InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay: A timely reinvention of the hotel paradigm
A sign of the times
There's something emblematic when you think of the InterContinental name on our shores. Its heritage outpost at Bugis never fails to conjure mental stills of a colonial-styled lobby, rustic windows, historic staircases, and oriental motifs peppered throughout the entire hotel. All in all, a well-loved icon that has rightfully earned itself the title of a luxury landmark in our little city.
Last year, the IHG group revealed a brand new InterContinental hotel nestled in the promising residential area that is Robertson Quay — a.k.a. the hot hub of boutique hotels. Even with fierce competition laid out to play, its first win ultimately rides on its renowned name, while its second follows the modern distinction from its famous sibling.
This new hotel made sure to set itself apart to keep up with the modern-day jet-setter. While it still remains true and respectful to the luxury concept of its name, InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay has a few tricks up its sleeve. Who knows? This could mark the start of something game-changing for the future of hotels.
WHAT'S IN A LIFESTYLE HOTEL?
It's not a boutique, neither is it a conventional 5-star establishment. Instead, it's a balance between the two. Lifestyle hotels are all about establishing the small, modern details of the former, while throwing in perks of the latter. InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay isn't quite as huge as you would imagine it to be, comprising only 225 studios and suites as well as an expansive penthouse. Funnily enough, you don't miss the extra space. Navigating around the hotel is easy and a visual pleasure, with sleek contemporary finishes of rich Italian marble, slate, brushed copper and bronzers setting the tone of your stay.
Rooms here are filled exquisitely with natural light — all credit to their floor-to-ceiling windows. You can even enjoy bespoke amentites like an in-room cocktail kit, and attempt to create your own cheeky Gin & Tonic to sum up the night.
As for the other facilities, everything else remains intact. A swimming pool, 24-hour fitness studio, room service, and the list goes on. Strip off the excess room and you'll get a 5-star lifestyle hotel on your hands.
THE ERA OF EXCLUSIVE CLUBS
By now, you would have heard of the prestigious members-only club, 1880. It's posh, decadent and also happens to be housed on the 3rd floor of InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay. While you still have to pay a sizeable fee to access the club as a member, its soon-to-be-open spa will be made accessible to InterContinental guests.
For an attainable change of scenery, the hotel also owns its own exclusive "members" only club. Guests who pay extra to be a 'Club Guest' get to enjoy the 24-hour Club InterContinental Lounge. In here, breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails are served to anyone with access.
TAKING THE HOTEL OUT OF DINING
When you think of hotel dining, you think of stifling formal quarters that take the fun out of dining. But here at InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay, with the exception of the Club Lounge, none of the F&B establishments are actually located inside the hotel.
A smart move that saves on space and from the social stigma. Hotel guests can have their mandatory breakfast spread at the charming Publico Deli, or choose to head to Publico Ristorante for lunch and dinner, where you can tuck into delicious wood-fired pizzas and handmade pastas. Other options include Wolfgang Steakhouse as well as Ishi, a Japanese fine dining restaurant. These are gems that are a mere wander from the hotel's entrance.
Hungry for more? Well, you're staying right across from bustling food destination, Quayside. Being well-fed is but an understatement.