All posts tagged: Hotel review

Review: Courtyard by Marriott Cologne, Twin Guest Room

Courtyard by Marriott is no Ritz Carlton, but it’s functional and usually well located. So here’s a functional review.

REVIEW: Gekko House – A Tribute Portfolio Collection, Superior Room

The final stop of my German run, this hotel is the first Tribute Portfolio hotel I’ve ever stayed in. While it didn’t take my breath away, the property ranks pretty high on design, and is good value for money especially for solo travellers. In this post:• What are Tribute Portfolio Hotels?• About the hotel• Location• Checking in• The room – Superior Room• The facilities• Restaurant – Chicago Williams• Breakfast• Final thoughts What are Tribute Portfolio Hotels? A network of about 50 individual boutique hotels, this soft brand (as the industry calls it) is a collection of independent boutique hotels that each has its own unique styles and operating models. The Tribute Portfolio brand embraces quirky and personable properties for guests seeking unique and diverse experiences, which can be a breather for some who wish to experience smaller, quirkier hotels when they want something different that the larger chains offer. Tribute Portfolio was first introduced by Starwood Hotels and Resorts back in 2015, and it’s kind of an answer to Marriott’s very own Autograph Collection, also …

REVIEW: Shangri-La Singapore, Valley Wing Deluxe Room

Top-notch offering, luxurious experience (with some misses), but time for a refresh. The holy grail of staycations in the midst of pandemic, the Valley Wing of Shangri-La Singapore is probably the most hyped-about staycation experience after Covid-19 pretty much closed off cross border travels for Singaporeans. All day champagne, decadent breakfast spread, luxurious room and lobby, excellent service — this is effectively the all-business class version of a hotel. Of course, I had to go and see for myself what’s the allure behind this much talked-about luxurious experience. Before we jump right into this review, note that the stay was made in May 2021, right before Phase 2 (Heightened Alert), so the experience may differ slightly. In this post:• About the hotel• Booking• Location • Check-in• Car parking• Deluxe Room• Lobby Lounge – Afternoon tea, Evening cocktails• Summit Room – Breakfast• Facilities• Final thoughts The hotel Shangri-La Singapore marks the beginning of the Shangri-La Hotel Group. Founded by Malaysian businessman Robert Kuok, the hotel was set on Orange Grove Road, envisioned to be an oasis …

REVIEW: One Farrer Hotel, Skyline Room

Let’s face it: when you are a local resident, a staycation in the heart of Little India is never top of mind. Why nest in the heart of a heritage site when one has plenty of choice in the Marina district, waking up to a view of the iconic Singapore skyline? While Little India is home to many backpackers hostels and smaller, independently-run budget hotels, many newer, more upscale hotels have also found their roots in the area in the last decade or so, including One Farrer Hotel. In this post:• About the hotel• Booking & check-in• Car parking• The room• Skyline Lounge• Lunch• Afternoon tea• Evening cocktails• Breakfast• The facilities• Final thoughts Truth be told, while the hotel opened to much fanfare back in 2014 as a premium medical facility in a bid to boost medical tourism, it didn’t appeal as a choice for a staycation. Room rates were sky-high then for the location: imagine a $200++ rate for a base-level room? Madness. Six years on with Covid-19 in the air, the hotel was …