[Hotel Review] Sheraton Towers Singapore

Thanks to my bro who had enough SPG points (12,000!) to redeem for a free night at the property so I took the chance for a 2D1N staycation. I knew the property is quite old but I also heard they have since refubished so I thought I’d give it a shot.

(Plus, Platinum members get free Executive Lounge access. Yay!)

LOCATION – Located just off Orchard Road along Scotts Road, nearest MRT is Newton station. But the journey from the station to the hotel is not fully sheltered so it’ll be tough if it rains. Otherwise, if weather permits, it is a nice 5-10mins stroll to Orchard Road.

CHECK IN – Checked in at the front desk – was surprised they were able to accommodate me at 8:30am. A very much welcomed gesture. The platinum member who booked was not able to check in til later afternoon so the front desk said they will only activate the lounge access for my keycards when the booking platinum member is physically registered.

ROOM – I asked about the platinum upgrade and was told the highest floor is already the upgraded room (2126). I actually thought Plat member should get at least a club room or even a Suite upgrade (according to SPG’s website) but I guess they were full. But it annoys me how hotels don’t actually follow through with tier benefits and you’d literally have to ask for it, sometimes sheepishly even though you are supposed to be entitled to it / them.

EXECUTIVE CLUB – Located on the 3rd floor alongside the function rooms. Access is via your keycard, which means you don’t have to report your room number to the club staff. The place was really nicely done up (refurnished?) with a touches of old school luxury eg rich velvety colors and materials. The “afternoon tea” from 2-4pm was a poor showing as there were only cookies, 2 choices of cakes, with coffee, tea, soft drinks etc. There were empty bread baskets and empty plates only the table which I later learnt was not because they ran out, but it was meant to be placed there for cocktail hours. Being ready ahead of time is not un-necessary but it makes the offerings look bad. There seemed to be only 1 staff around during these hours, which meant multiple tables left uncleared.

Cocktail hours was excellent for a change tho! It was quite crowded by the time we headed down at 5:30pm and seats were quickly filled up. There were hot bites, cheeses, breads, fruits, salads, and pastries. Selection of wines and baileys (yay!), and blended whiskeys. Service was excellent, with the staff informing of last call for food and offering alcohol right up to 8pm.

Breakfast at the club was also a cosy affair. There were made to order egg dishes but no menu cards indicated. You just request for them. Abit strange.

FACILITIES – I went swimming in the afternoon on level 5 and the pool was a good size with many sunbeds around. There were also a steam room, sauna, and a good size gym on the same floor.

CHECK OUT – Done at the lounge and fuss free.

The place was ideal for a staycation but perhaps not so much for tourists. Still, nothing much to complain for a free stay using points!

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[Hotel Review] Sofitel Singapore City Centre

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One of my fav hotel logos!

 

I love checking out new hotels so this had been on my list for quite some time – and I snagged the chance to book it during the Accor Super Sale @ 30%. Not a lot but its still savings! A super lux staycation checked off my list finally.  So excited to see this new Sofitel as the other 2 are erm a little less interesting (either that or they’ve been around for too long).

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[Hotel Review] DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru

 

Finally got a chance to stay here for a quick 1 night over a weekend from Singapore! The property is seen to be the best intentional chain in JB and I was keen to try it out.

ADDRESSNo. 12 Jalan Ngee Heng, Johor Bahru, 80000, Malaysia. TEL: +60-7-2686868. Website.

GETTING THERE – the hotel is in a sort of hidden hilltop location 10mins walk from City Square but the reviews were right – the hurdle was getting across that multi-lane road with no traffic lights. For safety sake, just take a grab and it will cost you only MYR6. I took grab from a salon in Twin Galaxy Residences and got there in 10mins in the 6pm peak hour traffic.

PRICE – MYR522 (MYR448++) with the Hilton 30% flash sale: a superb deal for a club room especially if you compare it to the international properties in SG.

CHECK IN – Check in was smooth and they could pull out my reservation based on passport details. Front desk was very polite and patient and included a letter explaining the club room benefits which many hotels nowadays fail to deliver – but would have been better if its personalised though. But I was disappointed I was not asked to check in at the lounge.

ROOM – I was assigned a King Club Room 2911 and it was fairly spacious with more than sufficient room for 2pax to move around. Cleanliness was not an issue and the Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries were a bonus. Request for more water etc was done very quickly. Being 2 rooms away from the lounge is a plus for me!

 

CLUB LOUNGE – honestly quite small for the property size. Very crowded during cocktail hours of 6-8pm so do come early. Sweets and savories could make up a light dinner if you eat enough of them. But they seem to be understaffed, or made up of clueless staff. Plates were not cleared for a long time, and requests for eggs during breakfast were met with a puzzled ‘HUH?’ – then our orders were mixed up and I was asked to repeat my orders after I received them. Very strange indeed. The place itself was quite nice but because of the crowed, it does not feel very exclusive.

FACILITIES – the pool looked very small, but the gym was big and quite well equipped. Did not try any other facilities.

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SERVICE – Other than the poor showing at the club lounge, the other service was actually quite nice.

CHECK OUT – Efficiently completed as the room was pre-paid.

Will definitely stay here in a heartbeat due to its proximity and convenience but will look forward to some improvements at the Lounge.

[Hotel Review] Pullman Miri Waterfront

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.

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[Hotel Review] The Westin Singapore

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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!!

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[Hotel Review] The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel

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.

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Executive Club Lounges~

 

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.

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