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InterContinental Singapore Hotel: Luxury Hotel Keeping Heritage Alive

Last Updated: November 9, 2016

Written by Seth Lui

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InterContinental Singapore is located right beside Bugis Junction shopping mall, and provides an accessible, convenient luxury hotel stay for guests. Near to the city, MRT, supermarket, cinema, restaurants, InterContinental hotel is the absolute definition of prime location.

InterContinental Singapore blends modern architecture with subtle Peranakan undertones to present colorful shophouse rooms that evoke memories of the multi-ethnic Kampong community in the area more than a century ago.

The bugis area is also an amazing district to wander about, with multiple indie cafes around and the uniquely robust Arab street just walking distance away. The latest shisha ban is really going to dampen the spirits of Arab street though.

Still, there is so much more to the area that you can enjoy during your stay at InterContinental Singapore.

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The British colonial style of the hotel is evident even from the onset.

There are 403 guestrooms including the signature Peranakan-inspired Shophouse Club rooms and suites, Premier rooms, Club InterContinental rooms and a range of luxury suites.

I am fortunate to be put up in one of the Shophouse rooms for this staycation review, and I’ll give you a peak into what to expect at this well-known 5-star hotel.

Lobby Lounge

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Walking through the hotel, you’ll definitely pass by the massive open lobby lounge where guests can relax with a cup of coffee, or indulge in some high tea like a chic tai tai.

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Not only is there a 3-tier Peranakan high tea set during weekdays ($38++), you can also enjoy a Weekend High Tea Buffet ($48++ per person or $88++ for two) from 3 – 4pm on weekends at the Lobby Lounge.

Nibble on various afternoon tea bites, as well as more substantial savouries like the Australian Angus Beef Wellington and fresh crepes made a la minute with an assortment of jams and spreads.

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Let’s check out the room shall we?

Shophouse Room

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Preserving the 1920s style of shophouses as a core element of design, the shophouse rooms come with modern amenities but are also inspired by Peranakan family private homes who lived on the 2nd floor of their shophouse business below. I’d have to say my grandparent’s shophouse home doesn’t even come close to what this room looks like though.

Bose wave music system and an array of media connections including HDMI, USB, Internet data connection and PC link inputs allowing guests to project their laptop screen on the room’s LED TV. I found the HDMI cable especially useful to plugin my laptop and screen movies on the huge 46″ LED TV screen like a boss.

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Dark teak flooring, intricate carvings and artifacts are seen in the details of this spacious room. A work desk is also available for the constant workaholic.

The ambience is further enhanced with wooden window shutters that overlook the street below, reminiscent of a past era, but mostly just a sea of cars now.

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Guests are served a special welcome tea by TWG  on arrival, served in an intricate vintage China tea set. Drinking tea in an expensive cup definitely does make it taste that much better.

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The marble clad bathroom also comes with a shower cubicle as well as a bath tub to soak your troubles away.

I’ve this weird obsession with purveying the bathrobes every time I visit a hotel, and I can vouch that InterContinental’s bathrobes are amazingly comfortable from my long habits of donning bathrobes.

InterContinental’s Shophouse Club rooms are typically priced about $400/night onwards depending on availability.

Club InterContinental Lounge

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Getting club lounge access is always one of the highlights for me during a staycation – Guests of the Shophouse Rooms and Suites get complimentary access to the Club Lounge. InterContinental’s humongous club lounge reflects again its deep Peranakan culture through its spacious interiors of rich fabrics, elegant wooden furniture and collection of art works.
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Afternoon tea is served from 2.30pm to 5pm, while the alcoholic in me prefers to satiate in the Evening cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Just look at the collection of liquors they have!

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Hors d’oeuvres include various finger foods, mini pastries, cheeses and an assortment of desserts as well.

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Singapore Sling cocktail. The cocktail selection is pretty impressive for a hotel club lounge, and you get to choose from a range of classics like the Singapore sling and Cosmopolitan.

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Margherita cocktail.

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Personally as a pre-dinner snack, I prefer something lighter and sweet which explains my selection of cheeses and mini chocolate eclairs. The cheeses go well with wines that are also part of the selection here.

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Daily breakfast at the lounge starts from 6.30am to 10.30am, while private hotel check-in and check-out is available at the Club InterContinental lounge to make you truly feel like a VIP.

Coffee and tea is available all-day, and the club lounge is just a delight for hotel guests to escape to for some personal quiet time, as well as for work-related activities.

Hotel Dining: Man Fu Yuan 满福苑

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InterContinental Hotel also houses Man Fu Yuan, which serves one of the better dim sum options in Singapore in my opinion.

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Honey Glazed Barbecued bun ($6.50 for 3pc). A fluffy bun exterior with char siew (BBQ pork) that is sweet yet not sickeningly so.
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Minced Pork Dumpling with Scallop ($8.80 for 3pc). Meaty with that subtle oceanic sweetness, I can’t get enough of siew mais.

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Double-boiled Dumpling and Assorted Seafood with Superior Stock ($20.80). A huge hand-folded thin-skinned dumpling lies within the sweet and clear broth. Seafood like crabs and scallops are very generously laden within, but price seems to have gone up for this dish though.

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Golden Custard Bun “Liu Sha Bao” Fried ($12 for 6pc). The fried version is definitely the more unique option which boasts a crisp exterior while the salted egg custard within provides a velvety contrast.

Read my food review on Man Fu Yuan for a more detailed description of the Chinese restaurant.

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Excellent location and facilities make InterContinental Singapore one of the most sought after luxury hotels in Singapore. Staff are also accommodating and flexible, making a stay here relaxing, pampering yet non-intrusive.

Everything you need is within walking distance of the hotel and I can’t think of what more you could require that InterContinental hotel cannot provide. I’m sure if you ask, they’ll still make it happen though. Definitely a recommended staycation option in Singapore.

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Expected Damage: $300 per night upwards

Intercontinental Hotel: 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966 | Tel: 63387600 | Website

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