Intercontinental Singapore is the highest-tier luxury hotel of the Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) in Singapore, and has two types of rooms: classic elegance and heritage-style rooms that overlook Bugis street market. The hotel was recently renovated in 2016. I recently stayed at at the Deluxe Room in IC Singapore on my first stay as a Platinum Ambassador elite member, and earned more than 45,000 IHG points as part of the Accelerate promotion and the Book Direct promotion. With IHG points valued at about 0.6 U.S. cents per point, that’s about US$270 worth of points that I earned and makes this stay almost free.
The IC-SG is integrated with Bugis Junction at 80 Middle Road, and hence is also linked via a fully-airconditioned route to the Bugis MRT, which is easy accessible by the green East-West train line from Changi Airport. It is near popular cultural attractions like Bugis, Bras Basah and Arab street, while other tourist attractions like Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay are only a couple of MRT stations (or a short taxi ride) away from the hotel. Click here to check out some freebies like free taxi rides that you can get while traveling in Singapore.
In addition to the one-category upgrade that I received as an Ambassador member, I was also given a “business package” that included free breakfast for two and two free laundry washes, which I very much appreciated. I was given an Ambassador amenity (an Intercontinental Singapore keychain), and also offered either 600 points amenity or a drinks voucher.
My room on the 15th floor was bright, comfy and overlooked the Bugis area. I could even see the Andaz Singapore (opening on 5th December 2017. Maybe future stay?) from my room. The room had a 42 inch LCD TV with HDMI ports, while the work desk and bedside had USB connectors to charge my mobile phone and accessories. The room itself sports a classic elegant design, with decorative pillars, gold trims on the ceiling and marble flooring.
I also got two bottles of water and a plate of fruits in the room. Tap water in Singapore is perfectly portable and drinkable, but the Evian water is nice. There’s also coffee and TWG-branded tea in room.
The bathroom was large with separate areas for the bathtub and shower. Bathroom soap was of the Agraria brand which I last saw at the Intercontinental Sydney. The premium internet provided was decent with 10mbps upload/download speeds.
Like most 5-star hotels, the IC Singapore has a pool and fitness facilities. Of course, I skipped all those and went ahead to dine at Ash & Elm, their award-winning restaurant. By the way, hotel guests get 20% off dining at their restaurants. The restaurant has a concept of three different types of food preparation (culinary theatres, as they call it): the Charcuterie and Cheese room (which you can experience during breakfast here), the Wood-fired Oven, and the Open Kitchen grill. I’d recommend everyone to try one from each category. As part of dinner, they serve bread from the Wood-fired oven, and the pork steak from their open kitchen grill is also delectable, as I watched them prepare it from their open kitchen.
In the morning, the same restaurant transforms into a buffet-style breakfast dining area, with fresh foods, an omelette station and lots of local foods ranging from Chinese Dim Sum to Indian rice, alongside the usual Western food options. The croissants are delicious, as are the smoked salmon and ham. There is also bottles of freshly squeezed juice, of which I’d recommend the carrot juice 🙂
The Intercontinental Singapore also has a Chinese restaurant Man Fu Yuan, the Lobby Lounge, the Victoria Bar, and the Japanese restaurant Chikuyotei.
You can’t go wrong staying with the Intercontinental Singapore, which is in central Singapore near many tourist attractions. If you’re looking to shop, probaby a hotel in Orchard would be better, but for cultural attractions and the newer sightseeing places like Gardens by the Bay, this is a good hotel to be at.