Jun 22, 2020
Location, location, location
Ascott Raffles Place is right in the heart of Singapore’s central business district, with Raffles Place MRT station at the doorstep. From here, it’s easy riding to Marina Bay Financial Centre and Marina Bay Sands, and a hop, skip and a jump to Chinatown. Elegant serviced suites in studio, one- and two-bedroom layouts are available, with all the attendant amenities required and then some for a comfy extended stay—fully equipped kitchens, Bose home- entertainment systems, a business center, 24-hour gym, infinity pool, and even babysitting and grocery services. Doubles from S$340. — G.M.
Situated in Singapore’s luxury brand–studded shopping belt, Ascott Orchard offers easy access to a multitude of high-fashion brands and restaurants, not to mention proximity to medical facilities. A chic, refined sensibility permeates interiors in its studio, one- and two-bedroom layouts, while penthouse-level suites are opulently outfitted in Fendi Casa furniture and with Christofle table and glassware. De Dietrich kitchens, a 24-hour gym, children’s wading pool and play area, and a host of services (housekeeping, laundry, meal deliveries) make for seriously stylish city living. Doubles from S$300. — S.V.
Full-service, fully equipped city apartments
This luxurious 268-unit serviced apartment in Shenton Way stands out for its full suite of hotel services, including 24-hour concierge, housekeeping, security and maintenance. The in-house Se7enth restaurant and The Bar provide in-room dining for those nights in front of Netflix, further facilitated by the new roving Oakwood Mobile Bar, which whisks free-flow cocktails and canapés to the apartments of guests with club privileges. Doubles from S$350. — S.V.
Cute and convenient
With four properties in the popular Sukhumvit area, this peppy brand is a foolproof option for longer Bangkok trips. These “apart-hotels” feature studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments, all with well-equipped kitchenette and all the essential in-room amenities you’d expect from a regular apartment. Each Citadines features a compact gym, pool, launderette and housekeeping, plus a breakfast bar to get the day started on the right foot. The deal-sealer is proximity to Asoke junction’s multi transit systems, putting the whole city within easy reach. Doubles from Bt1,800.— B.V.V.O.