The 395-roomed property is set in the heart of residential buildings and shopping malls. Guests can have a glimpse of both local life and enjoy the touristic sights that the Bugis and Bras Basah district has to offer. Newly open in 2016, Mercure Singapore Bugis’ location is only a stop away from the city centre.
Checking in to Mercure Singapore Bugis
The contemporary, chic lobby lounge with plush, velvet seats reminded me a little of royalty. Together with a bar, we were greeted with high ceilings, gold trimmings and a multi-coloured shelf adorned with ornaments at our check-in.
Check-in begins from 2pm and check-out is by 12pm.
Mercure Singapore Bugis’ Room
Room types include:
- Standard Room with Queen Bed
- Standard Room with Twin Beds
- Loft Room with Queen Bed and Sofa
- Superior Room with King Size Bed
- Executive Loft Room with Queen Bed and Sofa
We checked into our Loft Room and were welcomed with a pair of chocolate on the desk.
Loft Room prices start from SGD190 on Agoda.
The ground floor comprises of the bathroom, the desk and a television set. The lack of seating on the ground floor made watching television not too conducive.
The queen bed fits tightly on the mezzanine floor, with a mounted television in front of the bed.
I could get used to waking up to natural light filtering through the full length window that loft room offers! The windows’ massive size brings in plenty of natural light, with the vibrant art piece on the wall giving the room a pop of colour.
The bathroom and toilet is encased in glass walls, with the mirror by the sink lighting up around at the edges, hence doubling as a dressing table.
Prices starts from SGD174 on Booking.com and Agoda.
Mercure Singapore Bugis’ Amenities
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The infinity-type pool, together with the 24-hour gym, are situated at level 7. It is a challenge to find unobstructed infinity pool views. This one, too, was marred by the neighbouring residential buildings and multi storey carpark, though the corner pool makes for a distinctive feature of Mercure Bugis, lending guests the occasional pool shot. The pool also includes jacuzzi and a children’s pool.
As much as we wanted to get a tan in the morning the following day, the pool is sheltered and our plan to tan was aborted.
The gym overlooks the pool with basic running treadmills, a stationary bicycle, free weights and a bench in a compact space. As with our stay at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore, I was getting WL used to the gym exercises at midnight, heh.
We also checked out the sky deck on level 15. Decorated with animal ornaments and patches of grass, it makes for a mini garden, for guests to enjoy some fresh air and a glimpse of Singapore’s city scape.
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Dining at Mercure Singapore Bugis
With our growling tummies, we set off for level 3, where the food is at. Covering the floor is Mercure Bugis’ western restaurant, Royale, the Privilege Lounge, and meeting rooms.
Royale serves breakfast from 6am to 10.30am, and all-day dining is available from 2pm to 10.30pm for both the guests and the public. The waiters at Royale weren’t as professional as I had expected. I assumed the message would be conveyed that dinner was provided for us when I gave them my room number, but I was told I had to inform them myself. Also, for some strange reason, the glasses of water we ordered was served only to be later taken away to be exchanged for another.
The buffet dinner consists of a range of local options such as satay, laksa, and various Chinese dishes. Also included are seafood, cold cuts, salads and pastries. I had a delightful time digging in to the chilli crab and laksa, which I thought were great introductory dishes to the smorgasbood of delectable local food in Singapore.
The stretch of al fresco seating by the Privilege Lounge makes for an intimate setting after dark. With access to the Privilege Lounge, we could enjoy a glass of wine, cheese and crackers to wind down our night.
For guests whose palate lean towards Chinese food, there is a Cantonese restaurant, Song Garden, on level 2.
Mercure Singapore Bugis’ Location
Diagonally across the National Design Centre, it is just 5 minutes walk from the nearest train station, Bugis,
Just minutes walk away from Bugis Street, where you can get one of the best shopping bargains in Singapore. For an alternative shopping experiences, there are nearby malls Bugis+ and Bugis Junction.
Mercure Singapore Bugis is also right smack in the arts and cultural district of Bras Basah, where numerous art museums can be found. National Museum, Singapore Art Museum, National Library and CHIJMES are some places you don’t want to miss when you’re in the vicinity.
Prices starts from SGD174 on Booking.com and Agoda.
Mercure Singapore Bugis is a no-frills hotel in midtown Singapore, a location that has plenty of shopping, local food and gives you a glimpse of everyday local life. For anyone seeking a particular loft experience, Mercure Singapore Bugis is an affordable choice, providing everything a hotel has to offer.
Mercure Singapore Bugis [email protected] 122 Middle Road, Singapore 188973
Special thanks to Mercure Singapore Bugis for making this stay possible! All opinions remain my own.