We might be in one of my favourite cities in the world but I don’t want to go out. I don’t even want to leave my chair. I want to stay right here in the circular Club lounge of the Pan Pacific hotel and look at the spectacular view of Singapore. Perched at the top of the hotel, the lounge gives a 360 degree view of the surrounding area: to Marina Bay Sands in one direction, the Singapore Flyer in the other. Or out to the South China Sea with the countless ships at anchorage, patiently waiting their turn to deliver their cargo to the small city state.
As it turned out, I spent quite a bit of time in the Club lounge. Champagne breakfast was served there and we choose that over the extensive array of Indian, Western, South East Asian and Japanese offerings in the Edge restaurant downstairs. There was also afternoon tea and evening drinks and canapés for an excuse to take in the view as night fell. The food was plentiful and very good and the staff were helpful and friendly.
Pan Pacific underwent a complete refurbishment in 2012 and it shows. We were sleeping in a luxurious one bedroom Skyline suite complete with floor to ceiling windows and another fantastic city view. Great to relax in, the suite was also a good place to work with an ergonomic desk chair and complimentary wifi. If you choose to chill out in the room for a while there’s a wide range of entertainment options with the internet protocol TV, cable, and DVD player with a Bose surround sound system.
For more active entertainment the hotel has a 25m pool, suitable for just splashing around in or for getting some exercise. It also has a superb, spacious and well equipped gym, one of the best I’ve seen in any hotel.
It was Steve’s birthday while we were at the hotel and the guest services rep was perfectly discreet when enquiring when he should send up the surprise birthday cake. Champagne was becoming a bit of a theme of our visit and it was a surprise for me too when the cake arrived with a bottle of champagne – not sparkling wine, champagne.
With a prime location in the heart of Marina Bay, the hotel is well served by public transport, runs its own shuttles around the business district and is connected via a bridge to Suntec. All in all, it’s an ideal hotel for relaxing, exploring, shopping or doing business in Singapore.