Author: Chic Eater
Have you ever heard of the phrase ‘first love never dies’? Well, that’s the analogy I would use to describe my feelings and experience with Studio M Hotel.
I first stayed at this hotel a few years ago on a leisure Singapore visit during its first year opening. The decision to have a 2-night stopover there was primarily induced by my curiosity for the loft-inspired rooms the hotel offered. I fell in love with the hotel then and have spent several love affairs with it since.
Even though I have met others that have touched my heart, I have unconsciously kept my first love intact. As part of my pre-holiday trip to Singapore on part work part pleasure purposes, I settled at the hotel for accomodation. If you asked, I would have to admit that I might have missed the love affair I previously had.
With its location by the Singapore river of Robertson Quay, it is in vicinity to many hype cafes and coffee shops and also within walking distance to the happening night hangout spot of Clarke Quay. The area itself is in the range of only several MRT stations to well-liked areas such as Orchard, Chinatown, Tanjong Pagar, and Marina Bay.
When I first reached the lobby to check in, I quickly sensed the hispter vibe I usually got from a boutique hotel through its new decor elements on the credenza and walls, as well as the sound of its upbeat and somewhat loungy music. On the way to the elevator, I also noticed Memo, the new cafe at the lobby.
I have previously tried the premier loft, so this time I decided to book the executive loft through the hotel direct reservation site. As I browsed for a good deal, I found a special offer for a romantic getaway that caught my attention. They called it ‘celebrate with style’. This offer provided us with a to die for view of the river and the city landscape, while also got us a welcoming package of complimentary bottle of wine. This last stay will and has made it to one of the most memorable hotel stay I had.
The room has separate sleeping area in the upper loft while the working and living area are on the first floor. Occupying the corner space of the hotel building, this loft has tall alumunium-framed windows on two sides, providing brighter natural outside light and wider panoramic angle on the city. As mentioned above, the particular trip was for both business and pleasure reasons, so I naturally need the working space as much as the sleeping space.
To me personally, the loft room design presented perfect space for both working and romantic stayover. The fast-speed wifi in the room and throughout the hotel was stable providing me with unlimited internet access to work with. With a granite or solid surface covered concrete long table by the window, you can work while occasionally relieve your eyes and rest your mind by looking afar through the glass window. It made the work less heavy and feel easy. As for the romantic side of it, I refrain myself to elaborate further. You need to experience it yourself anyhow to understand what I mean.
The breakfast area is on the second floor, the same floor as the gym and the swimming pool. With breakfast choices that include porridge, american breakfast selections, bread, cereals salads and fruits, we both practically got what we crave for in a hotel buffet. The equipments in the gym were quite elaborate, so it would fulfill the needs of a sport buff. The swimming pools towered on two sides was enough in size for a relaxing dip and a quick swim.
Memo cafe at the lobby offers menu of sandwiches, waffles, cakes and coffee. It is suitable for late afternoon coffee time as well as a late night snacking with friends. I will post a separate short review on the cafe later.
On the convenience side, I would also like to share the information that I got from the concierge about an optional transportation alternative from the hotel to other buildings. It has a complimentary shuttle bus service that leaves almost every hour to many spots in the city like other Copthorne hotels, Great World city, Paragon, Dhoby Ghaut MRT and Chinatown Point. That could save you quite a bit on taxi fares.
I truly feel I could keep on rambling about the things that I love about the hotel. But to make it simple, I’ll just say that the hotels do have the elements that would be appreciated by younger professional guests, couples, as well as families with kids. I would definitely recommend Studio M if you are looking for a hip vibrant boutique hotel with a style.
STUDIO M HOTEL
3 Nanson Rd, Singapore 238910
P: +65 6808 8888