The One Farrer Hotel & Spa comprises of three hotels under one large hospitality umbrella. The Urban Hotel features contemporary chic accommodation options for travellers who want the most bang for their buck. The Loft Apartments cater to guests staying in Singapore for a longer period of time and the Skyline Hotel & Sky Villas are for discerning travellers who value the intimate touches of luxury.
I had the privilege of staying in a Skyline Studio at the One Farrer Hotel & Spa one weekend. The Skyline Studio is located in the luxury arm of One Farrer Hotel & Spa, the Skyline Hotel. The studio comes with a a plush King-size bed, separate working area and a 55-inch TV for your entertainment. The Skyline Studio comes with a range of interesting features and inclusions that I will cover in this review.
If you do not like the pillows provided in the Skyline Studio, feel free to order one (or more) from the Pillow Menu. Together with the 'Sleep Well' beds that are fitted with fine Frette linens, One Farrer Hotel & Spa is committed in helping you achieve that sleep you deserve.
The Skyline Studio enjoys plenty of daylight which gives the already spacious room a greater sense of space. The blackout blinds and sheer curtains for privacy can be drawn automatically from the controls provided in-room. If you are feeling peckish, access the dining catalog from the Samsung LED Smart TV in your room. Craving for some shopping instead? This can also be done from your TV or if you prefer, head on down to the lobby to see what is actually on offer.
The One Farrer Hotel & Spa is located two minutes away from Farrer Park MRT with sheltered walkways so you do not have to worry about the unpredictable rain patterns in Singapore. There is a huge range of shopping and dining options around the hotel, making this place a great staycation location for locals as well. Old Hen Coffee Bar, which serves one of the best Cold Brews in Singapore is just a short stroll away. if you need to go to the supermarket or shopping center, City Square Mall is less than 10 minutes away. If you still can't find what you need, head on down to Mustafa Shopping Center and explore the shopping mall that never sleeps.
The Skyline Studio comes with a personal illy machine for the espresso lovers and TWG teabags for the tea connoisseurs. The minibar comes with a selection of soft drinks and beer which are free to consume. They are also replenished daily so you never have to worry about having nothing to drink - if you do run out of drinks though, the Skyline Lounge offers complimentary beverages from 6am to 10pm daily.
The bathroom comes with a huge tub for soaking, a separate rain shower, your wardrobe (which actually makes sense!), a huge sink with a 'Perfect View' vanity mirror, a fog-less shaving mirror in the shower and a TOTO eco-washer. Both bathrobes and yukatas are provided so feel free to choose whichever you prefer (or both!). I personally love the idea of having the wardrobe in the bathroom. This should be done across all hotels - no more scrambling to find your clothes in the cold bedroom after a hot shower!
Amenities are provided by a leading luxury Spanish skincare provider, Natura Bisse. While I have not heard of them prior to my stay, I thought that the shampoo and conditioner in particular was excellent!
In the bathroom, you will find a do not disturb button which I think is another stroke of genius. Some of us do not leave the do not disturb button on because we simply forget about it. Imagine having the housekeeper come in to make up your room while you are stuck in the bathroom. Having the button in the bathroom means that you can easily tell them to go away (and come back later) if you are in the middle of something important.
As a Skyline resident, you will enjoy a set of special privileges. While having an Executive Lounge (or in this case, a Skyline Lounge) is not uncommon in the hotel industry, some of the services and amenities provided are definitely unique and worth mentioning (in bold):
- Personalised check-in and check-out at the Music Lounge
- Five complimentary light meals provided at the Skyline Lounge
- Complimentary local calls
- 3 pieces of complimentary pressing a day (non-accumulative)
- Complimentary 2 hours usage of meeting room per day
- Exclusive pool and gym usage (separate from the main pool and gym)
Firstly, you will receive five complimentary light meals when you stay in the Skyline Hotel in One Farrer Hotel & Spa. Most hotel lounges have breakfast and evening cocktails only. Higher end luxury hotels like the Mandarin Oriental and Pan Pacific Singapore provide up to three meals a day, including Afternoon Tea. As a Skyline resident, you will get the following meals:
- Breakfast: 6am to 1030am (or choose Escape restaurant for a wider variety)
- Lunch: 12pm to 2pm
- Afternoon Snack: 3pm to 5pm
- Evening Cocktail: 530pm to 8pm
- Supper: 830pm to 10pm
I did not manage to check out the Skyline Lounge during all the meals provided but I thought the Evening Cocktails were exceptional! Following the current hospitality trend, the Skyline Lounge dispenses quality wine through an Enomatic Wine Dispenser (similar to St. Regis Singapore and Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore!). What impressed me most during the evening cocktails was ironically the food that was provided.
Personally, the salmon was amazing. Having only been to the property once, I am unable to vouch for the consistency of the quality but it was truly cooked to perfection. As you can see, the food provided during evening cocktail hours can easily substitute for a decent full-size dinner.
Supper (830pm to 10pm) should be renamed to Desserts actually. If you have a sweet tooth, it may be a good idea to drop by the Skyline Lounge at 7pm, eat til 8pm and then continue with desserts at 830pm.
I guess this is partly the reason why they have decided to keep the gym at the Skyline Hotel open 24/7. If you are looking to spend an entire weekend at a hotel without actually having to step out, I can't actually think of someplace better.
Even though Skyline residents have access to a private rooftop pool on Level 18, there is nothing like the impressive Olympic-size main pool. Most hotels in Singapore have a free-form pool which is beautiful to look at but terrible if you actually have a decent workout. The pool at One Farrer Hotel & Spa is perfect for those wanting to count laps.
If you just want to get away from the sweltering heat in Singapore, laze around the pool decks or the poolside cabanas with a drink in hand. The Sunset Bar serves up delicious cocktails for those who are thirsty.
If you have friends over, invite them up to the Sunset Bar and grab a drink together while waiting for the sun to set. The Sunset Bar is truly an idyllic area for you to laze a beautiful afternoon away.
The fully-equipped gym on the same level as the pool is also massive in size. Stay in shape regardless of whether you are here for business or leisure. Opt for the steam and sauna rooms after a workout to detoxify your body - nothing beats the feeling after a good workout. The gym comes with a generous selection of free weights as well as a personal trainer who will be able to assist you and provide some tips for you.
There are also various machines that you can utilise if you are visiting the gym alone without a spotter. This is perhaps one of the most extensive hotel gyms I have seen in Singapore and it will be interesting to see whether or not they include a membership here like what some other hotels have done.
One Farrer Hotel & Spa also offers various meeting spaces for those in the MICE industry. This place could very well be your next corporate retreat if you are living in Asia-Pacific.
I chose to have my breakfast at the Escape restaurant located on street level instead of the Skyline Lounge. If you are looking for a nice weekend lunch, Escape serves a pretty decent lunch from S$45++ which comes with a small selection of seafood (including sashimi) and local favourites.
The breakfast selection was ample and filled with delicious local favourites. You will not find fancy dishes like omelettes drizzled with white truffle oil here. What you will find instead is soulful and local food that will satisfy your morning hunger pang. Besides, I never really understood how people can stomach that much champagne for breakfast. This is the way breakfast should be (in Singapore anyway)!
Those with a more Westernised taste bud can choose from a selection of freshly baked pastries. The usual suspects that complement a continental breakfast can also be found during the breakfast buffet.
If you're looking for bread spreads, you will be able to choose from the usual jams or local flavours like Kaya (otherwise known as coconut jam). To be honest, the Escape restaurant reminds me a little of Makan @ Jen (Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore). The overall atmosphere is playful and energetic with a lot of natural elements. Bodum glassware are also utilised here - coffee is french pressed and teas are from TWG.
The One Farrer Hotel & Spa is a great addition to the hotel industry in Singapore, although having three hotel brands under one hospitality umbrella reminds me a little of Shangri-La Singapore. The Skyline Hotel in One Farrer Hotel & Spa offers a great experience for the staycation-goer but the price can quickly add up if you are here on business. The Best Available Rate for the Skyline Studio (that I was in) is S$590++ (approx. S$695 after applicable taxes). Although it is an excellent room with great amenities, I am simply unable to justify the high cost of the room, considering how other luxury hotel properties (like the Grand Hyatt Singapore) are charging lesser. On the other hand, Urban Rooms in the Urban Hotel start from S$252++ on an Advance Purchase rate. This is definitely a lot more reasonable and it will be a great introduction to the One Farrer Hotel & Spa brand before you decide to shell out close to S$700 for a Skyline Studio here.
Hotel stay has been sponsored by One Farrer Hotel & Spa, though all views expressed are my own.