You can help but compare it with the Ritz Carlton a 100m away both 5 star hotels.
I am big fan of the Mandarin Orient Group though the quality of hotel varies from country to country.
First the Room, while its nice and ticks all the right boxes it certainly did not have that wow factor the moment you walk in. Its down to the age of the hotel and its starting to show in the layouts. The room has been refurbished but from the looks of it the original tiles in the bathroom have remained and they still have those horrible beige telephones. The shower and bath are so small only one person can fit in.
I would guess the room sizes of both the Ritz and MO are about the same but the design of the MO means 25% of it is wasted corridor space. So if you like nice rooms with electric blinds etc go for the Ritz. Though MO has a small balcony but in the tropics no one sits out on an open balcony its ether to hot or too wet, and being next to a main road too noisy.
Bathroom: Again age is against the MO the Ritz has one of the most amazing bath with a view type set ups and a shower 3 people can fit into. So if you like bathrooms go for the Ritz.
Views: With huge windows the Ritz wins even the cheap side of the Ritz you get a nice view.
Pools now here the MO wins while the pool is small compared to the size of the hotel so you have to be quick to snag the best cabanas. The pool side is very nice and as it on the top of the podium you get a nice breeze and view. Ritz pool feels like a municipal pool, below ground level so no breeze.
Service was as expected, though upset with the poolside restaurant for trying to fob off mozzarella as burrata cheese in a dish, when it was pointed out the waiter said they had no stock of burrata.
So if you like to laze by a pool and don’t mind the below average rooms ( for the price) , then go for the MO. If you like lovely rooms with a great bathroom then go for the Ritz.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mandarin Oriental, Singapore is one of the world's foremost luxury hotels. It is the only hotel in the city that has been awarded Five Star status for both accommodation and spa in the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide for six consecutive years (2012 to 2017). This award-winning property has a prime location, close to the financial hub with easy access to luxury boutiques and entertainment venues, and minutes away from Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre. The hotel features an impressive atrium lobby with 527 rooms and suites. There is a premium Oriental Club Lounge, an indulgent and intimate spa, extensive meeting and banqueting facilities, five renowned restaurants and two lounges overlooking the spectacular Marina Bay. ... more less
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