Staycation: Carlton City Hotel, Singapore

A second property of the Carlton Brand in Singapore, Carlton City Hotel is a brand new business hotel situated along the fringes of Chinatown, within the historical district of Tanjong Pagar. To me, its location is extremely convenient, with the MRT Station 5-10 minutes away by foot and there are countless food options nearby. Adjacent to it is Amara Hotel, where I popped over and dined at Thanying Thai Restaurant. There is also 100AM mall, with an array of restaurants and Korean eateries along Tanjong Pagar Road. Carlton City Hotel also prides itself to be one of the highest rated green buildings in Singapore.
I paid about $242 for a weekend night at their Executive Room, inclusive of complimentary room Wi-Fi, unlimited local calls and in-room mini-bar. Breakfast vouchers were purchased at $20 per person upon check-in, otherwise it would be priced at $29.

A beautiful, eye-catching crystal chandelier was the centrepiece of the main lobby. Incredibly stunning, I could not stop looking at the sparkles, reflected by the prisms.

The lobby exuded a grand vibe due to its unusually tall ceiling and marble-lined walls. Creatively used, the different shades of grey and textures resulted in a contemporary look of marble – no longer deemed to be tacky and old-fashion. Also, spot the lobby lounge in the corner.

Check-in counter and lifts to the hotel rooms.

The Executive rooms are on the higher floors and my room was on the 28th. It was a very spacious 32sqm room, though I wasn’t able to showcase the area with only my prime lens. The monotonous dark woods and marbles were given a pop of colour with a vibrant wall-picture and bright-red cushions. The big bay window also welcomed great natural lighting in the day.

The King-size bed was plushy and comfortable with huge pillows! Definitely had a good night’s sleep in this bed!

View from the 28th floor.

A functional and elegant study table.

Complimentary mini-bar.

See-through bathroom, complete with separate rainfall shower and bathtub!

Some of the toiletries provided. The shower scent had a lovely and relaxing Lavender fragrant.

The swimming pool on level 3 was tiny. Its jacuzzi could probably fit only 2 people maximum.

I gotta say that these deck chairs looked stylish!

Breakfast the next morning at Plate, overlooking the swimming pool. Again, the design of the restaurant was modern and sophisticated.

Smoked Salmon and Ham.

Finger food of Egg Tarts, Hashbrown, Mini Donuts.

Selection of Pastries.

The best dish on my plate was sadly the Steamed Lotus Paste Bun.

Pancakes that looked perfect, yet uninspiring.

There were live egg and noodles stations at the buffet counters too. The spread was decent, though I must say that the breakfast wasn’t any fantastic. You could probably do better with $20 at a nice brunch café in Tanjong Pagar.

To sum it up, my stay at Carlton City Hotel was really enjoyable and  luxurious yet inexpensive – considering it was a second-tier room type. I was indeed happy to be holed up in the room the entire day and night!

Carlton City Hotel
1 Gopeng Street


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