I have previously covered the Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium in January. Albeit being rather dated, the property definitely excels on the softer side. The timely check-in, excellent service and additional benefits for Platinum members have all contributed to this being one of my favourite IHG properties in Singapore.
I recently redeemed for a Reward Night (25,000 IHG points) in a Deluxe Room at this property. Upon checking in, I realised that I have been awarded an upgrade to an Executive Room (on level 26) with Executive Lounge privileges. Therefore, even though reward night redemptions do not generally come with complimentary breakfast, I was given the option to have breakfast at the Executive Lounge or the Melting Pot Cafe on level 4. Addtionally, I was also given two welcome drinks, a late check-out at 4pm and a fruit platter for being an IHG Rewards Club Platinum member. The hotel was also (still) running a lucky draw promotion where you are able to pick from four cards. I won 20% off local and international calls so nothing extremely exciting (especially since my room came with unlimited local calls anyway).
If you're a returning guest of the property, you'll realise that major refurbishments are under way. In fact, the iconic bubble lifts in this property received a makeover on the inside. Fortunately, they did not take away the rather emblematic design of the bubble lifts. The lobby area now allows for more guests to sit and wait with a refreshing touch of colour. When I was there, part of the check-in area was covered up as some works were going on but I was told that this would be completed the Monday following my check-out. There were a couple of new initiatives by the hotel like the free bottle of Merlot if you dine at the Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant.
The cocktail hour from 6pm was nothing to get excited about. The Carbernet Sauvignon (house wine) was extremely disappointing and I could not even finish my first glass. The canapés served were dull and rather unappetizing. There were cold sushi (no fresh fish!), pseudo-crab claws, dim sums and a small cheese station. With that being said, the Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium is not a luxury property to begin with and therefore one should not expect the finest to be served. The staff in the lounge were however attentive and seemed rather friendly towards the Executive level guests.
If you're craving for something local, the famous Zion Riverside Food Centre is only a short stroll away. Conversely, if are interested in Western or European cuisine, you can walk towards Robertson Quay where you will be able to find an amalgamation of restaurants featuring different dining experiences and flavours. Also, one of the most famous and popular nightclubs in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Zouk, should remain in its current location on until the end of the year (after occupying this space for 23 years).
Head on down to the Singapore Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium and enjoy a different side of Singapore or simply drop by Zouk before it's imminent relocation. Spend a lazy weekend at this charming property and watch the world go by in this busy city (especially if you're an IHG Rewards Club Platinum member!).