I had the opportunity to stay at the St Regis Singapore awhile ago, and it was such a pleasant experience. A friend of mine was actually staying at the hotel for a work conference and I took the opportunity to stay with her since I was planning the trip to Singapore anyway.
The St Regis is in the city centre, a short walk from Orchard Road and twenty minutes from the airport. The nearest train station is actually a bit of a walk, so it’s easier to get around by bus as opposed to the trains, however I had taken an Uber because I really couldn’t be bothered trying to find my way so late at night.
The whole complex takes up the whole road, but the entrance itself is smack bang in the middle, unobtrusive. When I arrived at 11pm, there wasn’t anyone at the entrance and because it was right beside another door, I was a little bit confused if it was the right place.
It was the right place and I picked up the room card that I was assigned to at reception.
The room was spacious and modern, and surprisingly very pretty for a business hotel – loved the finishings, especially the oriental bird wallpaper that adorned the bedheads of our double beds. The entire wall was glass, and we had a view of the city (well, it was just the city, but who cares – it was pretty at night!).
Beds were plush, and turndown service had a pillow menu that you could choose from if you were so inclined.
Bathroom finishings were super luxe, we had both a bathtub and a shower – although I’m a little bit surprised for an Asian hotel that the St Regis didn’t have a bidet in their toilets, or any attached pipes (you know us Asians and our wet toilets). There was an occasional strange whiff of something that I couldn’t quite put my finger on, so there may have been some plumbing issues, although the hot water pressure and responsiveness were very good.
Staff were really helpful, but St Regis is known for their butler service, so I had to try that out when I arrived!So a quick google search for ‘What can your St Regis butler do for you’ seemed to indicate some local differences depending on which country you’re in – the general consensus is the complimentary pressing of two clothing items, tea and coffee, and a shoe shine. Some butlers have been able to drive their clients down the road to get McDonalds, some have organized picnics or events – but it seems dependent on the country and probably the culture.
I called up our butler to ask for some sliced lemon as I was having a bit of a cough, and was pleasantly surprised when our butler suggested to bring up some hot water, sliced lemon as well as ginger pieces and some honey. Nice.
They also helped us draw the bubble bath (so decadent), and were really helpful in helping get some information for the art exhibition that I was planning to go to.
The overall stay was lovely, and very relaxing. I wish I had taken advantage of their pool, or their gym, but it was just a short visit but a wonderful one. SPG hotels has a reputation for their service, and after our stay at the St Regis I can definitely see why!