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.
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.
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.
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.
The staff at the Club Lounge were extremely welcoming and friendly and the waiters in the lobby lounge definitely knew their cocktails.
Who stays there
Mainly business travellers
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.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Great breakfast buffet
- The Peranakan history weaved through the hotel
- WiFi is expensive