After our long overnight flight from Heathrow we land at Changi in the now early evening and transfer to the Hotel Miramar with the minimum of fuss. We were staying 3 nights on our outward journey to Oz and 2 nights on our return.
We email the hotel a week or two before our arrival and request a river view room on a non-smoking high floor. We are given a room on 10 which was perfect. There is a busy eight lane highway below but you can barely hear the traffic. During our stay we requested a late checkout (2pm) no charge. The hotel gave us exactly the same room for our return stay which was very pleasing, and another late checkout was requested and provided. They have two rooms on 5 that you can use to shower or change after check out, on a first come first served basis. The service at the Miramar is excellent; the staff can’t do enough for you.
We had a standard room which they call a deluxe twin and it was very nice.
There was the usual tea & coffee making facilities and mini-bar (expensive). A complimentary bottle of water for each guest is supplied daily. We found the tap water fine to drink. Shampoo and shower gel, slippers and robes are provided. And the room has an easy to use electronic safe.
A petrol station with 24 hour convenience store is right next door, handy for small packs of tea bags and fresh milk to supplement the room supplies. The store sells sandwiches and hot pies and the booze is a reasonable price, a large can of Tiger around S$4.60. Booze is quite expensive in Singapore generally and you will pay around S$11- for a pint of beer in an ordinary bar. A Singapore Sling at Raffles will set you back S$28-
We never ate at the hotel so can’t comment on that. We always had breakfast at the Kith Cafe which is opposite the hotel on the far bank of the river. Cross by the road footbridge and then cross the river bridge and it’s on the left corner. We loved it here sitting outside with the morning joggers and the young ex-pat wives and their well behaved little children. Eggs on toast S$7.50 and very nice. In the evening we sometimes ate at the Ba Bar Black sheep which is along the river. There are lots of bars and restaurants along the river.
The Miramar is at Robertson Quay and the busier Clarke Quay is around 15 minutes’ walk along the river to the right. Take it slowly during the day as it is very hot and humid. The local ladies often use umbrellas / parasols to shade the sun and it might rain in the late afternoon.
Taxis are reasonable and very plentiful, but we mainly used the yellow Singapore Airlines hop-on hop-off bus that stops right outside the hotel, it is S$12- a day or S$6- if you can show a SIA boarding card.
The downside of these buses is that they only go the one way around the circuit, but that’s not a major problem if you plan ahead. The very popular Botanical Gardens are one of the first stops after the hotel.
There is also a free Singapore River hotel’s shuttle coach that calls at Orchard road and Clarke Quay. Get a timetable from reception but best mention it to the bell desk as they will ring the driver to make sure he calls in for you.
We thought Singapore was fabulous and that the Botanical Gardens had a very big wow factor, especially the National Orchid Garden, S$1- if you are 60 or over. It was lovely wandering around Raffles Hotel and gardens as well
The Miramar has a small tour desk and we booked the Night Safari through this at S$50- each. We could have done it slightly cheaper ourselves but it just made life easier, and Joyce our tour guide was delightful.
At this price level I would recommend the Miramar...
We move on to the Hyde Park Inn in the CBD Sydney...Please see my review if interested.
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- Also Known As:
- Miramar Hotel Singapore
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