Studio M Hotel, the first hotel in Singapore to feature fully loft-style guest rooms, is designed to be chic and modern.
The trendy hotel appeals to single and couple holidaymakers as well as local staycationers. At its doorstep is Robertson Quay, the entertainment district that is home to several restaurants and bars. Within walking distance is the vibrant nightlife destination of Clarke Quay.
With the close proximity to the Central Business District, Studio M Hotel also makes a suitable accommodation choice for business travellers seeking convenience at a reasonable price.
My family and I checked in for a post-Christmas and pre-New Year weekend staycation. The hotel lobby is small but cosy. I’d call the décor semi-industrial, with tons of glass, metal and interesting features like the eyecatching LED light fixture towering above the front desk.
Guests can make use of the iMac at the lobby, as well as free wi-fi connectivity throughout the hotel. The coffee corner is a welcome place to stop by for a caffeine pick-me-up and a chat with other guests.
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All 360 guest rooms in Studio M Hotel boast loft-style living space with full-height windows and high ceiling, mixing modern design with a classic colour scheme.
If you opt for a studio loft, your bed will be on the lower floor. All other room categories have the bed on the upper floor. I like the black and white wallpaper of the forest adorning the wall behind the bed. It injects a nature vibe into the overall urban design.
Baby Ethan makes himself comfortable in the queen-size bed.
Our room is compact and comfortable. A sliding wall partition lends some privacy as it quickly hides the bed out of view from the door entrance should you call for room service – a thoughtful touch of detail.
The shower – with Hansgrohe fittings – and toilet are in separate cubicles on either side of the walkway leading from the main door. The triangular space underneath the staircase houses the wash basin and basic coffee-and-tea making amenities.
The staircase leads up to the seating area and workspace on the second floor.
Don’t be expecting spacious rooms. The rooms remind me of cabins on a luxury yacht, or perhaps rooms in small intimate European hotels. They are efficient and compact.
For something roomier, you can instead go for M Hotel, which is also part of the Millennium Hotels & Resorts group.
The flat screen TV right by the bed offers a good selection of cable network channels.
As The Bourne Legacy was on that night, we decided to grab some sushi from the Japanese Meidi-ya supermarket at the nearby Liang Court shopping mall, and head back for a cosy movie night.
If you prefer to dine out, Studio M Hotel is surrounded by an enclave of thematic restaurants, ambient bars and hip cafés, including:
- Kha (Thai restaurant)
- Brussels Sprouts (Belgian beers and mussels)
- Swirls Bake Shop (colourful cupcakes)
- Toby’s Estate (coffee house and espresso bar)
- Stacked (Chinese dim sum restaurant)
The second floor tropical deck of Studio M Hotel houses the open-air ta.ké restaurant, lap pool and gym.
The abundance of loungers and seating areas on this floor makes it an ideal place to chill out with friends amidst the greenery-and-water setting.
Breakfast at ta.ké features western staples such as bacon, sausages, hash browns and salad, Asian fares like samosas and porridge and an egg cooking station.
Fitness enthusiasts can take advantage of the open-concept fitness centre that opens until 9pm, or take a dip in the 25 metre lap pool.
As is common in the travel industry, we were provided with complimentary accommodation for the purpose of reviewing the service. While it has not influenced this review, Sparklette Magazine believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.