Size: 76 m2 / Price: From about A$412 per night / Reviewed by Richard Bunting
It might be a small island city-state, but Singapore is also a thriving mix of cultures, cuisines and activity. And the Andaz Singapore, which opened last November, puts you right in the thick of the action. This is the 17th Andaz globally, but the first in Southeast Asia. Andaz Hotels by Hyatt’s philosophy is to immerse their guests in the local culture with inspiring experiences and Andaz Singapore does just that. It is housed in the newly developed DUO, a striking pair of concave skyscrapers designed by internationally acclaimed architect Ole Scheeren. Its 342 guestrooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows for premium views of the city.
The hotel is located a short walk from Marina Bay and just minutes from two of Singapore’s most interesting cultural districts: Little India and Bras Basah Bugis. Both districts are filled with atmospheric alleyways, street eats and unique retailers allowing you to absorb the cultural diversity in Singapore.
The Look and Feel
Designed by one of the world’s most sought-after hotel designers, Andre Fu, the hotel has a modern chic feel to it. The lobby on level 25 is welcoming, filled with natural light and home to the Andaz Lounge where you can enjoy complimentary drinks and nibbles each evening.
On entering my Studio Suite, I’m impressed by the spacious bedroom, comfortable lounge, supersized bathroom and large walk-in wardrobe. At 76 square metres you have space to relax, spread out and enjoy the sweeping city views. The highlights for me are the bed and the bathroom. The mattress on the king size bed is the perfect firmness with easy access power and USB points on the walls above the bedside tables while the bathroom features dual sinks and a sleek-tiled and oversized shower and bath.
Andaz Singapore has seven restaurants, each with its own story. The highlight, Mr Stork, is located on the rooftop where diners feast in a teepee in a beautiful garden setting with spectacular views. On level 25 the hotel has created its own street eats experience, Alley on 25, where you have the choice of five uniquely themed restaurants. We eat at the Japanese Plancha’Lah, a teppanyaki restaurant that doesn’t disappoint. The Wild Mushroom en Papillote is a must.
The Special Touches
A stay here isn’t complete without a swim in the Andaz infinity pool, which offers stunning views across Singapore and out to the Singapore Strait. A welcome feature of the hotel is the change room. Located on the 26th floor and accessed from the pool deck, the change room is available to guests after they have checked out, allowing them to shower and freshen up for a late flight.