W Singapore – Sentosa Cove
There’s nothing subtle about uber-trendy W Singapore – Sentosa Cove’s tech-conscious style. Think LED art and flatscreen televisions set within polished marble walls. Not to mention the 1,338-square-metre pool with electronica beats piped in underwater, ringed with private cabanas supplied with Apple's pods and pads. Rooms have neon pink-and-lavender mood lighting and huge mini-bars stocked with such essentials as oxygen canisters and condoms, though the aptly (and painfully) named “Extreme Wow Suite” is the hotel’s hi-tech pièce de résistance. This soundproof 195-square-metre palace is decked out with a 55-inch flatscreen television, DVD player, Bang & Olufsen surround sound and DJ booth with dual turntables and vinyl collection.
This award-winning 262-room design hotel literally goes ‘Above & Beyond’ with its upper-tier accommodations. On top of luxe common amenities — 40-inch television, Blu-ray player, Bose iPod dock, complimentary mini-bar and local calls via Wi-Fi — club rooms and suites include nightly access to a rooftop bar where you can sip gratis cocktails while soaking in postcard-perfect panoramas of Victoria Harbour.
The palatial crystal suite here doubles as a modern electronics showroom. If iPod docks and 50-inch plasma televisions with interactive entertainment in both bedrooms aren’t enough, the living room ups the ante with an additional 60-inch gogglebox, Blu-ray player and 22-inch HP TouchSmart desktop. Should you have tech-related questions or, say, need help finding a chef to cook dinner in the suite’s kitchen, a personal butler is at your beck and call 24 hours a day.
With its somewhat upmarket take on the traditional Japanese ryokan (inn), Andon Ryokan scores for its high-end conveniences catered to those on a budget (relatively speaking; Tokyo is Tokyo). Rooms are spartan, yet have a television, DVD player, and free Wi-Fi, and though bathrooms are communal you can book a private Jacuzzi room embellished with pop art for free. We also like that cheap rentals of Ultra 4G pocket Wi-Fi devices are available – invaluable for staying plugged in with a fast connection on your smartphone or laptop while exploring the city.
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
Bring an HDMI cable to arts-minded The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, where you can stream your downloads on a flush-mounted 46-inch flatscreen television via a work-desk port. iPod docks are also in the room, while iPod Shuffles pre-loaded with self-guided walking tours of the hotel’s impressive contemporary art collection are available from the concierge.