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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Families with younger children
- Great views / scenery
Pros & Cons
- Great central location
- Prime position for views of the Formula One night race