Conrad Centennial Singapore underwent a progressive refurbishment in 2018 that encompassed the guest rooms, executive lounge plus a couple of new facilities by the swimming pool. I have personally stayed in this property quite a few times and always found the deliberately high beds one of the most comfortable among hotels in Singapore. Recently, I returned for a staycation – this time to experience what the renovated rooms and executive lounge have to offer under the current situation.
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During my most recent stay, I was assigned to a corner room at the far end of the hall on the same level as the Executive Lounge (level 31). Conrad Centennial Singapore has a few layouts for the Executive Room. I loved the one in mine which had the bed facing the window which I thought was rather rare for hotel rooms in Singapore.
One defining feature I have come to appreciate at Conrad Centennial Singapore is the long sofa by the window which spans the entire length of the guestroom. This allows for plenty of seating space and is also suitable for napping in the day.
The room does not come with a traditional work desk. Instead, guests get to work from a flexible round table which could also be used for dining. A number of power outlets – revealed by opening a flap – are thoughtfully placed on the stand just beside the table.
In addition to lighting, the sheer and curtains could also be controlled from the bedside remote, allowing for greater convenience. A minor convenience is the aircon temperature control which requires a short walk down to the end of the foyer just by the entrance to adjust.
The minibar here at Conrad Centennial Singapore is a practical affair with the refrigerator deliberately made empty. The room comes with a Nespresso machine and I counted no less than 8 capsules provided including decaf options. At the time of my latest stay, I had seen how the hotel has made some efforts towards sustainability. Mineral water is now stored in paper bottles rather than plastic ones.
One thing I did not realize from all my previous stays at Conrad Centennial Singapore is the number of mirrors inside the bathrooms. There’s one on the bathroom door, the customary mirror by the sink plus mirrors across 2 sides by the tub. This helps to make the already large bathroom look even bigger.
The bathroom comes with two sinks, just like in the suites. The shower area is in a separate enclosure while the toilet, although not isolated, is partially enclosed.
For one of my previous stays, I was billeted in one of the hotel’s popular Centennial Suites. Measuring 63 square meters, think of it as a luxury one-bedroom condominium unit. Unlike some of the suites in newer hotels, this particular one comes with genuine partitions between bedroom, living area and bath. Most of these suites are also situated as corner rooms at either ends of the building so chances are, your bedroom will directly face the Fountain of Wealth at Suntec City.
One of the best additions in all guest rooms post-renovation is the inclusion of a long day bed by the windows. In the Centennial Suite, this is even longer, allowing one to unwind and nap in the day while basking in natural light. The living area has a proper work desk but I much rather take advantage of the light and work while sitting on the dining ensemble instead.
I was relieved to find that Conrad Centennial Singapore retained its wonderfully high (and fluffy) beds – one of the best reasons to stay in the hotel in my opinion. The disposable slippers are just as fluffy. You’ll find a control panel for the lights and curtains on either side of the bed. The bedroom is also spacious enough to contain its own modest sitting area while the cabinets offer plenty of space to store your clothes during your stay. As with any stay in Conrad Centennial Singapore, you’ll find one of the hotel’s trademark bears carefully placed on your bed as a personal souvenir.
The bathroom is probably the area that was least affected by the renovation. While the sink and the surrounding lights have been redesigned, the marbled tiles are mostly the same, as is the attached tub. Another souvenir in the form of a rubber ducky is placed here for both little and not-so-little guests to enjoy during their bubble bath.
Toiletries are from a mix of Byredo and Shanghai Tang. The shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion are from Byredo, a Swedish toiletries brand while the bar soaps are from Shanghai Tang. The Byredo toiletries are served in dispenser type containers. Curiously enough, they don’t actually lock these containers into the wall and I wouldn’t be surprised if some guests actually bring the entire full-sized bottles home.
Club at Conrad Centennial Singapore
During both of my stays at the Centennial Suite and the Executive Room, access to the Club was automatically included. If you have stayed in Conrad Centennial Singapore prior to the renovation, you’ll be relieved to find that the hotel now has two versions of what we know as the executive lounge. The old one in the 31st floor has been refurbished and now possesses this elegant look. This lounge is now restricted to guests who are booked in Executive Rooms and above. During peak periods, guests get access to the other lounge on the 4th floor as well. I have gone to see both and the notable difference (aside from the interiors) are the drinks being offered as well as desserts. For instance, the 31st floor Club uses Nespresso coffee while the 4th floor lounge uses coffee beans coming from another supplier.
For everyone’s benefit, here are the benefits of the 31st floor Club at Conrad Centennial Singapore:
- Access to the Club located on Level 31
- Personalised check-in and check-out services at the Club
- Complimentary local calls and premium Wi-fi access
- Complimentary usage for 2 hours of the meeting room on the 5th floor
- 20% ala carte treatments at Conrad Spa
- Daily buffet breakfast 6:30AM to 10:30AM during weekdays and til 11AM during weekends at Oscar’s
- Afternoon tea from 2:30PM to 4:30PM
- Evening cocktails from 6:00PM to 8PM
- Drinks (excluding alcoholic ones) available while the lounge is open
Evening cocktails at the 31st floor Club are mostly similar to what I remember. You’ll also find various types of wines and cocktails through an ever-changing menu. During my latest stay, I have found that the club lounge now does two separate seatings to avoid excessive crowding during peak periods.
In terms of the food, the spread during evening cocktails is mostly sufficient as a light dinner. At the time of my stay, I spotted a number of hot items including grilled prawns while items such as vermicelli salad and sauteed mushrooms graced the cold section.
The bulk of the hotel’s facilities are located on the 4th floor. This includes the large swimming pool, the back-up executive lounge which they open during peak days, the spa as well as gym. The gym here has more or less the complete set of equipment for a workout.
Breakfast at Oscar’s
I ventured for breakfast at around 8AM but already found a snaking queue outside Oscar’s (which also serves excellent Sunday brunch).
Of the times I’ve stayed at Conrad Centennial Singapore, I noticed that Oscar’s gets packed pretty easily and one reason is that seating spaces are quite limited. That being said, I noted that staff members here are quick in clearing up tables and also plates after I finish with my rounds. The breakfast buffet offers a well-rounded balance of classics such as bacon, sausages, eggs as well as a decent Asian station with decent nasi lemak and a sizable salad station. For those with a sweeth tooth, look out for the ice cream station. I rarely get to see ice cream being served as part of hotel breakfast.
Having stayed at Conrad Centennial Singapore prior to and after the renovation, I thought the current state brings the property up to the level where a Conrad hotel should be. I’ve always loved the soft product and found the service here to be excellent but the dated hard product in the past had put somewhat of a dent into what is rightfully a luxury property. It’s also relieving to find that the hotel has taken steps to address pressing issues such as what was once an executive lounge overflowing with guests. With the renovation, the Conrad Centennial Singapore now stands as a more compelling option vis-a-vis other luxury hotels in the city, even when being compared to newer properties.
Conrad Centennial Singapore currently has a staycation offer that starts at S$427 net. You can book their staycation offer here.