With the increasing popularity of Boutique hotels, Starwood group has also launched a few of its own to capture the hearts of the young and lively. One of their latest additions to the sunny island of Singapore is the W Hotel Sentosa. Many of you would have heard of the W chain of hotels but does it live up to its reputation? I will find out in my trip to W Hotel Sentosa.
Date of stay: March 2013
21 Ocean Way, Sentosa Cove
Singapore 098374Â â€Ž
Prices from SGD $530 when booked through the hotel’s official website. As low as SGD $448 when booked through hotel booking websites.
W Hotel Singapore is one of the latest addition of hotels to the prestigious address of Sentosa Cove. This is also one of Starwood group’s latest additions to Singapore, and boasts a modern design, aimed at customers looking for boutique hotels. The hotel is located at Sentosa Cove, and guests will be neighbours with some of Singapore’s richest people residing on the island. Since the hotel is located on Sentosa island, guests can expect to be able to busk in the exciting activities that the popular tourist destination has to offer. Siloso and Palawan beach, the SEA aquarium, Underwater World and many other fun activities are all conveniently located a stone’s throw away from the hotel. Furthermore, the island is directly connected to Singapore’s largest shopping mall, Vivocity, which is also linked to the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station of harbourfront. This means that guests will be able to travel relatively easily to many other places of interest in Singapore, such as Chinatown and Orchard Road via public transport. Nature lovers will also appreciate the location of the hotel, Hort Park is located proximate to Vivocity as well and is within walking distance. The only downside is that some tourists may find the location slightly secluded. Shopaholics especially will find it more troublesome to travel to shopping hotspots like Orchard Road, and they would definitely prefer a hotel located more centrally in Singapore. The CBD area, albeit not far, is still located a distance away from the hotel and businessmen would prefer a hotel in the CBD area so that they can walk to work and avoid the morning peak hour crowd on the train or bus.
Guests are greeted by a grand staircase at the entrance lading to the main lobby area. Sticks of light arranged beautifully along the stairs contribute to the welcoming effect and makes the architecture seem more impressive. The Â lobby is elegantly designed with much use of glossy white floor tiles giving it a contemporary, classy finish. Comfortable sofas with large lamps located adjacent to them provides a place for larger groups of guests to relax and have a conversation, or for individual guests who wish to do some reading out of their rooms. The hotel concierge is unique and different from what you would normally see, as there are three individual stations. Besides being unique and novel, I realised that this setting actually makes checking in smoother by offering less confusing queues and clearly identifiable stations. The staff were pleasant and friendly, making my check in process an effortless event. However, I found the service standards slightly inconsistent as although front desk staff were warm and friendly, some others like the housekeeping staff appeared cold and more unapproachable. Some guests might not like the setting of the main lobby area, as it is rather dim and is lighted mostly by purple ambient lighting at night.
I was allocated the Fabulous room, which I must say lived up to its name. When I first walked in. I was greeted by a very spacious and clean room. Wooden accents and fully carpeted floors gave the room a rather homely, and classic hotel room look. The room that I had was very large, at 40 square metres, which is much larger than rooms in many other hotels. Families would enjoy the large room, as it provides ample space for children to do what they enjoy – play and jump around. Besides that, the room is large enough to sleep up to four persons, and this helps to save cost for families of 4.
The lighting in the room is one of a kind as it is based on themes. A few buttons by the side of the bed allow guests to select the appropriate lighting to compliment any event or to set a certain mood.
At night, the room can be filled with unique ambient lighting from places that you would never expect. For example, ambient lighting is found under the bed frame and along the edges of some cupboards. Such a unique way of designing the rooms is certainly rather unheard of and I personally enjoyed the cool touch the lights added. You may also notice a unique floral art installation above the beds and to make things cooler, the installation gets illuminated to display quite a beautiful sight.
However, I must add that the room lacks a cosy touch that some guests may prefer. With all the special lighting effects present, the room tends to loo more like a night club or party place rather then a comfortable abode. Guests who prefer otherwise can definitely choose not to utilise the lights, but then again, it would be kind of a waste not to do so. After all, W Hotel Singapore is a boutique hotel aimed at creating a lively and fun environment with its unique settings.
One of the perks of living on Sentosa is the picturesque views that the exclusive island has to offer. The floor to ceiling sliding glass doors connecting the room to the balcony welcomes warm rays of sun during the day, and also offer me an unprecedented view of the Sentosa Marina. It was definitely an eye opener for me and I assume this would be the case for many other guests as well. After all, how often do you get to wake up to a view of the South China Sea and a plethora of yachts?
The pantry area was very well stocked, packing a very large selection of snacks. Guests have the pleasure of choosing from popular tidbits ranging from pringles to snickers bars. There was also a rather generous selection of drinks available including juices, vitamin water and even alcoholic drinks. The hotel was also generous to provide free coffee powder, tea bags and even a coffee brewer.
The work desk was very simple, purple desk that appeared to be poorly equipped, probably because the hotel is not targeted at businessmen. However, free wifi is available throughout the hotel and even in the rooms at no additional charge. Guests can then get some online work done conveniently.
The desk was rather sparse and empty. With such a lack of stationery and work equipment, I doubt any one would be able to get much work done. Nonetheless, there are still some pleasant surprises at the work desk. For instance, the black box called the “Sanctuary” actually contains charging cables for almost all brands of phones! This little detail is often overlooked by many other hotels but with this “Sanctuary”, the modern phone glued guest will definitely be pleased.