapers, bottled water and a non-alcoholic minibar are complimentary. There is a coffee maker and tea service. Safes easily accommodate laptops. Upgrade to the Andaz Studio Suite or the Andaz Suite, and you’ll get 818 square-feet of space, including a living room and bathtub.
Food & drink
There are a total of six restaurants and three bars, each with an engaging focus on local cuisine. Alley on 25, for instance, offers a sky-high cluster of eateries on level 25 to experience Singapore street dining. Auntie’s Wok & Steam offers dim sum, rice, noodles and meat dishes, while at Smoke & Pepper, there is modern Asian barbecued fare. At the Icehaus, which serves cold cuts, sustainable seafood and local desserts, guests can also tuck into a full breakfast (£19) or opt for à la carte items. I throughly enjoyed my vanilla waffles with Chantilly cream, maple syrup and fresh berries.
At Smoke & Pepper, where I had dinner, the boneless marinated short rib with shiso salad, spring onion and sesame was delectably juicy and tender. At Bar Square, there are locally-inspired cocktails. A must visit is Mr Stork, the splendid 39th-floor rooftop bar, which brandishes inventive drinks with glorious 360-degree downtown views.
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