Orchard Scotts Residences, Singapore
THE HOTEL: Orchard Scotts Residences comprises 206 superbly appointed serviced apartments, ranging from one-bedroom suites to four-bedroom penthouses. With views over the Orchard Road skyline, they are situated close to Singapore’s Newton MRT station, giving easy access to the city’s tourist, shopping and financial quarters.
THE CHECK-IN: Despite arriving unexpectedly early, I was given a warm welcome and a comprehensive tour of the apartment and all the facilities it had to offer by the wonderfully courteous house manager. My bag was delivered as we went through the paperwork.
THE APARTMENT: I was staying in a 15th floor, four-bedroom penthouse apartment on two floors, with views down to the pool complex below and out across the city. The master bedroom had an ensuite bathroom and there was a further bedroom with ensuite and two more with shared facilities. The lounge/dining area was huge with a table to comfortably seat ten. The lounge had L-shaped sofas and two arm chairs from which to enjoy satellite TV. The kitchen had an oven, dishwasher, microwave and coffee maker. A separate utility room housed a washing machine and dryer. There was also an outside area with sun loungers and a BBQ.
THE BUSINESS: There is a boardroom and a dining room available for guests to book, while free wifi access is available. A problem with the wireless code was quickly fixed with a call to the technical support team. Meetings can also be planned in guest apartments or at the cabanas around the pool area.
THE FACILITIES: Set in 2.5 acres of landscaped gardens, Orchard Scotts Residences offers resort style facilities, with four swimming pools and a state-of-the-art gym. There are also tennis courts, sauna, steam rooms, Jacuzzi and 24-hour concierge
THE VERDICT: A wonderful stay in a fantastically well-appointed apartment. The Orchard Scotts staff could not have been more helpful and the pool area and gardens are a fantastic spot to chill out.
THE DETAILS: Orchard Scotts Residences, 5 Anthony Road, Singapore 229954. Rates for a weekly stay (minimum seven days) for a one-bedroom apartment start from S$3,300 (£1,695). See: www.fareasthospitality.com.
Reviewed by John Sheehan (2013)