The Club Studio room
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Not all InterContinental hotels are created equal. The new InterContinental Robertson Quay (it opened its doors in October 2017) is starkly different to its counterpart in Bugis. If the latter has a classic, heritage setting, the décor of this new offshoot of the InterContinental brand is contemporary and residential-inspired. It looks like the tasteful, yet cosy, studio apartment that we don’t live in (but aspire to own).

Even the lobby, with its wood floors and fuzzy carpets, looks like it could be someone’s living room. There is no opulence here – no chandeliers, no flowers spilling out of enormous vases. Rather, there are armchairs clustered around coffee tables, with discreet flower arrangements in small pots. The hotel’s signature White Tea scent (sweet but not cloying) wafts through the communal areas.


A room with a view

The Studio King room
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There are 225 studios and suites, including a Penthouse that overlooks the Singapore River. We stayed in the Club InterContinental Studio room, which gave us exclusive access to the Club Lounge on the fourth floor. The room is small but sufficiently spacious, and its glass panel walls flood the space with natural light. The wood panels, leather furniture and muted colour palette call to mind a luxury service apartment.



But while on first sight the room appears fairly basic (with the usual bed, television, armchair and table), we spotted some clever additions integrated into the compact space. A hidden minibar, for example, above the Nespresso machine. Inside, you’ll find a cocktail shaker, recipes and ingredients to make your tipple of choice.

There’s also some sliding door action. When you first enter the room, the sink and bathroom area appears to be in the same open space as the bed and the rest of the amenities, which seemed odd (does this mean we have to go into the shower stall to change if we want privacy?). Turns out, you can cordon off the bathroom area with a cleverly concealed wooden sliding door.  When left open, it creates a much bigger living space.


Both lounge lizards and gym bunnies are welcome

The alfresco area in the Club InterContinental Lounge
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If you, like us, have an Executive room,don’t miss out on the visiting the Club Lounge, where you can enjoy food and drinks with no extra charge. The Lounge is sizeable, with both an indoor and alfresco area, which is shrouded in greenery (we recommend this if the weather holds up). The Lounge is open 24/7, and offers breakfast, high tea, canapes and cocktails for guests.


The gym on the ground floor 

Other facilities include a gym and a swimming pool (a narrow lap pool that’s small but serviceable). Typically, hotel gyms don’t impress us as they tend to be on the smaller aside and offer very basic equipment. But InterContinental’s gym was large by hotel standards, with its high ceilings and elevated platforms. No dinky little treadmills here. A head’s up – the gym is located on the ground floor and has glass walls, so anyone taking a stroll along the sidewalk will see you in your sweaty glory. 


A taste of Italy

Mediterranean Scramble at Portico Deli
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Also on the ground floor is multi-concept Italian restaurant Publico – it offers a deli, a restaurant and a bar (Marcello). For guests, breakfast is included at the Publico Deli, where you can choose a hot breakfast from their a la carte menu or get pastries and fruit from a cold buffet. We ordered the Mediterranean Scramble, a mound of fluffy egg whites on top of sourdough bread and salty kale, and served with spiced chicken breast (marinated in yoghurt so that our knife went through it like butter). It was excellent. In fact, we say this dish alone is worth the trip to Robertson Quay in the morning.



We also paid a visit to restaurant arm Publico Ristorante for dinner, which specialises in fresh pizza and pasta. There is an open concept kitchen so you can see your pizza being cooked in either of the two wood-fired ovens. We sampled the Tartufata pizza (mozzarella, porcini mushrooms, smoked scamorza and truffle) and the penne carbonara. The pizza dough is also made fresh, and the crust was thin with the right amount of char from the oven. Both dishes were savoury and moreish, in hearty portions.  


It’s your home, but better

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While the hotel is designed with a luxury residence in mind, it still has that elevated service and refinement that you’re looking for in a getaway staycation. It’s intimate but not constrained, sleek but not imposing, relaxed but not indulgent. We wager that it’s a crowd pleaser – your boyfriend, sister or parent would be more than happy to be your guest over a long weekend. 


InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay is located at 1 Nanson Road.