|Eye-catching facade of Gallery Hotel SG • Framed and taken with a Sony Alpha 99|
Checking in, we were required to submit credit card information so as to cover future expenses incurred in-room or at the lounge. While it is standard procedure, we thought it was inflexible on the part of the staff not to consider the fact that since we were hosted by an SG-based company (and Sony at that), this can either be waived or put into the account of our host.
|Signature multi-colored pillows, sleek cabinet with glass door|
Wi-fi was, as per SG standards, blazing-fast so working online in-room was a cinch. I found the worktable (which also supports the flatscreen TV) and workspace more than adequate for my needs. I had a small picture window that opens to the view of the neighboring hotel poolside area. However, the roman shade fixture came loose when I tried pulling the shades upward. Reporting it immediately to housekeeping yielded no response to fixing it during our short stay. The toilet and bath appearance is sleek, with lots of metal and white lighting. I had a tub but as usual, it wasn’t put to good use as we were working on our presentation until the wee hours of the morning.
|Sleek T&B with lots of industrial, silver sheen|
Facilities. In almost three days of work, I was able to squeeze in two sessions at the Gym 360 located at the third level. The gym is decently furnished – a leg press machine here, a cable crossover machine there, plus a bank of relatively light dumbbells and barbells good enough for maintenance work, I guess. Getting to the gym is a bit tricky, going out of the building from the fifth level exit, passing through the pool and down a flight of stairs.
The pool (the first cantilevered pool in SG with glass sides) looked inviting but owing to my state of sleep deprivation, I decided on using the gym instead. The elevators going up to the hotel rooms are accessed by the room proximity cards though a few grumbling guests (including myself) fumble with the cards and make unnecessary roundtrips as the cards/sensor do not work all the time.
|Healthful breakfast fare • Taken with a Sony Alpha 99|
Info: Location: 1 Nanson Road, Robertson Quay • Gallery Hotel has 222 rooms (Gallery, Glazzhaus, Bookend, Junior and Executive Suites). Room rates for the Gallery Room is anywhere from SG$160 (promo) – 188 (published room rate); rates are exclusive of SG tax. For more info/to book, visit www.galleryhotel.com.sg • Map culled from the Gallery Hotel website