The Ibis brand is a brand that I have loved for a long time. Before I started blogging I would often stay at them and I’ve never once had a bad experience. So when I started planning a trip to Singapore and I found the Ibis Styles on Macpherson, I went for it.
This small island is somewhere I’ve been desperate to go to for so long so I knew it was important to stay somewhere in a great location to make the most of my time whilst also giving me time to relax after some really busy days exploring. The Ibis Styles are fantastic and staying in their one on Macpherson in Singapore was a real treat. So if you’re planning your trip to Singapore then this hotel could be perfect for you.
Research the best area to stay in Singapore and you’ll probably get the general answer of ‘it doesn’t matter’. Whilst this is somewhat true as Singapore is small and has one of the best transport systems in the world, there are definitely places that are a bit more out the way. The Ibis Styles on Macpherson, however, is in the perfect location for exploring the main sites in Singapore. It’s located around the corner from bus stops and just a short 10-minute walk to the Mattar MRT station. This MRT station is on the Downtown Line which takes you to China Town, Little India and the Bayfront. I think the entire time I was in Singapore I only needed to switch to another like once. Perfect, right?
As well as the hotel being in a great location to explore Singapore, it’s also just 20 minutes by car from Changi airport which after a flight could not be better. I decided to get a Grab taxi to the Ibis Styles and had no problem getting one from the airport and taxis are super affordable in Singapore.
One great thing that I was able to do before arrival was online check-in, meaning there was no waiting around at reception and before I knew it was up on the 9th floor in the room. I stayed in a Queen room with a poolside room and it was really impressed from the moment I walked in the door. The first thing I saw was the awesome skyline view of Singapore through the full-length windows as well as a view of the pool when I looked down.
The walls are decorated with colourful geometric shapes and the whole room has a sleek futuristic feel from the large TV in the egg-shaped unit to the glossy desk and bedside tables. The room was also equipped with a small fridge, tea making facilities, a safe, a small rack to hang clothes as well as loads of sockets. There is nothing better than having a room where you can plug all your stuff in to charge in one go!
The bed was huge, really comfy and that combined with the blackout blinds meant I slept like a log. The windows are double glazed which blocks out all the traffic noise from the busy roads below too. The bed was also high up creating storage underneath so I was able to
hide my bag explosion keep the room tidy.
The most clever part of the room was the bathroom. Instead of everything being in one room, the toilet and shower were in separate capsule type rooms whilst the sink was outside. I was a bit worried about the shower being claustrophobic but it was actually quite spacious inside and the waterfall shower was really refreshing and a nice bit of luxury. The Ibis Styles also provides toiletries in large bottles which is always great to see instead of hotel miniatures.
Singapore is possibly the cleanest city in the world so it was unsurprising but great to see that the room also had 2 recycling bins in it. Another great thing about Singapore is that the tap water is drinkable and having a jug in the room to fill up, and being able to fill up flasks drastically reduced our use of plastics.
To be honest, I didn’t interact with too many members of staff during my stay but I was warmly welcomed at reception when I checked in and they always asked how my day was when I walked through. The staff at breakfast were also polite and friendly. In general, though, the staff were not overly chatty but were more there just getting on with things, however, were there and more than happy to help whenever I needed something. For me, I don’t require too much when I travel so not having staff that were always asking me how my day was and trying to preempt whether I needed anything wasn’t a problem.
The Ibis Styles on Macpherson packs a real punch when it comes to amenities. The rooftop pools is a good size and something that is definitely welcome in the hot and humid Singapore heat. Right next to the pool there is the Chat&Chow restaurant where you can buy snacks and have a nice drink.
The hotel actually has 2 restaurants to eat at. Chat&Chow is where breakfast is served daily and has seating both inside and outside. It’s got an awesome bright colour scheme there as well making it a fun but relaxing area to relax in. Next to the lobby is Chay&Chill which is more of a cafe style serving up cakes and sandwiches.
The breakfast is served as a buffet and has a good selection to choose from. There was fresh fruit, bread and pastries, a selection of hot foods as well as tea, coffee and delicious juices. It was nice to be able to eat outside by the pool as well.
At the top area of the pool, there is a small but well-equipped gym to use. I spent 3 days promising myself that I would use it but never did, but it’s definitely a good amenity to have if you want to keep your exercise routine on track.
Another great service that the Ibis Styles offers is a free shuttle bus to some of the main areas in Singapore. I used it on the day of check out to get to Mattar MRT station (which I know is only a few minutes walk away) because we had our big backpacks and was feeling lazy. All I had to do was ask reception who then booked us in and turn up 10 minutes beforehand. It’s easy and so convenient and of course free!
Ok, so it might seem like I’m a little biased as I started this post by saying how much I love Ibis hotels, but the Ibis Styles Singapore on Macpherson was a great base for my trip. It is such a quiet and comfy hotel and the rooms are so well laid out with all the things travellers want. Having a pool to cool off in and rest my feet after nearly walking 20km on my first day was bliss, and being able to get a great night’s sleep just topped it off. What’s more, the location was perfect, especially as the closest MRT was on the line with most of the Singapore attractions, making it easy to get everywhere I wanted. So if you’re looking for a sleek and modern hotel, in an area that’s really convenient, then the Ibis Styles on Macpherson could be perfect for you!
A huge thank you to the Ibis Styles Singapore on Macpherson for hosting my stay. As always, all views and opinions are entirely my own.