Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza has quietly refurbished several parts of the property in recent years. In 2015, this took the form of the gorgeous swimming pool, Pool Terrace rooms and executive lounge while the award-winning Chinese restaurant, Wan Hao, was refreshed a year later. During my most recent visit to the hotel, I noticed that the corridors of certain floors had also been updated and now come in soothing gray.
My recent stay at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza coincided with a new weekend staycation package targeted at residents. The property’s strategic location at the junction of Orchard and Scotts makes it an ideal place for a weekend getaway and allows one to be a tourist in Singapore.
Due to the central location, the lobby is always quite busy with something going on. At the time I checked in, I spotted people quietly having weekend afternoon tea while a few just ended their buffet lunch at the adjacent Marriott Cafe. There was fortunately no queue at the front desk and the associate was quick to check me in after informing me my room was already available.
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Premier Room at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza
The room that comes with the staycation package is the Deluxe Room but I was upgraded to the next category – the Premier Deluxe. The latter is slightly bigger – at 34 square meters versus 32 square meters and are located in higher floors (from 15th to 24th).
Due to the octagonal shape of the building where the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza is at, the rooms don’t follow the conventional rectangular shape where the shorter side runs parallel to the windows. Here. the windows are actually located at the longer side of the quadrant and as such the room was noticeably brighter when I entered with a fantastic high view of Orchard Road.
The shape of the room also allows for ample space between the bed and the 46″ Samsung TV. As such, you will find an ottoman just in front of the bed which is great for people with near-sightedness to watch TV. There is also a rolling end table included to allow guests to enjoy a meal while lounging here. This is similar to the setup of a sister property down the road, the St. Regis Singapore (sans the rolling table).
One thing I always remember about Marriott-branded hotels regardless of the location is that the minibar always comes well-stocked. Such is the case here. Aside from the customary nuts and chips, I also spotted a number of packets of biscuits and candies. In busy Orchard Road, it is never too difficult to find a convenience store nearby but a well-stocked minibar is certainly great to have for midnight snacks.
The bathroom here comes with Marriott’s distinctive soothing marble fittings with toiletries from Thann. There is no bathtub despite the ample space. Curiously enough, you will find a dedicated vanity area here that comes with its own mirror and chair.
Executive Lounge at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza
I was provided access to the executive lounge during my stay. Located at the 27th floor, it is a recent modification, having opened in early 2016 following refurbishment. The executive lounge occupies around 3/4 of the 27th floor of the hotel and you can click HERE for the list of benefits.
The venue is notable for its long evening cocktail hours which extends from 5:30 to 9:30PM. This was consistent with my experience at the Marriott Manila’s executive lounge.
You’ll also find more than your typical lounge canapes here. There are around 3 hot dishes which change each day. During my stay, I chanced upon Hot and Sour Soup, pasta as well as a good variety of sushi rolls.
The staycation package at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza comes with a $50 dining credit at Marriott Cafe. I decided to use it to order one of the famous baby backribs at neighboring Crossroads Cafe which is delicious. One order is enough for two people.
Alternatively, one won’t go wrong dining at the hotel’s other F&B outlets. Pool Grill and the award-winning Chinese restaurant, Wan Hao, are compelling dinner options for a special weekend staycation. I’ve dined at Wan Hao myself a few times and always found the dishes highly creative – the type that will generate oohs and ahs with looks alone. For fine Chinese cuisine, it is also possible to save as much as 50% with the Entertainer app or the Love Dining programme by American Express. I had my dinner there and sampled some of the new menu items that included the likes of Braised Lobster with Seafood, Fresh Mushroom and Rice (highly recommended!) and Braised Iberico Pork with Chinese Sausage & Yam.
While here, don’t miss having a dip at the swimming pool which was renovated only in 2015. The area exudes a slightly Oriental resort vibe and is accentuated by the adjacent Pool Grill. You’ll also find the Pool Terrace rooms situated here. In my opinion, this is the best room category at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza.
The next morning, I had the option of having breakfast either at Marriott Cafe or at the executive lounge. The former is a better option if you’re dining before 9am. The hotel is a popular staycation spot and you’ll find families queuing up for their morning meal if you head down relatively late.
The venue was quiet when I headed down at around 8am. The spread is quite extensive and is particularly notable for offering a number of relatively unusual breakfast items. These include bread and butter pudding (a staple during lunch or dinner buffets) and even roast ham.
For those with healthier inclinations, the salad bar is also quite generous with plenty of items and condiments to allow diners to customize their own salads. Fresh juices are available – do look out for the smoothie of the day! Coffee addicts will be pleased to find Illy branded coffee served here.
With the hotel’s unrivaled location, it could probably do nothing and still end up doing pretty well in terms of occupancy. Fortunately, there are plenty of reasons for discerning guests to drop by. The executive lounge is among the most generous in Singapore with its 4 hour evening cocktails while F&B outlets such as Pool Grill and Wan Hao make sure people return. Such is the case with me. I will be back – next time to check out the Pool Terrace rooms!
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