What comes to mind when you hear of Presidential Suites – rock stars or foreign dignitaries e.g. presidents chilling out at super big and best rooms in a hotel? Ever wonder what’s so special about these rooms/suites? Well – PassportChop.com had the opportunity to enjoy a luxurious weekend over at the Tang Sor Kiar suite in Marriott Hotel Singapore. This suite is one of only two such presidential suite in the entire hotel and cost at least S$1800 per night. This post will provide a quick preview of what’s it like staying in such a suite.
This is such a unique suite that even the process of getting into the room is very different from other hotel rooms. Located at the 5th floor of Marriott Hotel Singapore away from other hotel rooms, it is about a 3-4 minute walk from the lift lobby and you will be greeted with a front porch and a sign indicating “Tang Sok Kiar Suite”.
The first thing you see as you enter is the living room complete with a comfortable sofa, LCD TV and even classy artwork to complement the classy interior design. There is even a pantry with microwave oven and well-stocked fridge of goodies e.g. soft drink, beer and snacks (at extra charge). The amazing thing about this suite is that it comes with a private pool! At just 1.2m deep, it is not Olympic-size but good enough for a quick dip after a hot day of shopping around Orchard Road. There is even a pavilion with comfortable mini-sofa and lounge chair to chill out or sun-tan after a swim. Skinny-dipping is not encouraged though – not a rule enforced by the management but due to construction near the Far East Plaza, workers on site there will have a full view of this private pool and the porch.
Besides the comfortable King Size bed in the bedroom, there is also a long office desk, lounge chair and of course, a huge LCD TV for you to chill out to music from your iPod plugged into the room’s iPod speakers or work from the desk with wireless/wired internet (at extra charge).
Another very cool feature of this suite is the Vanity Room which is linked to the Bathroom/Shower/Toilet/Sauna. Typical hotel rooms’ vanity corner for make-up, wash-up is typically in the toilet/shower room but in this suite, this is a separate area with 2 sinks at each end of the room with a complete set of shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, soap each. This vanity corner is also equipped with hair-dryer and full-length mirrors. You will also find a huge wardrobe equipped with a safe, bathrobes, iron and ironing board set and even an umbrella.
Want to soak in a bath after a long day but don’t want to miss your favorite drama series? You can do both here – enjoy a soak in the bathtub and watch your favorite shows from the wall-mounted LCD TV (which comes equipped with a remote control by your bathtub). The shower serves a dual-purpose – besides the rainforest-style shower, you can also use the shower room as a sauna – simply set your preferred temperature and time and enjoy! The toilet located in another separate room also comes equipped with a bidet – a rather uncommon toilet fixture in Singapore. Don’t expect privacy though – the shower, bath and toilet are just separated by clear glass (no blinds or high-tech masking screen).