I read the disappointed reviewer's review and I can see why some things would bug that reviewer. What s/he had to say about the electrical outlets is spot on. Very very few and you have to sit down in a chair to dry your hair because your only option is by the TV and the plug is so low to the ground and cord so little that you can't stand and do it. So, that does bug a bit. I think because the property is older...that it has few outlets. I'm actually surprised during the re-model (looks like it was re-modelled about 8-10 years ago) that they didn't add more outlets. Maybe the infrastructure wiring wouldn't support it and was way too costly to change the infrastructure....i dunno.
The rooms are nice and spacious but besides the 46" Sony HD TV, it's not as modern as many of the other 5 star hotels I've stayed at in Asia. For instance, the curtains and shades are all manual. A bit rough as they've planted the work desk directly in front of the curtains. The carpet is high quality berber (with nice padding) but not the thick artfully designed carpets you see like they have in the walkways and lobby and like most 5 star Asian hotels have in the guest rooms. It's like a variation of tan and matches with completely tan chairs made of light wood. So, it becomes very bland very quickly -- too matchy matchy. Clearly a gay man did not decorate this joint. Haha! They need to hire a gay dude!! But if you compare it to Hiltons in the states, it's quite definitely 1 to 1.5 stars higher in service, quality, and decor. Plus the bed was SO comfortable as were the high thread count lilnens.
I got upgraded to an executive room and the lounge is uber posh. Probably tied with JW Marriott in Mumbai as the nicest executive lounge I've ever been in. Tasteful and plush carpets and art. I'm gonna give the award to JW Marriott due to its size (roughly 3,500 square feet and options for seating) but this one isn't far behind. There were fireworks last night and you could see them SO well from the 31st floor executive lounge. The wine there was of good quality and the food items were also quite nice for a nosh.
The lobby is very opulent and the service is friendly, kind, and sincere. I had housekeeping bring me an iron this morning and before she came in the front desk called me and said that the housekeeper was outside my room but could not knock as my "DND" light was on. Nice touch. I let her in promptly and apologized.
Haven't eaten the food. There is a substantially sized food stall in a mall across from the hotel (where you get on the hop on hop off buses) and the food there is terrific plus it's SO much cheaper. It's actually affordable. That's saying something in a country in which a Big Mac is approx. $7 USD and a Heineken beer at a bar is about $14 USD. OUCHERS!!
I'd stay at this property again, being a Hilton Gold member. The hotel is adjacent to the Mandarin and the Pan Pacific. The PP hotel, from the exterior, seems to be more posh than either this property or the Mandarin...they definitely have a nicer pool than the Hilton....but....don't know about the rooms until i actually can see into them!
My hope is that they'll modernize the decor in the next 5 years. Right now it's very 1998 Old Money decor. Get hip, Conrad! I've seen some of your other properties. You can do it here!
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- At the award-winning Conrad Centennial Singapore, we redefine sense and style. Rest in brand new guest rooms exuding contemporary luxury with Asian accents, accommodating the needs of the modern traveler. Stay in the heart of Marina Bay, where business, fashion, art and entertainment blend into a dynamic playground. Just a short distance from six shopping malls with over 1,000 shops and 400 restaurants; world-class attractions such as Gardens by the Bay, the Singapore Flyer, The National Gallery Singapore and museums, we offer you discreet luxury at one of the world's top destinations. Never just stay. Stay inspired. Our hotel is a 2017 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice and Top 25 Hotels Singapore awards recipient. ... more less
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