Our Staycation Highlights:
• Central location that just can't be beat
• Multitude of dining options
• Gigantic family rooms or suites
• Peaceful resort feels
Walk Through the Shopping Hub
We did some research about family staycations in Singapore and Orchard Rendezvous Hotel caught our eye. The rebranded botanical themed hotel is located along the famous shopping district, Orchard Road. It seemed like the perfect option that will please everyone – a big pool for the husband, lots of shops for me and the little one could still catch her favourite Cartoon Network cartoons on the TV. It was a complete win-win for all of us!
The exterior looked more like a resort than a hotel while the interior, however, was a whole different story altogether. Modern and classy with intricate decor, the lobby gave a definite boost to our excitement. Check-in was quick and fuss-free, and we were off to check out our room!
Great for some good ol' family bonding!
Your Room Choices
Take your pick from an array of rooms that are perfect for families or couples.
The family room was really spacious and beautifully designed in a botanical theme! What's more, the hotel gave us the option of our room configuration beforehand, for us to decide if we wanted our family room to have a bunk bed or a sofa bed in addition to the king sized we already have. Alternatively, we could opt for a family suite. We were curious about how having a bunk bed would turn out and decided to try it! The room was more than sufficient to accommodate a family of four, and Sophie was delighted as it gave her extra space to run around.
Should you desire even more space and a proper bed for your child, this is the room for you! Besides, it isn’t called the ‘Family Room’ for nothing. The beds were so comfortable that the hubby fell into a deep sleep in no time but Sophie, being the mischievous prankster, couldn’t resist tickling him till he woke up!
It was hard to bid goodbye to such a comfortable room that felt like home. We are already dreaming of our next visit back at this hotel and are looking forward to try out the family suite next!
We had quite the dilemma while choosing our room category, torn between the family and deluxe rooms. Thankfully, the hotel staff was kind enough to show us the Deluxe room.
The room had a similar botanical design and came with a king-sized bed. A rollaway bed is available on request; all we had to do was make a call down to the concierge, and one of the staff would help us set it up. If you prefer a more cosy sleeping arrangement, the king-sized bed was actually large enough to fit all three of us comfortably.
The arm chair at one side of the room was perfect for some reading, or for the three of us to have a conversation. We especially liked its pretty side table; it made for such a great spot for some quiet reading.
The hotel’s Superior Rooms are similar to the Deluxe rooms, the only difference being the addition of a balcony for the latter.
Should you plan a staycation for just the two of you without children, do check out the Club Rooms. These rooms have been refurbished in 2018 so all the more reasons to try it out! Children aren’t allowed on the Club floors to cater for those who desire more peace and quiet and, by extension, more privacy.
The Club Rooms come with a private balcony that overlooks a sea of lush greenery. This was a refreshing change from our usual concrete jungle views! The balcony provided a nice alcove to unwind at. Club guests also have exclusive access to the Club Lounge, but more on that later on!
The hotel is home to a big pool, which delighted the hubby and Sophie alike! We went down to take a look before changing into our swimming costumes, and neither of them could resist splashing around!
Spend the Afternoon at the Pool and Gym
Needless to say, everyone got really wet! The rack of towels by the pool were a godsend, if not we’d have to trudge up to our rooms sopping wet. There’s a row of cabanas by the pool as well, which looked great for relaxing with the hubby while Sophie splashed around in the pool! For those who love to appreciate greenery, there is a garden on the pool deck filled with beautiful flowers that include the Vanda Orchard Rendezvous, an orchid hybrid specially commissioned by the hotel. The hubby and I decided to cool off under the morning sun with some of the hotel's signature floral cocktails. They were definitely refreshing!
We popped by the gym to have a look on our way up; we weren’t planning on using it during our stay, but it looked like they had everything needed for a decent workout! But do take note that kids aren’t allowed in the gym.
Have a unique dining experience at Akanoya Robatayaki
We were walking around the hotel and this caught our eye. Just look at that grand exterior design! P.S. Our little girl took this photo for us; she has a good eye, huh! We entered the restaurant expecting the usual Japanese fare, but boy were we blown away.
We were faced with a dazzling array of ingredients, displayed in front of two eager Japanese chefs. So it turns out that the restaurant specialises in robatayaki (hence the name!), which refers to a Japanese technique where patrons point to fresh ingredients to place their order and the chefs will grill the selection before serving it on a wooden paddle. It was such a novel and authentic experience; we recommend this restaurant as a must-go during your stay!
Take your pick from other dining options
Akashi Japanese Restaurant is the place to go for fuss-free yet absolutely delicious Japanese fare. Their set meals are really something to be raved about – the sets come complete with rice, soup and salad, and are all reasonably priced. The Sashimi here is thickly sliced and fresh; none of that waterlogged taste from previously-frozen slices. The restaurant offers both Omakase (chef’s choice) or Ala Carte menus (that include the set meals). Request to sit at the counter if you want the Omakase and at the tables if you want to order from the menus.
Brewerkz needs no further introduction. An institution amongst Singapore’s many watering holes, Brewerkz serves up pints of frothy gold together with delectable pub grub.
The long tables positioned at the side of the restaurant is also good for a session of people-watching!
Love yourself some meat? Head to Black Angus Steakhouse for a healthy dose of steak! We were seated in a cosy little booth reminiscent of an American cowboy diner. Sophie just couldn’t resist running around all the booths, and even started chasing the waiters around.
Luckily we visited in the late afternoon and had the full attention of the waiters, who got along pretty well with Sophie! For those that aren’t such big fans of meat, do check out their potato skins that come loaded with bacon bits, chives and cheddar cheese.
We don’t know about you, but we just can’t do without Chinese cuisine. Orchard Rendezvous Hotel has both Kam Boat Teochew Restaurant and Tung Lok Signatures within the hotel itself! Kam Boat Teochew Restaurant is known for its crisp Peking duck, whilst Tung Lok Signatures is the place to go for Dim Sum. Kam Boat Teochew Restaurant also has a wide variety of live seafood, including cold crab which is their specialty.
Sing into the wee hours of the night at K Suites
We sneaked out for a quick walk-around the hotel after Sophie succumbed to her tiredness. To our surprise, we stumbled upon K Suites which is open until 4am! We couldn’t resist renting a room and belting out a few tunes. The hubby got really into it, but I don’t blame him; there were all our favourite songs and we could basically sing to our heart’s content!
Have a nightcap at the Lobby Bar
Pop down to the Lobby Bar for a quick nightcap. The decor is immaculate and soothing, botanical designed carpets and plants with an added touch of floral scent in the air. The bartender was really nice as well, and is always willing to offer some advice or a bout of witty banter. Aside from all of that, the Lobby Bar offered a nice place to simply unwind after a long day.
Chill at the Club Lounge
As previously mentioned, we highly recommend the Club Rooms for any couples or parents looking for some time alone.
The Club Lounge is definitely an exclusive spot for those who have booked the club room. Its botanical themed layout and fresh florals on each table definitely created a quite and calming respite away from city. Children are not allowed on the Club Floor, which caters towards travellers or staycation-ers who are simply looking for some peace and quiet.
Club guests have exclusive access to the Club Lounge, which offers all-day light refreshments, as well as canapés and free-flow evening cocktails from 6-8pm.
Other Great Things in the Area
The hotel is located along Orchard Road, and is the ideal location from which to explore the surrounding area. Shop till you drop along Singapore’s largest shopping belt, catch a movie at one of the many cineplexes or drop by an eclectic range of cafés and restaurants.
Forum The Shopping Mall
Orchard Rendezvous Hotel is located along Orchard Road, right next to Forum The Shopping Mall. Forum, as it’s more colloquially known, is the go-to mall for a day out with family.
One café that really caught our eye was Benjamin Browns, which serves massive over-the-top milkshakes that are truly a sight to behold!
We ordered the ‘Old School Vanilla’, which came in a super Insta-worthy concoction of milkshake topped with candy floss, sprinkles, red velvet cake and a crispy wafer. The café offers a large variety of these milkshakes, each more unique and show-stopping than the last, so make sure to check those out during your stay!
Toys “R” Us
We went shopping for a little present for Sophie at Toys “R” Us, which is located on the third floor of the shopping mall.
We soon lost track of her in the store; the hubby had to go running after her every five minutes! The store is also great for those who are evidently still a kid at heart, a.k.a. the ever-so-young hubby.
Kam’s Roast Singapore
A short way down the road from Orchard Rendezvous Hotel is Kam’s Roast, the Singapore branch of a renowned Hong Kong Michelin-starred restaurant!
Interestingly, they don’t serve goose here (their signature dish back in Hong Kong), but the succulent duck and chicken meat more than make up for it. You’ll get a truly authentic experience at Kam’s Roast; word has it that the Head Chef flew to Singapore just to train the staff and chefs here! We highly recommend ordering a plate of fish roe noodles to complement the meat.
Hard Rock Café
Previously recognised by the turquoise Cadillac hanging over its exterior, the Hard Rock Café has undergone extensive renovations and recently reopened in 2016. Expect the usual fare (we heard rave reviews about the Legendary Burger!) against a backdrop of rock and roll memorabilia and sparkling lights. Visit the Rock Shop to buy a t-shirt or other knick knacks to bring home as a souvenir!
What People are Saying
“The Orchard Rendezvous Hotel is a 4 Star hotel in the Orchard Road shopping area – at the end of Orchard Road where it becomes Tanglin Rd. It’s at this end of Orchard where there are some big malls, and it less than 10 minute walk to the ION Orchard shopping mall and the Orchard MRT station… The hotel has an excellent swimming pool and leisure area, which is on the roof of the lower building, hidden away from the street. There is also gym facilities available.”
- Nomadic Notes
“The location is just prime and so accessible to everything – food, shopping, MRT stations!
As soon as we alighted from our taxi cab, helpful & courteous staff at the facade greeted us with friendly smiles and carried our luggages to the lobby; it’s not extraordinary, I know, but these little things made us feel so welcomed upon arrival.”