I stalked this place for too long planning for a maybe Shenzhen trip and it happened! Yay. Thanks to my bro who was there for work over the Labour Day long weekend and we decided to go and keep him company.
I’ve stalked this place ever since it first opened last year, waited for its teething problems to be over, and booked my tickets once there was a window for a 3 day trip to this town, which I honestly haven’t heard of until the Pullman news came up. And so we took that random 20-hour flight on Air Asia on a random Friday for this really chill short trip.
Such a view right!?
It was a much anticipated CNY staycation, especially so when we booked a suite for 3pax (3rd pax at an extra charge). It was my first Crowne Plaza experience in Singapore (actually, ever) and I was super excited!
Its also a unique location – going for a holiday but not actually flying? I thought it would be a special thingy for me and family.
For some reason, I booked a SQ flight to Hanoi during a promotion @ only $268nett per pax but I picked SilkAir to come back due to better flight timings. It was my first trip to Vietnam and I was excited about it. Thankfully, I found Mercure and it was time again to clock more points into my Accor Silver.
I’ve dined at this SPG property in Singpore countless times and always loved how nice the property seems and how impeccable everything seems. The location itself (32nd floor lobby!), the not-crowded buffets (SPG points!), and seemingly romantic lobby lounge (where I get to order my fav avocado ice cream too). All these add up to a certain level of expectation for the rooms itself.
I almost managed to stay back in 2014 but some family thingy happened and we cancelled the staycation. Bummer.
Fast forward to this year, lucky me chanced upon their flash sale (see below) and booked for 1 night. Was super excited about it – finally!!
I finally made it here!
Ever since Millennium Group announced M Social’s opening, so much has been written about this sexy hotel. I walked by one weekend with a friend and the then newly opened property offered to open up its rooms for me to see. I was blown away by how sexy (and quirky) the property is.
I am so happy that Accor took over this property, and just in time!
With SPG and Shang properties in HK looking surprisingly dismal for a combination of factors, I decided to focus on Accor properties for this trip to buff up my Accor membership. Frankly speaking, none of the Novotel properties stood out. And no Sofitel choices either. So I literally jumped for joy when I spotted this recently rebranded and refurbished Park Lane (its old name) property.
I can’t remember when I started on my first hotel membership program.
I kind of used to think hotel memberships are a hassle to sign up for, for something that you possibly won’t end up using anyway. But then again, that was a time when I perhaps just started out in the working life and didn’t travel that much.
Don’t these pictures look lovely?
These are the eptiome of my favorite thing when staying at a hotel. Any hotel. Especially luxury ones.
I don’t technically have words to describe the feeling of having access to a Executive / Club Lounge as an in-house guest. It’s the feeling of belonging to an exclusive circle of esteemed (or so I think) guests who are viewed differrently (in a good way) from the rest of the other maybe 70% in-house guests.
I needed a quick 3D2N away from work and everything else in my life, so KL was a no-brainer.
I initially wanted to redeem my free night at Grand Millennium Copthorne but their room reservations decided to charge me an additional MYR450 to upgrade from the complimentary deluxe room to an Executive room with club access – when the rate difference shown on their website based on my exact dates is MYR120. When I asked why, they simply said it a special rate. Right, a specially expensive rate.