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  1. A hotel rooftop pool
    Photograph: Supplied/Mercure
  2. A hotel dining room decorated in an Asian style
    Photograph: Supplied/Mercure
  3. A hotel room
    Photograph: Supplied/Mercure
  4. Sucking pick and other foods
    Photograph: Supplied/Mercure
  5. A hotel loft room
    Photograph: Supplied/Mercure

Mercure Bugis is the ideal stay for one of Singapore’s hippest neighbourhoods

Heading to Singapore? This heritage-inspired hotel in the Lion City's arts and cultural district promises a stay that captures the area’s unique charm and excitement

By Time Out in association with Mercure Singapore Bugis
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Beautifully appointed with specially commissioned artworks and sculptures, the Mercure Singapore Bugis encapsulates the eclecticism of the Lion City and the surrounding arts district. The Mercure is located in Bugis-Bras Basah, Singapore’s locus of arts and culture set among a mix of towering skyscrapers and heritage architecture.

The Mercure offers a luxury stay in one of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods (as named by Time Out in 2020), that has garnered its reputation thanks to colourful street murals, a vibrant foodie scene and non-stop buzz. The Mercure offers a tranquil haven for visitors to relax, just footsteps from art galleries, trendy shopping malls, restaurants, cafés and a myriad of cultural and historical sites. And getting around is a snap, as the hotel is close to three MRT stations: Bugis, Bras Basah and Bencoolen.

The hotel features 395 light-filled rooms fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows and funky graphic art pieces that evoke the city. The double-storey executive loft is a tempting place to bed down, featuring a sleek, modern interior and a window that stretches over both levels, offering impressive city views to behold. Guests in executive rooms will also receive access to the wonderfully serene Privilege Lounge, where wine and beer are free-flowing 6-8pm.

On level 7, you’ll find a (totally Insta-worthy) infinity pool overlooking Singapore’s skyline, serving as a refreshing respite from the heat or a perfect spot for a quick workout. There’s also a gym to help you keep your routine, but if exercise isn’t your thing, you can always take to one of the sunbeds and kick back.

In terms of food, the Mercure’s two restaurants offer some of the city’s most exciting dining experiences. Song Garden serves up modern Cantonese cuisine against a backdrop of plush red dining booths, traditional Chinese paintings and lofty ceilings. The seafood items are menu highlights (the lobster soup and abalone siew mai have made the rounds as word-of-mouth favourites) and the dim sum is a must-try. Song Garden has been on Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best list for two consecutive years.

You’ll find restaurant Royale dressed in opulent white leather, offering a mix of international and local cuisine. Come evening, pull up a stool at BARtistry@ONE22, where you can enjoy Asian-inspired cocktails amid the elegant ambiance of the hotel lobby.

Find out more about Mercure Singapore Bugis here.

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