JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach

23 May 2017

Heard good things about the new JW Marriott in Singapore so I booked a one-night stay on points converting from SPG at the generous ratio of 1:3. We ubered to the hotel from Changi after our SQ F MEL-SIN flight, freshened up with a shower before meeting with my brother and parents for dinner at Intercontinental nearby.

 

The hotel's British architects Foster and Partners did an amazing job while the interior design is by French designer Philippe Starck:

Iain Nutting's scrap metal Gorilla sculpture at the entrance:

South Korean artist Lee Lee Nam's 7-metre video wall upon entry:

Hotel lobby:

I was informed at check-in I've been upgraded to a Club Premier Room. Enquired politely whether Platinum Elites can expect suite upgrades and the apologetic front desk agent said they had limited suites as some were "still under construction". I left it at that and made our way up:

Elevators featured custom RGB wallpaper and graffiti artwork:

Our room was on Level 16:

Did not really like the look of the corridor nor the room number signages as we made our way to the end:

Entry hallway:

The room proper:

Bed was very comfortable:

Bathroom:

No Jo Malone toiletries but loved the tech:

Tip of the day: bidet only works when the switch near the main panels upon entry is turned on. I had to call to find out, using the wi-fi enabled phone (which shows your name on the screen and can be used property-wide):

Mini-bar drawer:

The ID was just not for me. The table and chairs were tacky and lacked substance I thought. The heavy use of mirrors did little to disguise the relatively small size of the 452 sqft room.

 

Service was a bit hit and miss, not surprising given the fact that the hotel has only been in operation for 5 months. 

The Executive Lounge was excellent. It is located on Level 2, accessible via a linked bridge:

The wife used it till midnight catching up with an old friend and we had a great breakfast the next day: 

Really enjoyed the lounge and the space. Would have loved to spend more time but we had to depart by 1030AM to fetch my parents from their hotel and go to the airport.

 

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