InterContinental Singapore

80 Middle Road, Singapore, Singapore, 188966

InterContinental Singapore

By Carmen Roberts, your Singapore expert

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#10 of 20
expert-rated hotels in Singapore
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Location:
4.6
4.6
Bedrooms:
4.1
4.1
Eating/drinking:
4
4.0
Public areas:
4.2
4.2
Leisure facilities:
4
4.0
Service:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Mature travellers, History, Shopping, Sightseeing

Expert review of InterContinental Singapore

This is one of the only Peranakan inspired luxury hotels in Singapore.

The InterContinental Singapore is a reliable, five star business hotel. I love the traditional Peranakan touches, adding an historic touch to a modern corporate concept.

Location: 

The InterContinental is situated in the heart of historic Bugis. During the 1950s-1980s, it was one of Singapore’s most famous tourist spots renowned for it’s nightly parade of Asian queens in full regalia. Today, this area has been gentrified and the original street is now a cobblestoned avenue next to Bugis Junction shopping complex. There’s an access from the shopping mall into the hotel, and the Bugis MRT station is directly beneath.

Bedrooms: 

There are 385 rooms and 18 suites including conserved Shophouse rooms paying tribute to Singapore’s Peranakan heritage (The Shophouse rooms are currently undergoing renovations and will be ready by the middle of 2011) The basic rooms are of a good size, but could do with a décor update.

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Public areas: 

The Club Lounge has recently been renovated and is a wonderful sanctuary to have breakfast or evening cocktails.

Eating and drinking: 

The Olive Tree restaurant has all day dining, and there’s also a Chinese restaurant serving hand-crafted dim sum. Personally, I prefer the Lounge bar – it’s a relaxed affair in the evenings, while offering a decadent high tea in the afternoons.

Leisure facilities: 

There’s an outdoor pool and jacuzzi with a pool-side snack bar open at the weekends. The gym is run by Clark Hatch and is open 24 hours. The hotel also offers spa, sauna and massage services.

Service: 

The staff at the Club Lounge were extremely welcoming and friendly and the waiters in the lobby lounge definitely knew their cocktails.

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Who stays there: 

Mainly business travellers

Price advice: 

There are good rates for the weekend, as this is predominantly a business hotel. The traditional Shophouse rooms are worth the added extra. WiFi is 50 cents a minute, and if you exceed an hour, it will automatically charge you a full day rate of $30. 

Pros: 
The Peranakan history weaved through the hotel
Great breakfast buffet
Cons: 
WiFi is expensive

More information on InterContinental Singapore:

Type:
Hotel
Address:
80 Middle Road, Singapore, Singapore, 188966
Amenities:
Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool
Neighbourhood:
CBD

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