Hotel Review: The Westin Singapore
The Westin Singapore is located within the Asia Square Tower, it is an integrated development in Marina Bay, the property may not necessarily be one of the top choices for Singaporeans but it certainly was one of my best stays during COVID-19. Let's find out more from TheHoursTime.
The Westin Singapore is located in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District (CBD) and has a definite business feel. In this location, there are a few CBD hotel but for Westin Singapore, I think the location is just nice and fit into the CBD district. That being said, it is a two-minute walk to the Downtown MRT station and Lau Pa Sat hawker centre, and a 15-minute walk to the tourist hotspots of Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands, making this business hotel a great location for tourists as well. Due to the COVID-19, The Westin Singapore is a quiet retreat for residents in Marina Bay.
I checked in the Grand Premier Room (two categories higher) for the entire duration of my stay. While checking in to the property, I also received a nightly S$100 dining credit that I will enjoy in-lieu of the Westin Club Lounge's closure - this is not cumulative and cannot be utilised on the day of departure. The nightly F&B credit (the amount is dependent on the number of occupants that the reservation was made for) will only be awarded to Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite and higher tier members.
The main difference between a Grand Premier room and a Deluxe room (lead-in room category) is the number of floor-to-ceiling windows that it enjoys - the former has two large windows (being a corner room) while the latter only has one. In terms of actual floor space, the Grand Premier Room measures 46 sqm in size while a Deluxe Room can range from 40-50 sqm in size (so the lead-in room category can actually be bigger!). While Grand Premier rooms at The Westin Singapore are all corner rooms, the configuration (and view!) may differ slightly, depending on which one you are assigned to.
During my 2 days, 1 night stay at The Westin Singapore, I really appreciated the large work desk by the window as it was the perfect spot to get some stuff done while I was having a conference call. There is a small panel on the side where you will find power outlets so you do not have to worry about running your cables across the room. For me, this is the perfect spot to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city or the harbour, depending on the direction that your room is facing. I am quite fortunate because my room was facing the harbour.
In addition, there's a Nespresso coffee machine located by the minibar. The mini bar was well-stocked with coffee capsules and are provided and they will be replenished during evening turndown and in the morning when the room is made up (if you are staying for more than one night). Complimentary bottled drinking water is also provided.
Regardless of whether your tub faces in or out, I found the bathrooms at The Westin Singapore to be among the most appealing and elegant. The Westin Singapore advertises that it feels like a personal spa and I must say they are not exaggerating in that aspect. While I normally relegate the bathroom as a place to do personal business, I certainly did not mind lingering longer in here with its clean and plush marble fittings. There is also an automated roller blind by the window if you prefer to shower in secrecy but there is nothing like a nice warm bath with a view.
There is also a separate shower area here in the bathroom so you do not have to deal with a shrub (shower + tub) here at The Westin Singapore. The roller blind (the same one as there is only one control for the bathroom) located right next to the shower area can also be lowered using the button located outside the bathroom. At the centrepiece of the bathroom is the standalone tub which offers spectacular views of the city. While I don’t imagine business traveller having plenty of time to have a nice, hot bath; I highly recommend going for one here while watching the world pass by down below. How’s that for a business hotel?
Due to the COVID-19 and in accordance with Safe Management Measures, hotel guests are required to book a time slot at Seasonal Tastes for breakfast. At the time of writing, there are three breakfast time slots available for guests on Saturdays and Sundays:
6:30 AM to 8:30 AM
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Each breakfast time slot spans over two hours and you can arrive and depart anytime within that period - I highly recommend that you arrive at least one hour before the stipulated end as last orders are taken approximately 30 minutes before the end of that window. Moreover, you should also try to book your breakfast time slot as quickly as possible - it goes without saying that the 9-11 AM time slot is the most popular. Most of the dishes served at breakfast are actually quite good but if you want a recommendation, try the Eggs Benedict and the Nasi Lemak when you are there. There were so yummy and delicious!
The 35th floor is the wellness centre of The Westin Singapore. I dropped by to see the infinity pool – a breathtaking but underrated place to have a dip. While views of Marina Bay have been blocked partially by the surrounding buildings, the pool experience here is still rather surreal especially when considering the open spaces. Due to COVID-19, the hotel guests are required to book a time slot if they want to use the pool.
On top of that, on the same floor, you will find the fitness centre and also has an amazing view and the in-house spa, Heavenly Spa by Westin. While the latter comes with its own set of signature treatments, not many people know that the jacuzzi inside the spa is free for in-house guests to use. In case your room doesn’t come with a tub facing the window, you can choose to have a relaxing soak here complete with massage jets.
To be honest, Westin Singapore is one of the best business hotels but if you are looking for a staycation and something different in the CBD district, Westin Singapore is your right choice.