My stay @ Singapore – Four Points by Sheraton, Riverview

No stranger to the Four Points brand, I’ve always known that a Four Points property can be relied on for a comfortable stay within a fair budget.

In Penang, the seaside property offers access to the famed Penang beach while the popular Georgetown is a mere 20 minutes drive.
My 3D2N stay during their opening week allowed me some happy times back in my beautiful hometown.

four-points-penang-png

In Singapore, the first Four Points property is housed in the previous Riverview Hotel.
Reopened recently in July 2016 after a SGD25 million dollar renovation, it is now new inside out!

four-points-by-sheraton-singapore

Standing proud over the Singapore River and a mere bridge crossing from the hip Robertson Quay, Four Points provides uncomplicated essentials for the modern traveler – a restful sleep, free WIFI, hearty breakfast, a good shower with all necessary amenities and complimentary water plus coffee and tea.

singapore-four-points-sheraton-review-003

In essence, Four Points offers what matters most, plus extras guests want.

I like my hotel rooms spacious and bright all rooms at the Four Points Sheraton Singapore are a minimum 22 – 24 sq metres with tall glass windows.
The moment I stepped in I felt at ease already!

singapore-four-points-sheraton-review-009

Next my eyes checked for electrical points which I was quick to discover there were plenty; on both sides of the bed as well as at the work desk.

dscf5764

singapore-four-points-sheraton-review-001

For a hotel of its class (3 star), Four Points by Sheraton, Riverview felt like a 4 star.

All amenities required for a comfortable stay are within reach. An open wardrobe with hangers,  hair dryer, ironing board, mini bar, slippers, safe, laundry service and as well as full set of bathroom amenities are available.
Only thing absent that I miss was the bathrobe.

singapore-four-points-sheraton-review-006

singapore-four-points-sheraton-review-010

I like the comfortable size of washroom. Bonus points goes for the separated wash and bath areas as well as providing 3 categories of towels – hand, face and bath towels.
I know some of you may not have need for all 3, but I DO use all 3 for 3 different purposes!

In addition to that I’m rather thankful that the mini fridge is kept empty which saves me the trouble of taking everything out so I can fit my own drinks in.

singapore-four-points-sheraton-review-007

singapore-four-points-sheraton-review-008

Rooms here offers both city and river view.
No doubt the river view is the preferred choice for many.

My own view over the Singapore river below offers much amusement and calm.
I like sitting by the window to observe the activities over at the Robertson Quay as I work on my laptop.

Early mornings and evenings saw fitness and health enthusiasts doing their thing. There are yoga groups, joggers, sprint runners as well as the occasional group of maids walking their pets.

singapore-four-points-sheraton-review-002

Being fond of running myself, I took the opportunity to join the fitness addicts each morning. It was tranquil, safe and amusing to see all the different bridges along this stretch.

I thought this colorful one makes for a good picture; don’t you think?

run

singapore-four-points-sheraton-review-012


Entertainment and Dining at Robertson Quay


As the sun descents, the area transforms into a bustling nightlife venue with its array of wine bars, restaurants offering outdoor dining, art houses and cafes.

On weekends people flock to the Singapore River for their caffeine fix and for their brunches.

brussels-sprouts-robertson-quay-003

Frankly I find the “vibrancy” (more like rowdiness)  of Clarke Quay slightly repulsive so the tranquil district of neighbouring wharf Robertson Quay is a more attractive option.
Besides, Robertson Quay is abounds with options as well.

There are a few notable dining outlets and the one we visited was the Belgian restaurant by Emmanuel Stroobant – BRUSSELs SPROUTS.

brussels-sprouts-robertson-quay-004

BRUSSELs SPROUTS is a family-friendly Mussels and Belgian Beer restaurant, serving classic Belgian food and over 150 different Belgian beers.
Belgian classics such as mussels and clams doused with a miscellany of flavours (think white wine, tom yam, laksa (no, I’m not joking) and chilli crab) and are one of the main attraction here besides the happy hours for beers.
brussels-sprouts-robertson-quay-002
And oh, with any choice of the mussels and/or clams dish, fries are free-flow.

sg-robertson-quay-brunch

Food was great. I loved the “7 hour braised lamb shoulder, roasted potatoes, lemon, rosemary-thyme jus”.
A portion of this goes for SGD58 ++ and it should feed 2 pax.

brussels-sprouts-robertson-quay-001


FACILITIES


For long stay guests, there is a self-service laundry service.

laundry

Since the mini bar is kept empty for guests to stock their snacks/beverages as they wish, there are 2 vending machines (drinks and snacks) on the 5th floor where the pool and gym is.

sg-four-points2.

In other words, you do not have to leave the hotel nor do you have to order room service. And if you need to cool your drinks further, there is free ice at the bar counter!

Room service is 24 hours by the way.

sg-four-points1

facilities-four-points-sheraton-singapore-002 facilities-four-points-sheraton-singapore-003 facilities-four-points-sheraton-singapore

The steam rooms are located in each individual female and male washroom.

facilities-four-points-sheraton-singapore-001


FOOD


Eateries within the hotel are a few, but only one is managed by the hotel which is the  Four Points Eatery; the coffeehouse for the buffets as well as ala-carte.
Both the breakfast and lunch buffet spread is fairly diverse while the ala-carte menu offers local as well as international flavours.

rebecca-saw


Breakfastlive egg station, cereal, cheese, fresh fruits and salads, hot food, noodles, continental and and fresh bakes.


breakfast-sheraton-four-points

sg-four-points4 sg-four-points5 sg-four-points6


LUNCH: The signature Slipper Lobster Laksa (SGD20++), Bak Kut Teh (SGD24++) and Chicken Rice (SGD24)


Meals are enjoyed in the air-conditioned dining area or al-fresco by the river which I would recommend.

four-points-eatery

The Bak Kut Teh is a 30 year old recipe and it served together with yam rice and crispy you tiao. The soup is refillable as the hotel realized that most diners who ordered this loved the depth of flavours from the 8 hours simmered broth.

sg-four-points3

BELOW: It is wonderfully zen and cooling sitting outside by the river. Yes, even in the afternoons!

by-the-river

2 other eateries within the hotel are the Chinese restaurant Imperial Restaurant and Irodori Japanese Restaurant. Both are independent F & B outlets and separately managed.

For drinks and after hours relaxation, head over to The Best Brew and cool down with a local or international beer while enjoying tranquil views of the Singapore River.

best-brew-four-points-sheraton

One of unique point of Four Points by Sheraton Singapore is their beers.

The “Tall Pale Ale” is an exclusive brew to Best Brew FP Singapore and nowhere else in the world.
We had a beer pairing menu in the Robertson Room one night and had the opportunity to taste this Tall Pale Ale.

beer

Crafted specially for The Best Brew, Tall Tale Pale Ale is a medium bodied pale ale (4.3 percent alcohol) with a pleasant floral aroma and mild-hoppy finish.
It possesses zesty citrus notes which makes it highly versatile and quaffable with most foods, especially the range of bar bites offered at the bar.

An easy drinking beer; it is great for any time of the day.

beer-tall-pale-ale

The “Tall Tale Pale Ale” is only available at The Best Brew, Four Points Sheraton, Singapore. You can’t find it anywhere else in Singapore nor the world!

singapore-four-points-sheraton-review-013

pool-table


BUSINESS:


Taking advantage of its location along the iconic Singapore River, Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview offers an ideal and unique riverfront meeting and event location for your company or personal Singapore events.

The Robertson Room is Four Points’ signature space.
The large, naturally sun-lit space allows for formal and informal gatherings between 30 – 80 pax.
On special request, the kitchen team can whip up a sit-down dinner with a specialised menu just like the one we had for our welcome dinner!

robinson-room

Jubilee Ballroom can cater up to 320 people for wedding banquets, dinner and dance, and other company and private events and functions. The Elgin Room (Elgin I and II) and Robertson Room, offering natural daylight with a stunning view of the Singapore River, are great for corporate cocktail events.

Even the The Best Brew and The Bar Terrace are cosy spaces that combine alfresco and indoor settings for approximately 60 people.


PLACES OF INTEREST nearby:


You can board a river taxi right at where the Four Points Eatery is.
Rides can be arranged and if you are keen, just inquire at the reception.

rivercruise


TRANSPORTATION:


Complimentary daily shuttle bus services to Orchard Road and Clarke Quay MRT Station/Chinatown are available for guests at selected times.
Public transport services (buses and taxis) are also conveniently available just outside the hotel.

Conclusion:
With rates from SGD150++ /night, Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview is a good choice for both business and leisure travelers.
Service is good, breakfast spread is fair, location is superb and the facilities sufficient.
Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview
382 Havelock Road
Singapore 169629
Tel: +65 63494872

Nearest MRT: Chinatown, Tiong Bahru.

Four Points Eatery Opening Hours:
Breakfast Buffet: Mon-Sun, 6am – 1030am
Lunch Buffet: Mon-Sat, 12pm – 230pm
Dinner Buffet: Mon-Sun: 6pm – 1030pm
Sunday Brunch: 11am – 3pm