Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Park Regis Hotel, Singapore: Cosy Quiet Retreat Near City, Chinatown and Clarke Quay
Park Regis Hotel at 23 Merchant Road is just a short walk from Clarke Quay MRT. It's tucked away in a blissfully quiet area although it's right across the busy Clarke Quay entertainment area. Chinatown is nearby and the CBD or Central Business District is just a few blocks away. But quiet is important for rest, and that's a real perk for a hotel within the city area.
The Park Regis is not to be confused with the swanky St Regis. Nice name association with the Regis, but it's not part of the Starwood Hotel Group. Instead, it is part of this Stay Well group that has hotels in Australia, New Zealand, India, UAE and the UK. They also have a rewards program that gives you reward points, instant dining discounts within the hotel, and frequent flier miles with Qantas.
The Park Regis Singapore was a booking I did on AsiaRooms.com - for some reason, I found a better rate there than at the hotel's own website. I also like AsiaRoom's neat and easy-to-read layout, and how easy it is to find and filter out the hotels that best suited me.
Their biggest selling point is the buy now, pay later with no cancellation fees. But if you know your plans are fixed (like mine were), you can take advantage of special "advance purchase" deals that give even better rates.
Checking in was a breeze. I had prepaid, and they knew about it. No dispute. Very cheerful service.
The studio-concept rooms at Park Regis are done up contemporary style, most with open concept bathrooms. They are admittedly rather small at 20 sq metres, but it does not feel too cramped. Every inch of space has been well-utilised, as you will see.
There's plenty of daylight from the big windows. This is a Merchant Queen Room, which can be found on levels 2 to 7 (it's not a high-rise hotel). You either get a city view or view of the pool.
The queen size bed and linens are comfortable. Love the contrasting cushions!
Yes, behind the mirror is the sink and washing area. There are no separate walls for the bathrooms, only glass partitions for the toilet and shower cubicles.
Not exactly a lot of privacy, but they are very clean though.
There's clever usage of mirrors to double the sense of space. The bathroom area feels double the size, thanks to mirrored doors of the closet.
What closet? There, slide open the doors and the wardrobe lights up. Safe and drawers are on the other side.
Of course, you get your TV (a 42" LCD) and a narrow desk for work. There is not much space for a lot of luggage, especially after one unpacks and has an explosion of stuff everywhere.
It took me a while to find the electric kettle, cups and coffee/tea making facilities. They are in the sleek mirrored drawers facing the bed, below the sink counter.
We had a view of the 25m outdoor pool. Check out the cascading waterfall feature - we later tried to stand under it, and truly felt how heavy water can be!
While we were there, they were renovating the ground floor for the new Chinese restaurant, the Royal Pavilion. One of the meeting rooms on the second floor got converted to host the buffet breakfast for guests.
Our room did not come with breakfast, but we tried it anyway when it was raining one morning. For S$20++ per pax, it was a decent selection. But if you prefer, you can always head out for nearby hipster cafes like Ronin at 17 Hong Kong Street.
Breakfast! These are my starters, haha.
After breakfast, go relax at the pool or head out for a full day. There is also a gym but I forgot to take pictures. Other facilities include a pool bar, rooftop bar, and business centre. Wi-fi is complimentary in all public areas as well as guestrooms - something all hotels should have!
I have to say the front desk and service staff were exceptional in terms of sincerity and cheerfulness. They were always volunteering to help. Kudos for that.
PARK REGIS SINGAPORE
23 Merchant Road (behind Ministry of Manpower)
Tel: +65 6818-8888
Email for reservations: email@example.com
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