Overlooking the South China Sea, with an efficient shuttle service from the island to Singapore’s main tourist sights, this high-octane, unrestrained hotel offers glamorously edgy rooms and abundant eating choices coupled with prompt service and attention to detail. Strong on pizzazz and wow-factor.
Unlike its gargantuan Resorts World Sentosa (“RWS”) neighbours that are sited close to the mouth of Sentosa gateway, W is nicely sequestered away on the island’s Eastern fringe, within the upscale residential enclave of Sentosa Cove. Vivo City and RWS are just a shuttle service away, courtesy of W Singapore.
Address: 21 Ocean Way, 098372, Singapore.
Style & character
It’s Alice in Wonderland meets Hard Rock Cafe at W Singapore, where the interior brings to the fore the island’s lush tropical landscape by way of bold garden-inspired installations like the LED screen waterfall and glowing ‘grass lights’ that line the red carpet entrance, augmented by subtle Vanda Miss Joaqim Orchid-inspired motifs splashed throughout the glass-clad property. It’s a sight to behold especially if you visit at dusk when the hotel effortlessly morphs into a glamorous temptress with the help of mood lighting.
Service & facilities
Despite a high house during our stay, our requests for bottled water, towel, toothbrush and extra bed were promptly attended to. The W Insider, a concierge equivalent, kicks into action if you need a reservation at a nightspot or a suggestion for supper.
The 240 rooms and suites range in terms of comfort from Wonderful to Spectacular, Fabulous, Marvelous, AWAY and WOW. In line with the garden-inspired design DNA, all rooms feature leather headboards with a metallic floral motif and galvanized steel night tables with matching floral motif. 60 per cent of rooms offer balconies in varying sizes with inspiring views of the Marina and South China Sea, while the remaining rooms overlook the glass-block of restaurants and retail shops at Quayside Isle. Room rate includes complimentary WiFi and Bliss bath amenities but not breakfast.
Food & drink
Variety is not its greatest draw, but quality is. There’s Woobar for afternoon tea, cocktails and tipples; the kitchen table for buffets augmented by a generous a la carte menu; and Skirt, arguably Sentosa’s most coveted table-of-the-moment for steaks (order the full blood skirt wagyu) aged on site and grilled on a parrilla grill. Just steps away, the Quayside Isle will offer abundant dining options when it opens in December.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Two Fabulous rooms (#326 and #426) are dedicated to guests with disabilities.
Yes and no. It’s appropriate to say that W woos the hip and beautiful crowd and if they happen to visit with kids in tow, it’s acceptable – though you shouldn’t expect kiddie-sized bathrobes, welcome gifts or cookie surprises. Young kids and ill-behaved older kids are strictly not permitted at Skirt.
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