Hotel Review: Tatler Checks Into... Andaz Singapore
Say the word Andaz and a certain sort of hospitality comes to mind. The lifestyle brand, which is part of the Hyatt group, is well-known for their ability to master the mix between luxury and boutique.
Ever since we knew that Andaz would be making their home here in Singapore, we've been eagerly anticipating its arrival. When they finally opened their doors to guests a few weeks ago in November 2017, we were one of the first to check out this exciting new space.
Here's the lowdown on the total Andaz Singapore experience.
1/5 First Impressions
Driving up to the impressive DUO tower is a surreal experience on a Saturday. The usually bustling area is quiet and serene, devoid of any rush hour traffic, making it the perfect place to "escape" for a weekend staycation. Housed on the 25 to 39 floors in the building designed by award-winning German architect Ole Scheeren, Andaz Singapore is ideally located at the crossroads between Kampong Glam, Bugis, Beach Road and Bras Basah.
Check in on level 25 was warm and welcoming, and we were immediately offered a drink upon arrival. Throw out all your notions of how a hotel lobby should look like. Instead of the usual counters and accompanying queues, the arrival area has been cleverly segmented out into different nooks, so you may choose to settle in at one of the comfy couches or a rocking chair as front desk checks you in.
2/5 Do Not Disturb
If there's one immediate standout feature of the rooms at Andaz Singapore, it's that most—if not all—of the 342 rooms come with stunning views of the city. From our room on the 32nd floor, we were at the perfect vantage point to admire the quaint and colourful shophouses along Tan Quee Lan and Liang Seah Street, as well as point out iconic heritage sites like Masjid Sultan Mosque in the distance.
At 38sqm, the room is large and spacious, housing a king-sized bed, daybed and an expansive bath area and powder room. The devil is truly in the details, as the cosy yellow colour scheme, charming wooden folding doors and bespoke post-box doorbells all gradually reveal that designer and architect André Fu (of The Upper House in Hong Kong fame) was inspired by the shophouses in the neighbouring vicinity.
3/5 The Extras
If one of your travel pet peeves is an expensive minibar, you're in for a treat. Everything—save for the alcoholic beverages—found in the room is on the house, and this includes a chiller full of juices, soft drinks, San Pellegrino water and even Milo. Plus, there's popcorn and energy bars, as well as Nespresso coffee, too.
Hankering for a tipple? Head to the Sunroom on level 25 during the Andaz Lounge Hour (between 5-7pm) for complimentary wines and beers. You'll also get a chance to try out the special Andaz Pale Ale, which we hear was done in collaboration with RedDot Brewhouse, an independent and locally-owned microbrewery.
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4/5 Food & Drink
You'll never have to worry about going hungry while you're staying at Andaz Singapore. Boasting up to 10 different F&B outlets, you can choose between Asian cuisine at Auntie's Wok And Steam, barbecue at Smoke & Pepper, or hearty classics like braised lamb shank at The Green Oven. Seven shophouse-inspired venues (comprising of two bars and five restaurants) make up Alley on 25, and the sprawling alleyways and open-concept spaces make this a truly unique dining experience.
At Icehaus, which specialises in cold dishes like seafood, salads and sandwiches, we had half a dozen oysters on the rocks to start. Though small in size, they were the perfect accompaniment to the lobster roll (which was served in bite-sized portions) and prosciutto and fig salad. If you have a sweet tooth, take this chance to try out the cold treats like Italian soft-serve ice cream and shaved ice here as well.
Most of the restaurants close for the day at 10 pm, so if you've got a case of the midnight munchies, there's always room service to fall back upon, or pop into Sunroom, which is open 24 hours daily.
5/5 Tatler Tip
We've raved about the views in the room, but if you want a truly 360-degree view of Singapore, Mr Stork is a must-visit. The rooftop bar is named after the long-legged bird with a penchant for constructing their large nests atop tall trees and buildings.
Go early (the bar opens at 5 pm), so you can enjoy the sunset with a cocktail in hand at one of the adorable and terribly Instagram-worthy teepee huts that have been set amongst a lush garden oasis.