Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza has quietly refurbished several parts of the property in recent years. In 2015, this took the form of the gorgeous swimming pool and Pool Terrace rooms while the award-winning Chinese restaurant, Wan Hao, was refreshed a year later. In between, the corridors of certain floors had also been updated and now come in soothing gray. In 2018/19, the new Executive Lounge opened in the same level as the pool, replacing what was once Pool Grill.
My recent stay at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza coincided with a new weekend staycation package targeted at residents – the Ultimate Urban Staycation. The property’s strategic location at the junction of Orchard and Scotts makes it an ideal place for a weekend getaway and allows one to be a tourist in Singapore.
Due to the central location, the lobby is always quite busy with something going on. At the time I checked in, I spotted people quietly having weekend afternoon tea while a few just ended their buffet lunch at the adjacent Crossroads Cafe. There was fortunately no queue at the front desk and the associate was quick to check me in after informing me my room was already available.
Executive Premier Room at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza
I stayed in an Executive Premier Room for this particular instance. The latter is slightly bigger – at 34 square meters versus 32 square meters for the entry-level and are located in higher floors.
Due to the octagonal shape of the building where the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza is at, the rooms don’t follow the conventional rectangular shape where the shorter side runs parallel to the windows. Here. the windows are actually located at the longer side of the quadrant and as such the room was noticeably brighter when I entered with a fantastic high view of Orchard Road.
The shape of the room also allows for ample space between the bed and the 46″ Samsung TV. As such, you will find a lounge chair by the windows which is great for people with near-sightedness to watch TV. There is also a work desk next to the TV to allow guests to enjoy a meal while lounging here. This is similar to the setup of more traditional hotels in Singapore.
One thing I always remember about Marriott-branded hotels regardless of the location is that the minibar always comes well-stocked. After the pandemic, this is no longer the case though a menu of minibar items are available for guests to order. That being said, it is never too difficult to find a convenience store nearby as the hotel is located in the heart of Orchard Road.
The bathroom here comes with Marriott’s distinctive soothing marble fittings. There is also a bathtub here for those who prefer a relaxing soak. At the time of my stay, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza was no longer using Thann toiletries.
M Club – Executive Lounge at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza
I was provided access to the executive lounge, now called “M Club” during my stay. Located at the 5th floor pool level, it is a recent modification, having opened in early 2018/9 following refurbishment. The executive lounge comes with great views of the pool. It only opens from 2pm onwards.
The venue is notable for its long evening cocktail hours which extends from 5:30 to 8:30PM. This was consistent with my experience at the executive lounges of other Marriott properties.
You’ll also find more than your typical lounge canapes here during evening cocktails. There are a number of hot dishes, including rice and noodles, which change each day. During my stay, I chanced upon pasta as well as a good variety of cheese and even Indian food.
The staycation package at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza comes with a $100 dining credit that can be used in Crossroads Cafe, Java+ or Wan Hao. I wanted to dine at Wan Hao with it but the restaurant was unfortunately fully booked. I ordered takeaway from the restaurant instead with my dining credit. The S$100 was sufficient for up to 2 adults and 1 child for takeaways at Wan Hao. I ordered some of their classic dishes such as the Cereal Prawn Balls, Poached Spinach and Fried Rice.
While here, don’t miss having a dip at the swimming pool which was renovated only in 2015. The area exudes a slightly Oriental resort vibe and is accentuated by the adjacent Executive Lounge You’ll also find the Pool Terrace rooms situated here. In my opinion, this is the best room category at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza.
The next morning, I had the option of having breakfast either at Marriott Cafe or at the executive lounge. The former is a better option if you’re dining before 9am. The hotel is a popular staycation spot and you’ll find families queuing up for their morning meal if you head down relatively late.
The venue was quiet when I headed down at around 8am. The spread is quite extensive and is particularly notable for offering a number of relatively unusual breakfast items. These include bread and butter pudding (a staple during lunch or dinner buffets) and even roast ham.
For those with healthier inclinations, the salad bar is also quite generous with plenty of items and condiments to allow diners to customize their own salads. Fresh juices are available – do look out for the smoothie of the day! Coffee addicts will be pleased to find Lavazza branded coffee served here.
With the hotel’s unrivaled location, it could probably do nothing and still end up doing pretty well in terms of occupancy. Fortunately, there are plenty of reasons for discerning guests to drop by. The executive lounge is among the most generous in Singapore with its extensive food buffet for evening cocktails while F&B outlets such as Wan Hao make sure people return.
Find out more about the Ultimate Urban Staycation Package HERE