We cancelled our March vacation due to the COVID-19 outbreak and ended up with a staycation at Sofitel Singapore City Centre. It’s a good thing we did because we had a such a great stay (it’s been a year since our last staycay!). We checked-out of the hotel feeling totally blown away, and we mean it. Keep reading to find out more!
Sofitel Singapore City Centre is the flagship Sofitel property in Singapore and is directly connected to the Tanjong Pagar MRT Station, making it a perfect choice for both business and leisure travellers. The hotel shares the same parking facility with Guoco Tower, and as of this writing, there is no complimentary parking for in-house guests.
So, we took the MRT to the hotel. We didn’t complain because it was super convenient. Once we tapped out the gantry, we saw the lift right in front of us. The main hotel lobby is located on the 5th floor of the property, same as the restaurant and bar.
I booked a Luxury Club Room with King Size Bed using my StayPlus (free night from AccorPlus membership) and topped-up $120++ for Club Millésime access and breakfast. We were given a priority welcome at Club Millésime, followed by towels and drinks to refresh ourselves while the staff processed our check-in (felt like a big shot here LOL).
Our first impression of the hotel was very good, thanks to the hotel’s chic club lounge and their super friendly staffs. We requested for sanitizer during our stay and the reservation manager prepared a welcome kit with sanitizers, face masks, antibacterial hand wipes and even alcohol swabs for us. So impressed!
Club Millésime is cosy and inviting with enomatic wine dispensers for self-service and generous servings of food items. It serves continental breakfast, refreshments (from 11am till 5pm) and evening wine tasting (from 5pm till 7:30pm).
Luxury Club Room
Our Luxury Club Room is located on the 19th floor (second highest floor). At 38sqm, it’s considered large for a city hotel. It has a modern stylish décor with classic cream walls and plenty of natural light through its full-length windows. There’s a king-size plush bed (more on this later), a comfortable chair with ottoman that serves as a peaceful reading nook, a spacious work desk and plenty of spots for charging devices.
I loved the in-room refreshments that includes a pretty tea pot with a collection of TWG teas, Nespresso coffee machine and complimentary non-alcoholic minibar for club guests (includes coconut juice, aloe vera juice, coffee and a few packets of snacks). V felt that they should include a few cans of beer, but they didn’t.
On the other hand, something caught Edison’s attention. It’s a colouring book depicting scenes around Singapore and a box of colour pencils. He was SO excited to have some colouring therapy in a luxury hotel. Guests are invited to colour one or more pages then leave it for the next guest to continue. Interesting, isn’t it?
Now, the best feature of the room is certainly the luxurious bathroom with deep soaking tub, marble walls, chrome finishing and Lanvin bath amenities. Even the amenity box is so beautiful! There’s also a separated rain shower and toilet. And the best thing to do here is to soak in the bathtub with a glass of wine. The bathtub tray has a book holder and glide-in cup holder (you don’t have to worry about knocking over your glass!).
In-room entertainment includes a 49″ smart TV stocked with a good selection of channels and a Bose SoundTouch wireless music system where you can enjoy radio programs or stream your music wirelessly via Bluetooth (this is truly an audio bliss!). I’m also surprised to see a gym bag complete with yoga mat, this is a bonus if you want to exercise at the in-house gym or Virgin Active gym next door.
Before I move on to the next topic, I want to talk about Sofitel MyBed™ experience. It got us thinking, “What makes a great hotel bed?” Plush featherbed, cosy duvet, fluffy pillows, luxurious linen and the feeling of cold crisp sheets that envelop us as we sink into the plush mattress. This is it – BEST HOTEL BED! To make our sleep even better, there is also a sleep menu with sleep amenities such as sleep mask and ear plugs, huge selection of pillow menu including child pillow, as well as indulgent bath.
The 30m pool is located on the 6th floor. It’s unique with three-tiered set-up starting from a kid-friendly wading pool to the jacuzzi in the middle and a lap pool at the end. I love how the pool is surrounded by lush greenery and provides an incredible view of the city. There are also plenty of sunbath lounger chairs and beds. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from a city hotel pool, but turned out, this was one of the best hotel pool experiences I have had so far.
The in-house gym is open 24 hours for all hotel guests and includes an extensive range of weights, treadmills and exercise equipment I don’t even know how to use. I’m also surprised to see a pushcart filled drinking water, fruits and even paper bags outside the gym.
Lastly, this is The Lawn – an al fresco venue for a variety of different occasions such as social events, musical performance and wedding.
Besides Club Millésime, there are 3 restaurants in the hotel – Racines, 1864 and Coffea. Racines is the main restaurant where buffet breakfast is served every morning. The buffet spread is not as fantastic as other 5-star hotels but the taste of most of the dishes were great. There are both Western and Asian food including a live egg station where you can order eggs done to the way you like. There’s also a noodle station with delicious seafood soup, a steam basket station with steamed buns and dumplings, as well as sushi corner. You can also expect a good selection of breads, pastries, cold cuts, salads, fruits and juices.
1864 is a stylish bar and tea lounge at the hotel lobby. It serves Franco-Asian tapas and refreshing drinks for lunch, afternoon tea as well as cocktails, wine, champagne and the hotel’s very own blends of craft beer at night.
IN A NUTSHELL
As compared to other Accor group hotels that we’ve stayed, Sofitel Singapore City Centre wins hands-down. The room is beautiful with the most comfortable bed and gorgeous bathroom, the service is top-notch but more importantly, its ideally located near Tanjong Pagar MRT in a central location.
If you want to pamper yourself, this is one of the luxury hotels you can consider. The must-dos during your stay: spend time at Club Millésime, take a swim and soak in the bathtub with a glass of wine. Best time to book is during one of those Accor Live Limitless super sales (typically held 3 to 4 times a year) with discount up to 40%.
Tips: Book your staycation on Klook using SingapoRediscovers Vouchers. Family staycation packages start from just $293 including of breakfast and afternoon tea. After offsetting your voucher, you’re looking at a nett cost of $193 for a five-star hotel. It’s such a fantastic deal!