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Sleek Residential-Inspired Riverfront Hotel: InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay
The newest hotel in Robertson Quay – InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay – feels more like a stylish abode than a luxe hotel.
Established as part of Quayside, a holistic dining and lifestyle destination, the hotel was designed by award-winning multi-disciplinary architectural practice SCDA Architects.
The hotel features plenty of residential-inspired elements in the rooms and public spaces that create a comfy, homely feel. In a nod to Robertson Quay’s industrial and colourful past, SCDA Architects also incorporated materials such as Italian marble, slate, brushed copper, bronze and leather throughout the hotel.
Its 225 studios and suites, spread over levels five to 10, feature soothing earth tones, timber wood accents and floor-to-ceiling windows that maximise natural light.
5 Things We ♥ About The Hotel
1. Stylish, Homey Rooms
When we entered our Club InterContinental Studio King room, we knew right away that the room was designed for hours of lounging.
In place of an old-school desk is a sofa, a coffee table, and a specially designed wall seat and backrest that has a slightly curved side panel on one side for privacy that’s inspired by first-class airline seats.
We also love the pull-out drawer fridge, the double-duty sliding door for the bathroom and closet, Bose soundbar and healthy succulent plant. But we’re especially stoked by the personal cocktail kit (complete with shaker, spirits, olives and cocktail recipe booklet) specially developed by local bar collective Proof & Company for us to concoct our favourite cocktails.
2. Homey Lounge
If you prefer having someone else fix a cocktail for you in a comfy living room setting, Quayside Lounge is the place to be. Located on the fourth floor next to the reception area, the lounge overlooks the swimming pool.
If we had a bar at home, we would want it to look just like the lounge’s dark custom-made cocktail cabinet and just as well stocked, of course, with all the essential liquors and spirits.
Photo: Chris Wee
The lounge is also the perfect place for a cup of joe or afternoon tea.
3. 24-Hour Club Lounge
When we’re not in our room, we’re chilling out at the Club InterContinental Lounge on the fourth floor. Open around the clock, the lounge serves complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails for Club InterContinental residents. At other times, coffee, Monogram tea, juices and snacks are available.
Cocktail lovers can indulge in cocktails crafted by mixologist Nick Braun from the hotel’s Worldly Classics or Bespoke Cocktails menu.
There’s a cosy private room named The Study which can be booked for an hour for tête-à-têtes or gatherings on comfy sofas, or more formal discussions on a long table.
The best thing about the lounge is its breezy outdoor area which is surrounded by greenery and offers captivating city views.
4. Italian Vibes At Publico Deli & Ristorante
Being lovers of all things Italian, we felt right at home at Publico Deli, a casual all-day gourmet delicatessen that reminds us of the bustling eateries and pavement cafes commonly found in Italian neighbourhoods.
We could eat the juicy PUBLICO’s Burger with parmesan and parsley steak fries every day (well almost) while we’d order the Southern Fried Chicken & Waffles in a heartbeat when we’re craving comfort food.
Over at Publico Ristorante, which only serves dinner, we get our fill of wood-fired pizzas like Baci e Ricotto, topped with homemade tomato sauce, mozarella cheese, smoked scamorza, pork belly shavings and crumbled ricotta; and Carne, made with homemade tomato sauce, mozzarella, pancetta, salami, bacon, fennel sausage, beef bresaola, rocket, parmesan shavings and chilli oil.
A must for risotto fans are the Risotto “alla Milanese”, a house speciality dish made with saffron, pecorino and red wine; and Arancini “alla bolognese”, fried risotto balls filled with slow-cooked beef bolognese.
Publico Ristorante's interiors are inspired by modern Italian architecture, brought to life through a bold geometric granite floor from Italy, custom furniture pieces made by design firm AvroKO and intricate masonry details at the bar
The ristorante, designed by award-wining New York design firm AvroKO, has a charming outdoor dining area overlooking the Singapore River as well as a wine bar that has large windows which cantilever open to the terrace.
5. Singapore’s First Italian Cocktail Bar Marcello
We are impressed at how the back of Publico Deli metamorphises after dark into laid-back craft cocktail bar Marcello. Oozing the glamour of 1950s Milan, the bar houses Southeast Asia’s largest collection of Amari.
Be sure to order the Smoked Black Olive Negroni, mixed with gin, Campari, Italian vermouth and smoked black olives; or the Amalfi Sour, a zesty and velvety blend of homemade limoncello, citrus, egg white and amaro.
Otherwise, if you’re feeling adventurous like us, sit at the long bar and ask super friendly and fun-loving bar manager Cristiano Beretta to shake up one of his speciality cocktails for you.
Rates start from $345++ per night for a Studio King room.
Photos courtesy of InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay