Back in July 2015, Park Hotel Group has officially announced the opening of Park Hotel Alexandra and since then, The Carvery (which is located within the hotel) has gained quite a bit of attention for serving great quality meats at an affordable price. The Park Hotel Alexandra is located next to the iconic IKEA along Alexandra Road with pretty impressive and somewhat unobstructed views if you are on the higher floors.
As I was going to meet some friends for brunch, I decided to try my luck by arriving at the Park Hotel Alexandra about 90 minutes earlier than the official check-in time. Since they were running pretty full on occupancy that day, my room was not yet ready so I left my bags with the concierge instead. Since it was really crowded in the lobby area, I requested for access to the Crystal Club (since I had a reservation for a Crystal Club Room anyway) so I can get my caffeine fix and boy was I impressed with the view (more photos of the Crystal Club later!).
After having brunch and arriving at the Park Hotel Alexandra two hours later, my room was ready and the room keys were processed in the main lobby area. I did however have some issues with my door as the keycards provided did not seem to deactivate the lock. After fiddling with it for a while, I decided that it would be a better idea to get someone from the Crystal Club (and coincidentally I'm on the same level as the Crystal Club) to help me out instead. Perhaps the hotel was still in its opening stage but I was unable to get a new set of keys from the Crystal Club - they had to be sent up from the front desk. That being said, the Crystal Club staff were all really helpful in trying to get me into my room as soon as possible. I did finally get into my room (albeit a different one) after some back and forth.
The Crystal Club room comes with a large TV with a selection of cable channels, a small work desk and a beautiful floor-to-ceiling glass window. If you are on the higher floors, you will enjoy unobstructed views of the surroundings. There's also plenty of space in the minibar so you do not have to worry about emptying the fridge before using it.
The view from my Crystal Club Room was pretty amazing. In fact, you can see The Interlace - one of Singapore's most ambitious residential developments - which is surrounded by lush greenery.
The Crystal Club Room looks similar to the regular Deluxe Room but it comes with a range of Crystal Club privileges:
- Private check-in and check-out at Crystal Club Lounge
- Access to Crystal Club Lounge
- Complimentary breakfast – 7.00am to 10.30am
- Complimentary evening cocktails – 5.30pm to 7.30pm
- All-day light refreshments
- Complimentary WiFi
- Complimentary high speed Internet access
- Daily newspaper
- Complimentary laundry up to two pieces per day (non-accumulative)
- Complimentary one-hour usage of the Club Boardroom per room per stay (subject to availability)
- Usage of computer work station at the Lounge
Despite having only 24 sqm in size, the Crystal Club Room had most of the amenities you would require for an enjoyable weekend stay (even if you are tourist that is visiting Singapore). While you will not find a bathtub in this room, you will get a really powerful rain shower as a substitute.
Bathroom amenities are provided by S.P.A. (Spa Park Asia) and they smell of lavender. Other amenities like toothbrush, toothpaste and various vanity amenities can all be found inside the little wooden box in the bathroom.
As mentioned earlier, Crystal Club Room guests will have access to the exclusive Crystal Club (including the benefits that come with access). While you can enjoy coffee, tea and light snacks in the Crystal Club all day long, my favourite time of day has got to be the Evening Cocktails (5:30pm to 7:30pm) where drinks and more substantial food is served.
I really love how much natural light the Crystal Club enjoys - the tall glass windows and those tables by the window is the perfect place to wind down after a long day out. I really like that the Crystal Club is a lot smaller than the usual luxury chain hotels and it is a lot more intimate (still, nothing beats the intimacy at Regent Singapore though!). The view from the Crystal Club is amazing and you can easily spend the afternoon here with a good book and plenty of (complimentary) Gryphon Tea.
There was quite a selection at the Crystal Club while I was there - some more decent than the rest. There's also beer and wines during cocktail hours so go there thirsty!
If you are feeling peckish, light bites are also served during cocktail hour but if you are famished, there's quite a few places you can get food around the hotel. For starters, there's everyone's favourite IKEA literally just next door or a bunch of restaurants inside Anchor Point just across the road. If you are feeling a little more adventurous, there are a handful of hawker centres located around with honest-to-good food.
There is also an outdoor sitting area that is attached to the Crystal Club - I personally like this area better in the evening as the view is pretty amazing. There's just something comforting about sitting outside with a glass of wine (or a glass of gin & tonic) in your hand as you wind down the evening in the best possible way.
Breakfast is served at The Carvery and there's a selection of breakfast cereals, some cold cuts, juices, coffee, sauces, egg station and the works. The Carvery also overlooks the beautiful swimming pool (more photos in a bit!) and the Aqua Luna poolside bar. I do believe that breakfast will also be served at the Crystal Club for all club guests eventually but I do not think it was ready while I was there.
The infinity pool at the Park Hotel Alexandra overlooks the lush greenery that surrounds the Park Hotel Alexandra as well as the iconic The Interlace residential development. The relatively wide swimming pool is perfect for a morning swim (if you wish to avoid the sun) or an evening swim (if you love a good sunset) while you kick back a couple of drinks at the swim-up Aqua Luna bar.
With no real competition around, the Park Hotel Alexandra is located at a rather peculiar spot in Singapore. With that being said, what is offers though is a unique accommodation experience - something that is very important for staycation-goers like myself. While I did not really appreciate the fact that there are no MRT Stations nearby, it is easy to get around by bus and taxi and you are literally ten minutes drive away from popular haunts like Tiong Bahru, Orchard and Robertson Quay. The Park Hotel Alexandra felt homely without being excessively luxurious. I will definitely be back soon to have that cocktail at Aqua Luna while watching the sun go down.