We checked in at the Meritus Mandarin Singapore (now the Mandarin Orchard Singapore), our home for our 3-night stay in Singapore, around 3 PM. Here, we were assisted in our room assignments by Ms. Agnes Estrada, a former EGI employee and now working in Meritus. Grace and Cheska stayed at Room 1241, Jandy and I at the adjoining Room 1240 and Dad and Mom at Room 1232.
Established in 1971, the 36-storey Meritus Mandarin Singapore is prominently located in the heart of the world-renowned shopping belt of Orchard Road and is a mere 5mins. walk from both the Orchard and Somerset train stations. In the 2004 Gold List of Conde Nast Traveler, it was voted as one of the World’s Best Places to Stay and, in 2003, into the list of The World’s Top 75 Hotels of Institutional Investor.
The hotel has 1,051 guest rooms (de luxe, premier), 32 suites (junior, executive, regency), 2 exclusive Club lounges and 2 presidential suites. It also has a swimming pool, business center and meeting rooms. Its food and beverage outlets include the award-winning cuisines from Chatterbox, home of the Mandarin Chicken Rice; the Mandarin Court Chinese Restaurant; Triple Three, an international buffet restaurant; Coffee & Crust, a coffee shop; and Bar on 5, a chill-out bar.
The hotel also offers safety deposit boxes, airport transfers, wi-fi in public places, currency exchange, babysitting, laundry, dry cleaning and 24-hr. room service.