While many suites prove to be nothing more than super-sized guest rooms, the Royal Suite at Sheraton Towers definitely doesn’t pull any punches. This palatial pad has acres of room to enjoy, perched regally on the hotel’s 20th floor.
The hotel offers three different categories of suite, Executive, Deluxe and Royal, each decorated to reflect a different heritage city, be it Oxford, Barcelona or Beijing. I was in Monaco, a city I have to confess I’ve never visited so can’t attest to the authenticity. It was certainly lavish, opulent and very grand, one of only two Royal Suites available at the hotel.
Entry into the suite’s living area revealed a dining table for six diners and a lounge with sofa, chairs and black marble coffee table. Artwork featured an oil painting of a young couple looking out to sea – perhaps somewhere on the Côte d’Azur. Off the living room, a kitchen area provided large fridge and coffee and tea making facilities, eschewing the trend for espresso machines with a timeless French press. With all this space, this room is ideal for those looking for long-stay accommodation with the convenience of being part of a five-star hotel. For guests’ convenience, there’s also a second bathroom for those entertaining.
Timelessness is very much part of the décor throughout this suite – with its classic furniture and art pieces, complemented by Asian accents, you could very well be staying in a heritage hotel and not at the top of a skyscraper. From the room’s windows, the suite has a unique view of part of Singapore’s architectural heritage. In amongst this densely populated commercial area that surrounds Scotts and Orchard Road, a bastion of green remains, where a collection of colonial black and white houses with sweeping lawns sits in the shade of a small wooded area.
The suite’s bedroom quarters continue with the grand theme. Through the room’s separate hallway and vanity area, a huge four-poster bed took pride of place. A large chest housing the entertainment facilities, (flat-screen TV and audio system), was flanked by another lounging area with sofa and chairs. Behind the sofa by the window, a writing desk surveyed the room. The bedroom’s all marble ensuite bathroom featured rain shower cubicle, twin basins, bidet and large Jacuzzi tub, with Cenizaro toiletries.
All suite guests gain automatic entry to the hotel’s exclusive Towers Executive Lounge, where complimentary Continental breakfast is served, as well as evening cocktails and canapés. Describing the food served in the lounge as ‘canapés’ is a bit of an understatement – I’m sure some guests count this daily spread as their evening meal. The lounge also offers work-spaces with computers and more comfortable seating for those wanting to catch up on the newspaper headlines or watch TV.
Dining options at the Sheraton Towers include the Italian restaurant Domvs, the Cantonese Li Bai and The Dining Room, the hotel’s buffet restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Those looking for more casual dining can take advantage of the Newton Food Centre, which is situated less than a five-minute stroll away. Famous for its choice of traditional hawker fare, this is a popular tourist attraction. To work off all the feasting, the hotel features extensive leisure facilities on the 5th floor, which include a large lap pool, a fully-equipped fitness centre and a spa.
The hotel is also connected to the MRT network at Newton Circus, allowing guests easy access to nearby Orchard Road and the CBD. You don’t have to take public transport to the shops of Orchard though, it’s so close by you can walk there in less than ten minutes.
So if you’re looking for some royal treatment a stone’s throw from Singapore’s commercial hub, Sheraton Towers Singapore might well be a very good bet.
Written by Justin Eeles – Images courtesy of Sheraton Towers Singapore
Sheraton Towers Singapore, 39 Scotts Road, tel: 6737 1072, sheratonsingapore.com
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