Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Oriental Club at the Mandarin Oriental Singapore (Club Lounge)!

In December last year (yes ... this post is almost eight months late 😰) the darling and I celebrated a birthday with a staycation at the Mandarin Oriental Singapore's Ocean Grand Room. It was a gorgeous, comfortable room with an amazing view of the Singapore Flyer, MBS and the Gardens by the Bay.

Mandarin Oriental Singapore Ocean Grand Room View

Our room also came with Club Lounge access - at the contemporary-oriental-decor'ed Oriental Club on the 19th floor. We thought the lounge was pretty gorgeous - with dark wood and woody accents everywhere, and cheongsam-clad waitresses providing a splash of oriental flair.

Mandarin Oriental Singapore Oriental Club Lounge
Mandarin Oriental Singapore Oriental Club Lounge

The view is a little underwhelming, to be honest ... even at night when the lights come on.

Mandarin Oriental Singapore Oriental Club Lounge

The main benefits of having access to the Oriental Club (other than having a nice place with comfortable sofas to lounge around and relax in) are:

👉 Private check-in and check-out at the Oriental Club Lounge
👉 Champagne breakfast and afternoon tea, and all-day soft beverages
👉 Evening cocktails and hors d’oeuvres

There's a huge range drinks-wise - sparkling & still water, juices & soft drinks, assorted beers, premium TWG teas, champagne and a collection of spirits and liqueurs. As we don't drink we can't comment on how good (or bad) the booze was, but the rest of the range was great - especially the teas.

Mandarin Oriental Singapore Oriental Club Lounge Beverages and Drinks
Mandarin Oriental Singapore Oriental Club Lounge Beverages and Drinks
Mandarin Oriental Singapore Oriental Club Lounge Beverages and Drinks

The afternoon tea and evening hors d'ouevres both have a surprisingly substantial spread of food. Nowhere near as substantial as a proper high tea or buffet dinner, of course, but with enough variety of hot food, cakes, pastries and other sweets to feed you for the entire afternoon / evening.

Cocktails & certain alcoholic drinks are complimentary during evening cocktail hours.

Mandarin Oriental Singapore Oriental Club Lounge High Tea and Cocktails
Mandarin Oriental Singapore Oriental Club Lounge High Tea and Cocktails

After a good night's sleep, you have the option to have your breakfast at the Oriental Club - which you should most certainly take advantage of in order to avoid the crazily overcrowded main restaurant. Helps that the breakfast spread is pretty damn good - hot food, cold cuts, juices and pastries - plus a nice made-to-order menu! We ordered Eggs Benedict and the Singapore Wanton Noodle Soup, both of which were well executed.

Mandarin Oriental Singapore Oriental Club Lounge Breakfast
Mandarin Oriental Singapore Oriental Club Lounge Breakfast

So is access to the Oriental Club worth the money? It's a bit hard to say. If you're in the city for a holiday or for business/work, you'd likely be out of the hotel for most of the day, so you wouldn't really be able to take advantage of the benefits anyways. But on the other hand if you're pampering yourself to a rest & relax staycation then we would definitely highly recommend it. Two thumbs up!

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