Review – Conrad Centennial Singapore

If you have never stayed at a Conrad, you are really cheating yourself! Conrad properties are always exceptional and our stay at the Conrad Centennial in Singapore was no exception to this.

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I opted for a points + cash redemption at the Conrad. Standard rooms were going for ~$255/night, while the points + cash rate was 24,000 HHonors points + ~$100. I do not consider this to be great value, but a standard award room was going for 50,000 HHonors points, so for ~$100, I would rather keep the extra 26,000 HHonors points.

We took a taxi from Singapore’s Changi Airport which is only about a 15 minute ride. The Conrad is located in the Marina Bay district of Singapore, which is a perfect location if you are in Singapore for either business or pleasure. Upon arriving, we were greeted by the friendly staff and directed to the check-in desk. The lobby area of the Conrad is quite nice with a bar, a seating area around a piano and several other small seating areas.

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There was also a grand staircase that had a very unique chandelier hanging near the check-in desk.

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At check-in we were assisted by probably the most competent and professional Hilton representative I have ever encountered. I had checked in and selected my room online using the HHonors app, so the check-in process was extremely quick. I hold HHonors Gold status thanks to my American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass credit card, so we were upgraded to a deluxe corner room which overlooked the marina.

Our check-in representative walked us to the elevator and we were off to the 23rd floor. Upon exiting the elevator, we turned right and walked to the end of the hall. I always prefer to be far away from the elevator. Upon walking into the room, there was classical music playing from the sound system in the room, which was a nice touch.

Immediately upon walking into the room, the bathroom was located to the left, and there was a closet on the right which featured the usual array of robes, an ironing board and a safe. The bathroom was quite nice with marble everywhere.

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It also featured a shower which was separate from the bathtub (something I always prefer).

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The sink was large and featured plenty of counter space.

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Waiting on the sink area was an array of Aromatherapy Associates toiletries.

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Also waiting for us in the bathroom was a Conrad rubber ducky which it was explained to us at check-in that was ours to keep!

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Back in the hallway after exiting the bathroom, there was a small bar area that contained the coffee maker, kettle and a selection of coffees and teas.

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That led out to the main room area which featured a desk and two chairs in the corner next to a TV stand that housed a nice Sony sound system.

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Waiting on the TV stand was a Conrad Centennial Singapore branded teddy bear, which was also ours to keep.

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While I do not particularly care about things like this, I do find it to be a nice touch when hotels offer items like this as there are plenty of people out there that collect things like this.

The main room featured near floor-to-ceiling windows that offered awesome views of the marina and the Singapore skyline.

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The nighttime views just a few blocks from the Conrad are not too bad either!

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My one complaint about the hotel had to be how dirty the windows were. It was unfortunate that our great views were rather let down by dirty windows that looked like they had not been cleaned in many months.

At the far side of the room was another chair with an ottoman.

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On the stand next to the chair was a drawer which featured a small box of chocolates and two oranges.

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The main point of the room was of course the king sized bed flanked by two night stands which was as comfortable as usual.

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Since I an a HHonors Gold member, we were offered complimentary breakfast at either the pool-side restaurant or at the main restaurant – Oscar’s. Both restaurants offer a buffet style breakfast. We originally tried to dine at the pool-side restaurant, but since we had slept in a bit, they were getting ready to close early for a special function being held there later in the day, so we ended up at Oscar’s. The breakfast buffet spread was impressive!

There was a selection of waffles and pancakes with cookies and various other toppings…

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A huge selection of breads, muffins and pastries…

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A selection of fruits (though it was fairly picked over due to the late nature of our arrival for breakfast)…

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A wide selection of local Asian dishes from buns to sushi to dumplings and congee…

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There was also a wide variety of cold cuts and yogurts available…

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Along with a selection of cheeses and even honey from the honeycomb(!)…

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Although not pictured, they also had an omelet and eggs station where you could have eggs made to your liking. Next to that was a wide variety of spice and condiments to appease just about anyone’s tastes…

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And last, but not least, what breakfast buffet would be complete without a nice selection of gelato and cakes?

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About the only thing that was not good at the buffet was the coffee. It was from a Nescafe machine, though tasted very bitter and slightly burnt. I usually drink my coffee black, but ended up putting some milk in mine just to kill some of the bitter and burnt taste. The orange juice was fresh squeezed though, so that more than made up for the mediocre coffee.

After breakfast, we decided to head to the pool to relax for a bit before heading out to the Maxwell Food Centre (if you have never been, you need to go, it is amazing!). The pool is located on the 4th floor and was almost completely empty while we were there.

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There was also a nice pool bar where you could get drinks and a variety of food.

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Once we sat down on the lounge chairs, we were brought glasses of ice water and a small amuse bouche of chilled fruit in a cup. It was a very nice touch and the fruit was very refreshing in the 90+ degree heat!

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I have to say, the pool at the Conrad was extremely relaxing and exactly what I needed after a two week trip!

After a quick one night stay in Singapore, we were off to the airport again to catch our flights back to the U.S.

Final Thoughts

I have largely found that Waldorf Astoria and Conrad properties always offer exceptional service, and the Conrad Centennial Singapore was no different. While our overall stay was fantastic, I do think the hotel is starting to reach the point where it is due for a refresh. Refresh needs aside, the room was comfortable, offered a fantastic view and is perfectly located. I would not hesitate to stay at the Conrad in Singapore next time I am in Singapore!

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