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Old 17th February 2019, 01:57 AM   #46
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After breakfast, we went outside for a stroll along the bank of the Singapore River...



It was a beautiful sunny Sunday morning, which meant there were many people out for a leisurely morning stroll, having breakfast or watching their children play or cycle...



While Marina Bay was famous for otters, there were other creatures that one might chance upon along the Singapore River...

Monitor lizards for example...



Is there a future for waterborne transport in Singapore?



We crossed the Alkaff Bridge and headed back to the hotel...




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Old 17th February 2019, 02:15 AM   #47
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Final thoughts on the Intercon...

On the whole, the InterContinental Robertson Quay impressed us. This was a very stylish and upmarket hotel, with very good rooms and warm, attentive staff.



The whole Robertson Quay area had a nice relaxed vibe to it, and this extended to the hotel lobby and public areas, which were quiet and peaceful.

We liked the location of the hotel, by the river and nightlife, and just a few minutes away by taxi/car from Orchard Road or the Civic District and Marina Bay. For those who enjoy a good stroll, you could also walk along the river to Marina Bay and Esplanade Park, not to mention Fort Canning, and even Orchard Road.

Areas where the InterCon compared less well with other hotels in Singapore included room size: Our room was beautifully styled, but fairly compact. The swimming pool was small - really just a lap pool. This hotel would be great for a couple on holiday, or a single traveller on business, but if you were travelling with kids, this would not be my first recommendation. In any case, I doubt families on holiday were the target demographic for this property, although we did see many families and children in the Robertson Quay area during daytime hours.

Highlights of our stay included the Club Lounge, with its superb F&B, and attentive staff. Size aside, the rooms were quite excellent in terms of styling and in-room facilities. Hotel staff were superb across the board -- we felt very well looked after.

Overall, we had a great stay -- this must be one of the classiest hotels in the Robertson Quay / Clark Quay area.

To be continued!

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Old 18th February 2019, 11:52 AM   #48
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Thanks, yflyer, for another great TR.

Robertson Quay is one of our favorite neighborhoods in Singapore, so much so that we bought an apartment here and made it our permanent home. [Our building appears in some of your wonderful pictures...]

Some random comments:

- The running routes you took are the best in this part of Singapore. But if you want something quieter (though not necessarily better), you can run along the river on the opposite direction away from the city. This route takes you along the Alexandra Canal all the way to Tanglin Road, near the Brunei Embassy. Chances of spotting the resident otter family in that part of the river are reasonable. You can continue running to Queenstown as well for a longer run. It probably captures a more local flavor as it passes some HDB Estates.

- I find the Intercontinental and the Warehouse Hotel to be odd additions to the plethora of hotels in the area. They tend to be targeted either at package tourists (Miramar, Riverview (now rebranded as a Four Points by Sheraton)...) or 3-star options (Holiday Inn Express, Copthorne, Studio M...). Both Intercontinental and Warehouse seem to have made compromises on room size (Intercontinental inherited the layout from the Gallery hotel) and pools. But if it works.....

- The best part of staying here are the F&B options. RB Capital, which owns the Intercontinental, also bought out all the commercial units in the neighboring condo, Quayside. The facades of the restaurants there (including Boomerang and Super Loco) were remodeled to share some design elements with the IC.

- Tiong Bahru, with its eclectic mix of eateries and hangout spots, is just a short walk away. I've always preferred its hawker center over the more touristy Chinatown one.

- There's a gallery with occasional good exhibits (www.stpi.com.sg) and a theater (www.srt.com.sg) hidden in the neighborhood. Do visit again when you get the chance.
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