"Luxe Loft Living"
Located about 30 minutes drive away from the Changi international airport in Singapore, the Studio M Hotel is a stylish, modern 4-star designer hotel, best known for its fully loft-inspired rooms. Designed by Italian architect Piero Lissoni, Studio M Hotel has a modern elegance that is timeless, even though they opened over a decade ago in June 2010. With 360 air-conditioned rooms across 9-storeys, Studio M Hotel offers a good balance between comfort and style for its target market of business travellers and couples.
Ambience at Studio M Hotel exudes a modern timeless elegance, courtesy of the smart monochrome hallways and minimalist design. The lobby features a central molded reception desk with soft curves, cascading LED rods overhead, a smooth polished stone floor, and large floor-to-ceiling windows. Pops of quirky sculptured vases of plants in vibrant colours offset the clean lines, lending a sense of energy. The walls surrounding the Sun Terrace feature large murals of nature, flowers, and plants, complementing the greenery around the area.
Rooms at Studio M Hotel are clean, comfortable, but cramped. I stayed at the Executive Loft room. The loft room has huge floor-to-ceiling windows, which offered a view of the Singapore River. The living area has a comfortable lounging sofa bed, a decent study desk, and a small kitchen counter with flask, mini cooler fridge, and the only sink. The in-room wifi connectivity is fast and stable, and power points are accessible. The tiny toilet and bathroom with standing shower occupy separate spaces, and the amenities are restocked daily. Stairs connect the bedroom space on the upper mezzanine, this area is small and cramped, with the large comfortable bed taking up the whole area.
Food at Studio M Hotel is mostly provided by the breakfast-only buffet dining at the Breeze Dining Area. Open only during breakfast hours, there's a small range of dishes, which are decent but ultimately forgettable - you're better off eating at the many excellent cafes and restaurants in the Robertson Quay area. The Memo Cafe is a standalone cafe housed within the premises, and they offer a small range of Western dishes and beverages thoughout the day, including casseroles, salads, sandwiches, pasta, pizza, and cakes at reasonable cafe prices.
Service at Studio M Hotel is polite, efficient, but largely transactional. There's little engagement from the fairly young staff. They made several mistakes with my access, which was only partially corrected despite multiple attempts, so I experienced difficulty accessing some common areas of the hotel. In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, I observed Studio M Hotel staff performing more thorough and frequent cleaning of common areas. Staff were equipped with masks, and random temperature checks were performed. Hand sanitizers were also made available in common areas for guests to avail themselves.
Facilities & Activities
The facilities and activities at Studio M Hotel are targetted at business travellers and couples, less so for families. The gymnasium is well-equipped with a good variety of fitness equipment. The swimming pool is large but long, which means swimming the length of it only allows for 2 people at a time. There's electronic dartboards along the deck, and a small business centre. There're supposed to be several meeting rooms, which I didn't see, as my access wasn't properly configured. Of note are their shuttle services to town and other places of interest, as well as tour arrangements to attractions around Singapore. Of course, there's also the nearby fine dining and nightlife scene of Robertson Quay and Clarke Quay respectively, all within walking distance.