Mercure Singapore Bugis – Hotel Review

Instead of roses and presents, H & I spend Valentine’s day at the Mercure Hotel Bugis. We were pretty excited because it has been a while since we went for staycation after we got our own house. The last staycation we went was in 2017 December Christmas at Tanglin’s Traders Hotel.

Situated in a popular shopping street in Singapore, Mercure Hotel Bugis is located near to many MRT stations such as Bugis station, Bencoolen Station and Bras Basar station. Also, there are many bus services stopping in front of Bugis street, making it very accessible to a local attraction like Little India, Chinatown and Clarke Quay.

Plus, the hotel is located near to shopping malls. Bugis Junction and Bugis+ have shops carrying international brand such as Uniqlo, Sephora, Topshop & etc. In addition, there are restaurants and cafes nearby and we were spoilt for choices.  

Upon arrival, we were greeted with artsy interior design. We were early and was thankful that they had rooms ready for us. Checking in was fuss free too. The staff was friendly and very approachable.

Rooms
There are a few room type in the hotel, ranging from $150 - $235 SGD exclude tax and GST for its basic room to loft (highest tier). H book the Executive loft with Queen Bed and Sofa and it came with complimentary access to the lounge and breakfast.

Our room is located on the highest floor at level 14. Unfortunately, there is not much view from our hotel room and worse still, it faces the HDB. Opening the window reminds me at home. Jokes aside, the room is clean and neat. The queen size mattress is located at the upper level of the loft. Initially, I was a little disappointed that the mattress is soft to medium because I prefer medium to a firm mattress. To my surprise, the queen size bed turns out pretty comfortable.

The toilet was a total let-down. Although it is very common for hotel design to have an open concept, the one in Mecure is poorly designed. The toilet space is so cramped that you have to sit 90 degrees in order to close the door.

Lounge Access @ The Privilege Lounge
The privilege lounge is located at level 3 of the hotel. The lounge provides light snacks such as cakes and some biscuit. Coffee, Tea and Cold beverages are available too. There is an indoor and outdoor space that you can choose from. The indoor lounge is a small, quiet and cosy space. If you prefer to enjoy the tropical weather at your convenience,  you can choose to sit outside of the lounge. Do note that kids under 12 years old are not allowed to sit in the indoor lounge.
Evening cocktails and canape is served from 6pm-8pm. Although the spread is limited, the food tastes pretty good! We love the fried chicken & smoked duck! The alcohol selections were limited too but pretty decent for a pre-dinner meal!

Facilities
There is infinity pool (25m) and outdoor jacuzzi area located at level 7. The pool faces the HDB and I find it quite amusing. Remember to wave when you see a lady opposite doing their laundry. #localexperience On a side note, you still can get a glimpse of the national library and some tall buildings featuring the city’s architectural from the corner of the pool.
Other than the swimming pool, there is a gym located at level 7 for the fitness buff. The gym is open 24/7 so you can burn off your calories after eating all the good food. The gym carries 2 running track, a stationary bicycles, a stepper, free weights and a bench. Although simple, I think it is good enough. After all, the gym in hotels is usually underutilised.

Sky Deck @ Level 15
If you want to have a good view of Singapore’s cityscape, visit the sky deck on level 15. The view there is definitely 10 times better than the one you saw from the infinity pool. The sky deck is decorated with flora and fauna design. With many outdoor chairs, one can enjoy the night view or even fireworks! We were very lucky to see them!

Buffet Breakfast @ Royale
Initially, we thought we could choose to visit the lounge or restaurant - Royale for breakfast. Unfortunately, there is only one option at the Royale. We could choose to at the restaurant or bring the food into the lounge. We choose the lateral because it was much quieter and we could enjoy our breakfast there. The only downside is that we had to walk all the way to the lounge to take our food.

H always have a thing for hotel buffet breakfast. Unfortunately, the breakfast buffet did not satisfy him. With limited options and mediocre food quality, there is nothing to rave about. I ended up having cereal and a couple of finger food for breakfast.  

Overall, we felt that the location of the hotel is the best part of it. If you want accessibility, I would recommend booking the basic room. The loft is not worth paying a premium. As for topping up to use the executive lounge really depends on your schedule. We did have a good time in the lounge! The breakfast was a disappointment. You can get better food in Bugis or visit my favourite Prawn noodle shop near East Coast.

Mercure Singapore Bugis
122 Middle Road, Singapore, 6818 5635


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