“Feel the city art vibe”
Rendezvous hotel was recently relaunched in 2014 with an art-centric theme amidst the bustling district of Bras Basah. The hotel draws its inspirations from the surrounding arts and cultural scene in the area, housing design schools like SOTA, Laselle and NAFA as well as the Singapore Art Museum.
Extremely convenient and central, Rendezvous hotel attempts to combine an ‘old meets new’, and ‘East meets West’ concept.
Static sculptures and beautiful works of art greet you upon arriving at the lobby of Rendezvous hotel.
The reception area subtly transforms its color palette from warm orange, purple and magenta to reflect a sense of vibrant excitement during the day, to a soothing, classy warm yellow, cyan and deep blue during the evening.
In this staycation review, I’ll be trying out the Weekend Getaway package that places me in the newly refurbished Club Room.
Rendezvous Club Room
The design of each club room is supposedly different in terms of artworks used. It’s a pretty small, cosy room with all the basic functions a standard room should have. Like a bed. And a toilet.
I really love how much attention Far East Hospitality pays to their choice of toiletries. At Rendezvous hotel, you get French Connection products to splash on.
Even though this is very common in Japan toilets, I’m very fascinated by this spray toilet seat in my room, known as ToTo’s trademark ‘Washlet’. Made up of a combination of seat warmer, bidet and drier, controlled by an electronic panel or remote control next to the toilet seat.
A nozzle is placed at the rear of the toilet seat and shoots a jet of water to cleanse your… butt. Even the water pressure can be controlled and if you think about it, way more hygienic than just using toilet paper. This is paperless toilet technology right here, a glimpse of the future!
As part of the weekend getaway package, you also get 2 pairs of cathay movie tickets which you can use at The Cathay theatre just a 5 minutes walk away.
Gym + Pool
The pool is surrounded by greenery and feels rather tropical-like despite being right smack in the CBD. Gym also has all the weights and assisted machines you’ll need to work the typical core muscles.
Club Lounge + Comfort food
On the 11th floor is where you’ll find the exclusive Club Rendezvous lounge only accessible to Club Room guests.
From 2-5pm, you get access to comfort foods as well as a pots of exclusive TWG tea while chilling in the solidarity of the lounge, away from all other guests. Vanilla bourbon is one of the fancy tea flavours available.
Mini burger. A small bite sized burger more to snack on than to actually fill you up. The toasted buttered bun was surprising in that it actually tasted pretty decent.
Pasta. Made with bolognese tomato sauce, this is again a miniature version that might feed hamsters as a meal.
Evening Cocktails and Canapes
From 6-8pm, you can also enjoy free flow cocktails, mocktails and beer at the club lounge as pre-dinner drinks.
Various cakes, dim sums, tarts, puffs and other canapes are also available for you to whet the appetite before heading into town for dinner.
It would be nice if they actually labelled what canapes was being served though in lieu of me eating a mystery shot.
All bite-sized and designed to tease the palate, I’d concentrate on the booze rather than ruin the appetite for dinner. The stomach seems to shrink the older you get anyway.
Continental “Plus” Breakfast
There are dim sum dishes.
There is also bacon. East meets West indeed.
More mysery canapes, but I’m pretty sure that’s a prawn.
A moderate spread of intercontinental items for the breakfast buffet, with my thumbs up going to the Pain Au Chocolat and Porridge. Coffee and tea are served as well.
Courtyard + Spa
The most worth while item on the Weekend Getaway is the 1 hr Thai Aroma Oil Body massage.
Go from the hotel lobby to the courtyard and up the escalator to find the Ayuthaya Thai spa and redeem your well-deserved massage.
The staff at Ayuthaya are extremely friendly and after a quick registration, you get to enjoy the spoils of war.
You actually get a choice between full body Thai massage, or the Aroma Oil massage. Not wanting to be all sticky, I went for the full body Thai massage with the very legit Thai masseur.
Excellent stretching of joints and a complete foot to head work, the authenticity of this Thai massage is outstanding, not to mention reinvigorating. Some acrobatic moves are required.
Matoom tea. Matoom is the Bael fruit native to Thailand, with no preservatives or caffeine added other than some brown sugar to sweeten the tea. Matoom tea is considered to aid stomach digestion and cleanses the stomach. You are served this tea after the rejuvenating massage.
Get immersed in a multi-sensory experience with the stay at Rendezvous hotel. The hotel building itself retains its retro aspect while injecting fresh elements within. The new weekend getaway package is absolutely value for money and highly recommended.
Rendezvous hotel weekend getaway (club room) starts from $298++ and includes the following highlights:
- 1 night stay in new club room
- 2 pairs of Cathay ticket
- Daily buffet breakfast at club lounge
- Comfort food at club lounge from 2-5pm
- Complimentary cocktails and canapes at club lounge from 6-8pm
- 1 hr Thai Aroma Oil body massage for 2
- Early check in at 10am OR late check out at 4pm (subject to availability)
Expected Damage: $348 per night