Remember Glass Hotel? Or Concorde Hotel? Then you are probably in the same age bracket as me.
Rebranded as Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium in 2005, the hotel at Outram Roadhas recently completed its multi-million dollar revamp, in conjunction with its 10th anniversary this year. Areas of the hotel such as the guest rooms, F&B offerings and hotel facilities have undergone a face lift to exude a more modern and contemporary feel.
I remember the interior of the hotel used to look quite dated and 'dark', with a lack of natural light in the hotel lobby. So I was pleasantly surprised to see a bright and cheery interior greeting me upon stepping into the lobby.
All well and good but the acid test for any family looking for a good staycation has got to be the hotel rooms.
And it definitely helped that the view was a stunner too!
We were hosted in an Executive Suite on the upper Executive levels of the hotel and it sure did not disappoint. As part of the hotel's refurbishment, all of its rooms were given a makeover which creatively incorporated design elements inspired by the iconic Singapore River and the colourful rows of shophouses along its historic riverbanks.
The result? A bright refreshing new look, with its rooms being rather spacious and comfortable. Oh, and I love the new carpet too!
Our Executive Suite came with separate living and bedroom areas, with rollaway beds set up for the boys in the living area. And as you can probably tell, they did not mind it a single bit... not when they had their own television to watch all the Cartoon Network shows they want!
As for me, I prefer to sink into the delightful comforts of the pillow of my choice.
Remember to ask for complimentary copies of travel kits for the kiddos when checking in too, which consist of an activity book and a box of colouring pencils.
One of advantages of booking an Executive Room on the top three floors of the hotel is exclusive access to the Executive Lounge on the hotel's top-most level, which serves daily breakfast, afternoon snacks, evening cocktails and canapes.
Even then, the view from above is equally mesmerizing in its own right.
Somehow, the symmetry that accentuates the interior architecture of the hotel is both pleasing and intriguing to the eye.
But back to the Executive Lounge on Level 27. Although the lounge was not luxurious, it exuded a rustic and cosy charm.
Afternoon snacks came in the form of cookies, hot and cold drinks while evening cocktails from 6pm served up finger food options.
The selection was nothing to shout for, but I guess the fantastic unblocked view that the Lounge offered more than made up for it. It even boasts a great view of the Marina Bay area, which comes in real handy for gawking at fireworks during National Day and other rehearsal dates!
The convenient location of Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium puts it smack in the middle of some great food choices - it is within walking distance from Tiong Bahru cafe enclave and hawker centre, or the Zion Road Food Centre for some delicious local cuisine. If you prefer something fancier, take a leisurely stroll to Robertson Quay or Mohamed Sultan area.
Looking to keep the kiddos occupied? Bring them to the nearby Tiong Bahru estate for a heritage walk! Tiong Bahru has its roots as a cemetery ground. It then became the site for the Singapore Improvement Trust’s public housing programme that aimed to alleviate the shortage of housing in Chinatown. Employing a modified form of the Streamline Moderne architecture style, the buildings were designed to look like cars, trains, ocean liners and aeroplanes with sweeping, streamlined and aerodynamic lines.
|Infographic courtesy of The Straits Times|
Spanning 2.5km and with 10 heritage markers, this trail reaches Tiong Bahru’s old architectural buildings, as well as other significant sites that residents of Tiong Bahru hold close to their hearts. Click HERE to read about our experience on the trail. Remember to stop for a moment and pay your respects at the grave of Tan Tock Seng, one of Singapore’s most important early pioneers, which is a 5-minute walk away from the hotel.
Feeling famished after the walk? Head to the revamped Atrium Restaurant at Level Four which serves a buffet spread of international and local dishes.
Formerly known as Melting Pot Cafe, it has also been remodelled to complement the shop house charm with a brighter and modern interior.
We had previously been to Melting Pot Cafe a few times, usually for my extended family's Chinese New Year reunion dinners and frankly, the buffet selection was uninspiring at best. However, for Atrium Restaurant's new weekend dinner buffet, it was certainly a different story as the buffet items were clearly given an upgrade.
Offering an extensive spread of varieties, the buffet spread also includes Sashimi and Seafood which simply upped the wow factor.
Kids get their own private corner too! Although the choices are a little limited, Ale was still pretty much satisfied.
And what is a buffet without a sweet tooth section? The Atrium Restaurant's dessert choices surely pleased the monkies with its different dessert, cakes and pastries - with the DIY ice kachang, ice cream and chocolate dips clearly the favourite!
Swimming pools in hotels never fail to excite the monkies and even though the ones at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium consist of one main pool and a kids pool, trust them to still being able to frolic delightfully in the water for the next one hour.
And the icing on the cake? All Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts around the world offer the signature Kids Eat & Stay Free programme so kids aged 12 years and below staying at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium can eat for free at any of the hotel’s restaurants when dining with a paying adult and stay for free when sharing their parents’ room!
All things considered, the Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium proves to be a fantastic staycation option that offers immense value to families who wish to stay in a quiet yet accessible location!
Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium
317 Outram Road Singapore 169075
Guests can now enjoy an enhanced stay, paired with a sumptuous dining experience at Atrium Restaurant with the Breakfast and Dinner package that includes one-night accommodation, buffet breakfast and buffet dinner at Atrium Restaurant for up to two adults. Rates from S$230++. For more information, visit www.singaporeatrium.holidayinn.com or www.facebook.com/hiatrium.