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IHG Singapore launches a new weekend stay experience, “Jump Start Your Weekend”, across all nine properties in Singapore under its portfolio of brands (namely InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express).

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InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay.

With rates starting from SGD$140++, the “Jump Start Your Weekend” packages across all IHG properties each comes with breakfast for two persons, a selection of board game sets such as Scrabble or Reversi for hours of intellectual in-room pleasure, as well as property-specific privileges such as late check-out and dining credits.

Here are reasons why you should stay at each of the individual properties.

Nearest MRT: Bugis
Privileges: Late check-out till 4pm (subject to availability), complimentary parking and the option to purchase SGD$100 dining credit for SGD$75 upon check-in.
Why you should stay: Possibly my favourite IHG property in Singapore, the hotel is conveniently located next to Bugis Junction and Bugis+, and minutes away from endless dining possibilities available at Andaz Singapore, Tan Quee Lan Road, Haji/Bali Lane etc etc.
Read Review: Royal Suite

Royal Suite King - InterContinental Singapore (Bugis)
InterContinental Singapore.

Nearest MRT: Changi Airport
Privileges: Late check-out till 4pm (subject to availability), a complimentary rollaway bed for child below 6 years, and kids below 6 years dine for free.
Why you should stay: The fully sheltered and connected airport premises offers hours and hours’ worth of shopping and dining possibilities, with an NTUC Fairprice conveniently available at Terminal 2 for your in-room grocery needs. Also, if you are a Changi Rewards member, you are entitled to GST savings on purchases at participating retail stores even if you are not flying.

ihg singapore jump start your weekend
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport.

Nearest MRT: Fort Canning/Outram Park
Privileges: Late check-out till 4pm (subject to availability), SGD$30 dining credit for use at F&B outlets (excluding in-room dining), complimentary parking, kids’ amenities, and kids get to stay and dine for free.
Why you should stay: The nearby Zion Road Riverside Food Centre is an absolute food haven, with offerings ranging from amazing char kway teow (No. 18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow) and carrot cake (Lau Goh Teochew Chye Thow Kway) to prawn noodles (Noo Cheng Adam Road Big Prawn Mee) and kway chap (Boon Tong Kee Kway Chap Braised Duck). Also, Great World City is only minutes away.

Nearest MRT: Somerset
Privileges: Late check-out till 4pm (subject to availability), SGD$20 dining credit per night, complimentary parking, kids’ amenities, and kids get to stay and dine for free.
Why you should stay: Cuppage Terrace and Cuppage Plaza are only seconds away for your izakaya and Japanese dining pleasure, while elsewhere Centrepoint, Orchard Central and [email protected] are minutes away for your shopping and takeaway dabao needs. Also, there are various liquor and wine stores nearby – from Bottles & Bottles at Centrepoint to Wine Connection at Cuppage Terrace – to cater for adequate hydration at your in-room soirees.
Read Review: Premier Room

holiday inn singapore orchard city centre premier room
Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre.

Nearest MRT: Orchard/Somerset
Privileges: SGD$20 dining credit per couple/family for use at Great Room Bar, complimentary use of Meeting Room or Great Room to enjoy board games (subject to availability) and complimentary parking for one vehicle (single exit).
Why you should stay: Aside from endless nearby basement takeaway food options for your in-room gourmet dining experience, you can also take the opportunity to shop at Takashimaya Shopping Centre and Paragon Shopping Centre dressed in shorts and slippers like a fancy “I stay along Orchard Road, darling” expat.

Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay
Privileges: SGD$25 dining credit per couple/family for use at Great Room Bar and complimentary parking for one night.
Why you should stay: The nearby Liang Court has Japanese cakeries Chateraise, Chez Yamashita and Cafe Ma Maison for your tea time treat takeaways, while Japanese supermarket Meidi-ya offers countless Japanese snacks, instant noodles and sashimi takeaway options for your in-room dining pleasure. The nearby Chinatown also offers endless shopping and spicy Chinese food options.

Nearest MRT: Paya Lebar
Privileges: Late check-out till 4pm (subject to availability), complimentary parking and 15% off dining bill at Baba Chews Bar & Eatery.
Why you should stay: The Katong/Joo Chiat area is a glorious food enclave – think brunchy fun at Firebake, classic Singaporean breakfast at Chin Mee Chin Confectionery, hearty Peranakan fare at Guan Hoe Soon Restaurant/Old Bibik’s Peranakan Kitchen & Gallery, Instagram-worthy ice cream at Birds of Paradise Gelato Boutique, as well as countless acai options (my favourite being acai/coconut soft serve concept Beriwell) and comforting hawker food options like frog leg porridge, rojak and wanton noodles at Dunman Food Centre.

Nearest MRT: Paya Lebar
Privileges: Late check-out till 2pm (subject to availability), complimentary parking and 15% off dining bill at Baba Chews Bar & Eatery.
Why you should stay: Besides the Katong/Joo Chiat food options mentioned above, the Infinity Pool is one of the best pools in Singapore, offering a rarely-seen view of the colourful architecture in the Katong cultural heritage district. Also, the hotel’s Peranakan restaurant Baba Chews serves up killer Peranakan dishes and an intriguing salted egg kaya.

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Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong.

Nearest MRT: Fort Canning
Privileges: Late check-out till 4pm (subject to availability), complimentary parking and a complimentary cocktail with each cocktail purchased at Marcello, the hotel’s Italian craft bar.
Why you should stay: Robertson Quay is an amazing food destination, offering numerous dining concepts along the Singapore river ranging from Mediterranean (Summerlong) and Mexican (Super Loco) to Japanese (Aburiya, Unagiya Ichinoji) and Chinese (Red House Seafood Restaurant). In addition, the quayside area is the hottest new enclave for chic and sophisticated dogs, and you may just meet them whilst they are on their glamorous and leisurely riverside strolls.
Read Review: Quayside Suite

Club Studio - InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay
InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay.

The “Jump Start Your Weekend” package is applicable for weekend stays for check-ins on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only. Bookings must be made at least 3 days in advance, and a non-refundable one-night deposit is required at the time of booking. The package is available across all IHG properties in Singapore from 1 June to 30 December 2018.

This post is written at the invitation of IHG Singapore.


Shawn began documenting his food experiences since he started reading Law at the National University of Singapore. Initially he turned to food for solace from the rigours of university life, and food eventually became his safe haven away from the horrors of legal practice. However, it dawned on him one day that he has become sufficiently enlightened about the magic of discovering new and good food, and that it was time to share his findings with others. Instead of aligning himself with the vast sea of vanilla foodie influencer-style of writing, which would admittedly open more doors in terms of free meals and public relations love, Shawn decided to approach food writing by way of satirical humour, turning the don't-ya-wanna-eat-what-I'm-eating-cuz-I'm-a-public-figure self-importance/self-indulgent gravitas of Instagram foodie-ism in Singapore on its head and conveying his thoughts about food in a manner which is decidedly obscure at times and on others, frankly nonsensical. The rigours of legal practice and desire for a form of indulgent escape led to Shawn's second passion - experiencing and writing about new and luxury hotel properties. Secret Life of Fatbacks is an extension of Shawn's Instagram account (@Larvitar). For intellectual property reasons, he is unable to name the website anything related to the titular Pokémon character. Feel free to ask him in person what "Fatbacks" refers to. Shawn is not a professional critic, blogger or photographer. He is simply a guy who loves food and luxury hotels very much and (likes to think that he has) a quirky sense of humor. Shawn is presently a full-time lawyer, and when he is not premature ageing due to stress and vicious deadlines, he is somewhere spending an exorbitant amount of money trying out new dining places and hotels.

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