Located in the heart of Singapore’s historical and cultural district, Rendezvous Hotel is probably the prettiest hotel that I’ve ever been in, and definitely one of the most convenient. I was less than a five minute walk away from the Bras Basah and Dhoby Ghaut MRT stations, and there were plenty of things I could do in the area. Within that same 5 minute radius, I could get to the National Museum, the Singapore Art Museum, Orchard Road for the shoppers and had plenty of food places to choose from. And right next door, at the Rendezvous Gallery, there’s a 24-hour Tex-Mex place, a karaoke studio and a bar with quite the selection of craft beers. I was pretty much sorted.
Walking into the lobby of the hotel, I could tell that they’re proud of their location in the arts district of Singapore. Various paintings hang on the walls (which I was told change after a time and some are for sale) and at the centre of the lobby is a light installation that sadly was under maintenance during my stay so I couldn’t witness the beautiful change of colours I was promised. In the evening, their lobby lounge, The Library, is open for all to enjoy. Friendly staff greeted me with genuine smiles as I checked-in and were friendly throughout my stay.
During my stay, I stayed in their newly renovated Deluxe Club Room, a quirky themed room (there are three themes available, I believe I stayed in the ‘retro’ room) with a king-sized bed on which I slept like a baby. Goodies greeted me on a tray as I entered the room, a few slices of local goodie: layered cake (known as kek lapis in Malay), cookies and really, really good chocolate balls.
A universal remote lay next to the bed bed where I could control all the things in the room, from the lights to the huge Samsung TV, though sadly it wasn’t portable and that meant I had to roll across the huge bed (I tend to sleep away from windows) to be able to turn the lights off. The bathroom had a nice surprise, its toilet seat was heated. With the number of midnight cringe fests I’ve had throughout various hotel stays thanks to cold toilet seats, this was definitely a plus in my book. Rain and wall showers adorned the bathroom alongside Fresh Artistry toiletries which smelled amazing.
The hotel’s pool is small but it’s enough for a cheeky dip and quick laps. Snacks and drinks are available to order from the poolside after 12pm, so perfect for a poolside chill out. Right next to the pool is their gym which is open 24 hours a day, so you can avoid the gym junkies (if there are any during your stay) with the view of the pretty poolside in the night.
Staying in a club room, I had two options for where to eat breakfast: the Club Lounge or the acclaimed Straits Café by the lobby. I opted for one morning in each location. If you prefer a quiet breakfast, the Lounge would be the better option. Continental breakfast with choice hot foods were available at the Lounge, with a view of the National Museum. For a bigger, more localised spread, best to head down to the Straits Café. From mini pancakes and to nasi lemak and noodle soup (which definitely helped during the heavy downpours I experienced), to fit any craving you may have during your stay.
This is definitely a reliable hotel all round and to me, Rendezvous checks all my boxes. Convenient location, good food in-house, craft beer next door and clouds for beds. I know that it will always be a comfortable stay for me here.
Rendezvous Hotel by Far East Hospitality
Address: 9 Bras Basah Rd, Singapore 189559
The writer stayed for two nights as a guest of Rendezvous Hotel. Photos provided by the hotel.