Mandarin Oriental Singapore

5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore, Singapore, 039797

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By Carmen Roberts, your Singapore expert

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#4 of 20
expert-rated hotels in Singapore
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Location:
4.5
4.5
Bedrooms:
4.4
4.4
Eating/drinking:
4.5
4.5
Public areas:
4.4
4.4
Leisure facilities:
4.3
4.3
Service:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, Families with younger children, Honeymooners, Art, Great views / scenery, Shopping, Sightseeing

Expert review of Mandarin Oriental Singapore

The Mandarin Oriental is the epitome of Asian style and luxury.

The Mandarin Oriental is in a central harbour front location. The dark marble lobby evokes a sense of calm and coolness as you enter, but for me it's a little on the dark side.

Location: 

The hotel is conveniently located on Marina Square directly across from the Esplanade and next door to Marina Bay shopping complex. It’s a great location for business travellers, being so close to City Hall MRT as well as the Suntec precinct.

Bedrooms: 

Shaped like a fan, the Mandarin Oriental has three sides so there are three different views – harbour facing rooms, ocean or city view rooms. The city view rooms are larger, to compensate for not much of a view. While the harbour facing rooms are especially popular during the Formula One Grand Prix.

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Public areas: 

The lobby area is all about dark marble, gentle fountains and hanging chandeliers. While high end Chinese art adorns the corridors and public spaces.

Eating and drinking: 

There are four restaurants and two bars, but my favourite is Morton’s The Steakhouse – indulge in happy hour, half price martinis and free steak sandwiches every weekday evening, because cocktails here are not cheap. La Dolce Vita the Italian restaurant by the pool has a Michelin starred chef, while the Cherry Garden Chinese restaurant is popular for business lunches.

Leisure facilities: 

The pool has recently been renovated and raised for a better harbour front view, while the private cabanas are equipped with iPod docking stations. There’s a small fitness studio with a hanging chandelier, apparently to give a more homely feel. I especially loved the yoga platform and morning classes.

Service: 

I couldn’t fault the staff at the Mandarin Oriental, the waiters at the Melt café were especially helpful and attentive.

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Who stays there: 

Business travellers with a big budget and Formula One bosses.

Price advice: 

This is an expensive establishment, WiFi is $10 an hour or $30 for a day while the breakfast buffet, albeit wonderful, if it's not included in your room rate, you could be forking out $46++ per person. But you might be able to get a good rate for weekend stays, as this is predominantly a business hotel.

Pros: 
Great central location
Prime position for views of the Formula One night race
Cons: 
Expensive

More information on Mandarin Oriental Singapore:

Type:
Hotel
Address:
5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore, Singapore, 039797
Amenities:
Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool
Neighbourhood:
Marina Bay

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