Published on August 25, 2007
Located on the banks of the Singapore River in the centre of one of City State's hottest nightspots, Novotel Clarke Quay is a convenient choice for both the leisure and business traveller.
The hotel is tucked away in the one of the twin towers of the Liang Court complex, which features good-sized shopping mall on its lower floors. Popular bookstore Kinokuniya has a branch on the 3rd floor, there's a 7-Elevent on the ground floor and a large 11 supermarket in the basement.
Hotel guests enter by a private sliding door and use the elevators to get to the 7th floor lobby to check in.
A couple of minute's walk away takes you to bustling Clarke Quay, a lively spot bursting with the city's trendiest bars and nightclubs and in full swing at the weekends. You'll also find a few seafood restaurants along the river for your dining pleasure along with a long queue of customers waiting to be seated.
Also nearby is Fort Canning Park, a popular venue for the arts and where several outdoor festivals, among them "Womad" takes place.
Accor has bought, renovated and finally rebranded the New Otani in 2005, making Novotel Clarke Quay the group's latest, newly renovated hotel in Singapore. It has 398 rooms, ranging from 28-square metre Standard, 32sqm Superior, 40sqm Deluxe rooms to 19 suites spread over 25 storeys.
The Superior room is quite spacious and the fantastic view of the city though the floor-to-ceiling window is a big plus.
The bathroom is spotless, with separate bath tub and shower area. The room is furnished with a comfortable desk, flat-screen television, broadband internet access, electronic bedside control panel, fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, safe, mini bar, hairdryer and even ironing equipment hidden in a wardrobe.
The hotel features two bars, The Living Room and the lobby bar, and a restaurant called The Square, which serves international cuisine. All the outlets are set around the lobby on the 7th floor, and are rather busy at breakfast time. Dinnertime is quieter as guests tend venture out for more exciting meals outside the hotel.
For those choosing to dine in, there's the Dragon Phoenix on the 6th floor, a Cantonese restaurant serving a range of dishes including Peking duck and dim sum and Moghul Mahal, which specialises in Northern Indian curries and tandooris.
The hotel also provides a business centre, many meeting rooms and a large-scale function room for up to 700 delegates, as well as good parking facilities. Bizfloors are available for business travellers on the 23rd to 25th floors, with a Biz Lounge on the 24th floor for the exclusive use for Biz Floor guests only.
Novotel Clarke Quay at a glance
High Point: Good hotel in a great location that is convenient for both leisure and business travellers
Low Point: Those heading to Singapore for shopping rather than hitting the nightlife may not want to be in Clarke Quay.
Find it: 177A River Valley Road,Singapore 179031.
Pay for it: Prices start at US$300 (Bt10,200) a night
Contact it: Tel: (+ 65) 6338 3333, fax: (+ 65) 6339 2854, Email: email@example.com
Browse it: www.accor-hotels.com/asia
Vipasai Niyamabha The Nation