During a recent weekend, I was hosted by the freshly opened Hotel Clover 5 Hong Kong Street, located just in between Raffles Place and Clarke Quay. This strategic location is very popular among the backpacking crowd, with many hostels in the vicinity. More recently, full-fledged hotels have also moved in but so far Hotel Clover 5 Hong Kong Street is the only boutique option in the area. The Hotel Clover brand is relatively new but rapidly expanding not just in Singapore but also overseas as a chain of boutique of hotels. In fact, during the time of my stay barely 3 weeks after the hotel opened, I was told that they’re constructing a new one next door!
deluxe room at hotel clover at 5 hong kong street
Due to skyrocketing hotel prices in Singapore – where even rooms in 3-star hotels can cost upwards of US$ 200 per night – boutique hotels have become a worthwhile alternative for lodging. Hotel Clover 5 Hong Kong Street is well-placed under this category and they’re going out in a big way with many hotels opening island-wide. And in keeping with the tradition of boutique hotels, each property is set to have its distinctive motif.
Going in, my first impression about Hotel Clover 5 Hong Kong Street is that it is a business hotel with a warm touch. The lobby was simply furnished, practical and functional but was painted with earthly colors. I was surprised to find a lot of other guests staying in the hotel even though the property has been open for only 2 weeks.
From the lobby, a short corridor leads guests to the small dining area and the lift. The dining area itself is used only for breakfast. Due to its boutique proposition, Hotel Clover 5 Hong Kong Street does not have an in-house restaurant but the dining area is open every morning for the complimentary breakfast included with the room rate. The lack of dining options here is not a problem in my opinion due to the presence of several eating places in the vicinity. The Central, a mall, is only a short walk away with its selection of fine dining and fast food options. Boat Quay, with its bars and speakeasies, is at most a hop and skip away.
Boutique hotels mostly place style above function but for Hotel Clover 5 Hong Kong Street, it is immediately clear how they prioritize the latter. Guests will feel very secured here, with the need to scan key cards in order for the lift to function. Usually, I see this feature only in large chain hotels.
views of my room
I was given a cozy Deluxe Room with a window that faces Hong Kong Street. The room was well laid out, with a large and comfy queen bed, a flat screen TV right in front of it with cable, a writing desk, small cabinet and a separate shower and toilet area. A tea maker with a selection of fine teas is also available, not to mention a complimentary minibar. Other amenities such as disposable slippers and bathroom were also available. In the amenities space, Hotel Clover 5 Hong Kong Street sure did not skimp it!
this is what their premier room looks like – the biggest in the house!
The toilet area was small but designed quite well. They’ve made an efficient use of space by encasing the shower area in a separate glass panel which is accessible only from the room. Normally, I would judge the complete-ness of a hotel’s toiletries set by checking whether they have razors, which they did have along with toothbrush kits, extra soap, etc. The bathroom/toilet was certainly well-stocked!
trying out the salad while waiting for my pizza
Next morning, I got to try the hotel breakfast. Here, it is served continental style where you have a choice between sandwich, pizza, eggs and other standard breakfast item plus a drink of your choice. There is also a salad bar where guests are free to take however much they want.
With some free time before check out, I decided to have a look at their roof deck for the pool. For a boutique hotel, I was amazed to see that Hotel Clover actually has a swimming pool. It’s of a decent size and at the time of my visit, no one else was using it! It also has a fantastic view of the CBD skyline. For people like me who actually work in this area, it’s a literal separation between work and play.
Hotel Clover 5 Hong Kong Street is a great option for those wishing to stay close to the business district while at the same time having leisure establishments in Clark / Boat Quay and even Chinatown close by. In this sense, it’s also a worthy and convenient option for leisure travelers with its very central location which is walking distance to most attractions. Chinatown, the Merlion, Boat / Clarke Quay and the museum quarter are all walkable from the hotel. Those who stay here will find the rooms comfortable and functional with breakfast thrown in at no extra cost.
Hotel Clover 5 Hong Kong Street
Address: 5 Hong Kong Street
Phone Number:6653 8888