Singapore isn’t short of ambitious mixed-use complexes – and the biggest new player on the block is South Beach, with the JW Marriott at its heart. It’s not your usual JW Marriott luxury here, though. The Singapore hotel sits at the hip, lifestyle end of the business hotel spectrum, with interiors designed by Philippe Starck and architecture by Foster and Partners (the wave-inspired roof is #Instagrammable), bringing a vibrant new entertainment destination to the CBD.
You can’t get much more central than this. The complex, which features strips of bars and restaurants, is on the former site of the historic Non-Commissioned Officers’ Club and Beach Road Camp, right next to the Raffles Hotel and Suntec Convention Centre. The city’s business hubs are all a walk or short cab ride away. Or, if you’re inclined, the Esplanade MRT is at the doorstep.
You can tell Philippe Starck has had a hand in these 634 rooms. His eclectic style is ever-present here, but there’s an added tech edge to the rooms that gives them a futuristic kick. Blinds, curtains and lights can all be controlled through the TV, the toilets have automatic functions and the desks are ready for seven USB devices at once. Finally, there’s Wi-Fi throughout the complex.
Several of the hotel’s heritage buildings have been converted into event spaces, where you can hold intimate or medium-size gatherings. The sprawling executive lounge, on the other hand, is the coolest place in the complex to get through some emails. It’s more hip bar than traditional lounge – but with all the amenities and spaces you need to get work done.