Take a stroll along the road that lines the perimeter facing the iconic Raffles Hotel Singapore and you will have notice the tall giant stand sandwiched between Raffles Hotel and Suntec City Singapore. That is where the new South Beach Development is located – it contains a series of four conservation buildings – the former Non-Commissioned Officers’ Club building and part of the former Beach Road Camp.
While the new JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach sits within the vicinity of the historical site where the Non-Commissioned Officers’ Club building is located. The South Tower is a mixed use building for both hotel and residential.
The hotel occupies a total of 6 buildings in the South Beach development – 3 hotel blocks – South Tower (Level 1 – 21), East Tower & an Annexe building; along with 3 out of 4 conserved heritage buildings – Assembly, Grand Ballroom & NCO Club.The interior of the guest rooms is designed by world renown french designer – Philippe Stark, while the theme of the hotel invokes one that draws us back into our childhood. While there are many interesting designs and features of this hotel, I shall leave them to the pictures and video to illustrate the fascinating world within the series of buildings.
The interior of the guest rooms is designed by word renown designer – Philippe Starck, while the theme of the hotel invokes one that draws us back into our childhood. There are also many interesting designs and features of this hotel, I shall leave them to the pictures and video to illustrate the fascinating world within the series of buildings.
Ground floor Hotel Entrance (Level 1) – South Tower
Pool & Gym facilities (Level 18) – South Tower
Deluxe Room (with view of Beach Road) – South Tower
The Deluxe Room is a smart use of available technology and space. There are 7 USB Ports available inside the room, so gone are the days where you need to bring extra travel plugs to plug-in your electronic devices to juice up. Meanwhile, the room is brightly lit by LED lights as well as smart control panels that control the main switches, curtain and blinds. The bathroom has a sensor operated toilet and the toilet seat gives up warmth when used. There is also an integrated wall panel near the door entrance where the housekeeping could deliver the requested items by placing them into the external drop box – a well-thought design. However, do not never to leave any valuables in the room; use the safe if you have to leave things in the room.
A note-worthy spot to look out for is the guest lifts. As you enter the lift, you are brought into the deep-sea to experience its transformation. With a combination of light and music, you see the magnificent underwater creatures show up through the various coloured wallpaper surrounding the lift perimeter. The Mystery Sea interior in the guests’ lifts is designed by Carnovsky (From Milan-based art and design duo, Francesco Rugi and Silvia Quintanilla).
Executive Lounge (Level 2) – Annexe Building
Beach Road Kitchen (Ground Floor) – Annexe Building
Some of the hotel amenities and rooms are yet to open as they are still undergoing renovations and fine tuning, though the soft launch was on 15 December 2016. There is a total of 2 swimming pools – Level 18 (open to all guests) and at Level 6 East Tower (which is not yet open).
JW Spa (Level 2) – East Tower
The JW Spa located in the East Tower will be open in Q2 2017 and will occupy the whole of level 2, while the higher floors will house the yet to be opened guests rooms and another second swimming pool & deck.
Overall, it was a pleasant stay, though I think the hotel is still fine tuning their processes.
JW Marriott Singapore South Beach
30 Beach Rd, Singapore 189763
Esplanade – Circle Line
City Hall – North South Line & East West Line
Background information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Beach,_Singapore