For over 27 years, the Pan Pacific Singapore has managed to achieve a somewhat rare feat for a hotel in this ever-changing country – it’s kept itself constantly relevant and popular. One would be hard-pressed to find another hotel in the city state that has been around for this long and continues to receive award after award and be equally popular among guests. Thanks to an $80 million renovation in 2012, the hotel has managed to stay fresh and most importantly, interesting throughout all these years.
the atrium of pan pacific singapore
I had the pleasure of checking out the Pan Pacific Singapore over one weekend. Arriving at the hotel during midday, I half-expected to witness a snaking queue for check-in. But there was none. More importantly, I didn’t even have to check in, at least not in the traditional sense! Guests are actually able to sit by the lobby bar with drink in hand, while a staff member does the actual formalities on an iPad. Pacific Club members go a step further, with a dedicated counter inside a room for check-in. For my case, check-in took place on my room itself. A Pacific Club staff member talked me through the notable features in my room after obtaining my signature.
generous work area
Overall, the room had a sharp and contemporary look that undoubtedly stemmed from the 2012 renovation. During the whole time I couldn’t help but secretly wish that I was living here!
goodies for pacific club members
The room was choc-filled with amenities. The fruit basket, cookie jar and complimentary chocolates from the hotel’s own grocery assured me that my midnight snack plans were well taken cared of. The in-room Nespresso machine and complimentary non-alcoholic drinks in the minibar was another plus. I was certainly one happy camper by this point.
toiletries from elemis
Like any respectable luxury hotel, the shower was partitioned – generously if I may add, and it was the same case for the toilet. Toiletries and other amenities were provided copiously, including items I don’t normally see elsewhere – comb, dental kit, shower cap, and even the iconic Tiger Balm. Given the completeness, I’m pretty sure that if I had forgotten to bring and asked housekeeping for a shirt, they would be been able to provide me with some as well!
Pacific Club at Pan Pacific Singapore
the pacific club
The Pacific Club offers afternoon tea from 3 to 5PM daily and evening cocktails between 6 to 8PM. I dropped by at around 7PM, just in time to catch blue hour and the lighting of the surrounding buildings. Looking back, it was truly sublime sitting there just looking at the view, with a drink in hand. The ambiance factor at this point was simply off the charts.
highlights of the evening cocktails at pacific club
A range of canapes and small cakes were made available during evening cocktails – the selection changes day to day. The staff here were extremely attentive and went out of their way for guests. I had asked about a drink that was not in the drinks menu and the bartender offered to make it, to my surprise.
I went back to my room afterwards to catch the 8PM lights show at Marina Bay Sands. This was the view that I got from the room’s balcony.
the view from my room
There was also a note offering guests the convenience of expedited check-out. This involved the filling out and signing of a short form, and voila, no need to queue anymore during check-out. It’s a good thing to avail of especially for those in a hurry to leave. Though it would be a shame to leave such a nice hotel in a hurry.