Hotel Review: Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore (One-bedroom Executive Apartment) - Luxurious Apartment in the CBD

The Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore is one of the latest luxury serviced apartment to open in Singapore. Following its official opening back in June 2017, the serviced apartment is open in OUE Downtown 1 along Shenton Way and it is home to 268 beautifully-appointed residences which include studios, one-bedroom as well as two-bedroom apartments. It is important to note that the Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore operates as a serviced apartment without a hotel license - what this means is that there is a minimum stay of seven nights.

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  Lobby  Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

Lobby
Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

I arrived at the Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore ahead of the official check-in time and was told that my apartment was not yet ready. As such, I left my mobile number with them before heading down to OUE Downtown for lunch - there are a handful of restaurants in the building and it is extremely peaceful on the weekends. I received a phone call as I was mid-way through lunch to inform me that my apartment was ready for check-in. 

  Living Area and Kitchen  One-bedroom Executive Apartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

Living Area and Kitchen
One-bedroom Executive Apartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

There are five categories of accommodation here at the Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore and I was booked into a One-bedroom Executive Apartment for the weekend. The apartment measuring 55sqm in size (slightly bigger since it is a corner unit) comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, dining area for four adults, living area, bedroom as well as a bathroom. 

  Kitchen  One-bedroom Executive Apartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

Kitchen
One-bedroom Executive Apartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

The kitchen here in the One-bedroom Executive Apartment has almost everything that you can dream of where a kitchen is concerned. Hidden away in the drawers and cabinets are pots and pans that you may require if you intend to cook during your stay. If you are looking for a supermarket nearby, check out the Cold Storage in Icon Village or the NTUC FairPrice at 100AM for all your grocery needs - both supermarkets are just a stroll away. Alternatively, check-out RedMart if you wish to have your groceries delivered to the serviced apartment.

  Coffee Machine and Monogram Teabags   One-bedroom Executive Apartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

Coffee Machine and Monogram Teabags
One-bedroom Executive Apartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

Caffeine-addicts like me will also be pleased to find a Nespresso machine in the apartment - four coffee capsules are provided and additional coffee pods can be requested for S$2 per capsule or S$12 per 10 capsules. The Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore also provided premium teabags from Monogram Tea (created by the same folks behind the Gryphon Tea Company) - these are replenished upon request for free. 

  Living Area  One-bedroom ExecutiveApartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

Living Area
One-bedroom ExecutiveApartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

The living area here in the One-bedroom Executive Apartment is sizeable and it is perfect for two to four adults. There is a generous selection of cable and satellite channels in the TV here as well as the bedroom - if you have a gaming console, you can easily connect it to the TV for a greater gaming experience. 

  Samsung R7 Bluetooth Sound System  One-bedroom ExecutiveApartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

Samsung R7 Bluetooth Sound System
One-bedroom ExecutiveApartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

Tech-savvy travellers will also notice that the apartment is equipped with a number of modern conveniences like this Samsung R7 Bluetooth Sound System which is sometimes known as the 'dinosaur egg'. Connecting your devices to this speaker is easy and you can start steaming music or enjoy your favourite show on Netflix effortlessly. 

  Living Area  One-bedroom ExecutiveApartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

Living Area
One-bedroom ExecutiveApartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

The entire One-bedroom ExecutiveApartment has a rather 'boxy' layout and this is great when you wish to fully maximise a given space. Even though the apartment may be only 55sqm, it certainly feels a lot larger with the spacious layout. I really like the dining area of the apartment as it also double as a meeting or working area since there are power outlets that tucked away at the side of the wall. 

  Living Area and Bedroom  One-bedroom Executive Apartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

Living Area and Bedroom
One-bedroom Executive Apartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

There is a door that separates the bedroom and the living room which is great when you have friends over (and you do not want them prying into your bedroom!). With that being said, there is only one bathroom here in the One-bedroom Executive Apartment so your friends and family members will still have to walk through the bedroom in order to access the bathroom. 

  Bedroom  One-bedroom Executive Apartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

Bedroom
One-bedroom Executive Apartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

The bedroom of the One-bedroom Executive Apartment here at the Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore enjoys plenty of natural daylight - the windows offer a 270-degree panoramic view of the CBD as well as the harbour on the other side. As mentioned earlier, there is another TV here in the bedroom that has a wide selection of channels but more importantly, if you wish to connect to the WiFi in your apartment (each apartment has its own WiFi signal), the password is located on the router underneath the TV. In the event that you are completely jet-lagged and you wish to catch a wink during the day, roller blinds can be lowered (even though you do have to do them at each window panel) to sink the bedroom into pitch-darkness. 

  Bedroom and Bathroom  One-bedroom ExecutiveApartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

Bedroom and Bathroom
One-bedroom ExecutiveApartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

The bedroom is connected to a bathroom and located right behind the bedroom door is a wardrobe that is clever flushed away - there is plenty of space here for you to hang your clothes and to put your personal belongings so long-staying guests do not have to worry. Apart from the bedroom, ample storage space can also be found throughout the apartment - near the entrance, under the bed and the TV console outside just to name a few. 

  View from Bedroom  One-bedroom ExecutiveApartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

View from Bedroom
One-bedroom ExecutiveApartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

If you are lucky enough to be staying in a One-bedroom Executive Apartment that is located on a higher floor, you will get to enjoy a partial view of the harbour as well as the container terminal in Tanjong Pagar (which makes for an interesting time-lapse video on a weekday). 

  King-size Bed  One-bedroom Executive Apartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

King-size Bed
One-bedroom Executive Apartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

Complimentary bottled water is also provided in the room but the water from the taps are potable - you may also choose to boil them if you wish to have an ease of mind. The king-size bed in my apartment is especially comfortable and the fluffy pillows actually provide amply neck support for a good night's rest. 

  Bedside Controls  One-bedroom Executive Apartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

Bedside Controls
One-bedroom Executive Apartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

You should be able to control most of the lights from the panel next to the bed and if you wish to charge your mobile phone while you sleep, there is a USB charging port located by the side of the bed. There is also a power outlet located here so if like me, you enjoy writing or working on your laptop in bed, you do not have to worry about running out of juice. With all that being said, I was surprised to see that the power outlet was not a universal one - perhaps a universal adapter should be provided in each room? While I do believe that a simple call to the front desk may rectify this problem, weary travellers are often not motivated enough to do so when they are tired.

  Work Desk  One-bedroom ExecutiveApartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

Work Desk
One-bedroom ExecutiveApartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

While I personally preferred to work from the dining table in the apartment (since it is larger and there are power sockets available), there is also a small work desk located in the bedroom - you will find things like basic stationery as well as a reading lamp here. 

  Samsung Mobile and Tablet  One-bedroom ExecutiveApartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

Samsung Mobile and Tablet
One-bedroom ExecutiveApartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

What is perhaps more interesting is the provision of a Samsung mobile phone and tablet that you can use during your stay at Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore. If you are first-time visitor to Singapore, you will find a number of recommendations and helpful tips on the tablet - you can also retrieve information about the property and find out more about your surroundings with a dedicated app. 

  Bathroom  One-bedroom ExecutiveApartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

Bathroom
One-bedroom ExecutiveApartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

The bathroom here at the One-bedroom Executive Apartment is a dream and it is exactly how I want my future bathroom to look like. Now the only thing lacking here is a bathtub so if that is a dealbreaker for you, the Two-bedroom Apartment here at the Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore has one. Otherwise, check out those masculine and dark walls in the bathroom - and that view! 

  Bath Amenities from Imperial Barber  One-bedroom ExecutiveApartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

Bath Amenities from Imperial Barber
One-bedroom ExecutiveApartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

Unlike hotels that typically provide you with bath amenities in a 30ml or 50ml bottle, expect to find a larger bottle size here (the minimum stay is 7-nights after all). Similar to what you would expect from a luxury property, these bath amenities (provided by Imperial Barber) are replaced as and when you are running low (or when you run out) so feel free to use them as you wish. 

  The Oakwood Executive Club  Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

The Oakwood Executive Club
Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

During my stay at the Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore, I had access to The Oakwood Executive Club which is an add-on membership for in-house guests. Regardless of which accommodation type you book, the default booking does not come with access to The Oakwood Executive Club. Now I guess it is safe to think about it as a club lounge that you would typically find in business hotels - eligible residents are able to enjoy complimentary evening cocktails and canapés, bedtime snacks and also prosecco breakfasts in the morning.

  The Oakwood Executive Club  Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

The Oakwood Executive Club
Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

At the time of writing, access to The Oakwood Executive Club is available at S$75++ per day or S$750++ per month. Assuming you are staying here at the Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore for a month, S$750++ is a steal since it works out to just S$25++ per day for free-flowing drinks in the evening (and prosecco in the morning). 

  Evening Cocktails and Canapés  The Oakwood Executive Club - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

Evening Cocktails and Canapés
The Oakwood Executive Club - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

While the selection of food during the evening cocktails is not extensive, it is certainly sufficient for a light meal. In fact, I decided to skip dinner after having a couple of samosas, mee goreng and satays from the club. 

If you love an evening tipple of two, you will enjoy the selection of beverages here at The Oakwood Executive Club - the staff who mends the club during these hours will be able to conjure up a poison of your choice. Alternatively, you will also find a number of wines here in the club lounge if you prefer to stay with grape varietals.  

  Swimming Pool  Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

Swimming Pool
Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

While I did not manage to use the swimming pool during my stay here at the Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore, it does look really inviting. If you are staying here on a weekday, the pool is somewhat an oasis from the hustle and bustle of the CBD. If you are here on a weekend, you will enjoy the quiet that is hard to find in Singapore - the CBD is really peaceful on weekends! In case you do not already know, The Oakwood Executive Club is located right next to the pool so residents with access to the club are also welcome to take the beverages outside and enjoy it by the pool as well - way to live good life!

  Buffet Breakfast  Se7enth - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

Buffet Breakfast
Se7enth - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

Since I had access to the The Oakwood Executive Club, I had the option of having breakfast at either the club or at the property's all-day dining restaurant, Se7enth (which also opens to public for lunch and dinner at the moment). I decided to go with the latter option since I have spent at least two hours at the club the previous evening. While the breakfast spread at Se7enth is modest, it is done rather well - those hash browns are crispy on the outside and moist on the insides!

Halfway through my breakfast, one of the staff actually brought me an a la carte breakfast menu (a privilege for residents with access to The Oakwood Executive Club) that I could order from - I opted for both the ham & cheese toasties as well as an eggs benedict that were both delicious. I also ordered some (additional) hash browns on the side but they brought out way too many that I may or may not have finished.

  Living Area and Kitchen  One-bedroom ExecutiveApartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

Living Area and Kitchen
One-bedroom ExecutiveApartment - Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

While I am typically subscribed to the benefits of a global hotel loyalty program, I have been to a fair share of serviced apartments throughout the years - mostly for business when I appreciate the flexibility of being able to not only cook but to do your own laundry as well. Out of all the serviced apartments that I have stayed in in Singapore, the Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore comes up top of the list for me. The hard product itself sells on its own - the apartments are luxuriously finished and the colour scheme is understated, masculine and modern all at the same time. What stood out for me more however was the service that was being rendered here during my stay - serviced residences are never known to be as good as luxury hotels where service is concerned and they are typically not expected to be. 

The Shutterwhale stayed as a guest of the Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore.

Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore
6 Shenton Way, OUE Downtown 1, Singapore 068809
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