Mandarin Oriental Singapore

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

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.5

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
4.5
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Eating/drinking
4.5
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Leisure facilities
4.3
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Service
4.5
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Value for money
4.4
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Bedrooms
4.4
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Public areas
4.4
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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.

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.

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.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with younger children
  • Honeymooners
  • Great views / scenery
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Art

Pros & Cons

  • Great central location
  • Prime position for views of the Formula One night race
  • Expensive
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