BACKGROUND It is part of StayWell Hospitality Group, a privately owned Australian hotel management company. Park Regis is its upscale brand, while the other one under StayWell is a value-for-money brand. Park Regis has presence in India too — Jaipur and Goa.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? The entrance leads into the 24-hour coffee shop. An embellished wall with Chinese curios, stands as a partition between this and Royal Pavilion, the only other restaurant on the property. The reception is on level three. The staff are seated at typical office desks, as opposed to standing behind a counter.

Though it attracts a lot of business travellers, the property has limited facilities for them, and more for visitors looking for comfort and easy accessibility to Singapore’s popular districts.

Further, Park Regis Singapore offers two options for laundry: one done by the hotel, and the other is a laundrette where you can do a full load for S$ 8/₹386 — a feasible option for long stay guests.

WHERE IS IT? It is 20km from Changi Airport and five kilometres from the city centre. Clark Quay is across the road from it.

ROOM FACILITIES All rooms have a handy phone, free wifi, work desk, 42-inch interactive television, minibar, coffee/tea making facilities, free water bottles, and a rain shower. The handy phone allows free local calls, unlimited internet access and free international dialling to Australia, China, South Korea, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, France, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and the USA.

The rooms have an open plan such that the sink is very much a part of the bedroom’s layout. As soon as you enter, to one side is the sink, behind which are the toilet and shower cubicles. The only partition between the room and the “bathroom” is the narrow mirror above the sink.

Perhaps the open plan takes away from the compact room size at 22 sqm. Adding to the ostentatious augmentation of space is the large window that lets in enough natural light to brighten the entire room.

Rooms under the Quay category (also 22 sqm), are on the pool level. Doors open to a partially enclosed space that has two cane chairs and a coffee table. To access the pool, literally just walk three steps from the room.

I stayed in a Regis room (33 sqm). It also has a dining table, two sinks and an espresso machine. Each floor has one room under this category, which means, all Regis rooms have a view of the pool and two large windows ensuring ample daylight.

RESTAURANTS AND BARS Twenty3 Drink & Dine cafe-style eatery greets guests on their arrival. It also has a bar. Royal Pavilion, also on the lobby level, serves modern Cantonese cuisine.

BUSINESS AND MEETING FACILITIES There is one meeting room on the property that can accommodate up to 50 people. The reception area has an iMac with an internet connection; however, printing, scanning and photocopying is assisted by the front office staff.

LEISURE FACILITIES There is a 25 sqm swimming pool with a cascading waterfall feature, a gym, and a library — Bondi Book Centre — tucked in a corner of the gym. Guests can borrow bicycles for S$15/₹720 per two hours (minimum booking time) to tour the city. Each additional hour is charged at S$5/₹240.

VERDICT A comfortable property with facilities to ensure a convenient stay.

PRICE Internet rates for a midweek stay in March started from S$190/₹9,094.

CONATCT 23 Merchant Road, Singapore 058268; tel: +65 68188888;

Ravi Lalwani