Not all rooms have a view, but the Roarin’ Kids Kingdom suite at Novotel Clarke Quay offers a breathtaking view of Singapore River and the skyline. Novotel Clarke Quay ceases operations in a few weeks as the site is scheduled for redevelopment works. The final opportunity for a Novotel Clarke Quay staycation beckoned and we were glad we experienced it.
Right Next to Fort Canning MRT and Clarke Quay
Novotel Clarke Quay is situated above Liang Court, which is right next to Fort Canning MRT and steps away from Clarke Quay. It has long been a landmark in Clarke Quay and witness to many developments around it. Its curtains will be drawn on 2 April 2020 and it will give way to redevelopment plans. As such, Novotel Clarke Quay is currently offering good discounts on its rooms as well as good discounts.
Roarin’ Kids Kingdom Suite at Novotel Clarke Quay
There are two types of themed family suites at Novotel Clarke Quay, each overlooking the magnificent skyline.
We stayed at Roarin’ Kids Kingdom suite which has one bedroom with a King-sized bed, children’s room with two beds, a large bathroom with a Jacuzzi bathtub (!!!).
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The boys were wowed by the Safari décor and really excited to see the cupcakes, books, board games, DVDs and a huge screen. Parents will be glad to know the children will be wholly occupied during the stay.
We appreciated the hotel’s effort in equipping the suite with sweet treats, kid-centric furnishings, décor, books and even step stools in the bathroom. There were also paraben-free children’s toiletries provided. Apart from a very child-friendly bathroom, the kids room also had child-sized table and chairs, a reading chair and age-appropriate books.
Both boys were also gifted plush keyrings by the reception which features endangered animals such as turtles, elephants, polar bears and red panda. Needless to say, their new found “pets” followed them wherever they went.
Breathtaking Views of Singapore River and Skyline
Prepare to feast your eyes on the view from the family suite overlooking Singapore River, Robertson Quay and the city skyline. We had a wonderful time gazing at the clouds, hues of orange and pink as the sun sets in the horizon. Knowing that it wouldn’t be possible to enjoy such a brilliant vantage point soon, we took many photographs to remember such moments. Our tip is to bring along a decent camera if you want to catch the details of the scenery!
Both Indoor & Outdoor Child-Centric Activities and Facilities at Novotel Clarke Quay
There was plenty to do in the vicinity given the location of Novotel Clarke Quay, and if you choose to stay in – the children will be happy with console games, taking a bubble bath or watching a movie on DVD.
Besides the in-room amenities, there is a Kids Corner across the reception equipped with an interactive touchscreen table, XBOX console games, books and some toys. The interactive touchscreen table allows four players for games and we had a good time as a family playing simple games like racing, pong, word games, burst the balloon and others. The boys were drawn to the XBOX console games as well but these were suitable for slightly older children due to the complexity of the games.
We also visited the swimming pool which was a popular choice as many guests were cooling off after a warm day.
While the boys challenged each other to laps and dives, we watched on in our cabana.
If you are looking to venture out, we highly recommend taking the sheltered access to Jubilee Park via Fort Canning MRT Station underpass or cross the overhead bridge to Fort Canning Park, where there’s plenty of space for running and scooting. Fabulous Baker Boy is also at the park, ideal for parents to have their cake and cuppa while watching the children swing about. The rolling green hills (we will have to settle for these, for now) are superb for expending energy and wild romping, which can be rare in times like these.
For a more “tourist in your own country” experience, take a stroll down the Singapore River or Clarke Quay and see the sights you would usually not notice. There are options for bumboat rides, explore one of the many iconic bridges or just enjoying the breeze by the river. The path along Singapore River is also quite ideal for scooting – so don’t forget those kick scooters!
Dining Options Aplenty
Breakfast buffet is available at the hotel’s Square restaurant and inclusive in the family staycation package. There is an international selection and even a magical pancake machine to check out. We give our thumbs up for the machine-made pancakes. The boys were pretty happy with their usual options of cereal, yogurt, bacon, sausage and fresh juices.
Other than the hotel restaurants, you can choose to explore Liang Court and its popular Japanese eateries. Do note that Meidi-ya supermarket and most of the food establishments will be moving out by 31 March 2020.
Clarke Quay is just steps away and Central Mall is across Read Bridge, while Robertson Quay is also easily within reach on foot.
Your Final Chance for a Novotel Clarke Quay Staycation
It’s the final few weeks to stay at Novotel Clarke Quay before it bids farewell, so take advantage of the offers and be treated to a gorgeous view as well as the family-friendly touches. It is also an ideal chance to bond as a family while experiencing life as a tourist in Singapore. For more details on what Novotel Clarke Quay offers, click here.