Review: Andaz Singapore staycation

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Gorgeous design, good food and an unbeatable rate makes the Andaz Singapore one of my better staycations.

It’s safe to say that Hyatt desperately needed a second property in Singapore. 

While there’s nothing wrong with the Grand Hyatt per se, it gives off an exceedingly corporate vibe, and sits in the already oversaturated Orchard catchment where 5-Star hotels are a dime a dozen. That’s why there was so much excitement when Hyatt announced its plans to open an Andaz hotel in the Bugis district, the first Andaz in South East Asia, and 17th worldwide. 

Andaz Singapore
Andaz Singapore

The Andaz Singapore opened in November 2017, occupying the 25th to 39th floor of DUO Tower. For those of you unfamiliar with the Andaz brand, think of it as Hyatt’s answer to W Hotels, but with more restrained design, and less quirkiness for the sake of quirkiness. It’s best described as falling into the “lifestyle” category, that nebulous catch-all that marketers use when imagination fails them. 

This was one of my most anticipated staycations, and on the whole, didn’t disappoint. 

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Booking a Andaz Singapore Staycation

I think I scored a pretty amazing deal on the Andaz Singapore, if you don’t mind me saying so. When the Andaz first reopened for staycation guests, the following rates were on offer:

🏨 Andaz Singapore Reopening Deals
(no longer available)
  Weekday
(Sun-Thurs)
Weekend
(Fri-Sat, PH and eve of PH)
Standard Room S$180 nett S$220 nett
Deluxe City View S$200 nett S$240 nett
Deluxe Bay View S$220 nett S$260 nett
Andaz Studio Suite S$320 nett S$360 nett
Andaz Residence Suite S$360 nett S$400 nett
Andaz Large Suite S$560 nett S$600 nett
Presidential Suite S$760 nett S$800 nett
Inclusions
  • Breakfast for two adults (children aged 6 and under eat for free, 7-12 pay S$17.50++ each)
  • 25% off dinner at Alley on 25
  • Early check-in/late check-out (subject to availability)

Those who managed to snag these rates could further sweeten the deal by stacking it with the ongoing American Express statement credit offer for staycations. Registered cardholders who spend at least S$300 at the Grand Hyatt or Andaz Singapore by 8 November 2020 will receive a S$75 rebate. This effectively brings down the cost of an Andaz Studio Suite to S$245 nett on weekdays- absolutely phenomenal value. 

If you missed that deal, it’s possible to book a weekday stay in an Andaz Standard Room for S$300 nett through Klook (with a further S$30 off for DBS Woman’s Card members). This comes with S$100 in F&B credits, and while you can’t stack this with the American Express statement credit offer, it’s the best publicly-available deal right now. 

🏨 Klook Andaz Singapore Staycation Package
  • 1 night accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • 25% off dinner at Alley on 25
  • S$100 F&B credits
Price Weekday Standard: S$300 nett
Weekend Standard: S$340 nett
Weekday Deluxe Bay View: S$350 nett
Weekend Deluxe Bay View: S$380 nett
Book By While stocks last
Stay By 22 Dec 2020
Cancellation Policy Free cancellation with 24 hours notice
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Andaz Singapore: Arrival and Check-in

The Andaz is located in DUO Tower, an integrated mixed-use development in Bugis. The building is instantly recognizable, thanks to its unique honeycomb pattern created by Büro Ole Scheeren (who also did the CCTV headquarters in Beijing). 

Andaz Singapore driveway
Andaz Singapore driveway

If you’re driving your own car, note that Andaz Singapore does not offer complimentary parking to guests. Parking at DUO Tower costs just S$3.75 per entry if you stay on the weekends, but on the weekdays it’s significantly more expensive. 

If you’re coming by MRT, the closest station to DUO Tower is Bugis. There’s a direct underground connection, although with all the COVID-19 access control measures, I’m not sure whether it’s currently open. 

Andaz Singapore driveway
Andaz Singapore driveway

There wasn’t anyone standing outside the hotel to assist arriving guests with bags, but service was never really a strong point of this staycation anyway. Instead, you’ll unload your own luggage, scan the SafeEntry QR code and do your temperature check just inside the lobby. 

Andaz Singapore entrance
Andaz Singapore entrance
Andaz Singapore lobby SafeEntry
Andaz Singapore lobby SafeEntry

The lobby sets the tone for the rest of the Andaz Singapore- modern design, contemporary furniture, and lots of natural light. Designer Andre Fu (the mind behind The Upper House in Hong Kong), took inspiration from the shophouse alleys he saw in Kampong Glam and Bras Basah, and the hotel’s color palette dabbles with bold colors like terra cotta, aubergine, olive greens and cumin yellow. The ceilings are eight meters high, and walls are “articulated with an abstract interpretation of the shophouse facade”. 

Andaz Singapore lobby
Andaz Singapore lobby
Andaz Singapore lobby
Andaz Singapore lobby
Andaz Singapore lobby
Andaz Singapore lobby

Based on past reviews, check-in used to be done on the 25th floor. Andaz has since relocated it to the ground floor instead, probably because of Phase 2 restrictions on lobby occupancy (the ground floor has more usable space).

Even so, you still get bottlenecks during peak periods, since there’s only two counters plus some supplementary support at the round table. 

Andaz Singapore check-in area
Andaz Singapore check-in area
Andaz Singapore check-in area
Andaz Singapore supplementary check-in area

Interestingly enough, what’s now the check-in area used to host a cafe. How things have changed…

Photo credit: Live and Let’s Fly

I arrived around noon on a Thursday, and waited ten minutes to be served. Check-in was relatively straightforward, although they initially handed me a form for a completely different guest (first name also Aaron). Fake Aaron (there can only be one) had a different email address, but otherwise the details were uncannily similar right down to the last four digits of the card  on file. People are always asking me if I know Tyler Durden. 

Andaz Singapore Level 25 reception
Andaz Singapore Level 25 reception

To get to your room, you’ll need to change lifts at level 25, the hotel’s de facto hub. This houses seven of the hotel’s F&B concepts, as well as the pool and sunroom. Now that check-in has been relocated to the ground floor, the counters here sit mostly empty. Only one space is used by the hostess for Alley on 25.

Andaz Singapore Level 25 reception
Andaz Singapore Level 25 reception
Andaz Singapore Level 25 reception
Andaz Singapore Level 25 reception

Andaz Singapore: Studio Suite

The Andaz Singapore has a total of 342 rooms spread over floors 27 to 37. Room types are split into the following categories: 

Room Type Size
Standard 38 sqm
Standard City View 38 sqm
Deluxe City View 42 sqm
Deluxe Bay View 42 sqm
Studio Suite 76 sqm
Residence Suite 76 sqm
Large suite 114 sqm
Presidential Suite 188 sqm

There’s a total of 22 Studio and Residence Suites in the property (they’re basically the same, just with a mirrored layout), plus 3 Large Suites and 1 Presidential Suite. With only 25 suites realistically available for upgrades, scoring a suite upgrade as a Hyatt Globalist may be tricky, and it’d be a good idea to use a guaranteed suite upgrade award here. 

All rooms share a common internal corridor that looks out to a 26-metre feature wall by Brazilian artist Andre Mendes. Titled “The World Traveler”, it showcases things a visitor to Singapore would remember, like the Merlion and Gardens by the Bay. 

Andaz Singapore corridor
The World Traveller
Andaz Singapore corridor
Andaz Singapore rooms exterior

Things got off to a bit of a false start, as the first Studio Suite we were assigned hadn’t been properly cleaned. I found a big clump of hair trapped on one of the low hanging lights…

Hair clump on light
Hair clump on light

…and someone’s business card on the floor behind the couch, which (together with the dust bunnies) suggested the entire area hadn’t been cleaned properly. 

Call me maybe

I reported the matter to the front desk, and was assigned a new suite after lunch- 3321. To add to the shophouse charm, door numbers at the Andaz Singapore are marked on old-style letterboxes, with the keycard reader concealed inside. 

Andaz Singapore Room 3321
Andaz Singapore Room 3321

Immediately past the door is the entrance foyer, with a small guest bathroom. 

Andaz Singapore Studio Suite guest bathroom
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite guest bathroom

Then it’s through a slender set of mango yellow swing doors into the room proper.

Andaz Singapore Studio Suite entrance foyer
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite entrance foyer

The hotels I’ve reviewed so far have had design styles ranging from colonial (Raffles, Capitol Kempinski, Fullerton) to eclectic (Hotel Soloha, W Sentosa Cove) to shoebox (YOTELAIR Changi) to Precambrian (Hilton, Mandarin Orchard). Andaz was the first hotel with a modern luxury style, and quite frankly, it’s my favourite one of them all. 

Andaz Singapore Studio Suite bedroom
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite bedroom
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite bedroom
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite bedroom
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite bedroom

I loved everything about the room- the floor to ceiling windows through which sunlight poured in, the panoramic views, the streetlamp-inspired lighting. 

Noise insulation from outside the windows and from other rooms was fantastic, and the blackout blinds made it easy to catch an afternoon nap (or sleep in). The bed was comfortable, and it didn’t play favorites with the USB and power points. Both sides had a single (non-universal) outlet, and 2 USB ports. Some Studio Suites have a Bose Soundlink Mini on the bedside, others don’t. 

Andaz Singapore Studio Suite bedroom
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite bedroom
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite bedside table
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite bedside table
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite bedside table
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite bedside table

Both televisions in the room can pivot up to 90 degrees, and support streaming of content from a mobile device.

Andaz Singapore Studio Suite TV
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite TV

The room had a work desk next to the TV, although the mid-day glare may force you to lower the blinds. The chair, while stylish, lacked lumbar support and wasn’t designed for prolonged periods of working (unless maybe you grab a pillow from the living room). 

Andaz Singapore Studio Suite work desk
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite work desk

The desk had two power outlets (again, not universal), an Ethernet port and two USB charging ports. As the photo shows, there was some cosmetic wear on the faceplates already. 

Andaz Singapore Studio Suite work desk
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite work desk

Wi-Fi speeds clocked in at 7.95 Mbps down/ 9.52 Mbps up, in the bottom half of all hotels I’ve reviewed so far. This is still fast enough to stream HD Netflix, but you’ll need at least 25 Mbps if you want Ultra HD or 4K. 

  🔽 Download 🔼 Upload
Mandarin Orchard 273 Mbps 294 Mbps
YOTELAir Changi 29 Mbps 49 Mbps
W Sentosa Cove 34 Mbps 34 Mbps
The Fullerton Hotel 23 Mbps 24 Mbps
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel 16 Mbps 13 Mbps
Hilton Singapore 13 Mbps 14 Mbps
Marina Bay Sands 11 Mbps 11 Mbps
Andaz Singapore 8.0 Mbps 9.5 Mbps
The Barracks Hotel 7.3 Mbps 7.7 Mbps
Hotel 81 Tristar 7.0 Mbps 6.8 Mbps
Raffles Hotel 6.9 Mbps 6.8 Mbps
Hotel Soloha 4.7 Mbps 5.1 Mbps
Internet speeds based on Speedtest.net scores as recorded during my own visits 

As an apology for the dirty room received earlier, the hotel sent up two splits of champagne plus a cake. It was a nice gesture, although I understand this is the standard welcome amenity given to guests in the Residence and Large Suites anyway. 

Andaz Singapore service recovery
Andaz Singapore service recovery
Andaz Singapore service recovery
Andaz Singapore service recovery
Andaz Singapore service recovery
Andaz Singapore service recovery

A colossal walk-in wardrobe provided space for more clothes than you could possibly bring on a staycation, and the light streaming in from the window made you look good in the full length mirror. 

Andaz Studio Suite walk-in wardrobe
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite walk-in wardrobe
Andaz Studio Suite walk-in wardrobe
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite walk-in wardrobe

An ironing board can be an eyesore in an open concept wardrobe, so they very cleverly hid it in this slender cabinet, to the right of the safe. 

Andaz Studio Suite walk-in wardrobe ironing board
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite walk-in wardrobe ironing board

The Andaz has also given their own twist on the hotel bedroom slippers, issuing uncle-style versions with “stolen from the Andaz” embossed on them. I can’t decide whether this was meant to be deliberately ironic, or some extreme passive aggressivity. I left them behind. 

Andaz Singapore slippers
Andaz Singapore slippers

The layout of the Studio Suite is slightly unconventional, in the sense that you enter directly into the bedroom, and walk through it to reach the living room (if you book a Residence Suite, the layout is reversed). 

The living room has an L-shaped couch with wraparound windows. It’s a lovely place to sit in the evenings and watch day turn to night, with the surrounding buildings lighting up like a Christmas tree. 

Andaz Singapore Studio Suite living room
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite living room
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite living room
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite living room
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite living room
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite living room

While the living room is ostensibly for lounging, you could even get work done here, courtesy of the power outlets and USB ports they’ve built into the wall near the couch, and the inclusion of not one but two coffee tables. 

Andaz Singapore Studio Suite charging area
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite charging area

All snacks and drinks in the mini-bar are complimentary. There’s also a Nespresso machine with four capsules, and TWG tea bags. Bottled water is abundant in the room, but bonus points for having one free Acqua Panna in the fridge too. 

Andaz Singapore Studio Suite mini-bar
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite mini-bar
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite mini-bar
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite mini-bar
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite mini-bar
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite mini-bar

The mini-bar does have some free booze in the form of a bottle of Tiger Beer, and a bottle of Andaz Pale Ale, brewed and bottled specially for the hotel by RedDot Brewhouse. 

Andaz mini-bar free booze
Andaz mini-bar free booze

There’s also some harder stuff which is non-complimentary. The gin, vodka, scotch and cognac cost S$45 nett for 200ml sized bottles. 

Andaz mini-bar non-complementary booze
Andaz mini-bar non-complementary booze

I’ve saved the best for last: the bathroom of the Studio Suite is a thing of beauty. I’m not kidding when I say I could spend hours here. It’s absolutely massive, for one thing. The length of the bathroom allows for two sinks and two dressing areas, and the twin backlit mirrors make it feel like the kind of bathroom you’d find in a spa. 

Andaz Singapore Studio Suite bathroom
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite bathroom
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite bathroom
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite bathroom
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite bathroom
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite bathroom

The toilet doesn’t have a bidet seat, but it at least has a spray. The flush mechanism is also rather unusual for a concealed cistern- instead of being wall-mounted, it’s a button on the rear of the toilet seat. You’ll have to close the toilet seat for easier access, but you probably should be closing the toilet seat before you flush anyway (think aerosol generating procedures).

Andaz Singapore Studio Suite bathroom
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite bathroom

The shower and bathtub area are one, outfitted with hansgrohe Axor mixers. There’s a choice of an overhead rainshower or handheld shower (although you can’t use both at the same time), and while it’s a shame that the bathtub’s “bezel” is so big, you can just about squeeze two people inside. The bathtub has partial views of the Singapore Flyer, and the one-way glass provides maximum privacy. 

Andaz Singapore Studio Suite bathroom
Andaz Singapore Studio Suite bathroom

Bathroom toiletries are provided by Christophe Laudamiel, a French perfumer. A special scent called Singapore Fusion #19 was commissioned just for this property, and Laudamiel explored Arab Street, Little India and Botanic Gardens to come up with the fragrance. 

Andaz Singapore bathroom amenities
Andaz Singapore bathroom amenities
Andaz Singapore bathroom amenities
Andaz Singapore bathroom amenities

Andaz must know how popular its toiletries are, because in the evening, housekeeping left a take-home set as a turn down gift, inclusive of lip balm and hand cream. 

Andaz Singapore bathroom amenities take-home gift

A full suite of other amenities was also provided, carefully arranged to form an elaborate paper craft pattern. There were two toothbrush kits, a hairbrush, shower cap, cotton pads, cotton buds and a razor. 

Andaz Singapore bathroom amenities
Andaz Singapore bathroom amenities
Andaz Singapore bathroom amenities
Andaz Singapore bathroom amenities

Unlike some other hotels, the Andaz hasn’t skimped on its toothbrush kits. No Colgate-imitation A.ME toothpaste here (1-9 cents each); this place provides the real deal. 

Andaz Singapore toothbrush set
Andaz Singapore toothbrush set

Verdict on the room? I absolutely loved it. In terms of aesthetics, I’d say this was the best room among all the staycations I’ve done so far. I’ll readily acknowledge that some of that comes down to a personal preference for modern luxury, but the gorgeous (and huge) bathroom, acres of closet space and high quality fittings and furnishings won the day for me. 

Andaz Singapore Sunroom

Andaz Singapore Sunroom entrance
Andaz Singapore Sunroom entrance

Andaz hotels do not have a traditional club lounge. Instead, all guests get access to the Sunroom, which is open from 7.30 a.m to 10.30 p.m daily. Prior reservations are not required- just come as you are. 

The Sunroom certainly lives up to its name, blessed with an abundant amount of natural light during the day. I’m told the design philosophy was to provide a modernist expression of the Pernakan house, with timber and lush hanging ferns. It makes for an excellent place to read, work, or relax with a complimentary drink. 

Andaz Singapore sunroom
Andaz Singapore sunroom
Andaz Singapore sunroom
Andaz Singapore sunroom
Andaz Singapore sunroom
Andaz Singapore sunroom
Andaz Singapore sunroom
Andaz Singapore sunroom

Before COVID-19, the sunroom offered an evening happy hour from 5 p.m to 7 p.m daily, with wine, beer, and light snacks. Sadly, that’s no longer on offer, and the only refreshments available are coffee, tea, water and lemonade. 

Andaz Singapore sunroom beverages
Andaz Singapore sunroom beverages

That said, there’s a very affordable happy hour available at Bar Square next door, which I’ll cover in the dining section

Andaz Singapore: Facilities

Pool Gym Spa
Yes: 8 a.m to 9 p.m
Yes: 8 a.m to 9 p.m
None
Kids’ Club Business Centre Others
No No N/A

The Andaz Singapore has both a swimming pool and gym, but somewhat surprisingly, no spa. 

Swimming Pool

Andaz Singapore swimming pool
Andaz Singapore swimming pool

The Andaz Singapore swimming pool is open from 8 a.m to 9 p.m daily. A maximum of 15 guests are permitted at any one time, and pre-booking a slot is required. Each guest is entitled to a maximum of one 1.5 hour slot per day, bookable up to 72 hours before arrival (email the hotel to reserve your slot). 

🏊‍♂️ Andaz Singapore Pool Timings
0800-0930 1400-1530
0930-1100 1530-1700
1100-1230 1700-1830
1230-1400 1830-2100

Sharp-eyed readers will note that the last slot is actually 2.5 hours long, and they’re right. This is arguably the best one of them all, since it lets you catch the sunset as well. 

The swimming pool is located on the 25th floor, in an outdoor area that has excellent views of the surrounding buildings. Andaz calls this an infinity pool, but I’d take issues with that classification, given the odd glass partitions they’ve put around the edges rather ruin the effect. 

Andaz Singapore swimming pool
Andaz Singapore swimming pool
Andaz Singapore swimming pool
Andaz Singapore swimming pool

That’s not to say you can’t get some great Insta-worthy photos, you just need to try real hard to balance, like this couple below. 

Andaz Singapore swimming pool
Andaz Singapore swimming pool

The swimming pool is only 1.2 metres deep, but at least the regular shape makes it easy to swim laps. A total of 12 lounge chairs are available, so barring a freak occurrence where all 15 guests show up at the same time, you should be able to get one. 

Andaz Singapore swimming pool
Andaz Singapore swimming pool

Food and drinks can be delivered to the poolside (ordered from a QR code menu on each table). 

Gym

Andaz Singapore gym
Andaz Singapore gym

🏋️ Andaz Singapore  Gym Timings
0800-0930 1400-1530
0930-1100 1530-1700
1100-1230 1700-1830
1230-1400 1830-2100

The Andaz has a decent-sized gym on the 38th floor. Unlike the pool, gym slots cannot be booked before arrival, and access is assigned on a first-come-first-served basis with a maximum of five guests at any time. To use the gym, you’ll need to head down to the ground floor, do a temperature check, and get the access card before heading back to the 38th floor again. 

The gym has the usual mix of aerobic and strength training equipment. There isn’t enough space to plonk down an exercise mat, but if mat work were your goal, you could just as well have stayed in your room.

Andaz Singapore gym
Andaz Singapore gym
Andaz Singapore gym
Andaz Singapore gym
Andaz Singapore gym
Andaz Singapore gym
Andaz Singapore gym
Andaz Singapore gym

Interestingly enough for the COVID-19 period, guests were able to take a pair of headphones from a communal tray in the gym, presumably to plug in to the gym equipment’s entertainment system. I’m not sure if these were meant to be single-use only, but I think most people would rather use their own earbuds anyway. 

Andaz Singapore gym headphones
Andaz Singapore gym headphones

Andaz Singapore: Breakfast

Served at Cost Style
Alley on 25 S$35++ (Adult)
S$17.50++ (Child aged 7-12)
A la carte buffet
Hours Sparkling Wine? Discounts?
0730- 1100 No None

Guests staying in suites can opt to have complimentary in-room breakfast from the menu below. The catch? It’s one serving only, with no refills. 

If you want the no holds barred version, you’ll need to head to Alley on 25. Since the full seating capacity of all five dining concepts is brought to bear during breakfast, there’s no need to make prior reservations. Regardless of where you’re seated, you’ll have access to the same a la carte buffet menu, which costs S$35++ per adult if not included with your room rate. 

Breakfast at Alley on 25
Breakfast at Alley on 25
Breakfast at Alley on 25
Breakfast at Alley on 25

While some hotels have used COVID-19 as an excuse to cut back on the quality and variety of breakfast offerings (looking at you, MBS), Andaz has maintained an excellent breakfast spread. I’m even going to say that this ranks just after the Capitol Kempinski and Raffles Hotel in terms of my favorite hotel breakfasts so far during Phase 2. 

Before the circuit breaker, guests used to choose from either Icehaus (for Western options), or Auntie’s Wok and Steam (for Asian options). Now, all options are brought under one menu, allowing guests to try both. 

The western options are certainly very good, my personal favourite being the guacamole toast served with scrambled eggs and grated parmesan. But equally good were the eggs benedict (very runny, with hollandaise sauce that wasn’t too cloy on the palette) and waffles (crispy, with real maple syrup). 

Alley on 25 breakfast
Alley on 25 breakfast

Also great were the kaya toast with soft boiled eggs, fried white and brown rice, and Aunties Laksa (although the latter two could have done with more generous ingredients beyond the carbs). 

Alley on 25 breakfast
Alley on 25 breakfast

If I had to pinpoint some weaker items, I’d say the dim sum, chicken noodle soup and fish congee were nothing to rave about. Avoid these and save your stomach for more of that guacamole toast. 

Alley on 25 breakfast
Alley on 25 breakfast

I also rather fancied the daily detox juice, which consisted of freshly squeezed watermelon, mint and ginger (at least that’s what they told me; maybe they put something else inside to make it green). The staff were clearly very busy, and service wasn’t what I’d call personable, but they were at least efficient and orders came quickly. 

Alley on 25 breakfast
Alley on 25 breakfast

Other Dining Options

Restaurant Status as of 23 August 2020
665°F Open
Alley on 25 Open
Bar Square Open
Mr. Stork Open
Auntie’s Wok and Steam Closed
Teppan Chef’s Table Closed

665°F

665F
665°F

665°F is Andaz’s signature steakhouse, helmed by Chef Josephine Loke whose CV includes Odette and the Tippling Club. Steaks are cooked in a charcoal-fired Pira oven, the temperature of which gives rise to the name of the restaurant. 

The restaurant has both halal and non-halal meat on the menu, which makes it a more accessible option if you’re planning a business lunch. 

665°F
665°F

665°F is a rather small venue with perhaps 20-30 seats available, so I’d definitely recommend making a booking. 

The set lunch offers two courses for S$38+, and three courses for S$48++. It’s more expensive than your average downtown set lunch, but given the quality of the food, I think you’ll find it good value nonetheless.

Before the food came, two hot mini baguettes were brought to the table. I hate it when restaurants don’t warm up their bread (it’s one of the simplest things to do, and makes it so much better), so things were off to a good start already. 

665°F bread
665°F bread

For the starter, we had the jumbo lump crab cake and the charred bone marrow. The crab cake was satisfying, with a generous meat to breadcrumb ratio. The outside was crispy, while the crab inside was moist. 

665°F crab cake
665°F crab cake

The bone marrow also tasted fantastic, but the portion was tiny. It may have been my bad luck to get a piece that was more bone than marrow, and I was finished in barely two bites. 

665°F bone marrow
665°F bone marrow

The Milelioness had the barramundi, which came with a coating of brown butter. It was a sizeable portion, and the accompanying mushrooms and truffle french fries (each main comes with a side dish) were both excellent. 

665°F barramundi
665°F barramundi

I had the wagyu flank steak, done medium rare. The first time the steak came, it was too red in the middle. I hesitantly sent it back, worried that the next time I’d see it it’d be charcoal. Fortunately, they exercised great restraint, and a minute later it reappeared, cooked to perfection. The meat was perfectly seasoned, and while flank steak is one of the more lean cuts (and hence cheaper), it’s great credit to the chef that he managed to keep it tender.

665°F Wagyu flank steak
665°F Wagyu flank steak

So I quite enjoyed 665°F, and think it’s well worth a try. I particularly appreciate how they’ve spurned the traditional heavy and creamed steakhouse appetizers in favor of lighter flavors; you could have a power lunch here and still be productive afterwards. 

Alley on 25

Alley on 25
Alley on 25

Alley on 25 is the Andaz Singapore’s all day dining option, and while at some hotels that’s code for “mediocre food”, over here they take it seriously. 

This place is actually five different restaurants- Icehaus, Green Oven, Smoke & Pepper, Auntie’s Work and Steam, and Teppan Chef’s Table (formerly known as Plancha’Lah). What’s interesting is that the restaurants aren’t primarily driven by cuisine, but by method of cooking instead. Icehaus serves cold cuts and fresh produce, everything that Green Oven puts out comes from the…green oven, Smoke & Pepper has a rustic theatrical setting with a granite grill island and bronze frames. 

Some of these concepts are currently closed, and in the meantime a unified Alley on 25 menu is offered. Here’s a peek at the set lunch menu, which offers two courses for S$32++, and three for S$36++. You can even get a glass of prosecco for S$8 nett, fantastic value for a hotel. 

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Come during dinner and the menu changes slightly. Do remember that most staycation packages at the Andaz Singapore offer 25% off dinner at Alley on 25, so be sure to check that your discount is reflected on the bill. 

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We weren’t that hungry and just ordered one main each. The Linguine Gambertti unfortunately was served with frozen prawns (for S$25++ you’d hope they’d use fresh ones), but the flavor was spot on and the linguine was a perfect al dente. 

Linguine Gambertti
Linguine Gambertti

The BBQ Pork Spare Ribs (S$25++) were served with a kicap manis sambal glaze. The meat fell off the bone easily, and the whole thing was a delicious, sticky mess. 

BBQ Pork Spare Ribs
BBQ Pork Spare Ribs

Bar Square

Bar Square
Bar Square

There’s no more happy hour at the Sunroom, but Bar Square offers a decent consolation prize. From 5 to 8 p.m on Monday to Friday, and 3 to 8 p.m on Saturdays and Sundays, you can get happy hour pricing on a wide range of cocktails and wines, including champagne. S$12++ for a glass of champagne in a hotel is exceptionally cheap, as are S$14++ cocktails. 

And they’re not just boring cocktails either. Bar Square has a very creative list of tipples, and you owe it to yourself to try as many as you can. 

We had the Marzipisco, Irish Kopi C, and Gong Xi. All of them were great, and if you love the taste of coffee, the Irish Kopi C is a must-try. 

Clockwise from top left: Irish Kopi C, boring old champagne, Gong Xi, Marzipisco

Bar Square is also on the small side, so I’d recommend making reservations before your stay. 

Bar Square
Bar Square

Mr Stork

Want a table at Mr Stork? So does everyone else. Reservations are mandatory at this outdoor rooftop bar on the 39th floor of the Andaz.

Mr Stork reception area
Mr Stork reception area

Access is via the ground floor lobby. Your temperature will be checked and your name verified against a guest list, then it’s a straight lift to the top.

As you can imagine, the clientele of Mr Stork skews heavily young, and while there’s no pulsating music (I believe it’s not allowed under current Phase 2 regulations anyway), you may still have to raise your voice to be heard. 

Mr Stork
Mr Stork
Mr Stork
Mr Stork

A minimum spend of S$10 on food is required per reservation. If you’re willing to commit to a minimum total spend of S$150 (S$200 on Friday/Saturday/public holidays), you can book a Teepee Hut, which can take perhaps four people comfortably. 

Mr Stork Teepee Hut
Mr Stork Teepee Hut

Mr Stork focuses on finger food, and if you want something more substantial, you’ll need to head back to level 25. 

We ordered the reopening special which cost S$45++ for two drinks and an lamb kofta. If bought individually, it’d have cost S$83++, so I figured we got a decent deal. For the drinks, I had a Watermelon Cocktail (watermelon juice, lime juice, strawberry liqueur, salt, mint, gin), and The Milelioness had The Sling (pineapple juice, lime juice, cherry brine, cherry liqueur, Dom Benedictine, pineapple foam, gin). Both were lovely. 

Food and drinks at Mr Stork
Food and drinks at Mr Stork

With the place as busy as it is, service won’t be the highlight of Mr Stork. It was slow, flustered, and sometimes brusque. I suppose it’s the price you pay for these stunning views.

View from Mr Stork
View from Mr Stork
View from Mr Stork
View from Mr Stork

Andaz Service

As you may have gathered from the sections above, service at Andaz was indifferent. With the exception of 665°F, waitstaff at the restaurants seemed overwhelmed most of the time (and keep in mind, we were staying on a Thursday). It was difficult to get their attention during breakfast, and there seems to be an unclear hierarchy between the staff who can take orders and the ones who just serve food (kind of like what you find in a Chinese restaurant). 

I mentioned earlier that we had requested a change of rooms because the first one was dirty. After lunch, we went down to the front desk where the keys were supposed to be waiting; instead we encountered a front desk associate who said she’d check, then promptly forgot all about us. I had a conference call coming up, and told another associate that I’d use my existing room if the new one wasn’t ready yet. Again, she said it’d be ready very soon…and we waited another 10 minutes without an update. 

Calls to guest services often went unanswered, and on the whole, I just didn’t get a sense of warmth from most of the service interactions. 

Conclusion

Visually speaking, the Andaz Singapore is the most stunning hotel I’ve reviewed so far. The Studio Suite made my jaw drop, and I’m already thinking of stealing design ideas for my next bathroom. The quality of the food was good, happy hour prices are a steal for a 5-Star hotel, and for the room rate I paid, there’s very little to dislike. 

Don’t come here expecting warm hospitality or service excellence, but if you’re a design hound and love a young and hip vibe (without W Hotel levels of gaudiness), this is a place I’d heartily recommend. 

Overall ranking of Phase 2 staycations
  1. Capitol Kempinski
  2. Raffles Hotel
  3. Fullerton Hotel
  4. Andaz Singapore
  5. W Sentosa
  6. Mandarin Orchard
  7. Hotel Soloha
  8. Hilton Singapore
  9. Marina Bay Sands
  10. YOTELAIR Changi
🏨 In Summary

The Andaz Singapore is visually stunning, with good food and reasonably priced drinks during happy hour. You’re unlikely to get the same awesome deal that I had, but if you’re willing to splurge on a suite, you’ll find it an excellent experience.

Do say: Andaz means “personal style” in Hindi

Don’t say: Namaste means “I attended one yoga session and now I’m a guru” in Hindi

Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion with the intention of helping people travel better for less and impressing chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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RTK

I can echo many of your comments.. stayed in the Residence Suite.. lovely hotel, forgettable service, we neither got an early check-in or a late check-out (on a Monday) guest services were supposed to get back on this, and they never did amenities in the Mini-bar were missing.. called to inquire.. twice.. and they sent up the 2 bottles of champagne (no cake) no turn down service.. and so no take-home set the sofa in the front room was dusty, and caused my allergies to act up (i do have a pretty sensitive nose) Having said that, the hotel and… Read more »

Paul

The room size is the same. If you plan on entertaining, perhaps it’s not so nice to have your guests walking through your bedroom to get to the living room, in which case the extra expense would make sense.

RTK

Nope, except for the layout didn’t find the rooms all that different. I was told those were the only available rooms for the dates we booked. Again, they charged weekend rates for a weekday stay. We did book late.

Bent

UOB also has decent deals if you don’t fancy the dining credit:
https://thetravelinsider.co/sg/en/deals/stay/andaz-singapore-api-singapore-en-9645

Bent

plus no difference in rates regardless weekday or weekend (i guess still subject to hotel availability)

J. Lin

Very detailed and great review, Aaron. I am looking forward to my stay in 3 weeks time.

The hotel and room ambience reminds me of Cathay new first/business class lounges and also the Wing lounge cabana.

Caleb

U did not rank your Hotel 81 stay 🙂

playereleven

I stayed at Andaz last week on the $180nett rate and seem like they had some cost cutting – my mini-bar doesn’t come with both beers, snack is only 1 packet of chips. Cannot agree more on their service level, don’t feel the human touch at a 5* hotel. Probably can only blame on the reduction of staffs due to the pandemic and secondment. Some other points I encountered: 1) Received an email for online check in at 9.10am and after doing so, I received another email informing me my room was ready at 10.38am. (despite the operator told me… Read more »

Andrew

Do you usually check with them about early check-in or check-out before your stay or when your check-in?

playereleven

I realised after reading your article. There wasn’t missing holes, the 2 beers were replaced by Milo and 100+. Oh well I already wrote in my feedback to the hotel and the Dir. of Ops has replied and acknowledged. Did you ask for 3pm or was it given? The operator asked what time I would like and I requested for 2pm as I had something on at 2.30pm.

Paul

I’ve stayed a couple of times pre-Covid, and once just last week. They moved the check-in to Level 2 well before the world heard of Covid: only two, sometimes one, check-in staff working at any one time on level 25, and the queues of guests waiting to check-in/out or for their rooms to be ready, in addition to restaurant and in-house guests milling the area, made the whole space feel like a real market pre-Covid. I booked a standard room last week for $230++ (WOH credit accruable), applied my WOH Suite Upgrade, got further upgraded to a Residence Suite, checked… Read more »

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Seah KC

They seem to have a cleanliness issue. I was there 2 weeks back in the bayview room and there was ants all over the mini bar counter. The replacement room they gave me was on a lower floor and the lights just came on in the middle of the night that scares the shit out of me.

Leo

I also had ant issue at the minibar counter in my room and requested for a change of room. Was given another room promptly.

Klep

With so many relaxing staycations, when is mini milelion coming? 😉

nikci

LMAO

Kim

Great review. The studio suite deal were not available for the dates I wanted and end up getting the residence suite deal for next month. Sound positive from your review except for the service (will lower my expectation).

noob

Do a home tour. I just want to see your bathroom. The bathroom that impressed me the most in all my travels was a airport lounge. Strangely, I can’t remember which one. All marble white, probably the huge turkish airlines lounge in instabul.

Roachy

Where’s Hotel 81 Soloha in the ranking of your Phase 2 staycations? Haha

Roachy

*Hotel 81 Tristar

SQT

Is the room filled with oaks or laminates?

AYYX

Stayed at the residence suite today but there were no champagne provided. Even called to room service to enquire. 🙁 FYI!

Last edited 10 days ago by AYYX
Nicole

Thanks for the recommendation!

We booked a Residence Suite and was upgraded to a Large Suite. The room is really spacious and beautiful. We couldn’t thank the staff enough for giving us the upgrade. Other than the 1 hour queuing time for checking in, we had a really good stay at Andaz.

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