A fun and stylish experience the heart of Singapore

urbanissmo by kenneth irving ong

For some reason, it had been a while since I last visited the Garden City of Singapore. While there were many plans to return and explore Singapore with its many interesting boroughs and fun attractions, none have pushed through until just recently on a quick birthday escape thanks to BDO’s Travel Sale and SilkAir.

Every time I travel, I always check for the best spots to efficiently enjoy a destination and with many hotels in Singapore finding the right one can be a daunting task with local and international brands competing to be your travel home-base. While there are many newer properties in and around the core of Singapore not many can offer a good balance of location, price, and amenities, like the Swissotel Merchant Court can.

The Swissotel Merchant Court at night.

The Swissotel Merchant Court, Singapore is a luxury hotel ideally located by Clarke Quay. The sprawling hotel hosts 476 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites that cater to the needs of the most discerning travellers. Each room features WiFi access, LED TVs, spacious desks, ergonomic seating, modern bathrooms and coffee and tea-making facilities featuring Nespresso and TWG.There is also a portable wireless hotspot which guests can bring along to help them navigate the ins and outs of the Lion City.

A room with a view over the Singapore River.

A short walk to essential Singapore

Conveniently located along the Singapore River, this means that the hotel is within walking distance of Singapore’s Central Business District and is close to major places of interest including Chinatown, and the City Hall cultural district where one can find the famous National Gallery with its vast collection of Singaporean and Southeast Asian art.

Swiss Executive Room.

For families who want to explore Singapore from a different angle, there are many Singapore River cruise offerings near the Swissotel. There also also many things families can experience at the Central Mall next door.

As day turns to night, night owls will definitely love stays at the Swissotel Merchant Court as it its located a stone’s throw from vibrant Clarke Quay and Boat Quay with its many happening bars and restaurants, giving the area around the Singapore River a lively beat.

Easy explorations on bus or LRT

Although downtown Singapore is a walkable city, there are places where a bus or LRT ride is needed. With a bus stop located beside and across Central Mall, one can easily get to Orchard Road for some retail therapy.

Singapore’s National Gallery is just a short walk from the Swissotel Merchant Court.

With the Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore is located on top of Clarke Quay station on the purple line, this gives travellers quick access to Universal Studios Singapore on Sentosa in the South via the Harbourfront station, and exotic Little India just two stops away to the North respectively.

Great times at the Swissotel

Nonya Kwei and coffee.

Exploring Singapore is definitely a fun experience but coming home to the Swissotel Merchant Court is also a treat.  Offering an impressive array of Peranakan, local and international favourites at lunch, high tea and dinner, Ellenborough Market Café never fails to thrill the senses. Its waterfront setting on the Singapore River also allow diners a chance to people watch and enjoy the scenes along the riverside.

Afternoon tea at Crossroads.

Need an escape from the equatorial heat? The Swissotel Merchant Court has a spectacular lagoon-style pool that overlooks the Singapore River. Located at the heart of the hotel, the pools gives the hotel a chic-resort feel even when the hotel is located at the middle of urban Singapore.

The Swissotel’s fabulous pool.

Even kids and teeners are well pampered at thee Swissotel Merchant Court with in-room age-appropriate toys, books, video games and amenities when one books an adjoining kids room.

It is definitely nice to be back in Singapore, and a stay at the Swissotel Merchant Court made my trip an even more memorable one. One where I experienced the vibrancy and colour of Singapore’s heart.


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