Accor’s newest Singapore offering, the Mercure Singapore Bugis, sits in the heart of the island-city-state’s arts and cultural district, a 15-minute taxi ride from Changi Airport, and just minutes from the Central Business District.
The 395-room hotel features a scenic Sky Deck, infinity pool, 24-hour gym and beautiful dining options. As a welcome surprise, guests have access to a Handy Phone which features unlimited data, city maps and calls to 10 selected international countries – you beauty!
The hotel’s trendy loft rooms are a definite highlight – imagine waking up in luxury linen, walking down the stairs, swinging open the curtains to reveal the beautiful Bugis views (the windows are huge!!) then relaxing with a cuppa on your day bed… Bliss.
During our stay as guests of the hotel, we met Mico Calubayan, the hotel’s Director of Sales and Marketing. Mico gave us her top recommendations on where to dine, shop, watch a beautiful Singaporean sunset and more. Discover Mico’s favourites below…
“Singapore has moved from being a transit stopover city to a beautiful and unique destination,” Mico says. “Singapore has a lot to offer now and we’ve seen many attractions pop up over the last 10 years. Some of my favourites are the Singapore Flyer – One of the biggest observation decks in the world; Esplanade – Performing Arts Centre which resembles a Durian, the national fruit of Singapore; and Gardens by the Bay for its unique supertrees with a network of modern greenhouses.”
Mico recommends Singapore Heritage Coffee, proudly prepared using the Coffee Sock. It can be enjoyed from almost any corner. She suggests trying it with kaya toast, prepared with kaya – coconut jam, as well a topping of sugar, coconut milk, eggs, pandan and butter. Find it at Ya Kun Kaya Toast or Killiney Kopitiam.
Mico’s pick is the Hawker Centre – an open-air complex housing many stalls that sell a variety of inexpensive and delicious foods such as Chicken Rice, Fried Kway Teow, Hokkien Mee, Bak Kut Teh, Satay, Laksa, and Chilli Crab and the vegetarian Yong Tau Fu dish. Chinatown Complex Food Centre, with 260+ Hawker food stalls, has all the must-try local foods.
Mico goes to the either the Singapore Flyer or the East Coast Park to just relax with a cool drink.
For on-trend fashion at affordable prices, Bugis Street is Mico’s favourite shopping destination in Singapore. Tourists can also enjoy the best street shopping in this area with Bugis Plus and Bugis Junction malls offering a good selection of shops, cafes and eateries. Alternatively, Orchard Road is a 2.2 kilometre-long retail hub that’s not too far from the hotel.
Within the hotel, if you book a room with access to the VIP Privilege Lounge, you can have alcoholic beverages, complimentary canapes, and access to the terrace area with views of the city – as well as a beautiful breakfast the morning after.
The Arab Street/Kampong Glam area of Singapore is a heritage site and home to many up-and-coming eateries and bars. You could spend the entire day here walking around looking at the famous clothes shops and eating your way around, then party the evening away at any of the local bars. Blujaz Cafe would be a great place to listen to funk, soul, live acoustic sets and more.
Journeys To Come stayed as guests of the Mercure Singapore Bugis.
To discover more about the Mercure Singapore Bugis (including the ‘Discover your Singapore’ rate which is offering a one-night stay from AUD$168, including buffet breakfast), click here.