Singapore has a new Hotel Mercure Singapore Bugis, brilliantly located in the commercial and heritage heartland of Bugis, just a few minute’s walk from major shopping attractions like Raffles City, Suntec and of course Bugis itself – think Bugis Junction, Bugis + and Bugis Street. It’s also very close to the trendy boutiques, bars and restaurants of Arab Street and Haji Lane and a short stroll to the recently refurbished Chijmes – for the traveller who wants the best of the city at their fingertips, there are few better locations to be based. Culture lovers will love the easy access to Singapore Art Museum, the Malay Heritage Centre and National Gallery Singapore, while business travellers will appreciate the hotel’s meeting and banquet facilities, the complimentary WIFI and the immediacy of the Central Business District, with Raffles Place a mere two stops away on the MRT.

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The Mercure Bugis is a brand new hotel, offering contemporary no-nonsense accommodation with the brand’s customary flair and attention to detail. The interior is clean and uncluttered, with its blend of natural woods and earthy tones brought to life by flashes of colour, contemporary art pieces and quirky Peranakan design features. Homage is paid to the historical shop-house architecture of the immediate vicinity, with corridors and guestrooms decorated with creative photography of the city’s landmarks.

The hotel has a wide variety of guestrooms to choose from, including Deluxe, Superior and Loft accommodation. Those looking for the hotel’s best rooms should opt for one of the suites. These offer spacious rooms that are ideal for a longer stay in the city, with facilities designed for those on extended trips – there is a bar and breakfast table with sink in the hallway, a mini bar with personal Nespresso machine and ample storage space. The connecting living area offers a comfortable sofa and beanbag, flat-screen TV, a wicker basket full of regional travel magazines and an eclectic selection of books – our suite’s mini collection included ‘1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die’ some Amish photography and Colette’s ‘De Claudine a Colette.’ Book lovers will be happy to know that the Singapore National Library is just around the corner, offering a substantial collection of books, music and reference material, spread over 16 floors.

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Connecting to the living area, the suite’s bedroom offers a plush King-size bed with a nice firm mattress, silky linen and those essential soft fluffy pillows. Entertainment includes a Bluetooth speaker/radio/alarm and another wall-mounted flat-screen TV with cable channels. A snug desk area features a safe, international plug socket and a ‘Handy’ phone, an excellent device which allows guests to surf the Internet, book restaurants and attractions and make free local and international phone calls – all very useful ways of preventing a large roaming bill on your mobile phone.

The ensuite bathroom not only offers the luxury of a powerful rain shower but also sports a handsome freestanding tub, ideal for that all-important soak after a day spent walking the city’s streets. For an in-room snack, the room service menu features the usual suspects, together with some local fare, and also includes an impressively good selection of wines by the bottle at very competitive prices – all the more reason to languish luxuriously in the tub after a long day.

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Suite guests also gain exclusive access to the hotel’s Privilege Lounge, a cozy space on the 3rd floor that serves breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails and canapés. This opens out onto a large al fresco terrace where an eclectic mix of greenery, water features and outdoor seating provides a breezy breath of fresh air, with views over the surrounding area. The vista is even more spectacular on the hotel’s roof terrace, an outdoor event space that offers unbroken views of the city from the CBD to Fort Canning and beyond. Alternatively swim with a view on the 7th floor, where an impressive infinity lap pool and fitness centre offer the leisure traveller plenty of ways to work up an appetite.

Dining choices include international fare at the hotel’s Royale restaurant and Modern Cantonese cuisine at Song Garden. Alternatively explore the immediate vicinity for some authentic Singaporean cuisine, like the nearby Chin Chin Eating House on Purvis Street, which serves up an excellent Chicken Rice.

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With its great location, affordable rates and friendly professional service, all delivered in a modern and contemporary package, Mercure Bugis is an excellent choice for a stay in Singapore.

Mercure Bugis, 122 Middle Road, tel 6521 6088, mercure.com

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