Coming at 350 SGD a night even during one of the most depress moments in the hospitality industry, St Regis Singapore commands a very premium price point! In normal times, it is common for rates to be hovering around 400 – 500 SGD a night for their base level room. St Regis Singapore is a Category 6 Marriott Bonvoy property, requiring 40,000 to 60,000 points a night for redemption. Located in the prime Tanglin district, it is just a short throw away from the Orchard Rd shopping belt as well as steps from Singapore only UNESCO World Heritage Site, Botanic Gardens. Here I am, finally trying out the St Regis, making use of the depressed market currently and my Platinum Status to find out exactly what makes this hotel so popular among travellers and guests. St Regis are also known for their spacious rooms, with their base level rooms, Executive Deluxe already coming in at 52 Sqm, almost twice the size of most hotel rooms. Their entry level suite is 80 Sqm wide, bigger than a standard 3 room flat in Singapore. You can also look forward to their signature freestanding bathtub, all rooms and suites at St Regis Singapore are equipped with a bathtub!
I have always been waiting to try St Regis given how many good things I have heard about it. The current COVID situation present the best opportunity given the depressed rates and deals going on. Rates are at a all time low, well not really low given how premium this hotel markets itself in. Two promotions caught my eye! One of them being the 600 SGD nett for Citi Prestige card members, another from UOB where you can get 15% off the Flexible Rates with a ton of other benefits. I also did consider booking from the Marriott Stars program. I knew that I have to do a stay the moment my Platinum Elite status comes in. I went for the UOB deal and got an “affordable” rate on a weekday stay in their base level, Executive Double room. My rate comes in at 350 SGD all in and it includes breakfast for 2 at Brasserie Les Saveurs, a 100 SGD daily hotel credit for use on dining and spa as well as late check out till 4pm, subjected to availability. I will also be able to stack on my elite benefits. In house guests enjoy free parking as well. For this stay, I earned a total of 6745 Points with the current promotion as well as the welcome gift. In airlines terms, that would be about 2250 miles. A pretty decent return! St Regis Singapore have 262 rooms and 37 suites over 20 floors. There are in total, 9 categories of rooms and suites as follows.
|Rooms||Daily Aperitivo Hour||Bathtub||Size||No. of Rooms|
|Executive Deluxe||No||Yes||52 Sqm||93|
|Grand Deluxe||No||Yes||52 Sqm||122|
|Lady Astor||No||Yes||56 Sqm||34|
|St Regis Suite||Yes||Yes||80 Sqm||10|
|Caroline Astor Suite||Yes||Yes||90 Sqm||21|
|Specialty Suite||Yes||Yes||90 Sqm||3|
|Premier Specialty Suite||Yes||Yes||135 Sqm||2|
|Presidential Suite||Yes||Yes||335 Sqm||1|
Pre Arrival & Checking In
Elite recognition was excellent! A couple days out from my stay, I saw from the Marriott Bonvoy app that I was pre upgraded to a St Regis Suite as a Platinum Elite member, the entry level suite. I was also accord early check in at 11am and informed to call in on the day to check if my room would be ready earlier if I want. It certainly helps that I am staying on a weekday. I arrive at around 10.30 am and my room was already ready. I was really impressed with the bellboy who introduced himself and ask for my name. Besides helping me with my bag, and being addressed by name, he also escorted me and hand me over to Valerie at the check in reception. Wow! I was really impressed and in awe of how polished his service is. You can really tell how confident and proud he is of his job! Now, that is a St Regis welcome!
The check in area was towards the left of the lobby. St Regis Singapore utilise the sit down check in concept. Where there are a couple of desk and seats for you to rest on while checking in. I love the scent of the St Regis lobby. Valerie checking me in was really nice and polite as well. I was welcomed as a platinum elite member and informed that points would be offered as the welcome gift since breakfast is already included in my rate. Valerie extended a very warm welcome after knowing that it is my first time here. Late check out was also extended till 4pm as part of being a Platinum member, further extended till 5pm on the next day. Very amazing given how I am able to enjoy this suite for more than 30 hours! We also went thru all the details regarding service changes on the facilities as well as the daily evening aperitivo. There is some health declaration to be done as well due to COVID. I will share more on this later on. Valerie also very kindly escorted me all the way to the lift. A very nice St Regis check in experience, 10/10!
St Regis Suite
The base level rooms at St Regis Singapore is a confusing one given how they name it. While the Executive Deluxe are rather deluxe in nature for an entry level room since they are an impressive 52 Sqm in size. There is no lounge access! St Regis branded properties do not usually comes with a lounge. St Regis Singapore however do provide a cocktail hour for elite members and suite guests which I will share on in a little while. Entry level suites are known as the St Regis Suite, although categorised as a Junior Suite, it measures an imposing 80 Sqm. St Regis Suites are located from level 3 to level 7. This is also the typical suite upgrade for Platinum Elite members and above. My suite was located on the 6th floor, right at the corner. From what I have seen at the entrance, it does seems that the suite can be combined with another connecting room to form a 2 bedroom suite.
I love the suite so much and almost scream in happiness when I enter the room. I love how bright and classic the whole place is. With the use of deep, rich brown marble top and polished rose wood finishing. It was further charming with the overhead chandeliers that brighten up the whole room. I also love that there is so much natural light flowing into the room from the floor to ceiling windows, making it super spacious. It’s just so classic and typical St Regis! Immediately after entering, there is a huge full length mirror on the wall, perfect for a final look before impressing your date and checking your dressing. I also love how the walkway uses marble flooring instead of being carperted. From here you can look thru to both the separated living and bed rooms.
There is a “half bath” here as well! Just towards the side of the minibar and drinks set up. Not exactly an actual half bath since it’s the same toilet as the main one, but with connecting doors to be accessible from both the living room and the bedroom! Perhaps this is why they classify the St Regis Suite as a Junior Suite.
Near the entrance, just outside the bedroom, you can find a little classy cabinet that acts as the mini bar area. It’s very nicely decorated with many bottles of water as well as a kettle.
TWG teas and some boutique coffee sachet are provided as well. You may notice the lack of a Nespresso machine, however a French Press is provided. As classic as it is at a St Regis! The drawers are filled will all types of glasses. You can also find a small empty fridge. I love that quality amenities are provided here, which is especially crucial since there isn’t a lounge here. However, given how amazing St Regis Butler Services are, you rarely get the opportunity to make your own drinks. I will share about this more later on.
Now, let me share on the living room. The living room is nicely spaced out and spacious. I love how comfortable and how things are placed. While the place have a certain age, a lot of the controls in the suite are electronic. That includes a remote to control all the lights as well as the curtains. There is also a very great built in surround Bose speaker system around the suite. Perfect for some music or radio with a button. It is very relaxing to listen to some music while sipping coffee in your bathrobe. In the living room, you can find a couch set and 2 chairs around a little coffee table that seats 4 person comfortably!
The suite faces views of the nearby Botanic Gardens. Although the views aren’t that fantastic for my suite given how that it’s located on such a low level. On the little marble coffee table, some cake and a gift have been placed as a welcome amenity!
In the living room you can find a huge smart TV! I love how the TV console and working desk area are incorporated together nicely alongside the wall to save space. It looks elegant as well. A little panel was made into a full length desk area that acts as the working desk just below the TV. A nice leather working chair was also placed here. Outlets can be conveniently found on the desk and actually the only place to be found. Wifi is fast and easy to connect without any login required.
Given the current healthy situation, some masks and hand sanitizers have also been provided.
The bedroom is separated from the living room with an actual door. Immediately after entering, you can see another TV and the lush comfy King size bed right in the middle. I love how grand the whole bedroom look, with crisp sheets and a chandelier perched in the middle of the bed room. You can find a very comfortable and impressive king size bed with 5 pillows. The bed was very luxurious with very high quality and smooth sheets! Pillows were fresh and provides lots of neck support. Surrounding both side of the bed are two night stands with all the lighting and curtains controls built in. What I really dislike were the lack of outlets in the bedroom and by the side of the bed! There were no outlets to be found in the bedroom at all which is extremely disappointing!
The bed room faces the nearby building and there is no view to speak about! There is another TV in the room as well, although of a smaller size!
I love the little vanity area to the side of the room and just in front of the bathroom with view of the freestanding bathtub. It is a nice area to place some personal items as well as for the ladies to doll up. I love the concept of the open bath which makes the suite looking even more spacious! There are blinds for privacy as well if that is not your kind of thing!
Connecting to the bathroom, you can find a walk in closet concept, with the wardrobe, safe and luggage storage area combined into that space. It is merged into the bathroom with a lockable door separating from the bedroom. It is rather spacious and grand. Some bath slippers as well as another movable luggage rack are left here as well! I will let the pictures do more of the talking!
Next up the bathroom! This is the dream of everyone as well as another highlight of the suite. The bathroom is very spacious, decked with French Brenche de Benou marble vanity tops with His and Her basins. Warm lighting are used here also making it especially welcoming. In the generously proportioned bathroom, the free standing bathtub is right opposite the sink, facing a built in mini TV as well.
Sipping champagne while having a soaking and watching the French Open, I did it! You can also find soaking amenities like a loofah, body bar left here. P.s the butlers run an amazing bubble bath! Water pressure and temperature control is amazing and the tub filled up in no time, which is fuss free if you wanna run a bath yourself.
St Regis provides Laboratoire Remède’s toiletries and I have to say that they are amazing! One of my favourite and extremely high quality. I might have accidentally took a set or two back home! Oops! All sorts of amenities are provided as well including dental kits and cotton buds.
The shower is separated from the tub area and comes fitted with a spa massage shower set. The kind where you can make water shoots out of every angles! Water pressure and temperature control is excellent. In fact the best I ever had in any hotel that I have been to! Least to say, showering here is a joy in life!
St Regis Signature Butler Service
The only hotel brand / chain to provide all guests with 24 hours round the clock butler services! That is the icon and timeless tradition of St Regis hospitality! Jesper was amazing and came by to introduce himself after I got to the room. The butlers even wore tailcoats! They provide unpacking and packing services, garment pressing, limited to 2 a day and shoeshine services as well! The one that you will use most frequently would be their drinks services. You can order coffee or tea at any time of the day, there is a menu left by the mini bar area. Here are the selections!
Why make your own drinks when you can have 24 hour butler service just a phone call away! I love the St Regis coffee blend actually and it’s lovely to get a cup of coffee in the afternoon while lazing or just to start your day before you head down for breakfast!
This is one property that I do not mind not having an espresso machine!
You can even in fact order iced drinks as well. I got some iced Moroccan mint tea after a hot day at the pool which was amazing!
Daily Aperitivo Hour
While St Regis doesn’t have an Executive Lounge and they are not required to, they went above and beyond by offering Platinum Elite members and above as well as Suites guests with a Daily Aperitivo Hour which is served anytime from 4-6pm. You can order thru the butler and let them know your preferred time and drink. You can choose from wines, beer, gin tonic, whisky highball and negroni. I’m sure if you want some liquor straight up or on the rocks, they will be able to customise to your liking as well. There are also juices and soft drinks for those who wants some non alcoholic options. In addition, you can always order some tea or coffee from the butlers as well. The chef choice of antipasti comes in a platter which changes daily.
On the day of my stay it’s a little platter of some cold cuts and cheese, a meat salad and a hot dish of a truffle Mac & Cheese. It was really good that I almost gave a call down to see if I could get a refill. While the portions are not huge, everything tasted high quality and fresh. Both the negroni and gintonic was very good and a strong pour! It’s really nice that they are doing this for elite members and suites guest! I also appreciate the fact that the food and drinks arrived with a cling wrap covering given the health situation these days.
Located on the second floor, the pool is open from 7am to 7pm on a first come first serve basis. Due to current regulations, only a maximum of 15 people are allowed at a time, which I believe is definitely going to cause some crowding issues over the weekends. The place is very gorgeous and nice for relaxing with tons of sun bed available. Towel and chilled bottle of water was also provided by the pool side by attendants. Service was attentive and friendly. I am very thankful to have stayed on a weekday and the pool is mostly empty on the times of my visit. Although it faces the nearby apartments, the overall environment is still very relaxing. The gym is also located here with a view of the pool!
Located on the second floor, on the opposite side of the pool, lies the Remede Spa, a classic of St Regis Hotel. While the spa and massage prices are ridiculous, I did get a chance to check out the facility since in house guest get free access. It is also subjected to capacity controls with a maximum of 5 allowed in both gender area, on a first come first serve basis. You can call down before to check if there is anyone using the area from your room. The Spa attendant service are great.
The area is very nicely done and chill, the spa also have it’s own changing facility, lockers and showers. Of course Laboratoire Remède’s products are used here as well. I went twice and make full use of the outdoor whirlpool, heated jacuzzi, Finnish sauna and even the steam room. There are even heated marble daybeds for you to rest on! I love it! The place is a little small for sharing, a little awkward if there are people around in the jacuzzi with you. Thankfully I had the whole place to myself on the times of my visit.
My rate includes breakfast or I could also choose it as my welcome gift choice. Breakfast is served in the iconic French restaurant Brasserie Les Saveurs from 6.30 to 10.30am. I was down at 7am, bright and early. Breakfast was a lavish event, an affair! This is something worth waking up early for! The restaurant was empty when I am there, which I really enjoyed. The dining room was gorgeous and luxurious, very french, with it’s high ceilings and chandeliers, accompanied with soothing classical french music in the background. Service was perfect and staff were polished. I was ushered to the table and never had to sign a check.
Digital menus were available and everything is ordered off a menu! Due to current health requirements, no buffets are allowed. I really love the ala carte concept, this is the one change that I would love it to stay! You can order anything you want and I literally wanna try everything on the menu that is here! The food are freshly prepared as well and there is a slight wait.
Drinks orders were taken and I got a latte and a watermelon juice to start! The juice was really good and seems to be freshly squeezed! Coffee was also made from an actual espresso machine! After all breakfast cost 49 SGD per person here! By no means affordable, I’m happy to say that everything was high quality and delicious!
First up a bread basket and cut fruits were brought over! It consists of some croissant, danish, pain au chocolat and a almond pound cake. It was warm, fresh and really lovely! So glad that they are getting the basic right. After all this is a French restaurant! They got to get the basics right! While we didn’t ordered, it is weird that they didn’t offer some butter or jams to go with it!
I ordered the Epicurean Omelette to start! I have been aiming this for a long time while researching about St Regis Singapore! The omelette was filled with prawns and top with a lavish topping of Caviar as well as lobster bisque emulsion. It also comes with some cherry tomatoes and a side salad. I really love the lobster emulsions on the eggs which add a very aromatic touch and a sense of unami to your eggs. I am surprise with how well the caviar and prawns goes with the silky eggs. Not something you see everyday and definitely a once in a lifetime treat. This is also one of their speciality. Really recommend it if you would like something different. We even got some additional caviar on the side! Fancy fancy! The staff also brought out some trimmings on the side for us to share! It was a galore of bacon, chicken and pork sausages.
We also got the Teriyaki Salmon to share and this was another highlight. Crispy skin, flaky fish! It was seared just right and not overly cooked. Salmon can become rubbery so easily. The portion was good as well. It also came with some tamago on the side. We got the dish without rice since we are trying quite a bit of everything already. If I have to fault, I do find the sauce a little too sweet! However that is my personal preference.
Here are some other pictures of the breakfast. I would like to say that everything was well executed and delicious. From the drinks to the eggs and sides. The staff are happy to customise any order to your liking as well. The Dimsum was alright and pretty good. At least it tasted delicious, something from a restaurant and not like some frozen cardboard food.
To finish up the meal and for reviewing purposes since I was already bloated at this point. I got the french toast from the sweets menu to give it a try! It was prepared fresh and took a while. I love how nice the pairing is with roasted banana compote and cinnamon. Very delicious and the portion was just right! Together with a cup of double espresso and classic French music in the background? Very boujee! Délicieux!
Brasserie Les Saveurs
I was back at Brasserie Les Saveurs for lunch since I had a 100 SGD credit to spend on. I have heard a lot about this French restaurant and was glad to be able to finally able to try it. While eating there, I even saw French people having lunch too. A clear indicator of their quality. Together with the 30% Marriott bonvoy discount, I’m able to stretch out the credit to around 120 SGD off menu prices. Prices are definitely on the high side, thankfully I had credit and the discount to soften them. As shared above, the dining room is very gorgeous and classy. There is also a smart casual dress code. Currently they are not serving any set lunch or dinner but just only from the A la carte menu.
The meal started with some sour dough bread which was just alright and nothing special. I does taste fresh and I appreciate them serving them warm. Sadly they didn’t have any special spread or whipped butter. I got some olive oil to do with it which is so much better! The amuse bouche of the day was also brought out which was some cheese choux pastry which was very very good! Puffy and full of cheese! It reminds me of the one I had in London at Alain Ducasse!
I also got a glass of Chablis to go with my meal which cost 20 SGD. Chilled, crisp and refreshing, it is perfect for a little sunny afternoon! While delicious, I do feel that the pour is a little stingy! I made up a little set lunch of my own from the menu and got the Foie Gras de Canard Pole as my starter. This cost 38 SGD. It is so good and amazing. The foie gras was so buttery and literally melts in your mouth! Giving you the amazing feeling but feeling guilty at the same time. I love how the crushed pistachios crust add some sorts of crunch to it and the red wine fig reduction sauce to removes the oily and heaviness of the dish. Pair a bite of the foie gras and fig together for a different feeling! The dish was kept with little seasoning to showcase the natural fats and flavour of the foie gras. Well executed and definitely a must order in when you are here! Bon appétit!
For my main, I got the Baramundi à la Vapeur, this cost 42 SGD. It comes with Fennel, Zucchini, Broccolini as well as Clams Velouté sauce which was served table side. It was a good portion and the fish was very fresh and flaky. Although I do not really like the accompanied vegetables besides the fennel. The fish was perfectly seasoned and even good on its own without the sauce. To find fault, it was a little over cook on certain part of the fish since it varies in thickness. I would also love it if they could charred the skin side with a blowtorch or something to finish it off. This will give it some crisp and difference in texture on the whole dish.
To end of the meal, for desserts, I choose to opt for the Traditionnel Paris-Brest. That cost 18 SGD. This is in fact the most disappointing part of the entire meal. The pastry was stale and doesn’t felt fresh at all! It seems to be some leftovers sitting in the fridge and just plated, decorated before serving. I am sure that you can find better french pastries elsewhere. It seems that they were premade and the Choux have been in the fridge, in contact with the hazelnut cream, absorbing lots of moisture. You are better off ordering something else. I also feel that for a restaurant of such caliber and the price they are charging, when settling the bill, some petit fours should be offered as well!
I would rate St Regis Singapore 95/100. It would be full marks expect for the fact that I do not believe in perfection. This is really one hotel that I had a sadness feeling while dragging my luggage out upon check out! It’s a treat and something special, given the price point. I was very impressed with the butler service as well as the bellboy. The perfection and commitments as well as the passion he have for his job. That is commendable. While the suite was large in nature, a lot of space is spent on the area behind the sofa by the pillar, the bathroom as well as the walk in closet. As such, it does not seem as huge as it should be in size in contrast to a typical conventional suite like the one I stayed in at Marriott Tangs.
I really enjoyed my stay! We in fact accidentally broke a champagne flute during our stay and the staff was more concern with us getting injured than charging us for it! This show how polished St Regis Singapore service is! Every little point and notes were perfectly taken care of! At the point of writing this post, I have already made a booking for another stay next month!