The Swissotel Merchant Court,
Info : The Swissotel Merchant Court
The Swissotel Merchant Court is a 500 room hotel overlooking Singapore’s Clarke Quay and close to Boat Quay and Chinatown. Whilst it’s reasonably bland compared to our other recommended hotels it is great value, in a fantastic location and offers a range of on-site leisure facilities. Its a good choice for couples, and for families there is a kids package which guarantees adjoining rooms.
Clarke Quay and Boat Quay are historic ports that have been refurbished and now house a range of waterfront restaurants and nightclubs. With the quays, Chinatown and various hawker stalls within walking distance this is a great base from which to sample the variety of international cuisine on offer inSingapore. You’re also located close to 2 MRT lines so it’s a good base from which to whizz to Singapore’s main attractions like the famous Botanic Gardens.
Rooms at the hotel are clean and contemporary with all the amenities you would expect from a 4 star property, some offer panoramic views of the Singapore River. The hotel has a sizeable swimming pool, a well-equipped gym and a relaxing wellness spa as well as 3 bars and restaurants.
Superior - This is what we would describe as our standard category. These will be decent 3/4* hotels providing a really good level of service. We would generally expect them to be providing a little something extra, in terms of character, guest experience or facilities too.
Both our guides, in Cambodia were excellent. However, I would like to nominate Channak for an award because we felt he gave an outstanding level of service, showing us things that weren't on the itinerary which we would never have found by ourselves and going out of his way to do so. His general sociability and ability to talk to local people, including more reserved tribal people, meant that we had a much greater insight into the community than we expected and we felt privileged to be there with him. He also has personal experience (from childhood) of the Khmer Rouge regime which made our visits to Toul Sleng and Choeung Ek in particular even more poignant than they would have been otherwise.
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