It has been almost four years since my last visit to Grand Park City Hall and the hotel has undergone extensive renovation and refurbishment works over the last year where all the rooms and suites have been give a complete makeover. For a start, the newly-renovated Grand Park City Hall looks nothing like how it used to (and that is a good thing). The property now feature plenty of modern conveniences (which I will go more into later) as well as a luxurious and contemporary design. The flagship property inculcates a contemporary architectural style which integrates the century-old conservation shophouse and it is located just minutes away from City Hall MRT. Plenty of prominent landmarks in Singapore are also within walking distance from the hotel and these include places like Marina Bay, Chinatown and Clarke Quay. If you are here for work, the property is approximately 5-minute drive away from the Central Business District (or you can hop on the train to get to where you wish to go easily).
Upon invitation from the team, I stayed in the Grand Park City Hall's Coleman Suite and there is only one of such suite in the whole hotel - there is also a Park Suite (which is quite similar but smaller) - and it comes with an outdoor mini garden, private steam room and jacuzzi (?!). The Coleman Suite here at the Grand Park City Hall measures a staggering 145sqm in size and it features exclusive Crystal Club privileges. It goes without staying that the Coleman Suite is the crème de la crème of suites here on property and it is pretty easy to see why.
As you walk into the Coleman Suite, you will find a powder room (half bathroom) located near the entrance. I love having a second bathroom since your guests do not have to walk through your bedroom in order to use the bathroom. Even if you are not planning on having guests over, having a second bathroom is great if you are sharing this beautiful suite with someone else.
There is a separate living room here in the Coleman Suite and it can be completely closed off by shutting the sliding doors to the bedroom - this space allows for a small gathering and it will probably fit 6-8 adults very comfortably. There are two large flatscreen TVs here in the suite and you will find the first one in the living room (the other one is located in the bedroom so you can enjoy your favourite television programs in bed). Towards the back of the living room is where you will find a small work desk but there is a much greater spot to get work done here in the Coleman Suite and I will share more about this area later. Since the Coleman Suite is located on one of the highest floors of the property, you will get to enjoy panoramic views of the city’s skyline from here.
As part of my welcome amenities, the team has specially arranged a bottle of red wine, some local snacks as well as a bowl of green apples. Something that I have found to be extremely cool during my stay is the Grand Park City Hall s dedicated app - this mobile app allows you to control the in-room electronics and it even allows you to unlock your room door so you do not have to worry about bringing your key cards out anymore. In fact, you will be able to activate the elevator to take you to the right floor using this app and I have found it to work rather seamlessly throughout my stay.
As you would expect, complimentary tea and coffee is provided in the suite - teabags are provided by The 1872 Clipper Tea Co but unfortunately, you will not find a Nespresso machine here. If you are in need of proper coffee, the good news is that booking a Coleman Suite will give you access to the Crystal Club Lounge where you will be able to enjoy a good cup of coffee anytime the lounge is open.
Located directly next to the living room of the Coleman Suite is the bedroom - this sizeable bedroom features a plush king-sized bed as well as a small lounging area on the side. There is also a large flat-screen TV here in the bedroom so you can catch up on all your favourite shows from the comfort of your own bed.
There is a small digital touchscreen panel by the side of the bed where you will be able to control the room’s lighting, air-conditioning settings as well as the ceiling fan overhead. As mentioned earlier, all these controls are also accessible via the dedicated mobile app for Grand Park City Hall (that you should definitely download if you are a hotel guest). The bed was plush and comfortable but I can’t say that I do not miss having a physical button to turn off all the lights when I am ready for bed.
While it is now fairly common for 5-star properties in Singapore to USB charging ports, the Grand Park City Hall is the first hotel in Singapore that I have encountered to provide a wireless charger. Embedded into the bedside table of the bedroom, the wireless charger makes it easy for travellers to keep their mobile devices (albeit just one at a time) fully-juiced when they go to bed. Do note that the wireless charger is only available on one side of the bed so if you are sharing this room, you will probably want to charge it the typical way if you are on the other side of the bed.
The bathroom of the Coleman Suite is an impressive space - it features a double vanity sink with a lighted mirror (perfect for shaving or putting on makeup at any point in the day) as well as a freestanding bathtub. The usage of glass and marble truly complements each other from a design perspective and if you are concerned about privacy, the bathroom does come with a lockable door which separates this space from the bedroom.
Towards the back of the bathroom is where you will find a private steam room - yes you have read that correctly! The Coleman Suite here at the Grand Park City Hall comes with a separate shower area which can be converted into a steam room if need be (and you should definitely try this feature out if you are staying here). There is a small digital panel located on the wall where you will be able to turn this feature on or off.
The freestanding bathtub here in the bathroom is also a much-appreciated feature in the Coleman Suite (especially after spending an afternoon out in Singapore). The water pressure is excellent and the tub actually fills up rather quickly so you do not have to wait too long before having the perfect bath experience. As if that is not enough, the Coleman Suite also comes with a massive private outdoor Jacuzzi which I will cover below.
Bath amenities here in the Coleman Suite are provided by the environmentally-friendly, APPELLES’. Established back in 2011, APPELLES’ was developed with the intention of creating an exceptional product to feature a combination of the finest essential oils with botanical extracts to deliver outstanding results.
While the bathroom is typically my favourite part of every suite (since it is always the most lavish with a free-standing bathtub), it goes without saying that the private outdoor garden (coupled with that amazing Jacuzzi hot tub) of the Coleman Suite here at the Grand Park City Hall is my favourite aspect of the suite. The sizeable patio allows you to host up to six adults very comfortably and this is the perfect spot to enjoy an evening tipple or two before the sun goes down.
The private Jacuzzi is definitely big enough for four adults to enjoy simultaneously and there is nothing better than chilling in a heat-regulated tub in the evening while enjoying a bottle of ice-cold beer. Feel free to fiddle around with the settings - there are quite a number of interesting jets that can come on and you can even cycle though the mood lights to create the most desirable ambiance that you require. However, do note that the patio area is not sheltered so it does get wet if it rains but that should not matter anyway if you are already planning to jump in the private Jacuzzi.
The Coleman Suite here in Grand Park City Hall is located on the same level as the newly-refurbished Crystal Club Lounge. Functioning as the hotel’s executive lounge (sometimes known as club lounge in other chain hotels), the Crystal Club is accessible only to hotel guests who have booked a club room or suite - this exclusive space offers all-day light refreshments, evening cocktails and canapés as well as breakfast for guests with access.
There is both indoor as well as outdoor seating areas here in the Crystal Club Lounge and this is quite rare in Singapore - most of the hotels in this country do not offer an al fresco option and there are only a handful that I can think of off the top of my head. If you are feeling peckish after enjoying some of the canapes in the lounge, there are plenty of food options in the vicinity - simply head over to Raffles City and you will find plenty of restaurants in that area.
Guests staying at the Grand Park City Hall with access to the Crystal Club Lounge will get to choose between having the full buffet breakfast experience downstairs at Tablescape or enjoy a continental (but way quieter) experience over at the club lounge. Since it was a weekend and I was personally not too keen on dealing with the potential crowd downstairs, I have decided to enjoy my breakfast in peace at the Crystal Club Lounge.
As you would imagine, the variety here is definitely a lot lesser than what is offered downstairs but guests can still enjoy their made-to-order eggs cooked to the way they like here. With so many amazing food options in the area, it is important for you not to overeat in the hotel during breakfast (especially if you are first-time visitor to Singapore).
Now that the Grand Park City Hall has completed a major transformation, this flagship property is once again a strong contender in the luxury accommodation market here in Singapore. The rooms and suites here not only look contemporary in design but they also feature modern conveniences that are increasingly important to travellers from all around the world. Honestly, I did not think that the suites here would win me over prior to visiting but the Coleman Suite is truly one that is built for special occasions if you are looking for a spot to impress. From my understanding the Park Hotel Group has also quite recently launched a new loyalty program (Park Rewards) and I will definitely be looking into that in a few weeks to come.
The Shutterwhale stayed as a guest of Grand Park City Hall.