Thursday, 5 November 2015

Park Hotel Alexandra, Singapore

Park Hotel Alexandra, Singapore
Park Hotel Alexandra, Singapore

When I think of Singapore I often think of shopping, and our latest hotel stay on the island of purchasing paradise proved a central hub from which to engage in some serious retail therapy. Park Hotel Alexandra, houses a three-storey shopping mall in the very same building. The newly opened Alexandra Central grants hotel guests direct access to a surplus of dining, retail and entertainment options. Across the road is a multi-storey outlet-shopping centre Anchorpoint, and on another corner is a huge sporting goods complex, Queensway Shopping Centre. The homeware and furniture giant Ikea is right next door, and a number of highly respected food centres are also in the same strip. And… if that’s not enough procurement pleasure, there’s a complimentary shuttle service to VivoCity and Orchard Road.  

Park Hotel Alexandra, Singapore
Park Hotel Alexandra, Singapore
Park Hotel Alexandra, Singapore
Lobby

In addition to the seemingly endless opportunities to shop, we enjoyed the local humbleness of the location. Removed from the flashy downtown district, Queenstown has a friendly neighbourhood feel to it. It’s a place we sense the country’s historical and cultural heritage and get a taste of the lives of the everyday Singaporean. We couldn’t resist trying the avocado juice from Mr. Avocado (which sees a long line in busy periods for this now famous specialty) in the food centre across the road, and we hear the braised duck is worth traveling for as well. Next trip we hope to trek up to Hort Park and make use of the elevated walkways and bridges to also see Kent Ridge Park, Telok Blangah Hill and Mount Faber Park.

Back in the hotel, we found it had all the comforts we needed in their 442 guest rooms and suites. Our stay was perched up high on the 19th floor in a Crystal Club Guest Room. From our window we viewed the treetops of nearby Hort Park, and marvelled at some of the inventive architecture of the surrounding community.

Park Hotel Alexandra, Singapore
Looking Down to the Pool from Our Room

Decked out with earthy hues and soft lighting, the rooms exhibited warmth and a feeling of comfort. The floor to ceiling window-wall opened up the conservative 24sqm of space making the room appear larger. In addition, a glass walled bathroom could be privatised with blinds or left open, again presenting a sense of spaciousness.  

Park Hotel Alexandra, Singapore
Crystal Club Room

All of the facilities you expect in this class of hotel were at the ready: individual air-conditioning controls; 42” full HD Smart LED TV; cable TV and in-house movies; coffee and tea making facilities; electronic safe; bathrobes; slippers; hairdryer; complimentary Wi-Fi and so on. We didn’t use many of these amenities ourselves though, as we were fortunate to be staying in a clubroom, and so spent a good part of our time in the hotel being pampered at the club.

Park Hotel Alexandra, Singapore
Bathroom

On the same floor as our residence, the Crystal Club Lounge was a welcoming space. Three of the surrounding walls were entirely glass, which gave the place a pleasant openness and plenty of natural light. A light morning buffet, drinks throughout the day and cocktail hours in the evening were paired with warm, friendly and professional service. We noted the attention given to every guest in the lounge and observed happy contented faces. Despite Park Hotel Alexandra being a brand new property, the staff here is well trained and clearly has much experience in the hotel industry. 

Park Hotel Alexandra, Singapore
Crystal Club Lounge
Park Hotel Alexandra, Singapore
Cocktail Hour
Park Hotel Alexandra, Singapore
Outdoor Patio

The seventh floor is the entertainment nucleus of the hotel with a 25 metre infinity pool dropping over the side of the building. A well-equipped gymnasium takes advantage of the water views, as do the bar, and all-day-dining restaurant. 

Park Hotel Alexandra, Singapore
Pool and Aqua Bar
Park Hotel Alexandra, Singapore
Pool
Park Hotel Alexandra, Singapore
A Spot by the Pool
Park Hotel Alexandra, Singapore
Gymnasium

A generous buffet spread of both local and western cuisine at The Carvery can either be taken in air-conditioned coolness, or on the al fresco patio overlooking the pool.  At night we choose to cool off first with a couple of signature cocktails at Aqua Luna before heading over to the principal eatery for dinner. As you may have guessed from the name, roasted meats are at the centre of the mains and rotate (I’m told) daily. We see roast chicken, lamb and beef on our visit, and appreciate some of the hot items and a particularly scrumptious coconut pudding. Follow this link for more details.

Park Hotel Alexandra, Singapore
Breakfast Buffet The Carvery

Although the majority of our travels these days tend to be in luxury properties, we have yet to find many that have supplied a satisfying cup of coffee… that is, until now. Park Hotel Alexandra hosts The Coffee Belt in the lobby lounge, with a beaut barista and locally roasted coffee from Common Man Coffee Roasters. We test them out before departure and are pleased to say the norm has been broken. Excellent coffee! If we didn’t have to depart for the airport, we’d be sure to grab another to go.

Park Hotel Alexandra, Singapore
Lobby Coffee Shop - The Coffee Belt
Park Hotel Alexandra, Singapore
The Coffee Belt

Park Hotel Alexandra has a lot to offer in this local district: excellent service, clean comfortable rooms, a pleasant recreation and dining area, and great coffee.

Park Hotel Alexandra, Singapore
Limousine Transfer

Reasons to visit: a taste of the local surrounds; brand new and well priced; good coffee; easy access to shopping and business districts; attractive bar and pool area; professional and graceful service - especially experienced in the Crystal Club Lounge.

Park Hotel Alexandra
323 Alexandra Road
Singapore 159972
+65 6828 8888


26 comments:

  1. Gosh! It looks absolutely incredible! Like a whole other world... everything about it is impressive. I must admit, Singapore isn't my favourite place (was there once and didn't like)  but after seeing this Grand hotel.. I think I've changed my mind!

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    1. There's a lot happening in Singapore. Maybe you can plan an extension to your Malaysia trip and I'll give you all my 'ins' :-)

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    2. Ohh Monica, as per my previous comment  (in October) we decided to cancel our one-week in Malaysia due to the haze and my sweetheart new duties. I felt really sad about it. As you know I adore Malaysia... we will certainly go next year and would love to spend two-three days. Have a lovely week, dear! ;-))

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  2. What an awesome place to stay, Monica. I have friends who have lived in Singapore more than once, and they really loved living there.

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    1. Linda, My first overseas posting was in Singapore and I really enjoyed living there too.

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  3. it's great to find a hotel where the coffee lobby takes its coffee very seriously! :)

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  4. We also visited this hotel. Great architecture.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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    1. Interesting architecture is definitely something Singapore is not lacking in. :-)

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  5. Monica, Caning Cordobes and Co
    Have only stayed in Singapore once and that was on my first overseas trip when I still lived
    in PNG - went via Manila, Hong Kong and Bangkok. It was in 1967. Raffles was closed for renovations,
    the now famous International Airport was not completed and Singapore had just 2 years previously separated from the Malaysian Federation. Even Singapore Airlines (SQ) hadn't commenced - or Malaysian Airlines (MH) - still were joint as MSA. Singapore was then a shoppers REAL paradise.
    Stayed in a now long gone International Hotel- (The Singapura) on Orchid Road and there was a Park Hotel close by - certainly not as shown above! The Vietnam war was still going FULL BORE - from Hong Kong to Bangkok flew through an International Protected air corridor!!! Bit scary but a birds eye view of
    artillery gun flashes below could be seen! My plane a Thai International flight - a French twin engined Caravelle - on landing blew tyres and people were almost ripped out of their seats - oh fun and games!
    Ambulances appeared to treat some of the full load.
    At my Singapura Hotel I spent three days in bed with a bout of cerebral malaria - thankfully in Singapore
    the medicos were aware of this. Unfortunately also monsoon season was in full swing.
    It was not a memorable holiday destination. The wrath of the "gods" were angry with me.
    Then at customs - I had my Thai ceremonial sword taken from me - to collect on departure! Too dangerous, but straight outside Customs I could have bought a much more vicious Malay version?????

    I have since flown through Changi International on a number of times, but never stepped foot in
    the now amazing metropolis that Singapore has become. The rest of my family LOVE the place
    and even now both sisters returning from France/Spain are in residence for 3 days!

    Cheers
    El Colin Cordobes - he who had his sword confiscated but returned.
    PS: I hope Junior Caning Cordobes left his sword and cape in KL????

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    1. Oh you sure do have some tales to tell! A retired pilot was telling me stories that took place during the Vietnam war of which many involved seeing what you saw below from the skies - frightening I think. I'm betting you wouldn't recognise Singapore on a return visit. The glorious Raffles does still live on however - just keeps improving with age I think. And... the airportS - terminal 4 in the making and terminal 5 in the plans too!

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  6. Awesome looking hotel. Love your shot of the bread counter!

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  7. I quite like their design.
    It's rather 1960's post modern with new shinny claddings ;)
    Yes, brutalist indeed!

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    1. And... in such a cool location. We're often down in Singapore and it was refreshing this time to get outside the city centre a bit.

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  8. I would just stay in the hotel and enjoy all the facilities, forget about all the shopping :P

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    1. Ha ha... I'm sure you'd hit the nearby food centres though ;-)

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  9. How lovely! It is attractive, clean and elegant, and very organized. I love the chalk board menu in the coffee area, it is very nicely written and clear. The seating looks very cozy and the bread counter is making me hungry! :)

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    1. Bread and coffee - two great attractions. :-)

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  10. I wouldn't mind being under a big umbrella by the pool sipping a drink with small umbrella in it.

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    1. Yes! Now we were here during the haze so didn't capture a great sunset. But now that the skies are clear that pool is the ideal location for sundowners.

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  11. Even coffees in paper cups come with coffee art....thumbs up! ;D

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    1. I hadn't thought about that... but you're right - that sure is attention to detail. :-)

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  12. i've not heard of the park hotel alexandra, so this is a nice introduction! :)

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    1. Nice community feel over this way Sean. And... a different side of Singapore to explore too.

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