WHAT I LOVE
- The massive outdoor pool overlooking Marina Bay and its complimentary cabanas
- Marina Bay room views
- The glass bubble elevators
- One of the largest hotel breakfast buffets we’ve ever seen at Melt Cafe
- It prices well for a Singapore luxury
- Excellent location within walking distance to major sights
GOOD TO KNOW
- Offerings may be temporarily modified so check directly with the hotel to see what’s open or closed
- This hotel feels older than other MO properties
- The lobby and other public areas can be quite busy
- The rooms show a little bit of age
- Being attached to an air-conditioned mall in Singaporean weather has benefits
- We are partial to Mandarin Oriental hotels and know them well
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Fantastic Marina Bay Location
Step out of the hotel, cross the street and walk to the left to reach Marina Bay Sands, ArtScience Museum, the Helix Bridge, Gardens by the Bay and the Singapore Flyer. Cross the street and walk right to the Merlion and some good places to eat like No Signboard for chili crab.
Walk through Marina Square Mall and its 200 shops to the even more enormous Suntec City mall and convention center.
The drive to the airport is easy and about 20 minutes. The closest MRT station is Promenade, about a 3-minute walk away.
Mandarin Oriental, Singapore Rooms and Suites
All of the 527 rooms and suites have large windows that let in the impressive city, ocean or Marina Bay views. Subtle Asian touches compliment the stylish décor, warm colors and gorgeous wood finishes. All have granite bathrooms with bathtubs and separate showers, flat screen TVs and good Wi-Fi.
Families of four to six people will need to have connecting rooms which are available in the Ocean View and Marina Bay Room categories. The maximum occupancy in most guest rooms and suites in Singapore is three people.
Deluxe Room: Some Deluxe Rooms have balconies but all offer city views (355 square feet).
Ocean View Room: These are angled toward the Singapore Flyer and the ocean channel behind it. The glass-enclosed bathroom means that you can enjoy the view while getting ready, too (355 square feet).
Marina Bay Room: These rooms are angled toward Marina Bay Sands with prime views of the Spectra evening light show, even from your glass-enclosed bathroom. We stayed in this room, and I highly recommend it especially with kids who will want to see Spectra (366 square feet).
Here’s what it looked like from our room though the lights get fancier toward the end of the show.
Mandarin Room: For those who want city views and a private balcony, choose the larger Mandarin Room (603 square feet).
Club City View: When it comes to Club level rooms not only do you have access to the lounge but they offer better views from a higher floor (366 square feet).
Club Marina Bay View: Why not enjoy panoramic views from your 19th-floor room with Club access? If you can spring for this room, it’s well worth it (366 square feet).
Ocean Grand Room: This large room is more like a junior suite with a large work desk separating the sleeping area from a sitting area with a sofa. Multiple large windows overlook the Singapore Flyer and ocean surrounding it (570 square feet).
City Suite: The master bedroom comes with a choice of two twin or one king bed separated by a sliding door from the living room. There is also a large bathroom and a powder room (904 square feet).
Marina Bay Suite: Choose either a king or two twin bedroom with a separate living room, private patio, powder room, and views over the bay (667 square feet).
Club Marina Bay Suite: If you’d like Oriental Club privileges and a suite, this is your option. This is the same suite as the Marina Bay Suite but on a higher floor, a king bedroom, and club privileges (667 square feet).
Premier Suite: These suites have a neat configuration where the bedroom has a large sitting area in it. The separate living room has a small dining area and powder room (1001 square feet).
Oriental Suite: An elegant king bedroom, private balcony, powder room, dining room for eight with an adjacent pantry make the Oriental Suite feel like a residential apartment (1507 square feet).
Mandarin Suite: This two-bedroom luxury suite boasts two king bedrooms, two private balconies, two powder rooms, a dining area for eight, a study area, and a living area (2605 square feet).
The Oriental Club Lounge
Club floor guests have access to the 19th floor Oriental Club lounge, the largest of its kind in Singapore. It’s for guests ages 12 and above.
The Oriental Club Lounge benefits include:
- Guaranteed late checkout until 4 p.m.
- Complimentary garment pressing of two pieces per day (non-accumulative)
- Complimentary wireless high-speed internet access
- Personalized in-room check-in
- Daily fruits and fresh flowers
- Nespresso gourmet coffee
- Executive Champagne breakfast from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m.
- Afternoon tea delight from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
- Evening cocktail from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- All day wines, beers, and soft beverages
- Exclusive use of a meeting room with teleconferencing facilities on a first-come-first-serve basis (two hours per day)
We recommend booking club lounges in Asia whenever possible. They are fantastic.
Mandarin Oriental, Singapore Restaurants
Singaporeans love to eat, so competition is fierce when it comes to hotel restaurants. The food we experienced via in-room dining and restaurants was excellent. Those who love Singaporean cuisine will find a variety of local dishes on menus.
Breakfast buffet happens here and features practically any international dish you could crave from fresh roti to pancakes. Virtuoso guests receive two free breakfasts, and you’ll appreciate it once you step inside Melt Cafe. It’s one of the most extensive hotel breakfast buffets we’ve ever seen (and we’ve eaten at quite a few).
Lunch, weekend brunch and dinner buffets are served here and also spread across multiple areas and live cooking stations. It’s fantastic. A perk of weekend brunch is the kids’ play area so parents can relax and take their time eating with young ones entertained.
When the craving strikes for Italian, head to Dolce Vita by the pool. Of course, the menu puts a modern twist on classic favorites using fresh, high-quality ingredients.
Step into a small paradise designed per Feng Shui at Mandarin Oriental Singapore’s Cantonese restaurant, Cherry Garden. Favorites include dim sum, Peking duck, five-grain friend rice with Cantonese sausage and more. They have several private dining rooms as well with one seating up to 24.
Chill after a day of sightseeing in the outdoor lounge, Bay @5, with its fantastic wine and Champagne list, cocktails and ambience. A casual menu with pizza, lobster rolls and more from here can also be delivered poolside.
My daughter craved Japanese food, so we headed here for lunch for teppanyaki. It’s always fun, especially for kids, to watch the chef flip meat and veg around the grill. Teppan-Ya is also well-regarded for tempura and sushi.
Morton’s, The Steakhouse
What’s not to love about a top quality steak or seafood dish from Morton’s? This coveted experience needs to introduction but also offers private dining rooms and an award-winning wine list.
Every Mandarin Oriental (thankfully) has a MO Bar. This one at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore boasts views over Marina Bay, an innovative cocktail menu and light bites menu influences by various Pacific ports of call. The hotel’s afternoon tea happens here, too.
If you don’t feel like leaving the room, we can tell you that in-room dining options featuring local specialties and Western favorites fit the bill. I always order Hainanese chicken rice at Mandarin Oriental hotels, which happens to be Singapore’s national dish.
Our departing flight left too early for the breakfast buffet, so I preordered two American breakfasts that were kindly delivered very early to our room. Yes, everything on that room service cart is considered breakfast for two people.
The Fantastic Outdoor Pool
Singapore’s year-round weather will have you craving a nice pool. Mandarin Oriental, Singapore delivers in this regard.
Little fountains shoot water into the pool water (kids love this). We also took advantage of the loungers in the pool.
The pool deck also has a small kids’ pool in a private area with shaded seating, but even the younger kids were in the main pool.
We were offered a cabana at no extra charge and proceeded to order a burger and salad to it. Service is quick here, and the food is delicious. Spending the end of a hot Singapore day poolside proved to be quite a treat.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Singapore
I highly recommend visiting the spa when in residence at a Mandarin Oriental property. The full-service menu includes classic massages and facials in addition to treatments geared toward travelers looking to combat jet lag and those interested in local therapies.
The intimate spa is home to six treatment rooms including two that are suitable for couples’ therapies. Arrive early to use the steam room, sauna, experience shower, massage chairs, and tea lounge.
Fitness center facilities include state-of-the-art cardio and weight machines though guests also have the option to schedule private personal training and yoga classes.
Yes, this Singapore luxury hotel is family-friendly. In addition to the fantastic pool area, kid-friendly options are in most restaurants and in-room dining. It’s easy to have dishes customized to suit various preferences.
Special amenities are sent to kids ages 12 and under, and parents can arrange babysitting through the concierge.
Kids will also love the glass bubble elevators that make going to and from the room feel like a little bit of an amusement park ride. From the elevator you’ll see how the hotel is actually shaped like the iconic Mandarin Oriental fan.
Mandarin Oriental, Singapore Reservations with Extra Benefits
Mandarin Oriental Singapore is a Virtuoso property which means that you can book in with the following benefits:
- Guaranteed upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability (up to City Suite)
- International Buffet breakfast daily for two guests per bedroom
- Complimentary Glass of Champagne OR Signature Cocktail at Dolce Vita or [email protected] for two persons, once per stay
- Complimentary Afternoon Tea for two at MO Bar, once during stay
- Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
For 2021, upgrade at time of booking will apply to the below room categories:
- Ocean View room upgrade to Marina Bay View room
- Club City room upgrade to Club Marina Bay room
- Marina Bay Suite upgrade with complimentary access to the Oriental Club lounge for up to 2 persons
*The desktop version of Virtuoso.com is where you’ll search rates and book online. If you don’t know how to enable this on a mobile device (tap the “AA” in the search bar on Safari or three dots on the bottom of a Chrome screen), send me your dates. When searching rates on Virtuoso, do not input children ages 17 and under as they will be priced as adults. I’m notified when you book and will add them when I contact you about your reservation.