Novotel Clarke Quay Hotel Review would be my second hotel reviewed in the island republic of Singapore within the last two years. I had the pleasure of staying a night here as I attended the recent ITB Asia which was held at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Center. To me, the location of a hotel is very important as it can ease my movement around a city or location. Well, Clarke Quay is a well known area in Singapore and staying here was very convenient for me as there was a good mix of entertainment, shopping and public transportation all in one place.
Novotel Clarke Quay in Singapore boasts of a recent facelift in an overall cosmetic change and an upgrade of all its rooms where it looks very trendy in today's traveling society. As it is located in a shopping mall, the main entrance to the hotel starts on the 7th floor. Due to the the strategic location, this Clarke Quay Hotel attracts tourist, business and family travelers. The 4-Star Hotel also houses 403 rooms, a business center, three restaurants, a bar and even banquet halls which are very popular with weddings. During my two day stay here in October 2012, I must have seen at least 4 weddings in that time-span being held at the function rooms of the hotel.
View of Marina Bay Sands Singapore in the background
Entering the main lobby, you will be welcomed by a row of the latest Apple desktop computers which are free to be used by hotel guests. In the backdrop, you see the stunning Singapore skyline with the Marina Bay Sands structure among the many other high-rise buildings. The main restaurant, a bar and the swimming pool is also located on the same level.
Novotel hotel room picture
Checking into my room, I could not help but notice the earthy color tones which made me feel warm and comfortable. As almost all hotel rooms are similar in my line of work, I immediately headed to the window for the view as I am always fascinated by hotel room views. I had an interesting view of Clarke Quay from the other side with a number of high rise buildings that make up the interesting Singapore skyline.
The hotel room working desk was well designed with plug points and Internet cables readily in one area. I am a sucker for plug points when I travel as most hotels have them placed all over the room. Travel writers like me carry smart phones, cameras, lap tops and the kitchen sink therefore it is crucial to have all these gadgets charged at night for the following day. So the power points in Novotel was perfect for me. A 32 inch LCD TV was placed above the desk while the 344 square feet Superior Room housed a comfortable king sized bed. Yes, the pillows were amazing! I almost wanted to buy them for my own bed but unfortunately my check in bag did not allow for this.
The bathroom was also simple and well designed and I especially liked the little retro touch of mosaic tiles used in the shower area. Now, speaking of shower are - This was my favorite part of the hotel room where the rain shower was one of the biggest I have seen in my life. Spanning over 12 inches in diameter, it felt like I was actually taking a shower in the rain. The water pressure was perfect too as I really dislike it when the pressure is not up to expectations. I am sure some of you would have experienced a drizzle when you put on the rain shower at some hotels. So, this was a thumbs up from me.
Bathroom at Novotel Hotel Singapore
Overall, the superior room at the Novotel Clarke Quay in Singapore delivered its job. A comfortable and relaxing stay while the hotel was located perfectly in an area I liked. It took me only about 10 minutes walk across the river to the MRT station where I visited many places around the island. One of them I must make it a point to go is to the Mustapha 24 Hour Shopping Centre near Little India in the Serangoon area. Yes, the entire mall is opened 24 hours a day! Other general places of interest that are nearby include Orchard Road, Universal Studios Singapore and Marina Bay Sands Singapore where everything is connected by the MRT.
Novotel Singapore Premier Floor
Novotel Premier Lounge view in Singapore
The premier floor at Novotel Singapore offers a spacious and comfortable, newly-upgraded Premier Lounge, complimentary American breakfast, WiFi, express check-in / check-out and complimentary use of the boardroom for business meetings and cocktail hours complete with free flow drinks and canapes every evening. Just take a look at the overall view offered from this floor. You get to see almost the entire Clarke Quay from up here. I personally think the view is spectacular from this floor.
Every premier room is fully equipped with the latest technology which includes WiFi / broadband Internet, a state of the art pivoting work-station for the business travelers, flat screen cable television with media connectivity panel, Nespresso coffee machine, iPod docking stations plus all the latest fittings and fixtures in bedrooms and bathrooms that will make the stay of the business executive, family on holiday or casual tourist in Singapore, a memorable one. However, with the current growing trend of the Android Smartphone, I personally think that the hotel industry should start paying attention to this device. I used to own an iPhone until I met Android therefore the iPod docking did not do justice for me. (PPOV ~ Personal point of view)
Clarke Quay view from Novotel Hotel Singapore
Clarke Quay in Singapore
For more information, you can visit the Novotel Hotel Clarke Quay Website. There are some current contest being run there as well when you make bookings through the site. Facilities here include a swimming pool, fitness center, function rooms for events or business meetings but most importantly, it is located in a very central and popular area of Singapore.
For the general tourist, I would easily recommend this hotel as you get the best of everything at a very affordable price for a 4-star hotel located in Clarke Quay. You get to explore the area which is filled with international shopping malls, shops, markets, restaurants and bars. Other attractions within walking distance include Chinatown, Singapore Duck Tours and the famous Singapore River Cruise. Happy traveling and I hope you enjoyed reading my Novotel Clarke Quay Hotel Review in Singapore.