Novotel on Stevens is the latest AccorHotels addition to the hotel chain’s collection of properties in Singapore! Nestled within minutes from Singapore’s Orchard Road shopping district, and amidst the quieter neighbourhood of private houses and the Shangri-La, Novotel on Stevens promises business-class luxury in the heart of Singapore from S$140++ per night!
Also, the hotel is well-equipped with exercise facilities. From the decently-sized ‘infinity’ pool, to the more secluded ‘backyard’ pool, and the almost fully decked out Inbalance gym, this is one hotel that is perfect for the fitness enthusiast!
The Novotel on Stevens is part of a multi-use complex adjacent and connected to the Mercure on Stevens. In addition to the hotel and its various facilities, the complex also plays host to a number of restaurants and premium grocers:
- FiSK Seafood Bar & Market
- La Piazza
- Food Exchange
- Blue Lotus Chinese Grill House
- Long Beach
L’aperitif Tapas Bar
During my stay in mid-December, not all the outlets were ready to receive guests. However, from my brief visit around the complex, I was certainly excited about the selection available. For instance, as an occasional wine drinker (lover, who am I kidding), Winestone has got my attention. In addition to the spread of Mediterranean cuisine on the menu, the wine bar boasts quality wines that start from $10 a glass or $48 a bottle. A definite steal!
Novotel on Stevens is the second Novotel-branded property in Singapore, the other being Novotel on Clarke Quay. Styled as a business hotel and yet with a certain luxurious class and comfort, Novotel on Stevens echoes the poshness found within the neighbourhood. Indeed, when one steps into the hotel lobby, the reception desk to the left is styled a modern-sleek while L’aperitif Tapas Bar to the right carries a degree of elegant rounded tones throughout.
The Lobby-Lounge area
That lift lobby which is gilded in ‘gold’
Rooms at the Novotel on Stevens are split into four categories: the Superior Room, the Deluxe Room, the Premier Floor Room, and the Premier Suite. The Premier Rooms are the Clubroom equivalents, with access to the Premier Lounge that serves breakfast and evening cocktails. The minibar, available in Deluxe rooms and above, is free for all guests. The Premier rooms also come with its own Nespresso machine!
I found my stay in one of the Deluxe rooms to be an extremely comfortable affair. Rooms come with either twin beds or a double, and carry an airy interior impressed upon with a glass-windowed bathroom (shutters available), and large windows that allow in lots of natural light. The furnishings are modern and sleek, leaving a bright contemporary feel to the overall atmosphere. There is also a small office desk for those who wish to get some work done while in the room, and a couch for that perfect afternoon lazy-lounge with a book in hand!
Shower amenities made with fair-trade cane sugar!
Food Exchange is the hotel’s all-day dining destination. During my stay I had both the buffet dinner and breakfast. The spread is decent, not overly extensive, and convenient for those who don’t wish to head out to town for a meal. Breakfast, in my opinion, seemed to fair better than dinner. I found dinner at Food Exchange to be a mixed affair with an attempt to achieve too much with too little.
Possibly the best seats in the house during breakfast!
The best part of dining at Food Exchange, however, is that the restaurant promises a stunning view! As it is connected straight to the ‘infinity’ pool, guests are almost promised lots of natural light and great scenery.
The ‘infinity’ pool
The ‘backyard’ pool is the more private of two pools available at the Novotel. Based closer to the adjoining Mercure on Stevens hotel and the Inbalance gym, this pool is perfect for those who want to sunbath away from the prying (i.e kaypoh) eyes of those at the restaurant.
My favourite part of the entire staycation experience was two visits to the gym! After my check in at 3pm, I hit the gym before dinner, and once more before the late check-out the next day at 2pm.
The Inbalance gym is somewhat fully equipped with a good array of treadmills, rowing machine, eliptical bikes, exercise machines, a Smith machine, free weights and more! Towels, bottled water, and some fruit were also placed at the changing/shower area for all guests to have. The only issue was a discernible lack of lockers for me to place any valuables away. There were shelves available but nothing really to store items securely.
Lat pull-down machine, smith machine and free weights!
A very wide selection for dumb-bells!
In all, I found my stay at the Novotel on Stevens to be a very pleasant affair. As a Novotel property, and part of the global Accor chair, one can expect a certain level of service, amenities, and standard throughout. With its location in a prime area, and yet not right smack in the middle of a busy shopping district, there is a certain element of privacy that is perfect for a short getaway. There is also a shuttle service between the hotel and DFS Galleria along Orchard road which operates on a half-hour basis from 10am to 9.30pm.
Novotel on Stevens is a vibrant 4-star luxury business hotel that for its elegance, refreshing, modern feel, makes this one place worthy to recommend for any traveller or staycation lovers!