[Hotel Review] Hotel Jen Orchard Gateway

 

[My first review available here]

Decided on a last minute staycation and depsite feeling like the crowd will be madness in Orchard on a weekend, I decided to go ahead anyway. Anything for a chillax weekend where I can act like a potato for 2 whole days. Even if its a property I’ve already been to. But different room this time. Hehe.

Price – 3,500 Golden Circle points for a Club room seemed to be a good deal if you throw in all the perks of the Lounge access (free breakfast, caffine shots all day, free dinner, free flow alcohol for 2days!!). Room reservations was also kind enough to grant me an upgrade to Club Deluxe despite the fact that it was a ‘free’ stay.

Check In – done at front desk effortlessly and was given a slip of paper showing club lounge benefits. Boo to not being checked in at the lounge 😦

Room – Club Deluxe was spacious at 32SqM and very clean and well equipped. It was missing the day bed so heavily featured on the official pictures though – a shame. Bathroom was quite big and decked out in luxurious earthy tones. But space and cleanliness were definitely non-issues. Bigger than usual bathroom was a nice thing to have too!

Club Lounge –  My evening cocktail experience this time was much better than my previous stay. More food and beverage (including alcohol) variety made it a lot easier to treat this as a light dinner and just sit and admire the view from the 19th floor for 2 whole hours. Service was friendly and mostly efficient as well. Most of the club lounge guests huddled in one section watching the live broadcast of Prince Harry while nursing food and drinks. Very relaxed!

Check out – easy @ front desk and nothing needed to be paid.

Still an unbeatable location for the price and would recommend for tourists and staycationers alike!

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[Hotel Review] Novotel Singapore on Stevens

My first attempt to redeem my Accor Plus Stay Benefit for 2018!

I’ve wondered about staying here ever since this new kid on the block opened in October 2017. The 2nd Novotel and also the 3rd Mercure in Singapore in a joint development and shared premise sounded really exciting.

And of course I picked Novotel as it is a complimentary stay and its more value to pick the more expensive!

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[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!

[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] JW Marriot Hotel Singapore South Beach

This property (formerly known as South Beach Hotel) has intrigued me ever since it opened for business. Back then, it was such a breathe of fresh air for the local hotel landscape and it expectedly created a small rustle amongst hotel lovers. Room rates were not terribly affordable hovering around $400, but of course for a designer hotel.

Fast forward to now, its been re-branded as a JW Marriot (finally the 2nd Marriot in SG!) and still an iconic designer hotel which deserves a fair bit of attention.

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[Hotel Review] Crowne Plaze Changi

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.

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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] M Social Singapore

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.

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