Luxury hotel in Marina Bay, near landmarks, restaurants, and shops
Exceptional city views from the pool, restaurant, and bar areas
Spacious guest rooms and suites, many with scenic Marina or city views
Rooms include flat-screen TVs, entertainment systems, and minibars
Luxurious marbled granite bathrooms with walk-in showers and bathtubs
Outdoor pool with scenic skyline views, cabanas, and kiddie pool
Five restaurants serving Italian, Japanese, Cantonese, and more
A chic cocktail lounge and alfresco bar with city views
Stylish fitness center with chandeliers and outdoor area
Luxe spa with steam shower, sauna, and private treatment rooms
Business amenities, including expansive meeting spaces
Free valet parking, concierge service, and 24-hour room service
Wi-Fi may cost a pricey extra fee
Guests occasionally note dated details
Extra fee for breakfast buffet
The Mandarin Oriental Singapore is one of the city's landmark luxury hotels, with 527 guest rooms, many of them with epic bay or city views. Located on Marina Bay, it's part of a complex that includes Marina Square Shopping Center, and it's within walking distance of major attractions, restaurants, and public transit. Stylish and spacious rooms and suites include flat-screen TVs, entertainment systems, and minibars, plus luxurious marbled granite bathrooms with separate walk-in showers and bathtubs. There are five restaurants, two bars, a magnificent outdoor pool with spectacular skyline views, a spa, and a chic fitness center with indoor and outdoor spaces. Some past guests have noted that the hotel feels a bit dated. However, the biggest complaint is that Wi-Fi isn't included in all rates, and it can be pricey. Travelers looking for an intimate boutique property in the area can consider the newer Fullerton Bay Hotel.
A large landmark luxury hotel popular with business travelers and tourists
This iconic property, built in 1987 and renovated in 2011, is housed in a building designed to resemble a fan, a nod to the chain's well-known logo. Its architecture also allows for scenic Marina Bay views from a maximum number of rooms. Sweeping vistas -- from the guest rooms, the pool area, and the lounge bar -- over the city skyline, Marina Bay, and the Pacific Ocean are a highlight of the hotel. The chic interiors are decked out in elegant marble and wood, with a variety of visual motifs created by the patterned carpeting, embossed reception counters, and stylish lattice work. Close to 100 pieces of art adorn its public spaces and corridors. Given its proximity to the city's business and financial centers and to major sights, the hotel draws a range of well-heeled travelers, from business guests to tourists, including couples and families.
In the heart of the Marina Bay area near restaurants, shops, and major landmarks
The hotel occupies a prime location in the Marina Bay area, offering views of the skyline, the bay, the Formula 1 racetrack, and iconic Singaporean landmarks, like the Singapore Flyer ferris wheel and the Marina Bay Sands hotel. The area is packed with high-end hotels, restaurants, corporate high-rises, and shopping malls (the hotel is connected to the Marina Square Shopping Center). Guests can walk to the Downtown Core and a plethora of major attractions like the Esplanade, the Merlion, and Gardens by the Bay in less than 10 minutes. For sights farther out, the Esplanade MRT station is a seven-minute walk, and the City Hall and Promenade MRT stations are about a 10-minute walk.
Six-minute walk to the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Center
Seven-minute walk to the Esplanade
10-minute walk to the Raffles Hotel
10 minutes to Clarke Quay via public transit
12-minute walk to Gardens by the Bay
15-minute walk to the Merlion
15-minute walk to the Parliament of Singapore
17 minutes to Orchard Road shopping district via public transit
20 minutes to Chinatown via public transit
20 minutes to Little India via public transit
60 minutes to Changi International Airport via public transit
Spacious rooms with astounding views, luxe bathrooms, and high-end amenities
The hotel's 527 guest rooms and suites are spacious and inviting, with bright accents, luxe bathrooms, and floor-to-ceiling windows, many of which offer astounding views of the bay or skyline. In most rooms, honey-colored furniture is topped in black marble, and rich, fabric wallpaper in ivory contrasts with brown accent walls. Floral carpeting and accent pillows in sage or salmon add gentle pops of color. Guests occasionally complain about outdated details or slight marks of wear on bathroom tiles or carpeting.
Some higher-category rooms feature private balconies, but units have goose-down bedding, spacious work desks with ergonomic chairs, and flat-screen TVs with high-quality sound systems and interactive entertainment centers that connect to mobile devices. Rooms also contain electric kettles, minibars, and glassware. Tucked in the wardrobes are useful extras: safes, slippers, bathrobes, and irons and ironing boards. Wi-Fi costs a pricey extra fee, except for guests who have booked on the hotel website and created an online profile, or for those staying on the Club Floor.
Bathrooms feature elegant marbled granite, including granite-walled showers, plus separate bathtubs and windows (with blinds) that look out into rooms. They come equipped with magnifying mirrors, hairdryers, and a range of toiletries.
Units start at a generous 355 square feet, while the largest suite is a massive 2,605 square feet.
Five restaurants, two bars, an outdoor pool, a spa, plus a stylish fitness center
With five restaurants, two bars, and a range of wellness facilities -- including an outdoor pool with a spectacular view -- guests can relax and dine without ever having to leave the property. Dolce Vita, an Italian restaurant next to the pool, and Cherry Garden, which serves Cantonese cuisine, get high marks from guests, with the prices to match. Teppan-Ya serves up Japanese fare, while Morton's features steak and seafood. Melt Cafe's claim to fame is its show kitchens, where guests can watch the chefs at work. It's also where the huge, international breakfast buffet is served, though it costs extra. Axis Bar and Lounge is great for cocktails, and guests can drink alfresco at BAY@5 bar. Room service is available 24 hours.
The hotel's 85-foot (25 meter) mosaic-tiled outdoor pool is a highlight, featuring in-pool lounge chairs and fountains. It's surrounded by potted trees and stylish lounge areas, like pod-shaped cabanas, and there's even a sleek kiddie pool. The best part, though, is the epic skyline view which include landmarks like the Marina Bay Sands hotel and the Singapore Flyer.
The chic on-site spa features singles and couples treatment rooms, semi-private consultation booths, a manicure and pedicure area, a relaxation room, and male and female changing areas with showers. The women's section also has a steam shower, while the men's area includes a sauna. The spacious fitness center looks like part of an upscale health club, with indoor and outdoor spaces, wood floors, and even chandelier lighting. There's a weightlifting area with a full rack of free weights, cardio machines with individual screens, a stretching area, and a Kinesis wall. Personal trainers and yoga classes are also available for a fee.
There are several on-site facilities for meetings, conferences, and special events, including the Oriental Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 600 guests. Guests staying on the Club Floor have access to the Oriental Club, which includes such extras as a Champagne breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails, free Wi-Fi, and garment pressing. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, but it comes with a pricey extra fee for guests who are not staying on the Club Floor, or don't book rooms via the hotel website. On-site valet parking is free.
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